Charlotte Rampling

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Charlotte Rampling
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BornTessa Charlotte Rampling
(1946-02-05) 5 February 1946 (age 68)
Sturmer, Essex, England, UK
Alma materJeanne d'Arc Académie pour Jeunes Filles
St. Hilda's School, Bushey
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)Bryan Southcombe
(1972–1976, divorced)
Jean Michel Jarre
(1978–1998, divorced)
Jean-Noël Tassez
(engaged since 1998)
ChildrenBarnaby Southcombe
David Jarre
Émilie Jarre (stepdaughter)
ParentsGodfrey Rampling
Isabel Anne Gurteen
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Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling cropped 2009.jpg
BornTessa Charlotte Rampling
(1946-02-05) 5 February 1946 (age 68)
Sturmer, Essex, England, UK
Alma materJeanne d'Arc Académie pour Jeunes Filles
St. Hilda's School, Bushey
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)Bryan Southcombe
(1972–1976, divorced)
Jean Michel Jarre
(1978–1998, divorced)
Jean-Noël Tassez
(engaged since 1998)
ChildrenBarnaby Southcombe
David Jarre
Émilie Jarre (stepdaughter)
ParentsGodfrey Rampling
Isabel Anne Gurteen

Charlotte Rampling, OBE (born Tessa Charlotte Rampling, 5 February 1946), is an English actress. In a career spanning almost fifty years (1965–2014), she has appeared in English language, French and Italian cinema. She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2001 and received France's Legion of Honour in 2002.

Rampling's film career began in 1965. Her films include Georgy Girl (1966), Visconti's The Damned (1969), The Night Porter (1974), Farewell My Lovely (1975), Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980), Sidney Lumet's The Verdict (1982), Angel Heart (1987), The Duchess (2008) and Fred Schepisi's The Eye of the Storm (2011). She has been nominated four times for a Cesar Award, for On ne meurt que 2 fois (1985), Sous le sable (2000), Swimming Pool (2003) and Lemming (2005) and received an Honorary Cesar in 2001. On television, she starred in the 2012 BBC miniseries Restless, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination.

She was married for twenty years to the French composer, Jean-Michel Jarre.

Early life[edit]

Rampling was born in Sturmer, Essex, the daughter of Isabel Anne (née Gurteen), a painter, and Godfrey Rampling, an Olympic gold medalist and army officer.[1] She attended Jeanne d'Arc Académie pour Jeunes Filles in Versailles and St. Hilda's School, a boarding school in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England. She had one sister, Sarah, who committed suicide in 1966 at the age of 23.[2]


After beginning her career at age 17 in a commercial role and as a model, Rampling's first screen appearance was uncredited as a water skier in Richard Lester's film The Knack ...and How to Get It in 1965, which was followed a year later by the role of Meredith in the film Georgy Girl.

In 1967 Charlotte played the gunfighter Hana Wilde in "The Superlative Seven", an episode of The Avengers.[3] After this, her acting career blossomed in both English and French cinema.

Despite an early flurry of success, she told The Independent, "We weren't happy. It was a nightmare, breaking the rules and all that. Everyone seemed to be having fun, but they were taking so many drugs they wouldn't know it anyway."[4]

Rampling has performed controversial roles. In 1969, in Luchino Visconti's The Damned (La Caduta degli dei), she played a young wife sent to a Nazi concentration camp. Critics praised her performance, and it cast her in a whole new image: mysterious, sensitive and ultimately tragic. "The Look" as co-star Dirk Bogarde called it, became her trademark.[5] In 1974's The Night Porter she portrayed a former concentration camp inmate who after the war meets a former camp guard with whom she had an ambiguous relationship, and their relationship resumes. Bogarde played the camp guard. In Max mon amour, she played a woman who fell in love with a chimpanzee.

Rampling gained recognition from American audiences in a remake of Raymond Chandler's detective story Farewell, My Lovely (1975) and later with Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980) and particularly in The Verdict (1982), an acclaimed drama directed by Sidney Lumet that starred Paul Newman.

Rampling at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

Rampling credits François Ozon with drawing her back to film in the 2000s, a period when she came to terms with the death of her eldest sister Sarah who, after giving birth prematurely in 1966, committed suicide at 23. "I thought that after such a long time of not letting her be with me," she told The Guardian, "I would like to bring her back into my life."[5] The character she played in Ozon's Swimming Pool (2003), Sarah Morton, was named in her sister's honour. For most of Rampling's life, she would say only that her sister had died of a brain haemorrhage; when she and her father heard the news, they agreed they would never let her mother know the truth. They kept their secret until Rampling's mother died in 2001.[5]

At 59, Rampling appeared in Laurent Cantet's Heading South (Vers le Sud), a 2005 film about sexual tourism. She plays Ellen, a professor of French literature and single Englishwoman, who holidays in 1970s Haiti to get the sexual attention she does not get at home.

On her choice of roles, Rampling says, "I generally don't make films to entertain people. I choose the parts that challenge me to break through my own barriers. A need to devour, punish, humiliate or surrender seems to be a primal part of human nature, and it's certainly a big part of sex. To discover what normal means, you have to surf a tide of weirdness."[citation needed]

The actress has continued to work in sexually provocative films, such as Basic Instinct 2. More recently, she portrayed the mother of Keira Knightley's character in the title role in 2008's The Duchess.

In 2002, she also recorded an album entitled Comme Une Femme. It is in both French and English, and includes parts that are spoken word as well as tracks Rampling sang.[citation needed]

Given her striking style and look, Rampling can also be seen on the cover of Vogue Magazine, Interview Magazine, Elle Magazine and CRUSHfanzine.

In 2010, she completed filming Cleanskin, a terrorist thriller starring Sean Bean, James Fox, Tuppence Middleton, Michelle Ryan and Abhin Galeya.[citation needed] The film was written, produced and directed by Hadi Hajaig.[citation needed]

In 2013, she played Dr. Evelyn Vogel in the final season of Dexter.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1972, Rampling married the actor and publicist Bryan Southcombe. They were widely reported to be living in a ménage à trois with a male model, Randall Laurence,[4] and had one child, Barnaby Southcombe (who is now a successful television director) before divorcing in 1976. In 1974, Rampling was quoted by the syndicated columnist Earl Wilson as saying: "There are so many misunderstandings in life. I once caused a scandal by saying I lived with two men [...] I didn't mean it in a sexual sense [...] We were just like any people sharing a flat."[7] In 1978, Rampling married the French composer Jean Michel Jarre and had a second son, magician and singer David Jarre. She also brought up stepdaughter Émilie Jarre, now a fashion designer. The marriage was publicly dissolved in 1997 when she learned from tabloid newspaper stories about Jarre's affairs with other women and had a nervous breakdown. She has been engaged to Jean-Noël Tassez, a French communications tycoon, since 1998.[8] On 6 April 2009, it was reported by The Daily Mail that Rampling had hired lawyers to try to block the publication of a biography about her written by a close friend.[9]


Film and television credits
1965Knack ...and How to Get It, TheThe Knack ...and How to Get ItWater SkierUncredited
1965Rotten to the CoreSara Capell
1966Georgy GirlMeredith
1967Long Duel, TheThe Long DuelJane
1968Sequestro di persona (it)Christina
1969Target: HarryRuth Carlyle
1969Damned, TheThe DamnedElisabeth Thallman
1971Vanishing PointHitchhikerscenes deleted
1971Addio, fratello crudeleAnnabella
1971Ski Bum, TheThe Ski BumSamantha
1972Henry VIII and His Six WivesAnne Boleyn
1972CorkyCorky's Wife
1973Giordano BrunoFosca
1974Caravan to VaccarèsLila
1974Night Porter, TheThe Night PorterLucia Atherton
1975Yuppi duSilvia
1975La Chair de l'orchidéeClaire
1975Farewell, My LovelyHelen Grayle
1976Sherlock Holmes in New York (TV)Irene Adler
1977Un taxi mauveSharon
1977OrcaRachel Bedford
1977Al di là del bene e del maleLou von Salomé
1980Stardust MemoriesDorrie
1982Verdict, TheThe VerdictLaura Fischer
1983InfidelitiesTV Flaminia
1984Viva la vie!Catherine Perrin
1985On ne meurt que deux fois (fr)Barbara SparkNominated—César Award for Best Actress
1985Tristesse et beautéLéa Uéno
1986Max, Mon AmourMargaret Jones
1987Angel HeartMargaret Krusemark
1987MascaraGaby HartFantasporto Award for Best Actress
1988Paris by NightClara Paige
1988D.O.A.Mrs. Fitzwaring
1989RebusMiriam, contessa di Du Terrail
1992La Femme abandonnée (TV)Fanny de Lussange
1993Hammers Over the AnvilGrace McAlister
1993Asphalt TangoMarion
1994Murder in MindSonya Davies
1994Time Is MoneyIrina Kaufman
1995Samson le magnifique (TV)Isabelle de Marsac
1996La Dernière fête (TV)La marquise
1996Invasion of PrivacyDeidre Stiles, Josh's Attorney
1997Wings of the Dove, TheThe Wings of the DoveAunt Maude
1999Great Expectations (TV)Miss Havisham
1999Cherry Orchard, TheThe Cherry OrchardLyubov Ranyevskaya
2000My Uncle SilasSylvia FeatherstoneTV series
2000Signs & WondersMarjorie
2000Hommage à Alfred Lepetit
2000Sous le sableMarie DrillonNominated—César Award for Best Actress
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
2001Fourth Angel, TheThe Fourth AngelKate Stockton
2001SuperstitionFrances Matteo
2001Spy GameAnn Cathcart
2002Embrassez qui vous voudrezElizabeth Lannier
2003I'll Sleep When I'm DeadHelen
2003Swimming PoolSarah MortonEuropean Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
Nominated—London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the year
2003Imperium: Augustus (TV)Livia
2003Statement, TheThe StatementNicole
2004Jerusalemski sindrom
2004ImmortelElma TurnerNominated—European Film Award for Best Actress
2004Keys to the House, TheThe Keys to the HouseNicole
2005LemmingAlice PollockNominated—César Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actress
2005Vers le sudEllen
2006Basic Instinct 2Milena Gardosh
2006Désaccord parfaitAlice d'Abanville
2007AngelHermione Gilbright
2007Caótica AnaJustine
2008DeceptionWall Street Belle
2008Babylon A.D.Noelite High Priestess
2008Duchess, TheThe DuchessGeorgiana Spencer, Countess Spencer
2009Quelque chose à te direMady Celliers
2009The Ball of the ActressesHerself
2009Boogie WoogieEmille
2009La femme invisible (d'après une histoire vraie)Rose
2009Life During WartimeJacqueline
2010Never Let Me GoMiss Emily
2010StreetDance 3DHelena
2010Rio Sex ComedyCharlotte
2010The Mill and the CrossMary
2011Cars 2Narrator
2011The Eye of the StormElizabeth HunterNominated—AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
2011CleanskinCharlotte McQueen
2012I, AnnaAnna Welles
2012RestlessSally GilmartinNominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
2013DexterDr. Evelyn Vogel
2013Night Train to LisbonAdriana do Prado
2013Young & BeautifulAlice
2013The Blueblack HussarHerselfDocumentary on the 2010-2011 musical comeback of Adam Ant, directed by Jack Bond
2015BroadchurchUnknownMajor new role in Series 2


  1. ^ "Charlotte Rampling Biography (1946?-)". Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Mackenzie, Suzie (16 August 2003). "A time for happiness". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  3. ^ The Avengers Forever: Guest Actor Biography, accessed 7 May 2010
  4. ^ a b Sholto Byrnes (26 March 2005). "Charlotte Rampling: In from the cold". London: The Independent. Retrieved 12 August 2006. 
  5. ^ a b c "Good Charlotte". The Age (Melbourne). 4 October 2003. 
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  7. ^ Earl Wilson, An Explanation of Streaking. The Post-Register, Idaho Falls, Monday, 18 March 1974, p.10
  8. ^ Byrnes, Sholto (26 March 2005). "Charlotte Rampling: In from the cold". Independent (London). p. 1. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  9. ^ Churcher, Sharon (6 April 2009). "Actress Charlotte Rampling 'freaks out' and tells lawyer to halt biography written by pal". Daily Mail (London). p. 1. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 

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