Photographer daughter of Jane Birkin dies in fall from Paris apartment

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 December, 2013, 10:11pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 14 December, 2013, 2:23am


British fashion photographer Kate Barry, daughter of the actress and singer Jane Birkin, has died after falling from the window of her fourth-floor Paris flat.

Her body was found on Wednesday evening on the pavement outside the apartment in a chic area of the city.

London-born Barry, 46, was Birkin's eldest daughter. Her father was the British composer John Barry, best known for his scores for films including James Bond and Out of Africa, who died in 2011. Her parents separated shortly after she was born in 1967.

Two years later, Birkin moved to France where she brought up her daughter with French singer Serge Gainsbourg and later film director Jacques Doillon.

"I had a father [Barry] and a passion [Gainsbourg]. They had lots of things in common, they were both terribly funny and wicked," Kate told the Journal du Dimanche last year. "We would wonder where the next drama would come."

Kate Barry carved out a name for herself as a fashion photographer, but in France remained overshadowed by her famous half sisters, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, both actresses.

"At first, I was perhaps better known because of my family: my mother, my stepfather, my father, my sisters who are famous ... now I hope I'm known a bit more for my own work," she said in a 2008 interview with French television station Cap24. "Unlike them, I want to be behind the camera and not in front of it."

Barry was thought to have been alone in the flat, where antidepressants were reportedly found by police.

As well as her mother and half-sisters, she leaves a son, Roman de Kermadec, 26.