Anne Parillaud

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Anne Parillaud
Anne Parillaud Cannes.jpg
Parillaud at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival
Born(1960-05-06) 6 May 1960 (age 54)
Paris, France
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Luc Besson (divorced)
Jean-Michel Jarre (divorced)
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Anne Parillaud
Anne Parillaud Cannes.jpg
Parillaud at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival
Born(1960-05-06) 6 May 1960 (age 54)
Paris, France
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Luc Besson (divorced)
Jean-Michel Jarre (divorced)

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 of the same name.[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 and director Luc Besson have a daughter, 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[edit]

Parillaud's first husband was Luc Besson, with whom she has a daughter, Juliette, born in 1987. In 2005 she married Jean Michel Jarre. They divorced in 2010.

She has two sons, Lou and Theo, with film producer Mark Allan.

Selected filmography[edit]

1977Un amour de sable[5]uncreditedChristian Lara
1978L'Hôtel de la plageEstelle DelambreMichel Lang
1979Écoute voirChloé/MouneHugo Santiago
1980GirlsCatherine FlavinJust Jaeckin
Patrizia[6]Patricia CookHubert Frank
1981Pour la peau d'un flicCharlotteAlain Delon
1983Le BattantNathalieAlain Delon
1988Juillet en septembre[7]MarieSébastien Japrisot
1989Che ora è?LoredanaEttore Scola
1990NikitaNikitaLuc Besson
1992Innocent BloodMarieJohn Landis
1993Map of the Human HeartAlbertineVincent Ward
1994À la folieAliceDiane Kurys
1995Frankie StarlightBernadetteMichael Lindsay-Hogg
1996Passage à l'acteIsabelleFrancis Girod
Dead Girl[8]Helen Catherine HoweAdam Coleman Howard
1998The Man in the Iron MaskQueen Mother Anne of AustriaRandall Wallace
Shattered ImageJessie MarkhamRaúl Ruiz
1999Une pour toutesOlga DuclosClaude Lelouch
2002Gangsters[9]Nina DelgadoOlivier Marchal
Sex Is ComedyJeanneCatherine Breillat
2004Deadlines[10]Julia MüllerLudi Boeken and Michael A. Lerner
Promised LandAnneAmos Gitai
2005Tout pour plaireFlorenceCécile Telerman
2007Demandez la permission aux enfantsAnna SebagÉric Civanyan
Une vieille maîtresseMme de SolcyCatherine Breillat
2009L'Imbroglio Nel Lenzuolo[11]BeatriceAlfonso Arau
2010Dans ton sommeilSarahCaroline 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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