Top 50 French (or francophone) Actresses under 40

Actresses to watch, Actress under 40 . (youngest to oldest)
Some of these actresses are belgian, or with other nationalities but they all mostly working in the french industry
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Lola Créton
Lola Crèton is a French actress. Her first debut was in a short film, Imago. Her first serious role was in Barbe-Bleu, directed by Catherine Breillat. She plays Camille in Goodbye first love, a film by Mia Hansen Løve. The film was an official selection at Locarno and New York Film Festival.
 
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Nora Arnezeder
Actress, Faubourg 36
Nora Arnezeder was born in Paris, France, 8 May 1989, to Piera and Wolfgang Arnezeder. Her father is Austrian and Catholic and her mother is an Egyptian Jew. At the age of two, Nora left Paris with her parents, for Aix-en-Provence. When she was age 14, she moved to Bali, Indonesia, for a year and, once back in Paris, studied dancing and singing.
 
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Déborah François
Actress, L'enfant
The daughter of a police officer and a social worker and the middle of three siblings, Déborah François was cast by the Dardenne brothers in L'enfant in 2005 while she was in high school. Between the ages of 10 to 16 François had taken acting classes but she did not expect to make acting her career...
 
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Sara Forestier
As of her youth, Sara Forestier revealed an artistic temperament, loving to write, to paint, and especially to act. When she was thirteen and half years old, she decided to accompany one of her friends to an audition. She took the audition with brilliance, and her career in the acting started here. She met an artistic agent and obtained minor parts in movies and TV movies until L'Esquive...
 
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Astrid Bergès-Frisbey
Astrid Bergès-Frisbey was born in Barcelona, Spain. Her father is Spanish, and her mother, who is American, is of English and French descent. She is fluent in French, Castilian (commonly called Spanish), and Catalan. Astrid Bergès-Frisbey made her acting debut in 2007 on French television. In 2008,...
 
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Léa Seydoux
French actress Léa Seydoux was born in 1985 in Paris, France, to Valérie Schlumberger, a philanthropist, and Henri Seydoux, a businessman. Her grandfather, Jérôme Seydoux, is chairman of Pathé, and her father is a great-grandson of businessman and inventor Marcel Schlumberger (her mother also descends from the Schlumberger family)...
 
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Mélanie Laurent
Mélanie Laurent was born in Paris, France. She is the daughter of Annick, a ballet teacher, and Pierre, a voice actor, who is most recognized for the French version of The Simpsons. She has a younger brother, Mathieu, and has both Sephardi Jewish (from Tunisia) and Ashkenazi Jewish (from Poland) ancestry...
 
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Clémence Poésy
Clémence Poésy was born Clémence Guichard in Paris in 1982. She took her mother's maiden name, Poésy, as her stage name. She attended an alternative school for most of her education, but spent her last year at L'École alsacienne. She trained at the "Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique"...
 
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Roxane Mesquida
Actress, Rubber
French/American actress, Roxane Mesquida grew up in Le Pradet, a little town in the South of France. At the age of 11, while walking with her mother, writer Francoise Mesquida, she was spotted by director Manuel Pradal who cast her in Mary from the Bay of Angels (Marie Baie de Anges). In 1998, she played...
 
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Eva Green
Actress, Casino Royale
French actress and model Eva Gaëlle Green was born on July 6, 1980, in Paris, France. Her father, Walter Green, is a dentist who appeared in the 1966 film Au Hasard Balthazar. Her mother, Marlène Jobert, is an actress turned children's book writer. Eva's mother was born in Algeria, of Sephardi Jewish heritage (during that time...
 
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Ludivine Sagnier
Actress, Swimming Pool
The French actress Ludivine Sagnier was born on July 3, 1979 in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, in France's Yvelines département. Ludivine studied acting as a young girl and had made her movie debut at the age 10 in Les maris, les femmes, les amants. She has established her reputation as one of the brightest young stars in French and international cinema in her collaborations with French filmmaker François Ozon...
 
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Laetitia Casta
Actress, Arbitrage
Born in Pont-Audemer, France, Laetitia Casta spent her childhood in the lush countryside of Normandy. At age 15, she was approached by an agent of Paris' Madison Models while building sand castles on a beach in Corsica. After her father agreed to let the agency take some test photographs, Laetitia's...
 
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Delphine Chanéac
Actress, Splice
Delphine Chanéac (born 14 November 1978) is a model, actress, and DJ. She was born in Rueil-Malmaison, France. Chanéac worked on the French screen, appearing in European films and TV in the late 90s and 2000s. In 2010, she appeared in the Canadian science fiction horror drama movie Splice, as Dren, and in the crime thriller Verso...
 
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Audrey Dana
Actress, Welcome
 
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Audrey Tautou
Actress, Amélie
Audrey Justine Tautou was born on August 9, 1976 in Beaumont, France, to Evelyne Marie Laure (Nuret), a teacher, and Bernard Tautou, a dental surgeon. Audrey showed an interest for comedy at an early age and started her acting lessons at 'Cours Florent'. In 1998 she won the best young actress award in the ninth 'Jeune Comedien de Cinema Festival' in Bezier...
 
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Virginie Ledoyen
Actress, The Beach
Virginie Ledoyen was born Virginie Fernandez on 15 November 1976 in Aubervilliers, near Paris. At the age of 2, she was already shooting advertisements for television. At 9, she started going to the École des Enfants du Spectacle, and made her film debut at 10 in What Every Frenchwoman Wants. She was then nominated for the César (the French equivalent of an Oscar) for most promising actress in 1993...
 
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Bérénice Bejo
Actress, The Artist
Actress Bérénice Bejo was born in Buenos Aires, the daughter of Silvia De Paoli, a lawyer, and Miguel Bejo, a filmmaker. When she was three, Bejo's family relocated to Paris, France. She embarked on a successful acting career in the 1990s, with various roles in French television and film productions...
 
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Marion Cotillard
Actress, Inception
Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton. Raised in Orléans, France, she made her acting debut as a child with a role in one of her father's plays...
 
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Cécile De France
Actress, Hereafter
Cecile de France was born in Namur in Belgium in 1975 and discovered her vocation at the early age of six. As soon as she was seventeen, she was off to Paris with the ambition of beginning a career on the stage. She studied drama with Jean-Paul Denizon, actor and assistant to Peter Brook, before being admitted to the Ecole National Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre...
 
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Marina Hands
Daughter of French actress Ludmila Mikaël and British stage director and actor Terry Hands, granddaughter of famous French painter Pierre Dmitrienko, the discrete and beautiful Marina Hands first wanted to be a professional horse-rider but, eventually, had to give up these dreams. In 1995, she followed a French acting school...
 
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Claire Keim
Actress, Respire
 
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Vanessa Paradis
Vanessa Paradis is a renowned French actress, model and singer born in 1972. She started her career as a model and singer before becoming a movie star. Her song "Joe Le Taxi" brought her success in 15 countries at the age of 14. Later, in 1990, she was awarded a 'César' (French equivalent of Oscar) for her debut movie Noce blanche...
 
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