For decades, French cinema has been exported around the world thanks to its singular shots and charismatic actresses.The French movie industry is one of the major movie industries in the world. Today, we take a closer look at these actresses by revealing the list of 30 famous French actresses who have marked the history of French and international cinema.

Important information, most of those French actresses received the César Award. This award is basically the French Oscar. As the Oscar, it is quite difficult to obtain it.

1 – Brigitte Bardot

Notable films: 

  • Et Dieu… créa la femme / And God Created Woman (1956)
  • En cas de malheur / In Case of Adversity (1958)
  • La Vérité / The Truth (1960)
  • Le Mépris / Contempt (1963)
  • Viva Maria ! (1965)
  • L’Ours et la Poupée / The Bear and the Doll (1970)

Awards:

  • Victoire of the French cinema (1957, 1959)
  • David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actress (1961)
  • Award of the Best Actress by the French Film Academy (1966)

Born on September 28, 1934, Brigitte Bardot was the first French icon in the eyes of the general public. With a career spanning over 30 years and 45 films to her credit, BB, as she is known, has single-handedly democratized French cinema around the world. In addition to her film career, Brigitte Bardot is also famous for her musical career during which she released nearly 70 songs, including a dozen hit songs.

After this long career, Brigitte has remained in the spotlight with her strong commitment to animal rights. She even declared in 2014, “Without the rescue of animals, I could not have survived. Now I save the lives of those who saved mine.”

2 – Catherine Deneuve 

Notable films: 

  • Les parapluies de Cherbourg / The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
  • Belle de jour (1967)
  • Peau d’âne / Donkey Skin (1970)
  • Le Dernier Métro / The Last Metro (1980)
  • Indochine (1992)

Awards:

  • César for Best Actress (1981, 1983)
  • Volpi Cup for Best Female Performance (1998)
  • Extraordinary Silver Bear (2002)
  • The Palme d’Honneur (2005)
  • Golden Lion for the Career  (2022)

Born on October 22, 1943, in Paris, Catherine Deneuve is considered one of the most famous French actresses of all time, having played in the films of the most influential directors of the twentieth century. Her diverse roles, ranging from comedy to drama, from thriller to fantasy, have earned her all the biggest awards in the business. Still active today, the actress is also noted for her strong humanitarian commitment, even becoming a UNESCO ambassador.

3 – Chantal Lauby

Notable films: 

  • La Cité de la peur / Fear City (1994)
  • Didier (1997)
  • Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre / Asterix & Obélix: Mission Cleopatra (2002)
  • Laisse tes mains sur mes hanches / Your Hands on My Hips (2003)
  • Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu ? / Serial (Bad) Weddings (2014)

Awards:

  • Interpretation award at the Alpe d’Huez Festival  (2013)
  • Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters (2014)
  • Knight of the Legion of Honor (2019)

Born on March 23, 1948, Chantal Lauby began her career with discreet beginnings in television. She was then noticed when she went to work at Canal + and met Alain Chabat and Dominique Farrugia. She became an integral part of the humoristic group Les Nuls, which propelled her to fame in France, and allowed her to play in various successful films.

4 – Josiane Balasko

Notable films: 

  • L’An 01 / The Year 01 (1973)
  • Les Bronzés / French Fried Vacation (1978)
  • Les Bronzés font du ski / French Fried Vacation 2 (1979)
  • L’Auberge Rouge / The Red Inn (2007)
  • Neuilly sa mère / Straight Outta Neuilly (2008)

Awards:

  • César for Best Screenplay(1996)
  • Lumière Award (1996)
  • Honorary César (2000)
  • Birthday César (2021)

Born on April 15, 1950, in Paris, Josiane Balasko, whose full name is Josiane Balaskovic, is a French actress and director best known for her roles in comedies (French Fried Vacation 1, 2, and 3) as well as her talents as a director, which has earned her numerous awards. The actress has also been a member of the Enfoirés (celebrity gathering to raise money for the poverty French people) since 2006 and has signed up in 2019 as a supporter of the Communist Party, even lending her voice to the campaign clip and declaring, “For the Europe of the people, against the Europe of money.”.

5 – Anémone

Notable films: 

  • Le Couple témoin / The Model Couple (1977)
  • Le père Noël est une ordure / Santa Claus Is a Stinker (1982)
  • Péril en la demeure / Death in a French Garden (1985)
  • Le Grand Chemin / The Grand Highway (1987)

Awards:

  • César for Best Actress (1988)

Born on August 9, 1950, Anémone made her debut in the café theater alongside the Splendid troupe. She then got her first film role, which earned her her pseudonym. Put in front of the stage by Coluche in Vous n’aurez pas l’Alsace et la Lorraine (You Won’t Have Alsace-Lorraine), it is for her role of Thérèse in Santa Claus Is a Stinker that she becomes famous. A few years later, she won the César for best actress for her role in Le Grand Chemin (The Grand Highway).  

6 – Marie Anne Chazel

Notable films: 

  • Les Bronzés / French Fried Vacation  (1978)
  • Les Bronzés font du ski / French Fried Vacation 2 (1979)
  • Le père Noël est une ordure /  Santa Claus Is a Stinker (1982)
  • Les Visiteurs /The Visitors (1993)
  • Les Bronzés 3 / French Fried Vacation 3 (2006)

Awards:

  • Barrière Foundation Film Award (2019)
  • Birthday César (2021)

Born on September 19, 1951, Marie Anne Chazel began her career with the biggest names in French cinema (Christian Clavier, Gérard Jugnot, Thierry Lhermitte…) within the Splendid troupe. It is with these same actors that she will know the success in classic French comedies such as Santa Claus Is a Stinker or the trilogy of films French Fried Vacation.

7 – Isabelle Huppert

Notable films: 

  • Les Valseuses / Going Places (1974)
  • La Dentellière / The Lacemaker (1977)
  • La Porte du Paradis / Heaven’s Gate (1980)
  • Madame Bovary (1991)
  • Le Pianiste / The Piano Teacher (2001)

Awards:

  • Prize for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival (1978, 2001) 
  • Lumière Award for Best Actress (1996, 2001, 2006, 2017)
  • César for Best Actress (1996, 2017)
  • Golden Lion for the Career (2005)
  • Golden Globe for Best Actress (2017)

Born on March 16, 1953, Isabelle Huppert made a remarkable debut in the theater, before making a succession of French films from 1971, where she alternated between indie films and mainstream films. Known for her exceptionally long filmography (nearly 3 films per year), Isabelle Huppert is also one of the best-known French actresses with a truly international career. She has indeed acted in many Hollywood films until she won the supreme distinction in 2017: the Golden Globe for best actress.

8 – Catherine Frot

Notable films: 

  • Un air de famille (1996) 
  • Le Dîner de cons / The Dinner Game (1998)
  • Vipère au poing / Viper in the Fist (2004)
  • Le Vilain (2008)
  • Marguerite (2015)

Awards:

  • Molière for Best Actress  (1995)
  • César for Best French Actress in a Supporting Role (1997)
  • Award of la Femme en Or du Cinéma (2002)
  • Lumière Award for Best Actress (2016)
  • Globe de Cristal Awards for Best Actress (2017)

Born on May 1, 1956, Catherine Frot made appearances in classic French comedies of the 1990s, before landing her first role in 1999 in the film La Dilettante. During the 2000s, the French actress became more and more famous, appearing in successful comedies. In parallel, she continues to act in the theater and even wins a Molière for her participation in the play Fleur de Cactus.

9 – Isabelle Adjani

Notable films: 

  • L’Histoire d’Adèle H. / The Story of Adele H. (1975)
  • Possession (1981)
  • L’Été meurtrier / One Deadly Summer (1983)
  • La Reine Margot / Queen Margot (1994)
  • La Journée de la jupe /Skirt Day (2009)

Awards:

  • César for Best Actress (1982, 1984, 1989, 1995, 2010)
  • Prize for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival (1981)
  • Silver Bear for Best Actress (1989)
  • Lumière Award for Best Actress (2010)

Born on June 27, 1957, Isabelle Adjani is a true pillar of French cinema, still one of the most decorated French actresses. With an early start on the big screen, the actress became known for her singular roles of neurotic characters and the intensity with which she played them. These same roles earned her five César awards for Best Actress, a record that was unmatched until then.

10 – Carole Bouquet

Notable films: 

  • Cet obscur objet du désir / That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
  • Rien que pour vos yeux / For Your Eyes Only (1981)
  • Rive droite, rive gauche (1984)
  • Trop belle pour toi / Too Beautiful for You (1989)
  • Lucie Aubrac (1997)

Awards:

  • César for Best Actress (1990)
  • Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (2011)

Born on August 18, 1957, in the French state of Île-de-France, Carole Bouquet was revealed very early in the cinema in the film Cet obscur objet du désir (That Obscure Object of Desire). This performance allowed her to play a series of leading roles until she won the César for best actress in 1990. But her influence goes beyond the borders of the cinema. A few years later, she became the face of the Chanel brand and the N°5 perfume.

11 – Emmanuelle Béart

Notable films: 

  • Manon des sources / Manon Of The Spring (1986)
  • La Belle Noiseuse / The Beautiful Troublemaker (1991)
  • J’embrasse pas / I Don’t Kiss (1991)
  • Une femme française / A French Woman (1995)
  • Les Destinées sentimentales / Sentimental Destinies (2000)

Awards:

  • César for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (1987)
  • International Film Festival Award for Best Actress (1995)
  • Swann d’or for Best Actress (1999)
  • Silver Bear for Best Artistic Contribution (2002)
  • Best actress award at the Syndicat de la Critique (2012)

Born on August 14, 1963, in the Var region of France, Emmanuelle Béart quickly revealed herself to everyone. Indeed, her first role in the drama Manon des sources (Manon of The Spring)  made her win the César for Best Supporting actress. From then on, the actress gave a series of notable performances in major productions and popular French films. Outside of the cinema, the actress is also involved in humanitarian work, as evidenced by her status as a goodwill ambassador to UNICEF.

12 – Juliette Binoche

Notable films: 

  • Les Amants du Pont-Neuf / The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)
  • Trois Couleurs : Bleu / Three Coloure: Blue (1993)
  • Le Patient anglais / The English Patient (1996)
  • Le Chocolat / Chocolat (2001)
  • Sils Maria / Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

Awards:

  • Romy-Schneider Award (1986)
  • European Film Award for Best Actress (1992, 1997)
  • César for the Best Actress (1994)
  • Silver Bear for Best Actress (1997)
  • Prize for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival (2010) 

Born on March 9, 1964, in Paris, Juliette Binoche began her career almost 40 years ago, when she was only 19 years old. Still active, the French actress was even the first to be awarded the best actress prize at the three most important film festivals. She is also one of the best-known French actresses to have exported internationally, alternating roles in French and English throughout her career.

13 – Valérie Lemercier

Notable films: 

  • Les Visiteurs / The Visitors (1993)
  • La Cité de la peur / Fear City (1994)
  • Palais Royal ! (2005)
  • Neuilly sa mère ! / Straight Outta Neuilly (2009)
  • Le Petit Nicolas / Little Nicholas (2009)

Awards:

  • César for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (1994, 2007)
  • Molière for the one-man show  (1991, 1996, 2001)
  • César for Best Actress (2022)
  • Lumière Award for Best Actress (2022)

Born on March 9, 1964, Valerie Lemercier has become known for her roles as a funny and endearing woman and is undoubtedly one of the great names of French comedy. Having played in almost all the biggest comedies of the 1990s and 2000s, the actress is also one of the most decorated. The actress is also a comedian since she has performed in one-man shows over a period of almost 30 years in parallel with her films.

14 – Sophie Marceau

Notable films: 

  • La Boum / The Party (1980)
  • Joyeuse Pâques / Happy Easter (1984)
  • Braveheart (1995)
  • Le monde ne suffit pas / The World Is Not Enough (James Bond) (1999)
  • De l’autre côté du lit / Changing Sides (2008)

Awards:

  • César for Most Promising Actress (1983)
  • Molière for theatrical revelation (1991)
  • Prize for the direction of the festival of Montreal (2002)
  • Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters (2003)

Born on November 17, 1966, in Paris, Sophie Marceau is one of the most iconic French actresses of her generation. At only 14 years old, the actress became a movie star for her role in La Boum (The Party), before winning her first César award for the release of the second part, two years later. She then went on to play a series of roles to further establish her status as an icon of French cinema.

15 – Sandrine Kiberlain

Notable films: 

  • Les Patriotes / The Patriots (1994)
  • Un héros très discret / A Self-Made Hero (1996)
  • Le Septième Ciel / Seventh Heaven (1997)
  • À vendre / For Sale (1998)
  • 9 mois ferme / 9 Months Strech (2013)

Awards:

  • Romy-Schneider Award  (1995)
  • César for Most Promising Actress (1996)
  • Étoile d’or for Best Actress (1999)
  • César for Best Actress (2014)

Born on October 25, 1968, Sandrine Kiberlain is an actress, director, and singer, capable of wearing all hats. Lulled since childhood in the world of the 7th art, the actress began at a very young age the theater before entering by the big door in the cinema, winning a César for best actress only a few years after the beginning of her career. After a long period of absence, the Frenchwoman returned to the front of the stage in the 2000s, both in front of and behind the camera.

16 – Marina Foïs

Notable films: 

  • La Tour Montparnasse infernale (2001)
  • Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre / Asterix & Obélix: Mission Cleopatra (2002)
  • Filles perdues, cheveux gras / Hypnotized and Hysterical (Hairstylist Wanted) (2002)
  • RRRrrrr!!! (2004)
  • Darling / This Darling Life (2008)

Awards:

  • César for Most Promising Actress (2003)
  • Lumière Award for Best Actress (2008)
  • César for Best Actress (2018)

Born on January 21, 1970, Marina Foïs was revealed in the 1990s with the troupe of actors Robins des Bois. She then made a place for herself in the cinema in a comedic register where she gave a series of fine performances in the greatest comedies of the 2000s. 10 years later, it is in a more dramatic register that we find her with roles that have earned her four nominations at the Césars.

17 – Charlotte Gainsbourg

Notable films: 

Awards:

  • César for Most Promising Actress (1986)
  • César for Best Actress (2000)
  • Prize for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival (2009)
  • Prize for the Female Performer of the year at the Victoires de la Musique (2018)

Born on July 21, 1971, Charlotte Gainsbourg is the daughter of the legendary Serge Gainsbourg. She started her career very early through her mother. After a first role at the age of only 13, Charlotte specialized in comedies for many years, before turning to dramas and horror films that would earn her her greatest honors. She also has a music career as a French woman singer and released already a few successful albums. I like her collaboration with the artist Sega Bodega with the single “Naturophate”. As she says so well, “it’s easier to assume your discomfort than to laugh”.

18 – Alexandra Lamy

Notable films: 

  • Un gars une fille (1999-2003) (TV Show)
  • Au suivant ! (2005)
  • Lucky Luke (2009)
  • Jamais le premier soir / Never on the First Night (2014)
  • Retour chez ma mère / Back to Mom’s (2016)

Awards:

  • Knight of the National Order of Merit (2013)
  • Prize for Best Actress at the Alpe d’Huez Festival (2017)
  • The Globe de Cristal Award for Best Comedy Actress (2019)

Born on October 14, 1971, Alexandra Lamy made a few appearances in commercials, before achieving fame alongside Jean Dujardin in the television series Un gars, une fille, broadcast for nearly 5 years on France 2. After this, the French actress played a series of successful roles in comedies and romantic dramas. Despite the fame, Alexandra Lamy wants to keep her feet on the ground. She declared: “I like milking goats as much as walking the red carpets”.

19 – Laure Calamy

Notable films: 

  • Un monde sans femmes / A World Without Women (2012)
  • Mademoiselle de Jonquières / Lady J (2018)
  • Seules les bêtes / Only the Animals (2019)
  • Antoinette dans les Cévennes / My Donkey, My Lover & I (2020)

Awards:

  • Award for Best Actress at the Belfort Festival (2011)
  • Best Actress in a Theatre Performance (2018)
  • Orizzonti Award Best Actress  (2021)
  • Interpretation Award of the Arcs Film Festival (2021)
  • César for Best Actress (2021)

Born on March 22, 1975, Laure Calamy is another of the revelations of the series Call My Agent. The actress first played a series of roles in short and medium-length independent films for many years. Thanks to the success of Ten for a Hundred, the actress was noticed by the world of the seventh art and began to chain the roles in dramas, comedies and French thrillers (Only the Animals) until reaching the peak with the Cesar for best actress for her role in Antoinette in the Cevennes (My Donkey, My Lover & I).

20 – Marion Cotillard

Notable films: 

  • Taxi (1998)
  • Un long dimanche de fiançailles / A Very Long Engagement (2004)
  • La Môme / La Vie en Rose (2007)
  • Inception (2010)
  • De rouilles et d’os / Rust & Bone (2012)
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Rising (2012)

Awards:

  • Golden Globe for Best Actress (2008)
  • César for the Best Actress (2005, 2008)
  • Oscar for Best Actress (2008)
  • BAFTA for Best Actress (2008)
  • Étoile d’or of French Cinema (2013)

Born on September 30, 1975, Marion Cotillard made a remarkable debut in the film series Taxi, before exploding in the eyes of the general public for her interpretation of Edith Piaf in La Môme, for which she will win many awards. This film marks a real turning point in her career and propels her to Hollywood. She then played in many American blockbusters, collaborating with the best directors of our generation.

21 – Audrey Tautou

Notable films: 

  • Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain / Amélie (2001)
  • L’auberge espagnole / The Spanish Apartement (2002)
  • Un long dimanche de fiançailles / A very Long Engagement (2004)
  • Da Vinci Code (2006)
  • Coco avant Chanel / Coco Before Chanel (2009)

Awards:

  • Lumière Award for Most Promising Actress (2000)
  • Swann d’or (2000)
  • César for Most Promising Actress (2000)
  • New Female Star of the Cannes Festival (2001)
  • Lumière Award for Best Actress (2002)

Born on August 9, 1976, in Beaumont, Audrey Tautou enters the cinema through the back door with a first discreet experience, before rising to the rank of international icon after the resounding success of the film Le Fabuleux Destin D’amélie Poulain (Amélie). She confirms thereafter working with the greatest French and international directors who allow her to be one of the most famous French actresses of the XXI century.

22 – Bérénice Béjo

Notable films: 

  • Meilleur espoir féminin (2000)
  • OSS 117 : Le Caire, nid d’espions (2006)
  • The Artist (2012)
  • Le Passé (2014)

Awards:

  • César for Best Actress (2012)
  • Romy-Schneider Award (2012)
  • Étoile d’or for Best Actress (2012)
  • Prize for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival (2013)

Born on July 7, 1976, in Buenos Aires, Bérénice Béjo left to live in France at the age of 3 to escape the military dictatorship in Argentina. After a remarkable debut in Hollywood and in French films, it is with Jean Dujardin that the actress reaches the consecration. First for playing Larmina in the first part of the saga OSS 117, then for her role as Peppy Miller in the film The Artist, which will earn her the César for best actress and a nomination for the Oscars.

23 – Laetitia Casta

Notable films: 

  • Astérix et Obélix contre César / Asterix and Obrelix versus Cesar (1999)
  • Errance (2002)
  • Gainsbourg (vie héroïque) / Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010)

Awards:

  • Swann d’or for Best Actress (2008)
  • Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters  (2011)
  • Knight of the Legion of Honor (2021)

Born on May 11, 1978, Laetitia Casta was first known for her modeling work (during which she walked the runway for the greatest fashion designers). She began her film career at the age of 21 when she played Falbala in Astérix et Obélix contre César (Asterix and Obelix versus Caesar). Throughout her career, the young woman alternates cinema and modeling, where she draws her inspiration. She declares about it in the year 2000: “an actor grows with his life”.

24 – Camille Cottin

Notable films: 

  • Yamakasi (2001)
  • Toute première fois / I kissed a Girl (2015)
  • Dix pour cent / Call My Agent (2015) (TV Show)
  • Cigarettes et Chocolat Chaud / The Fabulous Patars (2016)
  • House of Gucci (2021)

Awards:

  • ACS (Association of Series Critics) for best actress (2016, 2017)
  • Best Actress Award at the Alpe d’Huez International Comedy Film Festival (2018)
  • The Globe de Cristal Award for Best Actress in a drama (2019)

Born on December 1, 1978, Camille Cottin comes from the great family of Canal +, where she was noticed for her sketches in La Connasse before exploding for her role in the series Call My Agent on France 2. A year later, Camille got her first movie role, followed by many comedies before being called by Ridley Scott for his film House of Gucci.

25 – Mélanie Laurent

Notable films: 

  • Dikkenek (2006)
  • Je vais bien ne t’en fais pas / Don’t Worry, I’m Fine (2006)
  • Inglourious Basterds (2009)
  • Le Concert / The Concert (2009)
  • Insaisissables / Now You See Me (2013)

Awards:

  • Romy-Schneider Award (2006)
  • Lumière Award for Most Promising Actress (2007)
  • César for Most Promising Actress (2007)
  • Étoiles d’or for New Female Star of French cinema (2007)
  • César for Best Documentary Film (2016)

Born on February 21, 1983, in Paris, Mélanie Laurent did not take long to make her mark in the cinema. Acting in feature films from the age of 15, the actress became a true phenomenon when she landed the role of Shosanna Dreyfus in Quentin Tarantino’s film Inglorious Basterds. The French actress also went behind the camera to make many films and documentaries that are close to her heart.

26 – Leïla Bekhti

Notable films: 

  • Sheitan (2006)
  • Tout ce qui brille / All That Glitters (2010)
  • La Source des femmes / The Source (2011)
  • Avant l’hiver / Before the Winter Chill (2013)
  • Le Grand Bain / Sink or Swim (2018)

Awards:

  • Raimu Award for Comedy  (2006)
  • The Globe de Cristal Award for Best Actress (2011, 2012)
  • César for Best Actress (2012, 2022)
  • César for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (2019)

With Algeria’s background, Leila Bekhti was born on March 6, 1984, in the Paris region where she discovered the theater. After taking lessons in the most famous schools in Paris, she revealed herself to the public in 2005 for her participation in Vincent Cassel’s film, Sheitan. From then on, her career exploded and she became one of the most bankable French actresses. As she says so well: “when you know where you come from, you know where you are going”.

27 – Léa Seydoux

Notable films: 

  • La Belle Personne / The Beautiful Person (2008)
  • Les adieux à la reine / Farewell My Queen (2012)
  • La Vie d’Adèle / Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)
  • James Bond No Time to Die (2021)
  • France (2021)

Awards:

  • The Palme d’or of the Cannes Festival (2013)
  • Order of Arts and Letters (2016)
  • Knight of the National Order of Merit (2022)

Born on July 1, 1985, Lea Seydoux is one of the youngest French actresses known in this selection. And for good reason, despite a career start in the 2000s, she begins to reveal herself in the 2010s where she appears in many American blockbusters such as Inglorious Basterds or Mission Impossible. Nevertheless, it is in 2014 that she shines in the eyes of the world for her leading role in La Vie d’Adèle (Blue is the Warmest Color).

28 – Adèle Haenel

Notable films: 

  • Naissance des pieuvres / Water Lilies (2007)
  • Les combattants / Love at First Fight (2014)
  • 120 battements par minute / BPM (Beats per Minute) (2017)
  • En liberté ! / The trouble with You (2018)
  • Portrait de la jeune fille en feu / Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Awards:

  • Lumière Award for Most Promising Actress (2012)
  • César for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (2014)
  • Romy-Schneider Award (2015)
  • César for Best Actress (2015)

Born on February 11, 1989, in Paris, Adèle Haenel is one of the most precocious French actresses of her generation. She got her first role in the film Les Diables (The Devils) by Christophe Ruggia when she was only 12 years old. After numerous nominations between 2008 and 2012, she experienced fame in 2014 when she won two César awards in a row. In 2022, the young woman decided to put an end to her film career to focus on her lifelong passion, acting.

29 – Marine Vacth

Notable films: 

  • Ce que le jour doit à la nuit / What the Day Owes the Night (2012)
  • Jeune et Jolie / Young & Beautiful (2013)
  • L’Amant double / Double Lover (2017)

Awards:

  • L’essence du talent Award (2013)
  • Award for Best Actress at the Sarlat Film Festival (2016)

Born on April 9, 1991, Marine Vacth is spotted very early by a modeling agency, thanks to which she becomes a muse for Yves Saint Laurent, the jewelry brand Chaumet or the brand of ready-to-wear Chloé. Tired of modeling, the young woman then reconverted to the cinema after Cédric Klapisch offered her a role in the film Ma part du gateau (My Piece of the Pie). From then on, she made a series of successful productions that earned her many prestigious nominations.

30 – Adèle Exarchopoulos

Notable films: 

  • Les Enfants de Timpelbach / Trouble at Timpeltill (2008)
  • La Vie d’Adèle / Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)
  • Les Anarchistes / The Anarchists (2015)
  • Éperdument / Down by Love (2016)
  • Orpheline / Orphan (2016)
  • Bac Nord / The Stronghold (2021)

Awards:

  • The Palme d’or of the Cannes Festival (2013)
  • Romy-Schneider Award (2014)
  • César for Most Promising Actress (2014)
  • Lumière Award for Most Promising Actress (2014)
  • The Globe de Cristal Award for Best Actress (2014)

Born on November 22, 1993, Adele Exarchopoulos revealed herself in La Vie d’Adèle (Blue is the Warmest Color), which saw her crowned with the highest awards, and allowed her to establish herself as one of the most fashionable French actresses of recent years. Lastly, she was part of the successful TV show parody on Canal Plus in La Flamme with the French actor Jonathan Cohen. Particularly known for her roles as a sultry woman, Adele loves playing difficult roles. She said in 2018, “A scene of violence is as much art as a scene of sex. For me, all scenes bring their challenge.”

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Translated into English by Sacha