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Ludivine Sagnier is one of France's rising young stars. She has worked with François Ozon more times than any other actress, having previously starred for the filmmaker in his features Water Drops on Burning Rocks and 8 Women.
Her performance in the latter movie earned her the Romy Schneider Award [given annually to a promising young French actress], as well as a César Award [France's equivalent of the Oscar] nomination. Ms. Sagnier shared the European Film Academy Award for Best Actress, as well as the Silver Bear Award at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival, with the film's ensemble of Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Béart, Fanny Ardant, Virginie Ledoyen, Danielle Darrieux, and Firmine Richard.
The French native began studying acting, while still a child, at Y.D. Hieronimus Drama School. In her teenage years, while attending the Conservatory of Dramatic Art, she won prizes for Modern Drama and also Classical Drama.
Ms. Sagnier has since starred in movies, on television, and in plays. The latter appearances have included Paris productions of Marivaux' Game of Love and Chance as well as Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Her television work includes playing the title role in the French telefilm Marie Marmaille (directed by Jean-Louis Bertucelli), as well as costarring in the English-language Napoleon miniseries (directed by Yves Simoneau) which recently aired in the U.S. on the A&E Network.
Her movie credits include several short films, most notably Guillaume Bréaud's Acide Animé (for which she received the Best Actress award at the Lutin Festival of Short Films). Most recently she starred in Les frères Helias and Guedin, both directed by Fredy Busso.
Ms. Sagnier's feature work commenced over a decade ago, as a child, with Pascal Thomas' Les Maris, les Femmes, les Amants. Her subsequent features have included Diane Kurys' The Children of the Century (with Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel), Charles Matton's Rembrandt (with Klaus Maria Brandauer), Jérôme Lévy's Bon plan, Ian Simpson's Toothache (which marked her first English-language role), Laurent Tuel's Un Jeu d'enfants, Yvan Attal's My Wife is an Actress (with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Terence Stamp), Pascal Bonitzer's Petites coupures (with Daniel Auteuil and Kristin Scott Thomas), and Claude Miller's soon-to-be-released La petite Lili (in which she plays the title role). At the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival, she was named a "Shooting Star" for France.
Marking her starring role in a first major studio co-production, she has most recently completed work as Tink (a.k.a. Tinkerbelle) in P.J. Hogan's Peter Pan, with Jason Isaacs and Jeremy Sumpter. The film will be released in the U.S. at Christmas 2003.