Charlotte Gainsbourg

Cesar Film Awards 2013 - Arrivals

Gainsbourg in 2013, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Charlotte Lucy Gainsbourg

Place of Birth: St. Marylebone, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 21 July, 1971

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English (mother)

Charlotte Gainsbourg is a French and British actress and singer.

She is the daughter of English actress Jane Birkin and French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. Her father was Jewish. Her mother was from a Protestant background. Charlotte has three children with her partner, actor and director Yvan Attal. She is a paternal half-sister of singer Lucien “Lulu” Gainsbourg and a maternal half-sister of photographer Kate Barry and actress and singer Lou Doillon. Charlotte is a citizen of France and the U.K.

Charlotte’s paternal grandfather was named Joseph Ginsburg. Joseph was born in Kharkov, Ukraine.

Charlotte’s paternal grandmother was named Brucha Goda/Olga Bessman/Besman/Bezman/Besmann. Bruce was born in Théodosie/Feodossia, Ukraine. Charlotte’s paternal grandparents left for Paris after the 1917 Russian Revolution.

Charlotte’s maternal grandfather was David Leslie Birkin (the son of Harry Laurence/Lawrence Birkin and Olive Isabel Russell). Harry was the son of Sir Thomas Isaac Birkin, 1st Baronet, and of Harriet/Harriett Tebbutt. Olive was the daughter of The Rev. Henry Charles Russell and Leila Louisa Millicent Willoughby.

Charlotte’s maternal grandmother was actress Judy Campbell (Judy Mary Campbell/Gamble, the daughter of J A Campbell, an actor and playwright who was born John Arthur Campbell/Gamble, and of Mary Alice Worger, an actress who was also known as Mary Fulton). Charlotte’s grandmother Judy was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England.

Sources: Interview about Charlotte’s background –

Family history of Charlotte’s father –

Genealogies of Charlotte Gainsbourg –

Obituary of Charlotte’s maternal grandmother, Judy Campbell –

6 Responses

  1. Akwaba says:

    Her half siblings are singer Lucien “Lulu” Gainsbourg (on her father’s side), photographer Kate Barry, and actress and singer Lou Doillon (on her mother’s side).

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