Bérénice Lim Marlohe (born 19 May 1979) is a French actress. She played Bond girl Séverine in the twenty-third James Bond film, Skyfall. Her television credits include Père et Maire, Femmes de loi, and Equipe médicale d’urgence.
She has played in the French comedy Un bonheur n’arrive jamais seul with Sophie Marceau (a former Bond girl herself), although not appearing in the credits. She is also a “brand ambassador” for Omega Watches.
Marlohe was born in Paris, France. Her father, a doctor, is of Chinese and Cambodian descent, while her mother, a teacher, is French. She originally held aspirations of becoming a pianist, as well as an artist, studying at the prestigious French arts school Conservatoire de Paris for ten years.
She had trouble getting on screen roles in France because people did not think she fit the mould of a French actress. Before Skyfall, her performances were primarily rooted in small roles on French TV.
She is known to be a strong believer in fate. During an interview, she stated that she dreamt of acting alongside Javier Bardem six months before her Bond audition. After the dream, she knew that everything would be fine. It was not until the second audition for Skyfall that someone actually mentioned to her that Bardem might also be cast.