PROFILE
Name:
Noemie Lenoir
Birth Date:
September 19, 1980
Birth Place:
Versailles, Yvelines, France
Height:
5' 10" (1.78 m)
Nationality:
French
BIOGRAPHY
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Background:

Noemie Lenoir is a French model and actress. She has worked for “Sports Illustrated,” Victoria's Secret, the Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Marks & Spencer, and L'Oreal, to name a few. On the acting front, Lenoir is perhaps best known to the American public with her roles in Brett Ratner's “After the Sunset” (2004) and the Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker vehicle “Rush Hour 3” (2007). She has also appeared in the French movies “Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra” (2002), “Payoff” (2003) and the 2007 sequel “Gomez & Tavarès, la suite,” and “The Valet” (2006).

An animal lover, Lenoir actively supports the World Wildlife Fund. She is an accomplished equestrian and collects sunglasses. She also enjoys swimming and shopping.

Lenoir was romantically involved with rapper Stomy Bugsy. After they broke up, she began living with French soccer player Claude Makélélé (born February 18, 1973). The couple had a son they named Kelyan, in February 2005, but split up in early 2009.

In May, 2010, Lenoir was rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious in a park near her Paris home. They found large quantities of drugs and alcohol in her system.


Mother of 1

Childhood and Family:

Noemie Lenoir was born on September 19, 1979, in Versailles, Yvelines, France, to a French father and a mother from Madagascar. Her parents later divorced.

On February 2, 2005, Noemie gave birth to her first child, a son named Kelyan. The father of her child is her former companion Claude Makélélé.


Model

Career:

16 year old Noemie Lenoir was discovered by an agent from the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency while at her neighborhood post office. Before long, she did photo shots for “Marie Claire” and Ralph Lauren. However, she did not want to further pursue modeling until she completed school and learned English. When these goals were attained, she packed her stuff and headed to New York in 1999 to chase her dreams.

Within a year of her arrival in New York, Lenoir gained considerable notice at the Oscar de la Renta 2000 show when a fur activist jumped onto the stage in front of her and Lenoir continued to walk the runaway. She followed it up with an exclusive gig at the Gucci show in Milan in 2001. She then landed shoots for the “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition” in 2000 and 2001.

Lenoir has also appeared in advertisement campaigns for clients like the Gap, Ann Taylor, Tommy Hilfiger, Next, Pantene Europe, and Victoria's Secret. She also worked as a spokesmodel for L'Oreal and become the face of Marks & Spencer. Magazines she has appeared in include “Allure,” “Elle,” “Glamour,” “Mademoiselle” and “Interview.”

In 2002, Lenoir branched out to acting when she landed the role of Chamandra in the French movie “Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra,” an adaptation of the comic book “Astérix et Cléopatre” by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. The film was directed by Alain Chabat and starred Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier and Monica Bellucci.

Lenoir's second film role arrived when she was cast as Gina in director Gilles Paquet-Brenner's action movie “Payoff” (2003). The green eyed beauty, however, did not attract the attention of American moviegoers until Brett Ratner cast her as Don Cheadle's girl in “After the Sunset” (2004). The action comedy film, starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson and Cheadle, was largely panned by critics.

Lenoir made her TV acting debut playing Anna in an episode of the miniseries “Jeff et Léo, flics et jumeaux” called “Un train peut en cacher un autre” (2004). She revisited the big screen with the supporting role of Karine in the French comedy “The Valet,” which was written and directed by Francis Veber. Starring Gad Elmaleh, Daniel Auteuil, Alice Taglioni and Kristin Scott Thomas, the film was released in France and Belgium in March 2006 and shown at various festivals, including the Moscow Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, ShoWest, and the Cleveland International Film Festival. It received a limited theatrical release in the U.S. in April 2007.

Lenoir reprised her role of Gina in the 2007 sequel “Gomez & Tavarès, la suite.” The same year, she returned to the American cinema in “Rush Hour 3,” the third installment in the “Rush Hour” movie series starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Unlike its predecessors, “Rush Hour 3” received mixed to negative reviews from critics. The film grossed a total of $258,022,233 worldwide.

Lenoir also served as a host on a show for Trace TV for two years. In addition, she has made appearances in various television shows, including “Tout le monde en parle” (2000-2003), “20h10 pétantes” (2004), “Le grand journal de Canal+” (2005), “French Beauty” (2005), “Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit 2006” (2006), “On n'est pas couché” (2007), “The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show” (2007 and 2008 ) and “The Tyra Banks Show” (2008).


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