Mathilda May

Mathilda May

May in 2010
Born Karima Mathilda Haïm
(1965-02-08) 8 February 1965
Paris, France
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Paul Powell (1991–1993)
Gérard Darmon (1994–1999)
Philippe Kelly (2000–2006)

Mathilda May (born Karima Mathilda Haïm; 8 February 1965) is a French film actress.

Early life

May was born in Paris. Her father is playwright Victor Haïm, who is from a Greek- and Turkish-Jewish family. Her mother is the Swedish ballet teacher and choreographer Margareta Hanson.[1] At age 16 May won the "Premier Prix du Conservatoire de Danse de Paris" (First Prize of the Paris Dance Conservatory).


May's film work is primarily in French and made for the European market; she was the recipient of the Prix Romy Schneider in 1989. Non-French films she has appeared in include Lifeforce, Naked Tango (1991), Becoming Colette (1991) and The Tit and the Moon (1994). In the USA she is best known for her role as an alien "vampire" in the 1985 science fiction horror film Lifeforce, directed by Tobe Hooper, in which she is naked for most of her performance. She also appeared in the 1996 space adventure game Privateer 2: The Darkening. She played Isabella in The Jackal, a 1997 action film.

May recorded an album in 1992 called Joy of Love.[2][3]

Personal life

May has been married three times: Her first husband was Paul Powell, while her second husband was Gérard Darmon, with whom she has two children, daughter Sarah (born 17 August 1994) and son Jules (born 4 March 1997). Her third husband was Philippe Kelly.


Year Title Role Director Notes
1983 Weißblaue Geschichten TV Series (1 Episode)
1984 Nemo Alice Arnaud Sélignac
1985 Lifeforce Space Girl Tobe Hooper
Giorno dopo giorno Salvatore Nocita TV Series
Les Rois du gag Alexandra Claude Zidi
1986 Les louves Agnès Peter Duffell TV Movie
Se un giorno busserai alla mia porta Claudia Bandini Luigi Perelli TV Mini-Series
1987 La vie dissolue de Gérard Floque Pauline Georges Lautner
The Cry of the Owl Juliette Claude Chabrol César Award for Most Promising Actress
1988 Il segreto del Sahara Myriam Alberto Negrin TV Mini-Series
La passerelle Cora Elbaz Jean-Claude Sussfeld
Piazza Navona Jeanne Roger Guillot TV Series (1 Episode)
L'heure Simenon Edmée Josef Rusnak TV Series (1 Episode)
Trois places pour le 26 Marion Jacques Demy
1991 Isabelle Eberhardt Isabelle Eberhardt Ian Pringle
Naked Tango Alba/Stéphanie Leonard Schrader
Scream of Stone Katharina Werner Herzog
Becoming Colette Sidonie Gabrielle Colette Danny Huston
1992 Toutes peines confondues Jeanne Gardella Michel Deville
1994 Grosse Fatigue Herself Michel Blanc
The Tit and the Moon Estrellita Bigas Luna
The Whipping Boy Betsy Syd Macartney TV Movie
Le voleur et la menteuse Suzanne Henson Paul Boujenah
1996 Celluloide Cameo Carlo Lizzani
Noces cruelles Sandra Bertrand Van Effenterre TV Movie
La ferme du crocodile Sandrine Jaussier Didier Albert TV Movie
Privateer 2: The Darkening Melissa Banks Steve Hilliker
Erin Roberts
Video Game
1997 The Jackal Isabella Zanconia Michael Caton-Jones
1998 Only Love Silvia Rinaldi John Erman TV Movie
2000 Là-bas... mon pays Nelly Azera Alexandre Arcady
Les redoutables Military woman Thierry Barthes
Pierre Jamin
TV Series (1 Episode)
2001 De toute urgence Julie Philippe Triboit TV Movie
Caméra Café The Boss's wife TV Series (1 Episode)
2002 Fabio Montale Hélène Pessayre José Pinheiro TV Mini-Series (2 Episodes)
Perlasca – Un eroe Italiano Contessa Eleonora Alberto Negrin (2) TV Movie
2003 Soyez prudents... Lionel Gédébé TV Series
Soraya Chams Lodovico Gasparini TV Movie
2004 Love Express Anne-Charlotte Elena Hazanov
2005 L'homme pressé Irène Debord Sébastien Grall TV Movie
L'homme qui voulait passer à la télé Amar Arhab
Fabrice Michelin
TV Movie
2006 Entrevue Alix Marie-Pierre Huster Short
2007 New délire Fanny's voice Eric Le Roch
A Girl Cut in Two Capucine Jamet Claude Chabrol (2)
2009 Au siècle de Maupassant Thérèse de Marsanne Gérard Jourd'hui TV Series (1 Episode)
2010 Les nuits d'Alice Angélique Williams Crépin TV Movie
2011 Une vie française Anna Blick Jean-Pierre Sinapi TV Movie
2012 The Players Ariane Jean Dujardin
Clash Laure Rossignol Pascal Lahmani TV Series (3 Episodes)
2013 La croisière Françoise Pascal Lahmani (2) TV Series (1 Episode)
Délit de fuite Cécile Thierry Binisti TV Movie

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