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Bérénice Marlohe

Bérénice MarloheBérénice Marlohe, born on the 19th of May 1979 in Paris, France, is a French actress. She is mainly known for her role as anti-heroine Bond girl Sévérine in the James Bond film Skyfall in which she played anti-heroine Bond girl Sévérine in the twenty-third James Bond film.

The French actress first came to international attention when she was cast as the glamorous and enigmatic Severin in the twenty-third Bond film in 2012, alongside Daniel Craig which grossed over 1.11 billion dollars worldwide.

Her television credits include Père et Maire, Femmes de loi, and Equipe médicale d’urgence.

She has appeared in the French comedy Happiness Never Comes Alone with Sophie Marceau, even though she did not appear in the credits. She is also a brand ambassador for the Omega Watch Company.

Her father is a doctor of Cambodian and Chinese descent and her mother, a teacher, is French. She originally wanted to be a pianist, as well as an artist, studying at the French arts school Conservatoire de Paris over a ten year period.

"From my Mum I got the friendliness and the ability not to depend on anyone. From my Dad I got the stubbornness and the will never to give up - and my facial features.

Bérénice MarloheMarlohe first appeared in 2007 in a French short called La discordance before appearing in different French television series such as Pas as de secrets entre nous in 2008, Femmes de loi also in 2008, R.I.S, police scientifique in 2009, as well as in Père et maire in 2009.

She has appeared twice in the French crime series R.I.S, police scientifique, in 2009 and again in 2012. In 2012 she played as the date of Laurent (Maurice Barthélémy), in Happiness Never Comes Alone.

She is best known for her role as Bond girl, Sévérine, in the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig.

As for her personal favorites for Bond girls?

"I like the bad ones, the "bad girls", the ones that wanted to kill 007. The best one? Famke Janssen, she was European as well, from Holland. Merciless, lethal, the best one for acting in my opinion. The most beautiful ever? Kim Basinger, although Ursula Andress in Dr. Julius No can’t be forgotten easily."

Being a strong believer in fate, she stated in an interview that she dreamt of acting alongside Javier Bardem six months before her Bond audition.

After having the dream, she knew that she would get the part. It was not until the casting call for Skyfall that someone mentioned to her that Bardem might also be cast.

Bérénice MarloheMarlohe will continue to expand her presence in America on the silver screen. In 2015 she starred in writer director Victor Levin's romantic dramedy 5 to 7, which had its world premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

Marlohe stars opposite Anton Yelchin of Star Trek, as an aspiring novelist in New York who has a 5-to-7 affair with the wife of a French diplomat played by Bérénice Marlohe. IFC released the film in April 2015.

This year , Bérénice finished on Tim Smit's Redivider and Lech Majewski's Valley of the Gods where she appears alongside Josh Hartnett, Charlotte Rampling and John Malkovich.

In 2017 Bérénice appeared in both Joe Miale's sci-fi thriller Revolt opposite Lee Pace and Terrence Malick's Weightless alongside an amazing ensemble cast that includes Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett.

Marlohe refused to be part of the second version of the indie movie Revolt that was filmed years after the original movie was shot and asked for her character to be killed off or for her part to be re cast, after a decision was made to drastically change the story in favor of "explosions and robots" - stating she was supporting substance, story telling and character development in movies.

She also appeared in David Lynch's Twin Peaks in 2017, alongside Naomi Watts, Laura Dern and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Bérénice MarloheThe 33-year-old French actress spent years in Paris struggling to make it in the movies with agents constantly telling her she had the wrong look.

Her mixed French, Chinese and Cambodian ancestry meant she was turned down for countless roles before Skyfall director Sam Mendes saw her potential and cast her in the film.

She revealed to GQ magazine how Mendes had said she was exactly what he imagined the Bond girl Sévérine would look like before casting her in the 23rd 007 film.

"Even people who saw me in acting workshops and wanted to introduce me to people – when those people considered my picture, they said, ‘No, she will never work in France’. I was not in the mold."

"Then Mendes told me when he first imagined the role, he imagined someone looking like me. So I was very happy."

The director, who won an Oscar for American Beauty, said:

"She has that thing that many of the classic Bond girls have, which is that she's a real woman with a mature sexuality. But also there's a real mystery to her."

"I prepared for this role for eight years of my life," said the Parisian actress who played Sévérine.

Bérénice MarloheMarlohe was so fixated on becoming a Bond Girl that "even before my Skyfall audition, I had two fake guns at home," she confessed.

"I wanted to feel the sensation of power, and they helped me get into a character's skin."

"I wanted to base her on something feminine but incorporate masculinity too," she said in a magazine interview. "So, I decided to play her as a cross between a panther and a dragon."

"I would love to be the Joker in the next Batman. I’ve done a reel where I’ve played the Joker. The kind of roles I really enjoy most of all are given to men usually."

"Like Gary Oldman in The Firm. He was so great in that, and that's the kind of character I like – a bit crazy and intense on screen." she said.

"I have always dreamed of being the bad guys in the movie. You know, the mafia chief. That would be my dream."

Marlohe admitted that playing Séverine in Skyfall was a dream role for her as she got to mix sexy femininity with a dark character.

"She is mysterious - good, evil, adventurous. I had to give her a lot of substance and charisma, and the sexiness came from that." Marlohe added.

Bérénice Marlohe"She has this Asian heritage which for us in the story – her part of it takes place in Shanghai, Macau and out in the South China Sea – was perfect. In some lights she's Western, in some lights she's very exotic."

It seems obvious after her performance in Skyfall, Bérénice will no longer have to struggle for roles.

One thing is for certain she has no intention of returning to France for parts.

"I've given up on everyone there. Nobody wanted me in France before and now everyone wants me."

"I love independent movies. You can really have freedom to create and work closely with directors and producers, without having big studio requirements. You have more space to explore your own artistic universe".

"I respect directors and producers who are bold and try to go forward over the cliches and propose something original to the audience. People with a vision and a universe."

"I believe that beauty is mostly an inner and spiritual concept. Beauty has to do with the charm and personality of every single woman. It's what gives you charisma."

"It is what you have inside, in your brain. It is humour, attraction, and most of all, it is individual. The energy is very important. You can't see the beauty of an extraordinary person - but you can feel it, and see it. This is the most magnetic side of a woman."

Bérénice Marlohe"My idols are Sofia Loren and Brigitte Bardot - two women. I love the femininity they brought on the screen, the regality they used to show that they were real women, with breasts and hips." "I also love the dresses they were wearing; knee-length skirts and light dresses. A plain elegance - which everyone can afford. I like to see and to show the figure."

Thirty minutes is all I spend on a beauty routine - never let yourself be desired more than that, otherwise no man will ever come to pick you up at home.

"What do I do? I clean the skin, then moisturize, make up only on the eyes and watch out never to use foundation cream on the whole face, it destroys the skin brightness."

"It's important to be fast. To add too many layers, to attain an impossible perfection, is the biggest mistake you can make: the more you add the more you risk getting it wrong."

I love the sun, and because I live in Paris and I work a lot in London, I have to say that I get a lot of rain. I am a person that loves to recharge by lying in the sun for hours, my spirit gets regenerated - like a battery charger.

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Year Original title English title Role Director
2007 La Discordance (Short film) The young lady Patrick Hernandez
2011 L'art de séduire The young sports Guy Mazarguil
2012 Un bonheur n'arrive jamais seul Happiness Never Comes Alone Laurent's date James Huth
Skyfall Sévérine Sam Mendes
2015 5 to 7 Arielle Victor Levin
2016 Redivider Abby Tim Smit
2016 Valley of the Gods Karen Kitson Lech Majewski
2017 Song to Song Zoey Terrence Malick
2017 Revolt Nadia Joe Miale
2017 Kill Switch Abby Tim Smit


Year Title Role Country / Type
2008 Pas de secrets entre nous Ingrid France – TV series
Femmes de loi
(Episode: "Passager clandestin")
Barmaid France – TV series
Section de recherches
(Episode: "Une femme comme les autres")
Isabelle Marnay France – TV series
2009 R.I.S, police scientifique
(Episode: "Mise à l'épreuve - 2ème partie")
Eglantine du Meunier France – TV series
Le temps est à l'orage Alicia France – TV film
Père et maire
(Episode: "La reconquête")
Caroline pylet France – TV series
2010 Le pigeon Host Golf France – TV film
Équipe médicale d'urgence
(Episode: "2, 3, 7, 9")
Alexia France – TV series
2012 R.I.S, police scientifique
(Episode: "Diamant bleu")
Jewelry Woman France – TV series
2015 The Spoils Before Dying
(6 episodes)
Beatrice EEUU – TV miniseries
2017 Twin Peaks
(Episode: "Part 12")
French Woman TV series


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In the Bonesetter's Waiting Room:
Travels Through Indian Medicine

BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week India defies definition, and the story of medicine in India is similarly rich and complex: shaped by unique challenges and opportunities, uniting cutting-edge technological developments with ancient cultural traditions, fuelled by political changes which transformed the lives of millions and moulded by the energy of forceful individuals. Here, Aarathi Prasad investigates how Indian medicine came to be the way it is. Her travels will take her to bonesetter clinics in Jaipur and Hyderabad and the waiting-rooms of Bollywood's best plastic surgeons, and introduce her to traditional healers as well as the world-beating heart surgeon who is revolutionising treatment of the poor around the globe.

Like a Virgin

Exploring the Frontiers of Conception

Sexual evolution is a slippery business. Like all mammals, we humans seem to have been left no choice in the matter: even though it is costly, inefficient and dangerous, if we want to reproduce we simply have to have sex. Yet most human cultures tell the tale of a maiden who gives birth untouched by a man; and in the wild there are plenty of creatures – such as turkeys, komodo dragons, sharks and the ‘Jesus Christ’ lizard (which walks on water, too) – that take various approaches to reproducing without sex.

In LIKE A VIRGIN, the biology writer Aarathi Prasad discusses how reproduction without sex is achieved in animals and explores why evolution hasn’t made it an option for humans – yet. In doing so, she provides a quirky, entertaining and perceptive overview of the mysteries of evolutionary biology, sex and reproduction – past, present and future.

It’s a remarkable story that ranges across Greek mythology, natural history, agriculture, conservation and medicine; takes in some of the most exciting areas of developmental genetics and molecular biology that other popular science books largely ignore; and is packed full of a cast of amazing characters, be they obscure animals or eccentric scientists such as the respected geneticist Dr Helen Spurway who in the UK in the 1950s unwittingly sparked a nationwide search for a virgin mother.

There is now a plethora of strategies being developed in reproductive medicine that could ultimately keep our species going in a world of embellished sex: the creation of artificial eggs and sperm from bone marrow, labs-on-chips on which eggs are fertilized, silicone wombs and artificial wombs (where fetuses can spend their full nine months), and even research to prepare us for reproduction in space. What’s more, we are finally beginning to understand what genetic modifications are needed to allow for the creation of women who could have babies without having sex. Now that we have the competent hand of science in our lives, will girls still need men?

Publisher: Oneworld (UK/US)
Pub Date: 16 August 2012
Status: Draft manuscript
Length: 288 pages

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UK & Commonwealth, US, Arabic (Arab Scientific), Japan (East Press)

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