Notable for her roles in multiple English, French, and German-language films, she is perhaps particularly notable for her work in Saint Laurent, Not My Type, and Sisters. Her television credits include episodes of 40 and Versailles.
She made her screen acting debut in the 1989 French film Erreur de Jeunesse.
Her stage credits include performances in an Almeida Theatre (London) production of Aunt Dan and Lemon and a Theatre National de L'Odeon (Paris) staging of Les Enfants de Saturne.
The child of a Russian-born opera singer mother and a father of Kurdish heritage, she spent her youth in England, France, and Ireland.
She appears with Gwyneth Paltrow in the 2003 Sylvia Plath biopic Sylvia.