Isabelle Townsend was raised in rural France by a Belgian beauty and a British gentleman. Unlike her father, she has never met the Queen, but has a lot to thank her for. She landed on a cover of Elle with her own clothes but no feathers and make up.
She flew to NY, became a top chic’k model in the 80’s and enjoyed working on big productions with Bruce Weber for Ralph Lauren as much as travelling bear foot in a mini van across Sri Lanka and Marocco with Sacha. Acting opened up a whole new world to her and after training she discovered the true meaning of “Everything is an inspiration.” She quickly started working, landing her first role in Barton Fink directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.
Having chicks of her own, she feels compelled to give her work new meaning and purpose. She creates shows in English performing in French schools. She meets director Irina Brook who allows her to spread her wings. She tours in theatres around Europe with her company and experiences life on the road.
She hates auditioning. She loves movement. She hates stillness. She loves stillness. She loves trees at every season. She loves Coronation Chicken because it’s turning her into a vegetarian.
She has some hippy ‘chick’ and a pinch of Carol the exhibitionist in Orpheus Descending, a teaspoon of Juliet’s Romeo, and an ounce of Bernard Shaw’s Joan of Arc, but in her next life, She’d really like to be a cat on a hot tin roof.