Tessa Charlotte Rampling, OBE (born 5 February 1946), is an English actress. In a career spanning fifty years, she has appeared in English language, French and Italian cinema. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2001, received an Honorary César in 2001, and France's Legion of Honour in 2002. She was married for 20 years to the French composer Jean Michel Jarre.
Rampling's film career began in 1965. Her films include Georgy Girl (1966), The Damned (1969), The Night Porter (1974), Farewell My Lovely (1975), Stardust Memories (1980), The Verdict (1982), Angel Heart (1987), The Duchess (2008) and The Eye of the Storm (2011). She has been nominated four times for a Cesar Award: for On ne meurt que 2 fois (1985), Under the Sand (2000), Swimming Pool (2003) and Lemming (2005). She received an Emmy Award nomination for the 2012 BBC miniseries Restless, and won Best Actress at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival for 45 Years.
Rampling was born in Sturmer, Essex, the daughter of Isabel Anne (née Gurteen), a painter, and Godfrey Rampling, an Olympic gold medalist and army officer. She grew up in Gibraltar, France and Spain. She attended Académie Jeanne d'Arc in Versailles and St. Hilda's School, a boarding school in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England. She had one sister, Sarah, who committed suicide in 1966 at the age of 23...
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