Born in England from a British father and a French mother, Charlotte Rampling spent much of her childhood in France. In 1964, she returned to England where she modelled while studying acting and obtained her first small part in 1965, in The Knack and How To Get It. It was her role in Georgy Girl, in 1966 that brought attention on her and imprinted her screen persona as icy, careless and sexual beauty: she was nicknamed 'The Look'. She greatly served roles that explored the depths of humanity and balanced between tragedy and seductiveness in such films as The Damned and The Six Wives of Henry VIII, in 1972 before one of her most memorable roles, The Night Porter, in 1974. The controversial sado-masochist film marked Charlotte Rampling's image as a sex symbol intensified by rumours accusing the actress of living a veritable ménage-à-trois. When such a role could have been difficult to overpass, the British actress managd to star in further successful films such as Farewell, My Lovely, in 1975, Stardust Memories, in 1980, The Verdict, in 1982 and Max Mon Amour, in 1986. At the end of the 1980s, Charlotte Rampling suffered from depression and disappeared from screens before making a successful comeback in Wings of Dove, in 1997. The film revived her career and the actress now trusts screens in features such as The Cherry Orchard, in 1999, François Ozon's Sous le Sable, in 2000 and Swimming Pool, in 2003, The Duchess, in 2008 and Melancholia, in 2011. Charlotte Rampling defines a certain idea of sexual freedom, individuality and elegant beauty while she delivers a reserved sense of passion and torment which places her as a highly respected cinematic icon.