Despite being touted as an eternal icon of French film, fashion and pop culture, Jane Birkin is in fact, a Brit. Born in Marylebone, London, the actress and singer had a flourishing career in the capital when fate intervened and she decided to audition for a role in a French film - despite not being able to speak a word of the language.
In the end, her undeniable talent and charisma trumped her lack of language skills and she was quickly cast as the female lead in Slogan, opposite the inimitable Serge Gainsbourg. The pair fell for each other within weeks and would go on to become one of the most celebrated couples of the Seventies. Infamous for their personal fashion and hedonistic lifestyles.