Marceau (née Sophie Maupu) was born November 17,
1966, in Paris, France. While growing up with
her father -- who was a truck driver -- in the
Parisian suburbs, Sophie was always far removed
from the big movie studios of France.
she was 14, a friend of hers informed her that
French director Claude Pinoteau was casting fresh
talent for his film, La Boum. Sophie was
cast in the teenage film, released in 1980. The
film was a huge hit and led to the sequel, La
Boum 2, released 2 years later.
was honored with the Cesar (French Oscar) for
Most Promising Actress, in 1983. Legally tied
to her contract with Gaumont, the movie studio
she had worked with, Sophie paid one million French
francs to buy back her contract when she was 16
years old -- of course, she had to borrow the
money to pay the large sum, but it was worth it
for a newly independent Sophie.
then broke away from the mold of a teenage star
and moved onto more dramatic parts, in films such
as 1984's Fort Saganne, and Joyeuse
Pâques (Happy Easter); 1985's L'Amour
Braque (directed by her long-time boyfriend,
Andrzej Zulawski) and Police; 1986's Descente
aux Enfers (Descent Into Hell); 1988's L'Etudiante
(The Student) and Chouans!; and
1989's Mes Nuits Sont Plus Belles Que Vos Jours
(My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days),
also directed by Andrzej Zulawski.
to her role in Chouans!, she was named
Best Romantic Actress at the 1988 International
Festival of Romantic Movies.
a role in Pacific Palisades in 1990 and
La Note Bleue, her third film by her companion,
Sophie opted for lighter, fluffier roles, such
as the comedy Fanfan in 1993 and La
Fille de D'Artagnan a year later. She even
ventured into theater with her role in Eurydice
in 1991, which garnered her a Marceau a Moliere
Award for Most Promising Newcomer. She took to
the stage again in 1994, as Eliza Dolittle in
it was her role as Princess Isabelle in the Oscar-winning
epic, Braveheart, that made international
audiences take notice of the French beauty. Mel
Gibson immediately knew that Sophie was the one
for the part, and moviegoers agreed that she added
beauty to what was already an excellent, yet gory
same year that Braveheart madness was in
the air, Sophie went behind the camera for a 9-minute
film, L'Aube a L'envers, which opened for
a film at the Cannes Film Festival.
Sophie tries to stay away from the Hollywood scene
and not get caught up in the circuit, she has
an impressive resume of American films such as
her co-starring role in the David Spade comedy,
Lost & Found and William Shakespeare's
A Midsummer Night's Dream, along with Michelle
Pfeiffer and Calista Flockhart.
1999, she jumped to Bond Girl status as Elektra
King, starring opposite Pierce Brosnan in the
19th Bond outing, The World Is Not Enough.
her Bond fame, Sophie has starred in the French
films La Fidélité, again under the direction
of Zulawski and Belphégor -- Le Fantôme Du
animal lover, Sophie avidly and publicly protests
sports such as dove-shooting and bullfighting,
and supports Arc-en-Ciel, an organization that
helps sick children.
family and friends refer to Sophie as Flatfoosie,
she's known as mom to her son Vincent (with husband
Andrzej Zulawski), born July 1995.