Charlotte Gainsbourg Biography

(Known for Her Work in Films Like 'Antichrist,' 'Melancholia,' 'The Tree' & 'Persecution')

Birthday: July 21, 1971 (Cancer)

Born In: London, England

Charlotte Gainsbourg is a British-French singer and actress best known for her role in the film ‘La Bûche.’ She is the daughter of French singer cum songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and British actress Jane Birkin. Although she is better recognized as an accomplished actress than as a musician, her singing career is also praiseworthy. At 12 years old, Gainsbourg made her musical debut and later recorded ‘Charlotte for Ever,’ an album of tracks written by her father. The daughter-father duo then went to release a number of songs that were well-received by the audience. She began her acting career with a string of movies including ‘L'Effrontee,’ ‘La Petite Voleuse’ and ‘Merci la Vie.’ Gainsbourg concentrated more on her acting career during the 1990s, performing in several hits such as the flick ‘La Buche,’ for which she garnered a Cesar award for Best Supporting Actress. On a personal note, the London-born artiste has witnessed many ups and downs in her early life due to her parents’ troubled relationship and separation. At present, she is in a long-time relationship with Yvan Attal.

Quick Facts

French Celebrities Born In July

Also Known As: Charlotte Lucy Gainsbourg

Age: 52 Years, 52 Year Old Females


father: Serge Gainsbourg

mother: Jane Birkin

siblings: Kate Barry, Lou Doillon, Lucien Gainsbourg, Natacha Gainsbourg, Paul Gainsbourg

children: Alice Attal, Ben Attal, Joe Attal

Partner: Yvan Attal (1991–)

Born Country: England

Actresses French Women

Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Females

City: London, England

Notable Alumni: École Jeannine Manuel

Ancestry: British French, Russian French, Ukrainian French

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education: École Jeannine Manuel

awards: Bodil Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Bodil Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role

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    What are some notable movies Charlotte Gainsbourg has starred in?

    Some notable movies Charlotte Gainsbourg has starred in include "Melancholia," "Antichrist," "The Science of Sleep," "Jane Eyre," and "Nymphomaniac."
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    What is Charlotte Gainsbourg known for in the music industry?

    Charlotte Gainsbourg is known for her music career as a singer and songwriter. She has released several albums and collaborated with prominent artists like Beck.
  • 3

    Has Charlotte Gainsbourg worked on any fashion-related projects?

    Yes, Charlotte Gainsbourg has worked on fashion-related projects. She has been a muse for numerous fashion designers, including Nicolas Ghesquière and Anthony Vaccarello.
  • 4

    Does Charlotte Gainsbourg speak multiple languages?

    Yes, Charlotte Gainsbourg is multilingual and fluent in French and English. She has also acted in films in both languages.
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    What is Charlotte Gainsbourg's approach to balancing her acting and music careers?

    Charlotte Gainsbourg has mentioned that she enjoys the balance between her acting and music careers, finding inspiration in both fields and actively pursuing opportunities in both industries.
Childhood & Early Life
Charlotte Gainsbourg was born on July 21, 1971 in London to French actor/singer Serge Gainsbourg and British actress cum singer Jane Birkin. By 1980, her parents had separated and her mother went on to marry director Jacques Doillon.
She has a half-brother, Lucien Gainsbourg, who was born from her father's relationship with French actress and model Bambou. She has two elder siblings, Natacha and Paul, from her father’s second marriage to Françoise-Antoinette Pancrazzi.
After her parents separated, her father became an alcoholic and eventually died in 1991. She remained dedicated to preserving his legacy and his house.
Charlotte Gainsbourg was raised in Paris alongside her half-sister Kate Barry (from her mother's marriage to John Barry) who died in the year 2013 after falling from a window.
Apart from Kate Barry, she also has another half-sister on her mother’s side named Lou Doillon who was born as a result of the union of her mother and director Jacques Doillon.
She is the niece of screenwriter Andrew Birkin and the cousin of opera and theatre director, Sophie Hunter. Her maternal grandmother was the popular actress Judy Campbell.
Charlotte studied at the École Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel in Paris and later attended Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil in Switzerland.
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Charlotte Gainsbourg made her motion picture debut with the 1984 flick ‘Paroles et musique’ playing the role of Catherine Deneuve's daughter. A years later, she played Charlotte Castang in the film ‘L'effrontée’ and bagged a César Award for the "Most Promising Actress".
She starred in the movie ‘Charlotte for Ever’ (1986), a story of a father who develops incestuous desires for his teenage daughter after the death of his wife. The movie garnered critical acclaim and also kindled controversy as her real-life father played her onscreen father as well, giving rise to the speculation that the story was autobiographical.
In 1986, she also released her first album titled ‘Charlotte for Ever’ which included a collection of songs written by her father.
In 1988, she starred alongside her mother in the movies ‘Kung Fu Master’ and ‘Jane B. par Agnes V.,’ both of which were directed by Agnès Varda. She next did the films ‘Il sole anche di notte’ and ‘Merci la vie’.
Gainsbourg made her English-language debut in 1993, appearing as Julie in her uncle Andrew Birkin’s ‘The Cement Garden’. The following year, she appeared in the French comedy ‘Grosse Fatigue’ and also made her stage debut in David Mamet's play ‘Oleanna,’ which premiered at Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse.
She was cast as the titular character in ‘Jane Eyre,’ a screen adaption of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel of the same name.
The actress ended the decade with her mesmerizing performance in the comedy-drama film ‘La Bûche’(1999), a story of a woman named Yvette who tries to reconcile with her three daughters from her first marriage after the demise of her second husband. Gainsbourg’s role in the movie as Catherine Girard earned her appreciation and bagged her the César Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’.
In 2000, she got featured on Madonna’s "What It Feels Like for a Girl", a track from her album ‘Music’. That year, Gainsbourg also starred in the miniseries ‘Les Misérables’.
In 2001, she played Charlotte in ‘Ma femme est une actrice’ aka ‘My Wife is an Actress.’ In this romantic comedy-drama flick, she starred alongside her real-life partner Yvan Attal who played a highly-possessive journalist husband who becomes jealous when his wife gets a film alongside an attractive co-actor.
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The actress starred in the crime-drama ‘21 Grams’ (2003) alongside Benicio del Toro, Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. In 2004, she collaborated with the French singer Étienne Daho for his single "If".
She came up with her second album titled ‘5:55’ (2006) that reached the top of the French music chart, eventually earning platinum status. The album was a moderate success in the United Kingdom as well. Gainsbourg also starred in Michel Gondry's sci-fi film ‘The Science of Sleep’ the same year.
The year 2007 saw her in the role of Claire in the biographical flick ‘I'm Not There,’ in which she also contributed to Dylan’s song "Just Like a Woman," which was used in the film’s soundtrack. Two years later, she starred in the horror movie ‘Antichrist’ that earned her the Best Actress award at that year’s Cannes Film Festival.
In 2009, the British-French artiste released her third album ‘IRM’. The title of the album was influenced from her head injury operation in 2007 during which she went through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
She starred in ‘The Tree,’ a French/Australian production, in 2010. That year, her track "Heaven Can Wait" was listed in the Starbucks iTunes ‘Pick of the Week’ list. Also her song, "Trick Pony," featured in ‘Grey's Anatomy’s episode titled "Perfect Little Accident" that aired the same year.
Gainsbourg was cast in the science fiction disaster flick ‘Melancholia’ in 2011. She also released her double album ‘Stage Whisper’ the same year.
In May 2012, she starred alongside musician Pete Doherty the film ‘Confession d'un enfant du siècle.’ The following year, she played Joe in ‘Nymphomaniac’, a European two-part art movie directed by Lars von Trier. The film also featured Stellan Skarsgård, Shia LaBeouf, Stacy Martin, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen and Willem Dafoe.
The talented actress played Alice in the French-comedy drama 'Samba' and Sylvie Berger in the French flick '3 cœurs' in 2014. Her performances in these movies earned her a Lumières Award nomination for Best Actress.
In 2016, she starred as Dr. Catherine Marceaux in the sequel of the 1996 flick ‘Independence Day,’ titled ‘Independence Day: Resurgence,’ and also appeared in the movies ‘Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer’ and ‘Dark Crimes’.
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In 2017, Gainsbourg was cast alongside Rebecca Ferguson and Michael Fassbender in the crime thriller ‘The Snowman’. She also played the role of Sylvia in ‘Les fantômes d'Ismaël’ the same year.
Major Works
Charlotte Gainsbourg worked for about four years with producer Sebastian Akchoté on her fifth album, ‘Rest.’ The album, with the theme of alcohol addiction, is a reflection of her emotions after her half-sister Kate Barry’s and father Serge Gainsbourg’s deaths. In September 2017, the music videos for the album’s singles "Deadly Valentine" and "Rest" were released, both of which featured her kids. The album itself was released on November 17, 2017.
Family & Personal Life
Charlotte Gainsbourg is living with her long-time partner Yvan Attal, a French-Israeli actor/director whom she met on the sets of ‘Aux yeux du monde.’ The couple has three kids: Ben, Alice, and Joe.
On 5 September 2007, Charlotte Gainsbourg was rushed to a hospital where she underwent an operation for cerebral haemorrhage.
Facts About Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Gainsbourg is not only a talented actress and singer, but she also has a passion for photography and has exhibited her work in galleries.
Despite coming from a family of famous musicians and actors, Charlotte Gainsbourg has worked hard to carve out her own unique identity in the entertainment industry.
In addition to her successful film career, Charlotte Gainsbourg is known for her effortlessly chic sense of style and has been a muse for several high-end fashion brands.
Charlotte Gainsbourg is fluent in both French and English, which has allowed her to work on a variety of international film projects.

Charlotte Gainsbourg Movies

1. 21 Grams (2003)

  (Thriller, Drama, Crime)

2. The Science of Sleep (2006)

  (Comedy, Fantasy, Drama, Romance)

3. The Cement Garden (1993)


4. An Impudent Girl (1985)

  (Music, Romance, Comedy, Drama)

5. Melancholia (2011)


6. Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)


7. The Little Thief (1988)


8. I'm Not There. (2007)

  (Music, Drama, Biography)

9. Golden Door (2006)

  (History, Romance, Drama)

10. Jane Eyre (1996)

  (Romance, Drama)

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