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Clémence Poésy

Clémence PoésyClémence Poésy, born on the 3rd of October in 1982 in L'Haÿ-les-Roses, a southern suburb of Paris, as Clémence Guichard. She is a French actress and fashion model.

After starting on the stage as a child, Poésy studied drama and has been active in both film and television since 1999, including some English-language productions.

She is known for the roles of Fleur Delacour in the Harry Potter film series, Chloë in In Bruges and Rana in 127 Hours. She is also known for her small role as Eva Coupeau on Gossip Girl.

Poésy is the daughter of actor-writer Étienne Guichard and a French teacher. Poésy took her mother's maiden name as her stage name.

She was sent to an alternative school in Meudon. Her father gave Poésy her first acting job when she was a child; then she had two lines at age 14.

She has a younger sister, Maëlle Poésy-Guichard, who is also an actress.

Since leaving La Source – the bilingual alternative school she attended until the age of 16 – Poésy has studied drama at Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique - French National Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Atelier International de Blanche Salant et Paul Weaver, and the University of Nanterre.

Clémence PoésyHer first roles were for a French TV series between 1997 and 1999, Un homme en colère in 1997 and Les monos in 1999.

Her first feature film was a German production, Olgas Sommer in 2002, and her second was the French production, Welcome to the Roses in 2003.

Her first English-speaking role was in the BBC mini-series Gunpowder, Treason & Plot in 2004.

In the film she portrayed Mary, Queen of Scots, subsequently winning the 2005 Golden FIPA for actress in a TV Series and Serial.

On playing "Mary, Queen of Scots" in Gunpowder, Treason & Plot: "I realised that, ever since I was a child, I wanted to be an actress just to dress up in big fabrics and corsets and have adventures riding horses with lots of blood and action! And I got all that and more as Mary".

"To embody a character, you have to lose all judgment about them. Acting makes you look at life and try to understand it in a beautiful way."

In 2005 Poésy appeared in the Harry Potter franchise as Fleur Delacour in The Goblet of Fire, and between 2006 and 2007 she starred in a number of film and television productions including the 2007 mini-series War and Peace.

Clémence PoésyIn 2008 Poésy starred in the Academy Award-nominated film In Bruges, where she acted alongside Colin Farrell, and reunited with Harry Potter co-stars Ralph Fiennes and Brendan Gleeson.

In 2009, Poésy appeared in Heartless opposite Jim Sturgess. She reprised her role as Fleur Delacour in both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movies.

As a model, Poésy has been featured in magazines, including the covers of i-D, twice on French magazine Jalouse, Australia's Yen, and Nylon.

Since October 2007, Poésy has been one of three spokesmodels for the self-titled fragrance by Chloé, and has modelled in Gap's 2008 autumn advertising campaign. In December 2011, Clémence was chosen as the face of G-Star Raw.

In 2015 the French actress was back as the face of Chloé fragrance front its campaign for Love Story, its newest scent'

"I was very touched Chloé asked me to do this a second time around," the French actress and model remarked.

"I never thought that would happen. I grew up really admiring all the poetry of the clothes - Chloé was the first fashion house that lent me clothes from when I starting out as an actress."

But the French fashion house did invite the 32-year-old beauty back, and she stars in the lovely film directed by Mélanie Laurent.

Clémence PoésyPoésy's Love Story for Chloé sees the actress whisked through Paris for "a modern story of seduction. Her, and him, their paths cross, a few mumbled words, a beautiful moment," explains the press release.

"It's about a girl that doesn't want to stay still, there's a real sense of movement in the film,"

The hair and make-up for the filming was chosen by Poésy herself however:

"I don't like looking like someone's done too much," she explains.

"I feel a bit weird looking like someone's done my make-up. If I have to, I try and work with people who understand how little make-up I like - someone like make-up artist Carole Colombani I love. On the hair I like almost nothing."

She played Chuck Bass's new French girlfriend, Eva, in the fourth season of the CW hit show Gossip Girl and in 2010, Poésy also appeared alongside James Franco in 127 Hours, directed by Danny Boyle.

127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.

Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary. The film starred James Franco, Clémence Poésy, Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara.

Clémence PoésyShe was cast in the English TV mini-series, Birdsong in 2012 - All of which have shown her to be very capable of roles in multiple languages, periods and roles.

127 Hours was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on the 12th of September in 2010, following its premiere at the 2010 Telluride Film Festival.

In 2011 she appeared alongside Rupert Friend in Lullaby for Pi, a romantic drama and Benoit Philippon's directorial debut.

The film is about a jazz singer (Friend) whose wife has just died and who meets a mysterious woman (Poésy). Forest Whitaker also starred.

She can also be heard singing on the album Colour of the Trap by Miles Kane. She is featured on the track "Happenstance".

She stars alongside Michael Caine in Mr. Morgan's Last Love and in 2012 made her Broadway debut in Cyrano de Bergerac as Roxane.

In 2013 Poésy starred as the female lead in the Sky Atlantic/Canal+ series The Tunnel.

In 2014 she became the poster girl for Love Story fragrance from Chloé.

Poesy is fluent in French, English, some Italian, and Spanish and is known for her natural beauty, devoid of make-up and cosmetics, and she herself says that she does not like using them. She fell off of a horse at the age of seven, and did not ride one again until she was 20.

Clémence PoésyThe beauty of Poésy is strange and magnetic - she often plays slightly mysterious characters who completely bewitch the male lead. At first she appears to be uncharacteristically angelic, but soon reveals a darker side.

This nuance includes Poésy as Chloe, opposite Colin Farrell in the film, In Bruges, as Emma in 2008. The Third Part of The World and as Tia, opposite Jim Sturgess in her screen performance in Philip Ridley's ultra-dark thriller Heartless.

If she's aware of the power of her own looks, she doesn't seem to show it: "I'm always so impressed with these actresses with their perfect make up and hair and sometimes I'm very aware that I'm not like that," she says.

"But I don't think I can do things any other way - I would be wearing a disguise if I started to apply that stuff to my face."

What is her relationship with her own appearance? - She is not sure. "You become aware of it because as an actor it's part of your job in a way."

"But I suppose I'm not very concerned with it. It's very weird because in Paris, I can stand in front of an ad with my face on it waiting for the bus and no one recognises me. Because, of course, none of that is real."

So in demand is she for fashion shoots that she recently made the decision to stop doing them altogether unless she was publicising a film:

"When it comes to photoshoots, there was a clear moment for me when I thought 'I'm going to have to enjoy this because it's going to be a part of what I do.' The minute you start to enjoy it and to keep that playfulness, it does become fun, but I reached a point when I stopped doing photoshoots that weren't a part of my job, because it didn't feel quite right."

Clémence PoésyShe has been described as both a future icon of French cinema as well as a young Jane Birkin. She wasn't popular when she was at school, and seriously believes that it was what contributed to her artistic success today.

She is imperfect; her teeth are quirky, and she has described herself as having a "bizarre face that's a bit out of proportion".

She says her greatest strength is having "a good ability to enjoy life" but says she has too many weaknesses to list.

Her parents fed her the lie that their television was permanently broken, so she never watched it. Instead, they passed on their enthusiasm for film, theatre and literature.

Her upbringing was, she says, "very peaceful, loving, caring, and I have a beautiful relationship with my family. I am thankful every day for my happy childhood."

"Someone once asked me why I'm doing this and I didn't have an answer," she says.

"My sister - actress Malle Poésy-Guichard, and I played a lot. We invented a lot of stories and I suppose that acting is a bit of an extension of that. But for me I never had that thing where I would feel ridiculous. You find yourself in situations where you think 'oh my god, what am I doing, what am I saying?"

"And I suppose if I didn't have that joy as a child, that ability to not care, to not be self conscious and to tell stories, well I suppose it would be unbearable."

"It's the easiest thing to do if you don't have that selfconsciousness. It's that element of being a kid and playing at being a cowboy, and believing it entirely until your mother calls you in for dinner. It is a beautiful job."

Clémence Poésy"When it comes to fame I am in a very convenient position - I live a very normal life. I have met people who have a level of fame that completely changed their lives, but where I'm at, it's really nice."

"Sometimes people come up to you to say that they enjoyed a film you were in, which is very nice, but that's about it. I would like everything to stop where it is right now. As for the rest, I'm very happy, very content. And if I lose that fun element, that joy, well then maybe I'll try something else. I don't like to make plans."

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Year Title Role Notes
2001 Petite Soeur Anna Short
2002 Olgas Sommer Olga
2003 Welcome to the Roses (Bienvenue chez les Rozes) Magali Rozes
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Fleur Delacour
2006 Le Grand Meaulnes Yvonne de Galais Swann d'Or for Best Actress
2007 Sans moi Lise
Masked Mobsters (Le Dernier gang) Julie
2008 Blanche Chloé Short
n Bruges Chloë Villette
La troisième partie du monde Emma
2009 Heartless Tia
2010 Le mystère Valentine
Pièce montée Bérengère
Lullaby for Pi Pi
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Fleur Delacour
127 Hours Rana
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Fleur Delacour San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
The Silence of Joan (Jeanne Captive) Jeanne d'Arc
2012 The Capsule Short
Hopper Stories Short
2013 Mr. Morgan's Last Love Pauline Laubie
Karaoke! Short
2014 GHB: To Be or Not to Be The New York's Girl
Métamorphose The Virgin / The Unicorn Short
2015 The Great Game Laura
The Ones Below Kate
2016 Demain tout commence Kristin
7 Minutes Hira
2017 Final Portrait Caroline


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Un homme en colère Hélène TV Series (2 Episodes)
2000 Les Monos Julia TV Series (1 Episode)
2001 Tania Boréalis ou L'étoile d'un été Maguy TV Movie
2003 Life After All Jessica TV Movie
2004 Gunpowder, Treason & Plot Mary, Queen of Scots TV Movie
Golden FIPA Award for actress in a TV Series and Serial
2005 Revelations Exquisite Corpse TV Mini-Series
2006 Les Amants du Flore Lumi TV Movie
2007 War and Peace Natasha Rostova TV Mini-Series
2010 Eva Coupeau TV Series (4 Episodes)
2012 Birdsong Isabelle Azaire TV Mini-Series
Richard II Queen Isabella/Anne TV Movie
2013–2017 The Tunnel Elise Wassermann TV Series (18 Episodes)
2018 Genius: Picasso Françoise Gilot TV series; recurring role


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Le dragon
1995 Mai 45 Mai 95
1997 Picasso 970
2003 Tartuffe
2012 Cyrano de Bergerac Roxane Limited Broadway engagement of 31 previews and 52 performances, concluded 25 November 2012


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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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