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Lucy Gordon

Gordon at the 2007 premiere of Spider-Man 3
Born 22 May 1980(1980-05-22)
Oxford, England
Died 20 May 2009 (aged 28)
Paris, France
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1999–2009
Domestic partner(s) Jerome Almeras (?-2009)

Lucy Gordon (22 May 1980 – 20 May 2009) was an British actress and model. She became a face of CoverGirl in 1997 before starting an acting career. Her first film was Perfume in 2001 before going on to have small roles in Spider-Man 3, Serendipity and The Four Feathers. Gordon had played the actress and singer Jane Birkin in Serge Gainsbourg, vie héroïque; a biopic of singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. Before the film was released, she was found hanged in her flat in Paris on 20 May 2009 after committing suicide.[1]



Early life

Gordon was born in Oxford, United Kingdom to Richard and Susan Gordon in 1980; she has a younger sister, Kate.[1] She went to Oxford High School. She passed nine GCSEs in 1997. She stated in an interview in 1997 that she was continuing her studies for history, biology and French A-levels. She spent some of her childhood in France particularly during the Summer holidays. Lucy was bilingual in French and English.[2] She moved to Paris after living in New York for several years.[3]


While in the fourth form of Oxford High School she was "spotted" by a talent-spotter from a modelling agency as she and her mother visited a Clothes Show Live exhibition. She went on to appear as one of the faces of CoverGirl and soon after she moved into acting.[2] She was signed to Select modeling agency in London and had appeared in the covers of Italian Glamour and Elle.

Gordon made her film debut in the 2001 as the character Sarah in Perfume. She appeared alongside Heath Ledger in the 2002 film The Four Feathers. She starred as the reporter Jennifer Dugan in the 2007 film Spider-Man 3.

Gordon had played the actress and singer Jane Birkin on a biopic of singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg before her death. The film, entitled Serge Gainsbourg, vie héroïque was presented at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and is due to be released in early 2010. Gordon's father, Richard Gordon said that she had loved playing her latest role in this film about Gainsbourg.[4] The director Joann Sfar and the producers of the film Marc du Pontavice and Didier Lupfer released a statement that the film "owes a lot to the generosity, gentleness and immense talent of Lucy Gordon."[1]


French cinematographer Jérôme Alméras[5] found Gordon hanged in their Paris flat on 20 May 2009.[1][6] A French police official said Gordon appeared to have committed suicide by hanging.[7] One police officer was quoted as calling the scene in the flat "absolutely horrific". Tabloid newspapers have reported that she left two suicide notes before hanging herself in the Paris flat; one detailing her last wishes regarding her estate, the other a letter for her parents.[2] A neighbour is said to have heard the couple having an argument before Alméras fell asleep. Michel Haddi, who recently photographed Gordon for the Italian edition of Vanity Fair, said she had revealed to him that she was in love with Alméras. Another New York friend said: "She packed up all her things and moved to Paris a few months ago. She trusted everyone. She was very sweet and kind."[8] Friends of Gordon have suggested she was "deeply affected" by a friend’s recent suicide.[9]

Her father, Richard Gordon, said a post-mortem examination proved she had died from hanging and that no other marks were found on her body. He said, "There is no question of foul play. Lucy committed suicide."[2]

Gordon wrote her will on 19 May 2009. She split her estate between Almeras, her friends, her parents and her sister.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Perfume Sarah
Serendipity Caroline Mitchell
2002 The Four Feathers Isabelle
2005 The Russian Dolls Celia Shelburn
2007 Spider-Man 3 Jennifer Dugan
Serial Sadie Grady
2009 The Last International Playboy Kate Hardwick
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Hitchhiker
Cinéman Viviane Cook
2010 Serge Gainsbourg, vie héroïque Jane Birkin
Year Title Role Notes
1999 2point4 children Lampety Jones (TV series; episode "After the Fox")
2005 Stella China 1 episode, 'Office Party'


  1. ^ a b c d Henry Samuel (21 May 2009). "British actress Lucy Gordon found dead in Paris flat". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 May 2009.  
  2. ^ a b c d Allen, Peter; Sparks, Ian; Sears, Neil; Kelly, Tom (2009-05-22). "Spider-Man actress Lucy Gordon left two suicide notes before hanging herself in Paris flat". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2009-05-22.  
  3. ^ "British star found dead in Paris". BBC. 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2009-05-22.  
  4. ^ French police confirm the death of actress Lucy Gordon Enjoy France. (25 May 2009)
  5. ^ IMDb
  6. ^ "British Spiderman Actress In Paris Suicide". Sky News. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2009.  
  7. ^ Jean-Pierre Verges (21 May 2009). "Actress Lucy Gordon found dead at age 28 in Paris". Associated Press. Yahoo! News. Retrieved 21 May 2009.  
  8. ^ "Tragic Spider-Man 3 actress Lucy Gordon was "so in love"". Daily Retrieved 2009-05-24.  
  9. ^ Lucy Gordon, Actress, Dead in Apparent Suicide (May 21, 2009). Retrieved on May 25, 2009.
  10. ^ Spider-Man star Lucy Gordon's poignant will, hand written hours before she took her life

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