Tessa Charlotte Rampling OBE (born 5 February 1946) is a French-English singer and actress known for her work in English, French, and Italian European arthouse films. An icon of the Swinging Sixties, she began her career as a model.
She was cast as Meredith in the 1966 film Georgy Girl, which starred Lynn Redgrave. She began making French and Italian arthouse films, notably Luchino Visconti’s The Damned (1969) and Liliana Cavani’s The Night Porter (1974). She went on to star in many European and English-language films, including Stardust Memories (1980); The Verdict (1982); Long Live Life (1984), and The Wings of the Dove (1997). In the 2000s, she became the muse of French director François Ozon, appearing in several of his films, notably Swimming Pool (2003). She is known on television for her role as Dr Evelyn Vogel in Dexter (2013).
In 2002 she released an album of recordings in the cabaret style titled As a Woman.
In 2012 she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, both for her performance in the miniseries Restless. For her performance in the 2015 film 45 Years, she won the Berlin Film Festival Award for Best Actress, the European Film Award for Best Actress, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
In 2017, she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the 74th Venice International Film Festival for Hannah. She received an Honorary César in 2001 and France’s Legion of Honour in 2002. She was made an OBE in 2000 for her services to the arts and received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Film Awards.
In 2015, she released her autobiography, which she wrote in French, titled Qui Je Suis. She later worked on an English translation, Who I Am, published in March 2017.