Charlotte Gainsbourg is a French actress and singer who has been active in the music industry since the early 1990s. She is the daughter of English actress Jane Birkin and French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. Charlotte Gainsbourg’s music is often described as being melancholic and introspective, and she has collaborated with a number of high-profile artists including Beck, Air, and Jarvis Cocker.
Charlotte Gainsbourg was born in London, England in 1971. Her parents were both prominent figures in the arts: her mother Jane Birkin was an actress, and her father Serge Gainsbourg was a singer and songwriter. Gainsbourg has two sisters, Kate and Lou. She spent her childhood between England and France, and began her acting career at a young age with a role in the film “Paroles et Musique” in 1984. She continued to act throughout her teens and twenties, appearing in films such as “The City of Lost Children” and “The Ice Storm”. In the early 1990s, Gainsbourg began to focus on her music career, releasing her debut album “Charlotte for Ever” in 1986. The album was produced by her father and featured a number of his songs. Gainsbourg’s musical style is often described as being melancholic and introspective, and she has cited a number of artists as being influential to her including Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie.
Gainsbourg has collaborated with a number of high-profile artists over the course of her career. In 1993, she collaborated with Beck on the song “Les Inrockuptibles”, which was released as a single. In 1997, she collaborated with Air on the song “Beautiful Day”, which was included on the soundtrack to the film “The Virgin Suicides”. In 2006, she collaborated with Jarvis Cocker on the song “Oh My God”, which was included on his album “Jarvis”.