Irne Marie Jacob is a Frenchborn Swiss actress considered one of the preeminent French actresses of her generation. Jacob gained international recognition and acclaim through her work with Polish film director Krzysztof Kielowski, who cast her in the lead role of The Double Life of Vronique and Three Colors Red. She came to represent an image of European sophistication.
Irne Jacob was born in Suresnes, HautsdeSeine, a western suburb of Paris. The youngest child with three older brothers, she was raised in a highly educated and intellectual family and environment her father, Maurice Jacob, was a physicist her mother, a psychologist one brother, Francis Jacob, a musician and two brothers, scientists. In 1969, at the age of three, Irne moved with her family to Geneva, Switzerland, where she became interested in the arts.