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Ludivine Sagnier
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Sagnier at the 38th César Awards
Born 3 July 1979 (1979-07-03) (age 42)
La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France
Nationality French
  • Actress
  • model
Years active 1989–present
  • Nicolas Duvauchelle
  • Kim Chapiron
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Ludivine Sagnier (born 3 July 1979) is a French actress and model who has appeared on screen since 1989. She was nominated twice for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress with Swimming Pool (2003) and A Secret (2007).

Personal life

Sagnier was born in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, in the département of Yvelines, France. Her mother is a retired secretary and her father is a professor of English at the Paris University.

Saignier is the wife of French film director Kim Chapiron, with whom she has two daughters, Ly Lan, born in 2009 and Tàm, born in 2014.


She made her film debut at the age of nine in Les Maris, les Femmes, les Amants, (1989) directed by Pascal Thomas. She had other small roles in the early 1990s, being directed by Alain Resnais and in Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Cyrano de Bergerac with Gerard Depardieu.

In 1994 she went to study at the Versailles Conservatoire, where she won a prize in classical music. Her return to cinema saw her gain commercial and critical success, notably in films directed by François Ozon. His musical comedy 8 Women (released in 2002) was awarded acting prizes for Sagnier and her seven co-stars collectively.

The next year she starred alongside Charlotte Rampling in Ozon's psychological thriller Swimming Pool, a role which again garnered her nominations and prizes. Other notable films she has appeared in include a Hollywood Peter Pan, as Tinkerbell, and the crime thriller Mesrine: Public Enemy No.1.

Three films starring Sagnier screened in Los Angeles in 2011 where Sagnier was in attendance at all three screenings. Pieds nus sur les limaces (Lily Sometimes) was shown at the City of Angels, City of Light Festival in April. Love Crime and The Devil's Double were shown at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June.

Sagnier starred as Esther Aubry in the 2016 English-language drama series The Young Pope. She reprised the role in the follow-up miniseries The New Pope, released in 2020. Sagnier plays Claire in the hit French thriller series Lupin, which premiered on Netflix in January 2021.


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Les Maris, les Femmes, les Amants Élodie
I Want to Go Home La petite fille de la place du village
1990 Le pont du silence La petite fille Short
Cyrano de Bergerac The Little Sister
1992 La famille Fontaine Anne-Sophie TV series
Vacances au purgatoire Sophie TV movie
1996 Le secret d'Iris Mylène TV movie
1997 101 Dalmatians: The Series Lucky TV series
French dub
1998 Meurtres sans risque Virginie Gallais TV movie
À nous deux la vie Charlotte TV movie
Passion interdite Estelle TV movie
1999 Mission protection rapprochée Melinda Moores TV series
Mon frère Sophie Short
Le ciel, les oiseaux,... et ta mère! Dance girl 1
Rembrandt Cornelia van Rijn
Recess Ashley Spinelli TV series
French dub
Children of the Century Hermine de Musset
Acide animé Anna Short
Acteurs à l'Écran for Best Actress
2000 La banquise Anna Kowalski TV movie
Water Drops on Burning Rocks Anna
Des monstres a l'état pur Ginnie TV short
Bon plan Clémentine
2001 Un jeu d'enfants Daphnée
My Wife Is an Actress Géraldine
2002 8 Women Catherine Berlin International Film Festival: Outstanding Artistic Achievement (shared with the ensemble cast)
European Film Award for Best Actress (shared with the ensemble cast)
Nominated — César Award for Most Promising Actress
Marie Marmaille Marie TV movie
Les frères Hélias Victoire Short
Napoléon Hortense TV mini-series
Navarro Vanessa Berger TV series
2003 Petites coupures Nathalie
La légende de Parva Lula Voice
Swimming Pool Julie Nominated — Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
Nominated — César Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — European Film Awards: Audience Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
La Petite Lili Lili Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress
Peter Pan Tinker Bell Nominated — Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male or Female Actor in an Effects Film
2005 Une aventure Gabrielle
Foon La reine du bal de l'an dernier
2006 Paris, je t'aime Claire Segment: "Parc Monceau"
French California Helène
Toothache Anna
Coup de sang La serveuse
2007 Molière Célimène
Love Songs Julie Pommeraye Nominated — Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actress
A Girl Cut in Two Gabrielle Aurore Deneige
A Secret Hannah Golda Stirn/Grinberg Nominated — César Award for Best Supporting Actress
2008 Mesrine Sylvia Jeanjacquot
2010 Lily Sometimes Lily Dreyer
Love Crime Isabelle Guérin
2011 The Devil's Double Sarrab
Beloved Madeleine jeune
A Monster in Paris Maud Voice role
2013 Love Is in the Air Julie
2014 Lou! Journal infime La mère
Tristesse Club Chloé
2015 Through the Air Delphine Cavelle
2016 The Young Pope Esther TV series
2018 Lola & Her Brothers Lola Esnard
Rémi sans famille Madame Barberin
2019 The Truth Anna
The New Pope Esther TV series
2021 Lupin Claire Netflix series
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