Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin



Jane Mallory Birkin, OBE (born 14 December 1946) is an English-French actress, singer, songwriter, and model. She attained international fame and notoriety for her decade-long musical and romantic partnership with Serge Gainsbourg. She also had a prolific career as an actress in British and French cinema.

A native of London, Birkin began her career as an actress, appearing in minor roles in Michelangelo Antonioni's Blowup (1966), and Kaleidoscope (1966). In 1969, she met Serge Gainsbourg while co-starring with him in Slogan, which marked the beginning of a years-long working and personal relationship. The duo released their debut album Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg (1969), and also appeared in the controversial film Je t'aime moi non plus (1976) under Gainsbourg's direction. Birkin would attain further acting credits in the Agatha Christie films Death on the Nile (1978) and Evil Under the Sun (1982).

After separating from Gainsbourg in 1980, Birkin continued to work as both an actress and a singer, appearing in various independent films and recording numerous solo albums. In 1991, she appeared in the miniseries Red Fox, and in the American drama A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, in 1998. In 2016, she starred in the Academy Award-nominated short film La femme et le TGV, which she said would be her final film role.

Birkin has resided mainly in France since the 1970s. She is the mother of photographer Kate Barry (d. 2013), with her first husband John Barry; actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, with Serge Gainsbourg; and model Lou Doillon, with Jacques Doillon. In addition to her acting and musical credits, she lent her name to the popular Hermès Birkin bag.


Death on the Nile
Death on the Nile is a 1978 British mystery film based on Agatha Christie's 1937 novel of the same name, directed by John Guillermin and adapted by Anthony Shaffer.
Evil Under the Sun
Evil Under the Sun is a 1982 British mystery film based on the 1941 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie.
Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye
Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye (Italian: La morte negli occhi del gatto) is a 1973 giallo-horror film directed by Antonio Margheriti.
Wonderwall is a 1968 psychedelic film by first-time director Joe Massot that stars Jane Birkin, Jack MacGowran, and Iain Quarrier, and features Richard Wattis and Irene Handl, and a cameo by Dutch collective The Fool, who were also set designers for the film.The film is best remembered for its soundtrack, composed by then-Beatle George Harrison.

Photos - Jane Birkin396

Popular Albums23

Album Appearances & References43

Popular Songs7

Song Appearances & References3


Minor Film Appearances & References14

Minor Musical Appearances & References2

Book References & Influences2

Collaborators & Influencers17

Other Music-Related Relationships4

Personal & Professional Relationships5

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships1

Awards & Nominations4

Famous Relatives5

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Spotify - Albums & Singles68


Spotify - Appears On37


Spotify - Top Tracks10


News Articles7

Making the Case for Basket-Weave Accessories Beyond the Beach
  –  April 6, 2018
Not since a young Jane Birkin was photographed carrying her trusty wicker bag on the streets of Paris in the ’60s have woven accessories had such a moment. Over the past few seasons, they’ve been stealthily appearing everywhere from Fashion Week to ...
'He was a great man. I was just pretty': photos tell story of Jane and Serge
  –  April 6, 2018
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email View more sharing options Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Close Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in Paris in 1973. Photograph: Michel Clement/AFP ...
An Obsessive A-Z Guide to Spring’s Best Women’s Denim
  –  April 5, 2018
Or to Google “Jane Birkin jeans Cannes.” Or to consider the masterful denim patchworking of Japanese designer Junya Watanabe. Denim, that universally loved casual staple, is experiencing a golden age thanks to relaxed workplace dress codes, myriad ...
A Timeless Guide to Good Festival Style, Inspired by 7 Iconic Films
  –  April 5, 2018
Anna Paquin in A Walk on the Moon! Jane Birkin in Wonderwall! You no longer have to craft these clothes yourselves—though that can still be fun! As the weather warms up (finally) and festival season begins, designers have weighed in with irresistible ...
100 High Street Bargains Under £100 The Editors Are Buying This Season
  –  April 3, 2018
Let your wanderlust roam free with swimsuits, kaftans and Jane Birkin worthy basket bags. Discover now the sunglasses to buy that you won’t feel heartbroken over leaving them on the beach. When not jet-setting make minimal effort but have maximum payoff ...
Features | Beyond The Hits | Serge Gainsbourg: Beyond The Hit
  –  April 3, 2018
To most people in Britain he was the lascivious Frenchman who duetted with Jane Birkin on ‘Je t’aime… moi non plus’, a song that scandalised Europe and went to no.1 in the UK charts in 1969, the first foreign language song to do so. He was indeed ...
  –  April 1, 2018
French reissue of Serge Gainsbourg produced albums byBritish actress who topped the U.S. and UK charts. Two albums on one disc, ’78s ‘Ex-Fans Des Sixties’ with ’83s ‘Baby Alone in Babylon’ along with 2 extra tracks ‘Quoi’ and ‘ComeUn ...


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