Lou Doillon

Lou Doillon

Lou Doillon photographed by Studio Harcourt Paris
Born (1982-09-04) 4 September 1982
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Occupation Actress, singer, model
Years active 1987–present
Children 1

Lou Doillon (born 4 September 1982) is a French model, singer, and actress. Her father is director Jacques Doillon and her mother is British actress and singer Jane Birkin.[1]

Early life

Doillon was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. On her mother's side, she is the half-sister of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kate Barry (1967–2013), and of Lola Doillon, Lily and Lina on her father's side.[1]



Doillon began her acting career as her mother's daughter in Kung-Fu Master (1988).[1] Her father then cast her in her first leading role in the film Trop (Peu) d'Amour (1997). She also played in Mauvaises Fréquentations (Bad Company) (1999). She became a model because of her atypical beauty and is now a well-known face in European cinema.[1]

In 2001, Doillon starred in Carrément à l'ouest, a movie by Jacques Doillon, her father.

Doillon also starred in Saint Ange (2004), aka House of Voices. In 2007, she played a small part in Go Go Tales by Abel Ferrara. She played the leading character in Gigola (2010) alongside Marie Kremer and Thierry Lhermitte. In 2012, she played one of the main characters in Un enfant de toi (Me, You and Us), another movie by her father.


As a model Doillon has appeared in the one-time Gap, Inc. publication "Individuals" and is the face and muse of the fashion house Givenchy. She also modelled for the 2007 Pirelli Calendar. In 2007 the heritage jeans brand Lee Cooper made her its creative partner but after a year of great reviews closed the line citing bankruptcy.[2] In 2014, Doillon starred in the Spring-Summer advertising campaign for fashion house Chloé. [3]


In 2006 Doillon began writing music with friend and musician Chris Brenner. A song they wrote together, "The Girl Is Gone", was featured on the Visionaire Magazine special music issue and picture disk in 2007. Doillon sings, plays guitar, and writes lyrics; she released her first EP with Brenner, musician John Mitchell, and various artists. The album is titled Places and her first single is "I.C.U." (as in "I see you").[4] Doillon told Interview Magazine "I wrote that because I was desperately in love with someone that I hadn't seen and that I never saw again in my life. I wandered for months in the street looking for him."[5] The album receives rave reviews and Doillon won the "Best Female Artist" at the 2013 Victoires de la Musique. [6]

Personal life

Doillon gave birth to her first child in 2002. She parted company with his father, musician Thomas-John Mitchell, less than a year later and moved to New York.[7]

Doillon has three tattoos: the name of her son, Marlowe, on her right forearm; a salamander on her lower back; and one that reads "Sam's" on her left wrist, which she got when she was in a relationship with actor-writer Samuel Benchetrit.




Other media



Year Album Peak positions Certification


2012 Places 101 5 3 22 7
2015 Lay Low 118 3 3 6


Year Album Peak positions Certification Album
2012 "I.C.U" 57 Places
"Defiant" 125
"Devil or Angel" 69
2015 "Where to Start" 40 Lay Low


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