WCW: Virginie Ledoyen


I read that French actress Virginie Ledoyen will be playing Anne de Pisseleu, mistress of King François I, in the upcoming French TV movie Diane de Poitiers. While I can’t find any images (yet), I thought it was a good time to do a round-up of her previous frock flick roles!


The Children Thief (1991)

Per IMDB, “In 1925 Paris, the Colonel kidnaps unhappy or abandoned boys, providing them and his wife with comfort and joy in his rich mansion. Then things become complicated when he adopts a girl.” Ledoyen plays “Gabrielle.”

1991 The Children Thief

Vaguely oldey-timey!


La vie de Marianne (1995)

An adaptation of a Marivaux story, set in the 18th century, about an orphan (Ledoyen) who is taken in by a curate and learns to be a lingère (seamstress who makes lingerie).

1995 La vie de Marianne

Ah yes, she’s “young” so she’s got her hair down (and he’s gone full mullet).

1995 La vie de Marianne

I like the fabric and trims!

1995 La vie de Marianne

Seems like she comes up in the world.


Les Misérables (2000)

Ledoyen plays Colette in this French-language adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic.


A very pretty pink dress.


I raved about this wedding dress!


Perfect orange blossoms in her hair, which were THE 19th century bridal accessory.


8 Women (2002)

Set in the 1950s, eight women celebrate Christmas in an isolated cottage, only to find the family patriarch dead and all the women suspects. Ledoyen plays Suzon, daughter of the murdered man.

2002 8 Women

Team Bette Bangs!

2002 8 Women

That plaid is perfect.


Bon Voyage (2003)

During World War II, various characters try to smuggle heavy water (which I think must be involved in nuclear something?) out of France. Ledoyen plays Camille, a physicist.

2003 Bon Voyage

I feel like they didn’t try very hard here, especially with the hair.

2003 Bon Voyage

That’s 1990s hair, not 1940s.


Saint Ange (2004)

A horror film set in 1958 in the French alps. Ledoyen plays the central character, a housekeeper.

2004 Saint Ange


La forteresse assiégée (2006)

As French Empress Eugenie (which I somehow missed!) in a story about the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.

2006 La forteresse assiégée

I love her paisley “visite,” which is the coat-like thing.


The Army of Crime (2009)

About a real-life French resistance group during World War II. Ledoyen plays resister Mélinée Manouchian.

2009 Army of Crime


Farewell, My Queen (2012)

As Gabrielle, Duchesse de Polignac, favorite of French Queen Marie-Antoinette, in a story focused on the end of the ancien régime at Versailles.

2012 Farewell, My Queen

Such weird color (and fabric) choices in this film.

Farewell, My Queen (2012)

This is better — I like the stripes.

Farewell, My Queen (2012)

And I’m definitely into that parasol!


Through the Mill (2017)

A TV movie about a real-life silk worker who organized her coworkers and led strikes in 1900s France.

2017 Through the Mill

Practical yet nicely made!

2017 Through the Mill

She’s implausibly beautiful, of course. God forbid we watch a movie about a normal looking person.


Remi, Nobody’s Boy (2018)

An orphan hooks up with a street performer in what appears to be 1910s France. Ledoyen plays “Mrs. Harper.”

2018 Remi, Nobody's Boy

I wasn’t sure how period this film was.

2018 Remi, Nobody's Boy

But this looks reasonably 1910s!


A Magical Journey (2019)

Per IMDB, “Polina, 11-year-old girl, embarks on a magical journey to find the truth about her past and her family.” Yes, it’s fantasy; yes, I’m filling things out! Ledoyen plays Polina’s mother.

2019 A Magical Journey

All I’ve got; I think that’s Ledoyen on the lower right with the crown?

What’s your favorite Virginie Ledoyen frock flick role?


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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

4 Responses

  1. Eileen

    I haven’t seen any of these yet, but 8 Women sounds like it’s up my alley. I love an isolated house mystery.

    • Katy

      That’s the most beautifully cut pink gingham dress in it which plays with the grain in a really interesting way. I saw it in the cinema, and the only thing I remember about the whole film is that dress.

  2. Bev

    Her gorgeousness in unearthly, like she’s fey.

    In the first pic, she looks like she could be a person of color.

  3. Damnitz

    Unfortunately I could not find enough of “La vie de Marianne” on the internet to get a clear picture of the production. It’s looking more or less like typical French television-entertainment. Madame Ledoyen had not enough of screen-time in “Les adieus de la reine” to get a good idea either.