Date of Birth: 14 December 1946, London, England
Birth Name: Jane Mallory Birkin
Heigh: 5' 8½" (1.74 m)
Birkin emerged in the Swinging London scene of the 1960s, starring as one of the models in the 1966 film "Blowup". In 1968, Birkin auditioned in France for the lead female role in "Slogan". Though she did not speak French, she won the role. She co-starred with Serge Gainsbourg, and duetted with him on the film's theme song — the first of many collaborations between the two.
In 1969, she and Serge Gainsbourg released the duet "Je t'aime...moi non plus" ("I love you... not more than I"). The song was originally written for Brigitte Bardot by Gainsbourg. The song caused a scandal for its sexual explicitness. The song was banned by radio stations in Italy, Spain, and the UK, arguably contributing to its commercial success all over Europe. Birkin took a break from acting in 1971-72, but returned as Brigitte Bardot's lover in "Don Juan" in 1973.In 1975, she appeared in Gainsbourg's first film, "Je t'aime...moi non plus", which created a stir for frank examination of sexual ambiguity. For this performance she was nominated for a Best Actress César Award.
She won Female Artist of the Year in the 1992 Victoires de la Musique.
She starred in two films directed by Jacques Doillon — as Anne in "La fille prodigue" (1981) and as Alma in "La pirate" (1984, nominated for a César Award). This work led to an invitation from Patrice Chéreau to star on stage in "La Fausse suivante" by Marivaux at Nantarre. After this, she also began to appear frequently on stage in plays and concerts (in France, Japan, the UK and then the US).
She stared in several other films and in 1991 was nominated for Césars best supporting actress in "La Belle Noiseuse"
Jane Birkin's humanitarian interests led her to work with Amnesty International on immigrant welfare and AIDS issues. Birkin has also visited Bosnia, Rwanda and Palestine, often working with children. In 2001, she was awarded the OBE. She has also been awarded the French Ordre National du Mérite.
Jane has three daughters: photographer Kate Barry (with John Barry), Charlotte Gainsbourg (with Serge Gainsbourg) and Lou Doillon (with Jacques Doillon).