Marina Hands

Marina Hands (born 10 January 1982) is a French stage and film actress.

Marina Hands
Marina Hands at the 2012 Deauville American Film Festival
Born (1982-01-10) 10 January 1982
Years active1996–present
Parent(s)Terry Hands
Ludmila Mikaël

Life and career

Hands is the daughter of British director Terry Hands and French actress Ludmila Mikaël, and the granddaughter of Ukrainian-Greek painter Pierre Dmitrienko. She studied acting at the Cours Florent and the CNSAD in France, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in England. In 1999, she made her stage debut in Le Bel Air de Londres by Dion Boucicault, and was nominated for a Molière Award. Her first film was Andrzej Żuławski's La Fidélité (2000), followed by The Barbarian Invasions (2003). She then appeared in Les Âmes grises (2005), for which she was nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actress, and Ne le dis à personne (Tell No One) (2006).

Her most notable performance to date was in the title role of Lady Chatterley (2006), an adaptation of John Thomas and Lady Jane by D. H. Lawrence. Hands won the 2007 César Award for Best Actress for her performance.

In 2006, Hands became a company member of the Comédie-Française. In 2008, she was again nominated for a Molière Award for her play in Partage de midi.

In 2011, she starred in Claude Miller's film Voyez comme ils dansent.

In 2019, she played Elvira in the TV series Mytho.


Year Title Author Director Notes
1996 Gertrud Hjalmar Söderberg Gérard Desarthe
1997 Tales from the Vienna Woods Ödön von Horváth John Bashford
The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare Penny Cherns
1998 London Assurance Dion Boucicault Adrian Brine Nominated - Molière Award for Best Female Newcomer
The Giants of the Mountain Luigi Pirandello Klaus Michael Grüber
1999 Fräulein Else Arthur Schnitzler Didier Long
2001 Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand Jacques Weber
2003 Phèdre Jean Racine Patrice Chéreau Nominated - Molière Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Molière Award for Best Female Newcomer
2004 Richard II William Shakespeare Thierry de Peretti
2006 Tête d'or Paul Claudel Anne Delbée
2007 Partage de midi Paul Claudel Yves Beaunesne Nominated - Molière Award for Best Actress
The Misanthrope Molière Lukas Hemleb
2009 Mary Stuart Friedrich Schiller Terry Hands
Partage de midi Paul Claudel Yves Beaunesne (2)
2013 Lucrezia Borgia Victor Hugo Lucie Berelowitsch
Iphigenia in Tauris Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Clément Hervieu-Léger
2015 Ivanov Anton Chekhov Luc Bondy


Year Title Role Director Notes
1996 Sans regrets The woman Guillaume Canet Short
2000 Fidelity Julia Andrzej Żuławski
2001 Un pique-nique chez Osiris Héloïse Ancelin Nina Companeez TV Movie
2002 Sur le bout des doigts Juliette Yves Angelo
2003 The Barbarian Invasions Gaëlle Denys Arcand
À la fenêtre The girl Marianne Østengen Short
Phèdre Aricie Stéphane Metge TV Movie
2004 Mon homme Marie Stéphanie Tchou-Cotta Short
2005 Les âmes grises Lysia Verhareine Yves Angelo (2) Nominated - César Award for Most Promising Actress
2006 Lady Chatterley Constance Chatterley Pascale Ferran César Award for Best Actress
Lumières Award for Best Actress
Tribeca Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated - César Award for Most Promising Actress
Nominated - Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actress
Nominated - International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Village Voice Film Poll - Best Actress
Nominated - Étoiles d'Or for Best Female Newcomer
Tell No One Anne Beck Guillaume Canet (2)
2007 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Joséphine Julian Schnabel Nominated - International Cinephile Society Award for Best Ensemble
Le temps d'un regard Natalya Ilan Flammer
2008 Story of Jen Sarah François Rotger
2009 Hidden Diary Audrey Julie Lopes-Curval
Change of Plans Juliette Danièle Thompson
2010 Une exécution ordinaire Anna Marc Dugain
Ensemble, nous allons vivre une très,
très grande histoire d'amour...
Dorothée Duchamp Pascal Thomas
2011 See How They Dance Lise Clément Claude Miller
Sport de filles Gracieuse Patricia Mazuy
Pour Djamila Gisèle Halimi Caroline Huppert TV Movie
Nominated - Monte-Carlo Television Festival - Best Performance by an Actress
Partage de midi Ysé Claude Mouriéras TV Movie
2013 Jappeloup Nadia Christian Duguay
2014 French Women Inès Audrey Dana
GHB: To Be or Not to Be Gil / Henrietta / Fleur Laetitia Masson
Les jours venus Marie Romain Goupil
2015 Chic! Hélène Birk Jérôme Cornuau
2017 Taboo Countess Musgrove Anders Engström TV series
2018 Guy Kris-Eva Alex Lutz
2019 Mytho (2019 TV series) Elvira Fabrice Gobert


  1. "Marina Hands". The Film Programme. 17 August 2007. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 2014-01-18.

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