Who is Mathilda May?
Karima Mathilda Haim was born on 8 February 1965, in Paris, France, and is an actress, best known for appearing in various popular French films during her career. She’s also appeared in several Hollywood films, including “Lifeforce” in which she played a naked alien vampire, as well as in the film “The Jackal”.
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The Net Worth of Mathilda May
How rich is Mathilda May? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $15 million, earned through a successful career in acting since 1983, and has also worked on various television projects throughout her career. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Mathilda is the daughter of playwright Victor Haim, who is best known for his stage plays which have been translated and performed throughout several countries. This allowed her to gain experience and exposure towards performing at a young age. She is of Jewish, Greek, Turkish, and Swedish descent – her mother was a ballet teacher and choreographer, so Mathilda learned dance at a young age, and when she was 16 won the Premier Prix du Conservatoire de Danse de Paris (Paris Dance Conservatory First Prize).
This launched her career in entertainment, and paved the way for her to appear in various films made for the European audience. One of her first appearances was in the German television series entitled “Weibblaue Geschichten” in 1983, and in 1985 she gained one of her most notable roles in the film “Lifeforce”, a horror film based on “The Space Vampires” novel written by Colin Wilson, and follows the story of a trio of humanoids being discovered in an alien ship and brought to earth. The film gained negative reviews, but was still able to put her on the spotlight.
French and Hollywood Film Mainstay
Throughout the decade, May became a regular in various French film projects. During the same year, as “Lifeforce”, she also had the role of Alexandra in the comedy film. “Les Rois du Gag”, and in 1987 starred in the French-Italian thriller entitled “The Cry of the Owl”, which is based on the novel of the same name written by Patricia Highsmith.
The following year, she starred in the romantic musical “Three Seats for the 26th” which follows an actor as he returns to his hometown to look for his first love, and rehearse a musical based on his life. She also worked on the miniseries entitled “The Secret of the Sahara” which is inspired by the books of Emilio Salgari, and in 1991 starred in the film “Naked Tango” alongside Vincent D’Onofrio, and also worked on “Scream of Stone” which is about a climbing expedition on Cerro Torre. Two years later, she starred in the French film “The Tit and the Moon” which debuted during the 51st Venice International Film Festival.
In 1996, Mathilda made a cameo appearance in the Italian film “Celluloide”, and then worked on her first video game project called “Privateer 2: The Darkening”, which is a part of the “Wing Commander” video game franchise, and featured her in live action sequences alongside Clive Owen and John Hurt. The following year, she appeared in the film “The Jackal” which starred Bruce Willis and Richard Gere, and is a loose remake of “The Day of the Jackal” which was released in 1973.
Since the 2000s, she’s appeared in lesser mainstream roles, only having a few notable projects despite her consistent work. In 2001, she had a small role in the series “Camera Café”, and also had a role in “Perlasca, The Courage of a Just Man” which is about an Italian businessman who helped more than 5,000 Jews in Hungary during the Holocaust. In 2007 she appeared in the film “A Girl Cut in Two” which stars Ludivine Sagnier and Francois Berleand, and one of her latest projects is the comedy film entitled “The Players” which stars Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche. She also appeared in the television movie “Delit de Flute” and the television show “Clash”.
— Mathilda May (@MathildaMayOff) September 11, 2014
Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, it is known that May has been married three times. Her first marriage was to Paul Powell in 1991, which lasted for just two years. Her second marriage was in 1994 to French actor and singer Gerard Darmon – he’s appeared in numerous French films throughout his career since the 1970s, and they have two children together, but their marriage ended in divorce in 1999. The following year, she married Philippe Kelly and the two stayed married until 2006 when their marriage also ended in divorce. Since then, she has not been linked to any new relationships.
One of the reasons there is very limited information about her is due to the lack of any online presence; she does not have any online accounts on major social media websites. Despite “Lifeforce” being an unsuccessful film, it was noted for helping her rise to prominence and her appearance in the film continues to be a point of discussion when it comes to her career’s high points.