Bergès-Frisbey in 2012.
|Born||(1986-05-26) 26 May 1986
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
|Known for||Roles of Suzanne in The Sea Wall and of the mermaid Syrena in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides|
Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey (born 26 May 1986) is a French-Spanish actress and model. She is best known for playing Suzanne in The Sea Wall, the mermaid Syrena in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Sofi in I Origins. She is the recipient of the Prix Suzanne Bianchetti in 2009 and the Trophée Chopard Award for Female Revelation of the Year at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and a nomination at the 2016 David di Donatello in Rome.
Life and career
Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey was born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, to a Spanish father and a French-American mother. She is the eldest among three daughters. Following her parents’ divorce when she was 2 years old, she moved to southwestern France when she was 5. She was raised in a small town near La Rochelle, where she acted in school plays as a hobby, but never saw acting as a possible career path as the countryside where she lived was very different from the movie industry,  describing how she thought acting was “not a profession; it was something abstract”.  Her father later moved to the Dominican Republic, where she spent five summers working as a waitress. At age 17, she moved to Paris by herself to pursue a career in Osteopathy, but found herself moving around a lot, without knowing anybody in the area. Shortly after, her father died at age 46. Due to the incident, she describes realizing that life is too short and that her true ambition was acting. After graduation, she went straight to drama school. She is fluent in Catalan, Spanish and French. She started learning English for her role in Pirates of the Caribbean.
She made her acting debut in 2007 on French television and has since appeared in films alongside Isabelle Huppert, Vincent Perez, and Daniel Auteuil. In 2008, she made her feature début in the film The Sea Wall. She began modelling in 2010, fronting French Connection‘s spring/summer and autumn/winter campaigns.
Personally picked by director Rob Marshall and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, she made her English language debut in 2011 in the highly anticipated sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. She landed the role of the mermaid Syrena, after a whirlwind of auditions in France, Hollywood, and the UK. She had to learn to speak English for the role. During filming in Hawaii, she was restricted from going out in daylight in order to keep her skin pale.
She also starred in the Spanish film El sexo de los ángeles with Llorenç González and Álvaro Cervantes. The film was shot in Barcelona. She also played the titular role in the coming-of-age French film Juliette. After that, she starred in her second English-speaking feature film in I Origins as Sofi. The film also starred Michael Pitt and Brit Marling, and was directed by Mike Cahill.
She learned to speak Italian for the movie Alaska, written and directed by Claudio Cupellini. In 2017, she starred in Guy Ritchie‘s film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, opposite Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law.
She currently serves as a brand ambassador for Chanel.
|2007||Sur le fil||Marie Sertissian||TV series; 3 episodes|
|2007||Divine Émilie||Marquise de Boufflers||TV film|
|2008||Elles et moi||Young Isabel||TV mini-series|
|2008||The Sea Wall||Suzanne||also known as Un barrage contre le Pacifique|
|2009||La première étoile||Juliette|
|2009||La reine morte||The infanta||TV film|
|2010||Bruc. El desafío||Gloria|
|2011||La fille du puisatier||Patricia Amoretti||also known as The Well Digger’s Daughter|
|2011||Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides||Syrena|
|2012||El sexo de los ángeles||Carla||English-language title Sex of Angels|
|2015||Alaska||Nadine||Nominated—David di Donatello for Best Actress|
|2017||King Arthur: Legend of the Sword||The Mage|