The daughter of a former Scots Guard, Tilda Swinton was brought up in an aristocratic environment counting such figure as Diana Spencer among her classmates. The British actress began acting with the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh before working with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. She made her film debuts in Caravaggio, in 1986 and rapidly became the edgy icon of a European art house cinema leading her to her much acclaimed performance in Orlando, in 1992. She nonetheless did not refuse more mainstream features such as Vanilla Sky, in 2001 and The Chronicles of Narnia in which her translucent statuesque figure perfectly suited the role of the icy White Witch. Combining obscure arty projects and more conventional films, Tilda Swinton continuously imprints the screen with her striking and unusual appearance in such films as Burn after Reading, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and We Need to Talk About Kevin. With her disturbing elf-like androgynous beauty, the actress unsurprisingly inspires extreme artists and fashion designers such as Viktor & Rolf who recognize her inventive sense of elegance. And the mysterious personality who lives an ambiguous and much talked about 'ménage à trois' becomes a veritable piece of art herself for the art installation The Maybe at the MOMA for which she embodies an intriguing contemporary sleeping beauty entrapped in a glass case. Tilda Swinton who is often nicknamed the 'woman from elsewhere' mingles all artistic disciplines: 'fashion, style and cinema, it's the same game; it's the same existential investigation. We're talking about art.'