Eva Green was born in Paris, from the actress Marlène Jobert and Swedish dentist Walter Green (appeared as an actor in the film Au Hasard Balthazar). She has a twin sister, Joy (Johanne). She is the great-grandson of the French composer Paul Le Flem, actress Marika Green’s nephew and cousin of singer and actress Elsa Lunghini.
She grows in the seventeenth arrondissement and attended the American School of Paris and the American University of Paris. Between 1997 and 2000 she studied and graduated from the St. Paul Drama School in Paris and later moved to London, where she studied acting for 10 weeks at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Also studied briefly at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in New York.
Her first aspiration was to study Egyptology after visiting the Louvre Museum in seven years, but at age 14 she had already changed her mind after seeing Isabelle Adjani in the Adele H., so she left school at 16 despite good grades, to pursue a career as an actress.
In 2003 the director Bernardo Bertolucci entrusts her the role of Isabelle in the controversial film The Dreamers alongside Michael Pitt and Louis Garrel. In an interview with the newspaper The Guardian, Eva Green said both her agent and her family wanted to give up the role for fear that her career suffer the same fate of Maria Schneider after Last Tango in Paris.
In 2004 she starred in the film Arsene Lupin directed by Jean-Paul Salomé, receiving mixed reviews. In 2005 instead she portrays Sybil of Jerusalem, in the movie Kingdom of Heaven, starring Orlando Bloom, and directed by Ridley Scott. Also auditioned for the role of Tessa in The Constant Gardener by Fernando Meirelles, but the role went to Rachel Weisz, who thanks to this part was awarded the Oscar in 2006.
In 2006 she joined the cast of New Line Cinema films The Golden Compass, based on the novel by Philip Pullman, directed by Chris Weitz. The project brings together Eva Green and Daniel Craig. Also in 2006, she refuses several parts to avoid being labeled femme fatale as happened for The Dreamers, including that of Madeleine in The Black Dahlia, by Brian De Palma, role then went to Hilary Swank.
She was chosen as the Bond girl in 2006 for the film Casino Royale, alongside the 007 played by Daniel Craig. At first reluctant to this role (for the French accent), accept after several auditions studying diction, becoming the fifth French actress to be chosen as the Bond girl (after Claudine Auger, Corinne Clery, Carole Bouquet and Sophie Marceau). For this film she is nominated by the Green magazine Maxim twentieth in the ranking about sexiest women in the world. In 2007, Eva Green won a BAFTA for Best Actress for the film directed by Martin Campbell.
In summer 2007, playing in sci-fi thriller revolves Franklyn, alongside Ryan Phillippe, in which, for weft requirements, plays two roles. In the same year she became the testimonial of the fragrance Midnight Poison by Dior, filming a spot directed by Wong Kar-wai. She was also modeled for Breil, Armani, Lancôme and Heineken.
In 2012 is the antagonist in the movie Dark Shadows, Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter.
In 2014 starred in two blockbuster interpreting Artemisia in the movie 300 – Dawn of an Empire inspired by a comic book by Frank Miller, and Ava Lord in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, film adaptation of the graphic novel by the same author directed by Robert Rodriguez. In 201 she was chosen as the star of the Campari Calendar 2015.
She appears also in hit series Penny Dreadful with Timothy Dalton and Josh Hartnett. For this role she was critically acclaimed and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series.