Personal detailsName: Eva Green
Born: 5 July 1980 (Age: 34)
Where: Paris, France
Height: 5' 6"
Awards: Won 1 BAFTA
All about this star
You can't say she didn't start off with a bang. Within just four years of her film debut Eva Green had played a key role in three major blockbusters. Having started out controversially in Bertolucci's sexual psycho-drama The Dreamers, she immediately boosted her profile yet further with the expensive historical epic Kingdom Of Heaven, then seized the attention of the world with Casino Royale and The Golden Compass. Seldom has an actress achieved global stardom so quickly.
Eve Gaelle Green was born by Caesarean section at the St Vincent de Paul hospital in the 14th Arrondissement of Paris on the 5th of July, 1980. Her father, Walter Green (pronounced Greyne), had moved there from Sweden with his family when he was 16, and had subsequently become a dentist. He would not speak Swedish in the family home and would never take his family back to Sweden. Eva's mother - at the time not married to Walter - was the Algerian-born actress Marlene Jobert, a huge star in France in the Sixties and Seventies (and later a hit children's author). Eva would be the first of non-identical twins, born a couple of minutes before her sister, Joy (who'd grow up to be a horse-breeder in Normandy). Her mother's fame was such that an aura of paranoia surrounded the births. Fearing that her new-borns would be kidnapped, Jobert would change their names while they were still in the cradle and quickly whisk them off to the family's country house some 30 kilometres outside the city, an estate of some 70 hectares that Walter used to rent out to his friends. To avoid pollution, Jobert would take the kids out there each weekend, the family spending weekdays in Paris's upmarket 17th Arrondissement, just east of the Bois de Boulogne, inbetween Montmartre and the Arc de Triomphe. Marlene would care for them from 6 till 11am, a young nanny then taking over. The same nanny would later look after Laura Smets, daughter of rock star Johnny Halliday and actress Nathalie Baye, who'd also grow up to be an actress.
As said, Marlene Jobert was big news in France and Eva would appear with her mother on the cover of Paris Match when she was just two months old. After a short but successful career as a model, Jobert had studied at the Conservatoires of Dijon and Paris and appeared onstage with Yves Montand before making her film debut in Jean-Luc Godard's Masculin, Feminin. Released in 1966, this was a provocative piece which challenged both the language of cinema and the establishment's view of the nation's youth, the so-called "children of Marx and Coca-Cola".