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Léa Seydoux (born 1 July 1985) is a French actress and model. Along with award-winning performances in French cinema and television, she has appeared in major films including Inglorious Basterds, Robin Hood, Midnight in Paris, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. In 2013 she shared the Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival for the film Blue is the Warmest Color. It was announced early 2014 that Lea will be nominated for the Rising Star Award of the BAFTAs.

Early life

Léa Seydoux is the daughter of businessman Henri Seydoux and Valérie Schlumberger. She has five younger siblings and an older sister, Camille. Seydoux was born in the Parisian district of Passy, but grew up in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Her parents divorced when she was a small child. Through her family involvement in media and entertainment, Seydoux grew up acquainted with prominent artists such as photographer Nan Goldin, Lou Reed, and Mick Jagger.

The Seydoux family is widely known in France. Her grandfather, Jérôme Seydoux, is the chairman of Pathé; her granduncle, Nicolas Seydoux, is the chairman of Gaumont Film Company;her other granduncle, Michel Seydoux, also a cinema producer, is currently the chairman of the Lille football club, LOSC; and her father is CEO of the French wireless company Parrot.

Her mother Valérie Schlumberger is a former actress and the founder of the boutique CSAO (Compagnie d'Afrique du Sénégal et de l'Afrique de l'ouest), which promotes the work of African artists, and Seydoux once worked as a model for their jewelry line Jokko. Schlumberger, who lived in Senegal as a teenager, is also the founder of the charitable organization ASAO (Association pour le Sénégal et l'Afrique de l'Ouest).

Seydoux describes her youthful self as short-haired, slightly disheveled, and widely viewed as a bit strange: "People liked me, but I always felt like a misfit." Still concerned for her shyness in adulthood, Seydoux has admitted to having had an anxiety crisis during the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

MOVIE CREDITS:
2007: Olivia - Une Vieille maîtresse
2010: Isabella of Angoulême - Robin Hood
2008: Marie - De la guerre
2010: Maria - Lourdes
2006: Aurore - Mes Copines
2010: Fleur - Sans laisser de traces
2010: Prudence Friedmann - Belle épine
2009: Junie - La belle personne
2009: Charlotte LaPadite - Inglourious Basterds
2009: Léa - Plein sud
2011: Sabine Moreau - Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
2011: Blanche de Montfort - Mistérios de Lisboa
2011: Ève - Le Roman de ma femme
2008: Gisèle - Des poupées et des anges
2011: Gabrielle - Midnight in Paris
2012: Louise - L'enfant d'en haut
2012: Sidonie Laborde - Les Adieux à la reine
2014: Clotilde - The Grand Budapest Hotel
2013: Emma - La Vie d'Adèle - Chapitres 1 et 2
2010: Marie-Julie - Petit Tailleur
2007: Jenny - 13 French Street
2009: La fille du métro - Des Illusions
2013: Karole - Grand Central
2014: La belle - La Belle et la Bête
2015: Loulou de la Falaise - Saint Laurent
2010: Marjoline - Roses à Crédit
2015: Dr. Madeleine Swann - Spectre
2015: Célestine - Journal d'une femme de chambre
2016: Suzanne Knipper - Juste la fin du monde
2016: Loner Leader - The Lobster
2018: Zoe - Zoe
2011: Elle - Time Doesn't Stand Still
2018: Tanya Kalekov - Kursk
2008: Jackie - Les vacances de Clémence
Emily - The Horse Boy
2020: The French Dispatch
2020: Dr. Madeleine Swann - Bond 25

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