While she had been acting in her native France for many years, Ludivine Sagnier did not gain international fame until she portrayed a seductive young woman who held deep secrets in the blockbuster "Swimming Pool" (2003). She was born on July 3, 1979 in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, Yvelines, France. Sagnier made her acting debut in the films "Les maris, les femmes, les amants" (1989) and "I Want to Go Home" (1989), followed by an appearance in the comedy "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1990). During her teen years, Sagnier appeared in several made-for-TV movies, as well as films like "Les enfants du siècle" (1999). Her career heated up when she appeared nude in films like "Water Drops on Burning Rocks" (2000) and "Little Lili" (2003). Sagnier earned a Cesar Award nomination for her role in "8 Women" (2002), but it was the actress' performance in François Ozon's 2003 thriller "Swimming Pool" that made her an international star. She played the Provencal nymphet, Julie, whose life of one-night stands becomes entangled in a seemingly real-life murder mystery written by an uptight author (Charlotte Rampling). With her blonde hair and considerable curves, Sagnier became a favorite to play the sexy seductress, but she played against type as Tinker Bell in the fantasy "Peter Pan" (2003). Following the American success of "Swimming Pool," Sagnier received many offers from Hollywood, but she remained committed to appearing in French films like the ensemble feature "Paris, je t'aime" (2006), "The Girl Cut in Two" (2007), and "Lily Sometimes" (2010).
By Candy Cuenco
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Made feature film debut in Pascal Thomas "Les Maris, les Femmes, les Amants"
Appeared in "Cyrano de Bergerac," with Gérard Depardieu
Worked continuously in France, appearing in subsequent film, television, and stage roles
Starred in "Water Drops on Burning Rocks," a bizarre bisexual love quadrangle; a film by François Ozon
Cast in another film by François Ozon as the youngest star of "8 Woman"; also featured Catherine Deneuve and Isabelle Huppert
Played Hortense in the television mini series "Napoléon"; starring Isabella Rossellini, Gérard Depardieu and John Malkovich
Cast in her third film with François Ozon "Swimming Pool"
Cast as a mute Tinker Bell in "Peter Pan, " a film by P.J. Hogan
Cast as TinK in director P.J. Hogan's live-action adaptation of "Peter Pan"
Cast in the starring role of Lili in Claude Miller's "La Petite Lili" (2004 US release)