Léa Seydoux Biography
Léa Seydoux is a French actress known for her roles in both French and Hollywood films. Born in Paris in 1985, she initially wanted to become an opera singer, but decided to pursue acting at the age of 18 after being inspired by an actor she fell in love with. She studied at Les Enfants Terribles drama school in France and later at New York’s Actors Studio.
Léa Seydoux’s family originate form French aristocracy and the family are very well known in France. The name originated in 1902 when her great-great-grandfather Charles-Louis-Auguste-Jacques Seydoux married Mathilde, daughter of a Languedoc aristocrat.
Her family was involved in media and entertainment, allowing her to grow up around notable figures like Nan Goldin, Lou Reed, Mick Jagger, and Christian Louboutin.
Seydoux made her film debut in 2006’s Girlfriends and went on to win critical acclaim for her French roles in The Beautiful Person (2008), Belle Épine (2010), and Farewell, My Queen (2012) among many others.
Léa Seydoux also appeared in minor roles in Hollywood productions such as Inglourious Basterds (2009) alongside Bond co-star Christoph Waltz, Midnight in Paris (2011), and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011).
In 2008, Léa Seydoux was awarded the Chopard Award at the Cannes Film Festival for Best Upcoming Actress and was nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actress. She was nominated for Best Actress at the César Awards in 2013 for her role in Farewell, My Queen.
Léa Seydoux also appeared in the 24th James Bond film Spectre (2015) as Bond girl Madeleine Swann and reprised her role in No Time to Die (2021). This made her one of only 4 actresses alongside Eunice Gayson, Maud Adams, Martine Beswick to play a Bond girl in more than one film.
Aside from acting, Léa Seydoux is a successful model, having been featured in various international fashion magazines, and is a brand ambassador for Louis Vuitton since 2016. She has one child with her boyfriend André Meyer.