Had an relationship with producer André Djaoui during filming of Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981). When Kristel cut her hair short after her last scene was shot, Djaoui didn't like her new look and ended the affair.
Began a relationship with actor Ian McShane during filming of The Fifth Musketeer (1979), which lasted for almost 5 years.
At age 16, her father brought home a woman he introduced to the family as his next wife and told his wife and kids to leave. They moved into a small flat.
Diagnosed with throat cancer in 2005 which spread to her lung, necessitating surgery.
Originally planned on being a teacher.