Sophie Marceau (IPA: [sɔfi maʁso]) is a popular French actress who gained international recognition with her performances such as in Braveheart and The World is Not Enough.
Sophie Marceau was born Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu on November 17, 1966 in Paris, France, the second child of Benoît and Simone Maupu. Her father, Benoît, a veteran of the Algerian War, worked as a truck driver, painter, and bartender; her mother, Simone, was a demonstrator in department stores. Her brother Sylvain is three years older than Sophie.
In 1995, Sophie Marceau achieved international recognition for her role of Princess Isabelle in Mel Gibson’s historical epic Braveheart. That same year, she was part of an ensemble cast of international actors that appeared in the French film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and Wim Wenders, Beyond the Clouds.
In 1997, Sophie continued her international string of successful films with William Nicholson’s Firelight, filmed in England, Véra Belmont’s Marquise, filmed in France, and Bernard Rose’s Anna Karenina, filmed in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Interestingly, this was the first filmed version of Tolstoy’s great novel to be filmed in Russia.
In 1999, she made two films that defined her as an international star. For A Midsummer Night’s Dream, she played the role of Hippolyta among a star-filled cast of international actors. That same year, she entered the elite realm of Hollywood Bond girls by playing the role of Elektra King in the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough.
In 2000, Sophie teamed up once again with her husband Andrzej Zulawski to film La Fidélité.