Anne Parillaud

Anne Parillaud

Parillaud in 2014
Born (1960-05-06) 6 May 1960
Paris, France
Occupation Actress
Years active 1977-present
Spouse(s) Luc Besson (m. 1986–91)
Jean Michel Jarre (m. 2005–10)
Children 1

Anne Parillaud (French pronunciation: [an paʁiˈjo]; born 6 May 1960) is a French actress, who has appeared in 30 films since 1977.

She is best known internationally for her role as Nikita in the film Nikita.[1]


Parillaud was born in Paris, France. While in school she studied ballet and her ambition was to become a lawyer, but a role during summer vacation – when she was only 16 – in Michel Lang's L'hôtel de la plage launched her into the world of film. She met director Luc Besson and married him in 1986, but the couple separated shortly after he directed her in Nikita.[2] Nikita was an especially intense experience for Parillaud:

"For a while she was in me like a demon. I would do things I normally would not do. She was awkward, depressed, full of despair. But to me there was also a spiritual underline to Nikita. In a very excessive way she is a loudspeaker of the youth of society today. She destroys herself because she doesn't believe in anything on Earth."

In preparation for the role, she underwent three months of judo lessons and target practice to hone her skills as a government assassin: "I hate guns, I hate violence, I hate judo." Her early ballet training also came in handy for one amusing scene though she modestly downplays her physical gifts, saying only, "I have a chewing gum kind of body. I just forget about the bones." Despite the glamour and danger of her character, Parillaud cautions, "It never happens to me, this kind of story."

After the international success of Nikita, Parillaud left France to star in three films abroad: Map of the Human Heart, Innocent Blood, and Frankie Starlight. She has said regarding the experience of playing a vampire in John Landis's Innocent Blood:

I fell in love with Marie in Innocent Blood because she wasn't born a vampire; she never decided she wanted to be. For me, it was a parable to talk about how you deal with this problem, which is when you are different. You think or you live or you want something different from everyone else. People don't follow you, because it's scary. You are quite alone in your choices.

In 2010 she starred in the French psychological thriller In Their Sleep[3] which was directed by Caroline du Potet and Eric du Potet.[4]

Personal life

Parillaud's first husband was Luc Besson, with whom she has a daughter. In 2005 she married Jean Michel Jarre. They divorced in 2010.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Director
1977 Un amour de sable[5] uncredited Christian Lara
1978 L'Hôtel de la plage Estelle Delambre Michel Lang
1979 Écoute voir Chloé/Moune Hugo Santiago
1980 Girls Catherine Flavin Just Jaeckin
Patrizia[6] Patricia Cook Hubert Frank
1981 Pour la peau d'un flic Charlotte Alain Delon
1983 Le Battant Nathalie Alain Delon
1988 Juillet en septembre[7] Marie Sébastien Japrisot
1989 Che ora è? Loredana Ettore Scola
1990 Nikita Nikita Luc Besson
1992 Innocent Blood Marie John Landis
1993 Map of the Human Heart Albertine Vincent Ward
1994 À la folie Alice Diane Kurys
1995 Frankie Starlight Bernadette Michael Lindsay-Hogg
1996 Passage à l'acte Isabelle Francis Girod
Dead Girl[8] Helen Catherine Howe Adam Coleman Howard
1998 The Man in the Iron Mask Queen Mother Anne of Austria Randall Wallace
Shattered Image Jessie Markham Raúl Ruiz
1999 Une pour toutes Olga Duclos Claude Lelouch
2002 Gangsters[9] Nina Delgado Olivier Marchal
Sex Is Comedy Jeanne Catherine Breillat
2004 Deadlines[10] Julia Müller Ludi Boeken and Michael A. Lerner
Promised Land Anne Amos Gitai
2005 Tout pour plaire Florence Cécile Telerman
2007 Demandez la permission aux enfants Anna Sebag Éric Civanyan
Une vieille maîtresse Mme de Solcy Catherine Breillat
2009 L'Imbroglio Nel Lenzuolo[11] Beatrice Alfonso Arau
2010 Dans ton sommeil Sarah Caroline Du Potet and Eric Du Potet[12]




  1. "Four Clips from in Their Sleep to Give You Insomnia". Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  2. "New Stills and Tiny Teaser Art: In Their Sleep". Dread Central. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  3. "International Trailer Debut for French Chiller in Their Sleep". Dread central. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  4. "New Artwork: In Their Sleep". Dread central. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  5. "Un amour de sable". Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  6. "Patrizia". Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  7. "Juillet en septembre". Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  8. "Dead Girl". Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  9. "Gangsters". Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  10. "Deadlines". Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  11. "L'imbroglio nel lenzuolo". Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  12. "First Look at New French Thriller 'In Their Sleep'". Retrieved 18 January 2011.

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