British actress Sophie Hunter studied foreign languages at Oxford University before moving to Paris, where she learned her craft as an actress by studying at the Jacques Lecoq Theatre School. She is the niece of Jane Birkin, mother of Charlotte Gainsbourg. Sophie directs as well as acting, being the co-founder of Lacuna Theatre and an artistic director of Boiler Room. She has also recorded songs for the Isis Project with Robbie Williams' former collaborator Guy Chambers. As at 2008 she was living in London with her partner, sculptor Conrad Shawcross.