Hands, Marina Biography

biography of Hands, Marina

10 January 1975, Paris, France
5' 9"
Daughter of French actress 'Ludmila Mikaël' (qv) and British stage director and actor 'Terry Hands' (qv), granddaughter of famous French painter Pierre Dmitrienko, the discrete and beautiful Marina Hands first wanted to be a professional horse-rider but, eventually, had to give up these dreams. In 1995, she followed a French acting school, the "Cours Florent". After, she then studied at the Conservatoire National d'Art Dramatique and spent one year in England at the London Academy of Music and Arts. In 1999, she made her stage début alongside 'Robert Hirsch (I)' (qv) in 'Dion Boucicault' (qv)'s "Le bel air de Londres" for which she has been nominated for the Molières (the equivalent of the American Tony's). In her young career, she has already worked with some of the most prestigious stage directors, such as 'Patrice Chéreau' (qv) who offered her the role of Aricie in 'Racine' (qv)'s "Phèdre" in which she revealed herself as an accomplished tragedienne. Marina Hands made her real movie debut with 'Andrzej Zulawski' ((_La fidélité (2000)_ (qv)) and appeared in 'Denys Arcand' (qv)'s _Les invasions barbares (2003)_ (qv), 'Yves Angelo' (qv)'s _Les âmes grises (2005)_ (qv), next to 'Jean-Pierre Marielle' (qv) and 'Guillaume Canet' (qv)'s _Ne le dis à personne (2006)_ (qv), next to 'François Cluzet' (qv). 2006 has been the year of her international recognition when 'Pascale Ferran' (qv) offered her the leading part in _Lady Chatterley (2006)_ (qv) in which she gave a stunning performance as a young English woman discovering life, love and sensuality; a role for which she received the Best Actress award at the Césars 2007 ceremony (the equivalent of the American Oscars). It is also in 2006 that she joined the prestigious Comédie Française where she has played the Princess in "Tête d'Or" (2006) and will soon play Ysé in "Partage de Midi", two masterpieces of French writer 'Paul Claudel' (qv).

-   Daughter of 'Terry Hands' (qv) and 'Ludmila Mikaël' (qv)

-   Graduated from the CNSAD (Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique) in 1998

-   She is a member of the prestigious Comedie-Française company since January 1st 2006.

-   Is fluent in English.

-   Attended LAMDA in London.

-   Started riding when she was five but but gave it up at 18.

-   I'm very ... in French we say monomanie. I go and do something, and then I don't even know what the time is. I'm very passionate: I need to learn things about the world, about myself, and feel there's a meaning to things, that I'm on a journey. I'm questioning why I'm here - trying to feel alive.

-   "The Independent: Extra" (UK), 20 August 2007, pg. 10 - 11, by: Kaleem Aftab, "Show of Hands"

-   "Femme Actuelle" (France), 28 May 2001, Iss. 870, pg. 12, "Marina Hands, talent à suivre"

-   "Playboy" (USA), December 2007, Vol. 54, Iss. 12, pg. 93, by: Stephen Rebello, "Sex in Cinema 2007"

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