Eva Gaëlle Green is a French actress who portrays Vanessa Ives on Showcase's Penny Dreadful.


Green was born in Paris, France, two minutes earlier than her sororal twin sister, Joy (Johanne). She is the daughter of Marlène Jobert, an actress, and Walter Green, a dentist. (Her father Walter has acted in film, appearing in Robert Bresson's film Au Hasard Balthazar.) Her father is of Swedish and French descent, and through him she is the great-granddaughter of the French composer Paul Le Flem. Her mother, a native of French Algeria, later moved to Metropolitan France. Green is Jewish, as is her mother (of Sephardi Jewish heritage). However, she was not raised religious at all; she has said "I feel like a citizen of the world. Life and cinema don't have borders." Green has described her family as "bourgeois", and has said that her sister is very different from her. Green is a natural dark blonde; she has dyed her hair black since she was 15 years old. The French-Swedish actress Marika Green is her aunt. The 1980s pop-star Elsa Lunghini is her first cousin, through their mothers.

Green was raised in France and attended the American University of Paris, an English-speaking institution. She also spent time between Ramsgate, London and Ireland growing up. Green was quiet in school, and developed an interest in Egyptology when she visited the Louvre at age seven. At age 14, after seeing Isabelle Adjani in The Story of Adele H., Green decided to become an actress. Her mother initially feared that an acting career would be too much for her sensitive daughter, but later came to support young Eva's ambitions. Green continued her studies at St. Paul Drama School in Paris, and took an acting course at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Around this time, Green returned to Paris, where she performed in several plays. Green stated that in drama school, "I always picked the really evil roles. It's a great way to deal with your everyday emotions."


  • Composed music for flute and piano.
  • Her favorite film character is Adele Hugo in The Story of Adele H (1975).
  • Her favorite actors are Joaquin Phoenix and Edward Norton among others.
  • She turned down a role in Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia (2006) with Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johansson.
  • Was ranked #16 on Maxim's hot list 2006.
  • Her hobby is collecting art and visiting museums.
  • Plays classical music.
  • Green is the fifth French actress to play a Bond girl.
  • Studied English in Ramsgate, Kent, UK.
  • Bought a new baby-grand piano for her London home.
  • Studied piano and flute.
  • Raised in Paris, she went to an English-speaking school.
  • Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#6). [2007].


Year Title Role
2003 The Dreamers Isabelle
2004 Arsène Lupin Clarisse de Dreux-Soubise
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Sibylla
2006 Casino Royale Vesper Lynd
2007 The Golden Compass Serafina Pekkala
2008 Franklyn Emilia / Sally
2009 Cracks Miss G
2010 Womb Rebecca
2011 Perfect Sense Susan
2012 Dark Shadows Angelique Bouchard
2014 300: Rise of an Empire Artemisia
2014 White Bird in a Blizzard Eve Connor
2014 The Salvation Madelaine
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Ava Lord
2016 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Miss Peregrine
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Camelot Morgan Pendragon 10 episodes
2014–present Penny Dreadful Vanessa Ives Lead character; 18 episodes


Season 2
"Fresh Hell": "Verbis Diablo": "The Nightcomers": "Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places": "Above the Vaulted Sky":
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"Glorious Horrors": "Little Scorpion": "Memento Mori": "And Hell Itself My Only Foe": "And They Were Enemies":
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Season 3
"The Day Tennyson Died": "Predators Far and Near": "Good and Evil Braided Be": "A Blade of Grass": "This World Is Our Hell":
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"No Beast So Fierce": "Ebb Tide": "Perpetual Night": "The Blessed Dark":
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