05/21/2009 at 09:00 AM EDT
Lucy Gordon, considered one of Britain's most promising young film stars, was found dead in her Paris apartment after apparently killing herself, say French police.
Gordon, 28, had a dozen screen roles to her credit, including that of British reporter Jennifer Dugan in Spider-Man 3
. In the upcoming biopic Serge Gainsbourg (a heroic life)
, about the late French singer-songwriter-actor, she plays the real-life British actress-singer Jane Birkin.
Gordon was discovered in her apartment, Paris police tell the London Times
, which also quotes a news source as saying the actress's boyfriend was asleep in the residence when she hanged herself. An autopsy has been ordered.
Gordon, who had worked as a model, made her movie debut in 2001's Perfume
. The next year, she starred in the war drama The Four Feathers
, which also starred Heath Ledger
Friday would have marked her 29th birthday.