Laetitia Marie Laure Casta (born 11 May 1978)[2] is a French actress and model. Casta became a "GUESS? Girl" in 1993 and gained further recognition as a Victoria's Secret Angel from 1998 to 2000 and as a spokesperson for cosmetics company L'Oreal. She has appeared on over 100 covers of such popular magazines asCosmopolitanVogueRolling StoneElle and Glamour, and modeled for designers like Yves Saint LaurentJean-Paul GaultierChanelRalph LaurenTommy HilfigerJ. CrewLouis VuittonGivenchyRoberto CavalliLolita Lempicka, and Vivienne Westwood. Casta became an established actress, appearing in the films Gainsbourg (A Heroic Life)Face and Blue Bicycle, as well as the play Ondine at the theatre Antoine.


 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

Casta was born in Pont-Audemer, Normandy, France. Her mother, Line Blin, is from Normandy. Her father, Dominique Casta, is from Corsica. She has an older brother, Jean-Baptiste, and a younger sister, Marie-Ange. She spent her childhood in Normandy and Corsica.[3]


[1][2]Angèle in The Maiden and the Wolves

Casta's modeling career reportedly began when she was discovered by the photographer Frederic Cresseaux,[4] during a family holiday in her father's native Corsica, at age 15.[5] After her unexpected registration by Jeeby, Casta was elected Miss Lumio 93.[6]

Casta has been the L'Oréal Paris brand ambassador since 1998.[7] She has been featured in Guess? Jeans, Tommy HilfigerMiu MiuPepe JeansAlberta Ferretti and XOXOad campaigns. Casta has appeared on over 100 magazine covers including Victoria's Secret catalogs, Harper's Bazaar,[8] ELLE magazine, and Vogue magazine. She walked down the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000. Casta was one of the company's signature Victoria' Secret Angels from 1998 to 2000. She also appeared in three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit IssuesRolling Stone, and the Pirelli Calendar 1999 by Herb Ritts and 2000 by Annie Leibovitz.

In 1999, Casta was ranked first in a national survey ordered by the French Mayors Association to decide who should be the new model for the bust of Marianne, an allegoricalsymbol of the French Republic, which stands inside every French town hall.[9]

Casta became the focus of a controversy[10] when, after being selected to be Marianne, newspapers in Britain and France[11] reported that she had relocated to London where taxes on high earners are lower. Casta's father said she went to London for professional reasons; on a TV show, she also said that she rented a flat in London to be near her boyfriend.[12] The French minister of the interior spoke about Casta on the radio;[13][14] comparing the advantages of living in France with regard to the drawbacks of London[15] after political opponents used Casta's relocation to London as an opportunity to criticise the government.[16][17]

She is the face of fragrances Chanel's AllureGivenchy's Forbidden flowerCacharel's PromiseBulgari's BLV IIRalph Lauren's Notorious, and in 15 June 2012 D&G's Pour Femme shot in Erice by Mario Testino.[18] The Parisians could follow her Adventures in the Galeries Lafayette by Jean-Paul Goude.[19] For Christmas 2011, Peter Lindberghshot True Love, the very thought of Casta at the summit of Manhattan and between the snowy lions of marble of the New York Public Library for Tiffany & Co.[20] On 10 March 2010, in Paris, she opened the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2010 fashion show.[21] On 27 September 2010, she closed the Roberto Cavalli SS 2011 fashion show in Milan.[22]

For her first movie, Casta has made forays into the blockbuster Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar directed by Claude Zidi, a live-action film of the comic book Asterix created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo in which Obelix, portrayed by Gérard Depardieu, plays a love interest for Falbala.[23] Casta appeared in Les Âmes Fortes, a dramatic film directed by Raúl Ruiz.[24] Her interpretation of Brigitte Bardot in the movieGainsbourg (Vie héroïque) revealed the actress[25] who received her first nomination at the César Award. Casta served as a jury member at the 69th Venice International Film Festival in 2012.[26]

Political involvement[edit]Edit

On 6 April 2008, Casta demonstrated in a White March of nonviolent protestation to ask for the immediate release of Ingrid Betancourt, presidential candidate kidnapped since 2002 by the FARC.[27] On 30 April 2002, she attended the demonstration Vive la République after the first round election of the 2002 presidential election.[28]

Personal life[edit]Edit

On 19 October 2001, Casta gave birth to her daughter, Sahteene, by photographer Stéphane Sednaoui. Casta is engaged to Italian actor Stefano Accorsi. The couple have two children, a son named Orlando, born on 21 September 2006, and a daughter named Athenà, born on 29 August 2009.[29]

Awards and recognition[edit]Edit

Year Award By Result
2012 Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

(French) (Knight in Order of Arts and of Letters)

France Minister of Culture and of Communication
2011 Nominated for the César Award of the Best Supporting Actress

as Brigitte Bardot in Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)

César Awards Nominated
2008 Golden Swann of the Best Actress

as Catherine in Born in 68

Cabourg Film Festival


2001 Ranked No. 1 Top 50 Most Beautiful Women[30]
1999 Marianne for the 21st century[9] 82nd congress of AMF, the French Mayors Association Won


Year Play Role Playwright Stage Director Theatre City Review

Elle t'attend

(She is waiting for you)

Anna[31] Florian Zeller Florian Zeller the Madeleine Paris 8th Madame Figaro[32]



Ondine Ondine[31] Jean Giraudoux Jacques Weber

Tour in regions

Antoine - Simone Berriau


Paris 10th



Year Film Role Director Notes

Una donna per amica

Claudia Giovanni Veronesi

Une histoire d'amour[26]


The young woman Hélène Fillières
2012 Arbitrage Julie Cote Nicholas Jarecki First American film
Do not disturb Anna Yvan Attal

La nouvelle guerre des boutons

(The War of the Buttons)

Simone Christophe Barratier

Derrière les murs

(Behind the Walls)


Julien Lacombe

Pascal Sid

Островът (Bulgarian)

(The Island)

Sophie Kamen Kalev

First film with English dialogue

Rio Perla (Jewel) Carlos Saldanha

Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)

(Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life)

Brigitte Bardot Joann Sfar Nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress

Performs Gainsbourg's songs on the soundtrack



(Face) 臉 (Chinese)

Salomé Tsai Ming-Liang

Fleurs dans le miroir, lune dans l'eau

(Flowers in the mirror, moon in the water)

herself, Salomé François Lunel

Nés en 68

(Born in 68)


Olivier Ducastel

Jacques Martineau

Cabourg: Golden Swann of the Best Actress

La jeune fille et les loups

(The Maiden and the Wolves)

Angèle Amblard Gilles Legrand

Le Petit Monde de Charlotte

(Charlotte's Web)

Charlotte A. Cavatica Gary Winick

Le grand appartement

(The Big Apartment)

Francesca Cigalone Pascal Thomas

La Déraison du Louvre

(The Irrationality of the Louvre)

The young woman Ange Leccia Short film without dialog shot in the Louvre museum[35] for which Casta was for the first time in cover of Les Cahiers du Cinéma.[36][37]



The naiad Ange Leccia Short film
2004 Luisa Sanfelice Luisa Sanfelice

Paolo Taviani

Vittorio Taviani

TV film for France2, RAI Uno



Lou Damien Odoul

Rue des plaisirs

(Love Street)

Marion Patrice Leconte Performs on the soundtrack

Les âmes fortes

(Savage Souls)

Thérèse Raoul Ruiz

La Bicyclette Bleue

(The Blue Bicycle)

Léa Delmas Thierry Binisti TV film for France2
Gitano Lucia Junco Manuel Palacios

Astérix et Obélix contre César

(Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar)

Falbala Claude Zidi

Music videos[edit]Edit

Year Singer Song Director Notes
2010 Rihanna Te Amo Anthony Mandler
1999 Chris Isaak Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing Herb Ritts

I Muvrini


Terre d'Oru


Stefano Salvati

DVD and Blu-ray[edit]Edit

Year Title Distribution Language Region Notes
2007 Laetitia Casta StudioCanal French 2 with Yves Saint LaurentPierre BergéJean-Paul GaultierDominique IssermannSylvie LancrenonJamel DebbouzeOmar Sy & Fred TestotFrédéric LopezJean-Paul GoudeJacques WeberClaude Zidi

Humanitarian action[edit]Edit

Year Association Comment
2010 Porteurs d'Eau


Water-carrier is an initiative of France Libertés - Danielle-Mitterrand foundation(French)
2006 Rose Marie Claire


Casta among Claire ChazalIsabelle AdjaniAxelle RedMonica Bellucci and Tina Kieffer with the Rose Marie Claire(French) are shot by Jeff Manzetti for the association Toutes à l'école(French)
2005 Action Innocence She belongs to the Committee of support of Action Innocence[38] to protect the children from the dangers of the Internet.
2004 ELA Wearing giant sneakers, Casta on a wooden horse is shot by Georges-André Cretton

for the ELA's book Shoes on to beat the disease[39]

OrphanAid Africa Shot by Christophe Kutner, Casta between Inès de la Fressange and Cécile de France wears love beads(French) (2nd tab) for OrphanAid Africa founded by Lisa Lovatt-Smith.
Sébastien Proyart She supports Sébastien Proyart.[38]
Action Contre la Faim Casta drew a winged blue heart on a plate for the bidding of 19 November 2004 to help Action against Hunger
2002 Occi, paese rinascitu(Corsican) In the headquarters of the association Occi recovered village at the Caffè di a Mossa of Lumio in Corsica, Casta helped to reconstruct the old chapel of Annunziata in the abandoned village of Occi.[40]

Watch the Occi video on YouTube by official

1999 Restos du cœur Dernière édition avant l'an 2000 (Last edition before year 2000), Les Enfoirés[41] a charity concert tour at the Zénith for the Coluche's association Restaurants du Cœur that collects food for the homeless.


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