Mathilda May

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Mathilda May
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May in 2010
Karin Haïm

(1965-02-08) 8 February 1965 (age 57)
Paris, France
Years active1984–present
  • Paul Powell
    (m. 19911993)
  • (m. 19941999)
  • Philippe Kelly
    (m. 20002006)

Mathilda May (born Karin Haïm; [1] 8 February 1965) is a French film actress.


Early life

May was born in Paris, France. Her father, playwright Victor Haïm, is of Sephardic Jewish (Greek-Jewish and Turkish-Jewish) descent. Her mother is the Swedish ballet teacher and choreographer Margareta Hanson. [2] 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 Naked Tango (1991), Becoming Colette  [ fr ] (1991) and The Tit and the Moon (1994). In the United States 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. [3] [4]

May was the writer and director for the theater show Open Space, which was performed in the Théâtre Jean-Vilar in the commune of Suresnes, the Théâtre du Rond-Point, and the Théâtre de Paris from 2013 to 2015. [5] [6] [7]

Personal life

May has been married three times: Her first husband was Paul Powell. 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.


1983 Weißblaue Geschichten TV Series (1 Episode)
1984 Nemo AliceArnaud Sélignac
1985 Lifeforce Space Girl Tobe Hooper
Giorno dopo giornoSalvatore NocitaTV Series
Les Rois du gag Alexandra Claude Zidi
1986Les louvesAgnès Peter Duffell TV Movie
Se un giorno busserai alla mia portaClaudia BandiniLuigi PerelliTV Mini-Series
1987La vie dissolue de Gérard FloquePauline Georges Lautner
The Cry of the Owl Juliette Claude Chabrol César Award for Most Promising Actress
1988 Il segreto del Sahara MyriamAlberto NegrinTV Mini-Series
La passerelleCora ElbazJean-Claude Sussfeld
Piazza NavonaJeanneRoger GuillotTV Series (1 Episode)
L'heure SimenonEdméeJosef RusnakTV 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  [ fr ] 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 BoyBetsySyd MacartneyTV Movie
Le voleur et la menteuseSuzanne Henson Paul Boujenah
1996 Celluloide Cameo Carlo Lizzani
Noces cruellesSandra Bertrand Van Effenterre TV Movie
La ferme du crocodileSandrine JaussierDidier AlbertTV Movie
Privateer 2: The Darkening Melissa BanksSteve Hilliker
Erin Roberts
Video Game
1997 The Jackal Isabella Zanconia Michael Caton-Jones
1998Only LoveSilvia Rinaldi John Erman TV Movie
2000Là-bas... mon paysNelly Azera Alexandre Arcady
Les redoutablesMilitary womanThierry Barthes
Pierre Jamin
TV Series (1 Episode)
2001De toute urgenceJuliePhilippe TriboitTV Movie
Caméra Café The Boss's wifeTV Series (1 Episode)
2002Fabio MontaleHélène PessayreJosé PinheiroTV Mini-Series (2 Episodes)
Perlasca – Un eroe Italiano Contessa EleonoraAlberto Negrin (2)TV Movie
2003Soyez prudents...Lionel GédébéTV Series
Soraya  [ it ] Shams Lodovico GaspariniTV Movie
2004Love ExpressAnne-CharlotteElena Hazanov
2005L'homme presséIrène DebordSébastien GrallTV Movie
L'homme qui voulait passer à la téléAmar Arhab
Fabrice Michelin
TV Movie
2006EntrevueAlixMarie-Pierre HusterShort
2007New délireFanny's voiceEric Le Roch
A Girl Cut in Two Capucine Jamet Claude Chabrol (2)
2009Au siècle de MaupassantThérèse de MarsanneGérard Jourd'huiTV Series (1 Episode)
2010Les nuits d'AliceAngéliqueWilliams CrépinTV Movie
2011Une vie françaiseAnna BlickJean-Pierre SinapiTV Movie
2012 The Players Ariane Jean Dujardin
ClashLaure RossignolPascal LahmaniTV Series (3 Episodes)
2013La croisièreFrançoisePascal Lahmani (2)TV Series (1 Episode)
Délit de fuiteCécileThierry BinistiTV Movie

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