Actress Clémence Poésy is the epitome of everything we Brits think of as French: classically, effortlessly chic and with that impossible-to-replicate aura of ‘cool’ about her. She’s a familiar and much-loved face in Britain, after her international breakthrough role in a little-known franchise called Harry Potter. She played Fleur Delacour, initially one of Harry’s competitors in an inter-school magic tournament and his later kick-ass sister-in-law.
As well as Potter, Poésy has starred alongside Colin Farrell and Potter co-star Brendan Gleeson as the Belgian criminal Chloë Villette in acclaimed 2008 dark comedy In Bruges. She also portrayed Rana, the lover of adventurer Aron Ralston (played by James Franco) in the six-time Oscar nominated 127 Hours in 2010.
Her part in Sky Atlantic’s 2013 hit The Tunnel (an Anglo-French remake of The Bridge) saw her heralded by critics for her performance as Elise Wasserman, the no-nonsense, eccentric partner to Stephen Dillane’s everyman Karl Roebuck. We sat down with Poésy at a recent press day in London to discuss the new series of The Tunnel over breakfast.