Virginie Fernandez (born 15 November 1976), known by her stage name Virginie Ledoyen (French pronunciation: viʁʒini lədwaˈjɛ̃), is a French actress.
Life and career:
Born in Aubervilliers, Paris, the daughter of Olga, a restaurateur, and Bernard Fernandez, a merchant who sold cleaning products. Her paternal grandfather was Spanish. She was a print model from the age of two and later took on the stage name "Ledoyen" after the maiden name of her maternal grandmother, who was a stage actress.
Her film breakthrough came with La Fille seule (1995), for which she was nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actress. Also she received two César Award nominations for Les marmottes (1993) and L'eau froide (1994). Outside of France, her best-known role is alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach (2000). In the fall of 2000, she signed a contract as a spokesmodel with the cosmetics company L'Oréal. She was featured alongside two models, Laetitia Casta and Noémie Lenoir. She portrayed the character Cosette from the 2000 adaption of Les Misérables.
On 29 September 2001, she gave birth to her first child, a girl named Lila. She also had a son Isaac, and a daughter, with her partner Arie Elmaleh, whose brother Gad Elmaleh was her co-star in The Valet. Through Elmaleh, the children are cousins of Raphael, son of Charlotte Casiraghi and Gad Elmaleh.
In 2013 she was named as a member of the jury at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.
Les Exploits d'un jeune Don Juan a.k.a. L'iniziazione (Exploits of a Young Don Juan, 1987),
Lo más natural (The Most Natural Thing, 1991),
Le Voleur d'enfants (The Children Thief, 1991),
Les Marmottes (The Groundhogs, 1993),
La Folie douce (Loose Screws, 1994),
L'Eau froide (Cold Water, 1994),
La Fille seule (A Single Girl', 1995),
La Cérémonie (1995),
Sur la route (1995),
Les Sensuels (1995),
Ma 6-T va crack-er (Crack 6-T, 1997),
Jeanne et le garçon formidable (Jeanne and the Perfect Guy, 1998),
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998),
Fin août, début septembre (Late August, Early September, 1998),
En plein coeur (In All Innocence, 1998),
The Beach (2000),
Les Misérables (TV miniseries) (2000),
De l'amour (All About Love, 2001),
8 femmes (8 Women, 2002),
Mais qui a tué Pamela Rose? (2003),
Bon Voyage (2003),
Saint Ange (House of Voices, 2004),
Bosque de sombras (The Backwoods, 2006),
La Doublure (The Valet, 2006) ),
Seed of Contention (2006),
Un baiser s'il vous plaît (Shall We Kiss?, 2007),
Mes amis, mes amours (London mon amour, 2008),
L'Emmerdeur (A Pain in the Ass, 2008),
The Army of Crime (2009),
XIII: The Series (2011),
Farewell, My Queen (2012),
Another Life (2013),
"Saint-Germain des Prés," narrator--an audio walking-tour of the Paris neighborhood. Created by Soundwalk
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