Virginie Ledoyen

Virginie Fernandez (born 15 November 1976), known by her stage name Virginie Ledoyen (French pronunciation: [viʁ.ʒə.dwa'jɛ̃]), is a French actress. She was 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 2 and later took on the stage name "Ledoyen" after the maiden name of her maternal grandmother, who had been a stage actress. Her 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 with L'Oréal as a spokesmodel with the cosmetics company. 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. Since July 2010 she has a son Isaac with her partner Arie Elmaleh.


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