Virginie Ledoyen was born, November 15th, 1976 in Aubervilliers,
France, the daughter of Bernard, a salesman and Olga, a retaurant
manager. Her grandparents are Spanish and it has been suggested
that this is where she inherited her unusual eyes. Virginie's
parents are divorced and her mother remarried. Virginie has
a brother, Michel.
Virginie's modeling began at the age of two. This led eventually
to her first film, an Italian comedy at the age of nine. It
was at this time that she also enrolled in a performing arts
school. By the age of eleven, Virginie had also acted in the
At 15, Virginie realized that acting would be
something that she would like to pursue as a full time occupation.
In 1994 when she was 17, she appeared in a movie called Cold
Water where she played a troubled teen. This proved to be her
big break and led to bigger things, including a 1995 film known
as Single Girl which received critical acclaim.
Following thisl, Virginie received calls from
Hollywood including Woody Allen's agent. At this point she not
yet been involved in an American production. This changed with
the release of The Beach in February 2000.
| She took the stage name Ledoyen, which is her
paternal grandmother's maiden name. Her grandmother had been a
Her brother, Michael, is a production assistant.
Her first on-screen kiss was with the much older actor Marcello
Graduated from Paris' L'Ecole des Enfants du Spectacle
Nominated for Most Promising Young Actress at the 1996 César
Awards for her role in Benoît Jacquot's A Single Girl.
Virginie was also nominated for Best Actress at the Paris Film
Festival for the film Jeanne et le Garçon Formidable.
She has just signed on as a L'Oreal model.