Sylvie Testud (born January 17, 1971) is a French actress, writer and director. Her film career began in 1991. She was later highly acclaimed, and has twice won César Awards.
She grew up in La Croix-Rousse quarter of Lyon, an area with many Portuguese, Spanish and Italian immigrants - her mother herself, an immigrant from Italy in the 1960s. Her mother married a Frenchman but he left the family when Sylvie was just two years old. In 2003 when asked if she thought of trying to meet him she sa"