Vanessa Paradis is still only 37, but in her 23-year career she has embodied a lifetime’s worth of different roles. As a provocative nymphet of 14 in 1987 she had a scandalous success with her international hit, Joe le Taxi. At 17, she gave an award-winning performance as a teenage seductress in Jean-Claude Brisseau’s film Noce Blanche.
She collaborated on an album with the American singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz, worked with Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Daniel Auteuil, appeared as a bird in a gilded cage in an advertisement for the Chanel scent, Coco. And broke the hearts of half the women in the Western world by carrying off Johnny Depp, with whom she has two children, Lily Rose, 11, and Jack, eight.