Léa Seydoux (born Léa Hélène Seydoux-Fornier de Clausonne; 1 July 1985) is a French actress. She began her acting career in French cinema, appearing in films such as The Last Mistress (2007) and On War (2008). She first came to attention after she received her first César Award nomination for her performance in The Beautiful Person (2008) and won the Trophée Chopard, an award given to up-and-coming actors at the Cannes Film Festival.
Since then, she has appeared in major Hollywood films including Inglourious Basterds (2009), Robin Hood (2010), Midnight in Paris (2011) and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011). In French cinema, she was nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actress for a second time for her role in Belle Épine (2010) and was nominated for the César Award for Best Actress for the film Farewell, My Queen (2012).
In 2013, Seydoux came to widespread attention when she was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in the critically acclaimed film Blue Is the Warmest Colour. She subsequently won the Lumières Award for Best Actress and also earned nominations for the César Award for Best Actress and the BAFTA Rising Star Award in the following year.
In October 2014, it was announced she has been cast as Madeleine Swann, the next Bond girl, in Spectre, the 24th James Bond film, which is scheduled to release on 6 November 2015.