The best French actors and actresses

by djaya-grey | created - 01 Aug 2011 | updated - 01 Aug 2011 | Public

1. Isabelle Huppert

Actress | Elle

Isabelle Huppert was born March 16, 1953, in Paris, France, but spent her childhood in Ville d'Avray. Encouraged by her mother Annick Huppert (who was a teacher of English), she followed the Conservatory of Versailles and won an acting prize for her work in Alfred de Musset's "Un caprice". She then...

2. Vincent Cassel

Actor | Black Swan

Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine (1995), the young actor, ...

3. Nathalie Baye

Actress | Catch Me If You Can

Nathalie Baye was born on July 6, 1948 in Mainneville, Eure, Upper Normandy, France. She is an actress, known for Catch Me If You Can (2002), An Affair of Love (1999) and Vénus beauté (institut) (1999).

4. Valérie Lemercier

Actress | Les visiteurs

Valérie Lemercier was born on March 9, 1964 in Dieppe, France as Valerie Anne Marie Lemercier. She is an actress and director, known for Les visiteurs (1993), Palais royal! (2005) and Monte Carlo (2011).

5. Romain Duris

Actor | De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté

Appealing actor Romain Duris is the exact example of those who arrived in the movie industry by chance, and to stardom without really desiring it. Discovered by a casting director while he was waiting in front of a high school in Paris, he was offered a role. Between popular successes such as Le p&...

6. Audrey Tautou

Actress | Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

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...

7. Gérard Depardieu

Actor | Cyrano de Bergerac

Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along ...

8. Pascal Greggory

Actor | La môme

Pascal Greggory was born on September 8, 1954 in Paris, France as Pascal Charles Greggory. He is an actor, known for La Vie en Rose (2007), The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) and Walled In (2009).

9. Julie Depardieu

Actress | La petite Lili

Julie Depardieu was born on June 18, 1973 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Julie Marion Depardieu. She is an actress, known for La petite Lili (2003), A Secret (2007) and A Very Long Engagement (2004).

10. Clovis Cornillac

Actor | Un long dimanche de fiançailles

Clovis Cornillac was born on August 16, 1967 in Lyon, Rhône, France. He is an actor and director, known for A Very Long Engagement (2004), Eden Log (2007) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988). He has been married to Lilou Fogli since August 30, 2013. They have one child. He was previously ...

11. André Dussollier

Actor | Ne le dis à personne

André Dussollier was born on February 17, 1946 in Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France. He is an actor, known for Tell No One (2006), Amélie (2001) and La belle et la bête (2014).

12. Sabine Azéma

Actress | Mélo

Sabine Azéma was born on September 20, 1949 in Paris, France. She is an actress and director, known for Mélo (1986), Un dimanche à la campagne (1984) and Coeurs (2006).

13. Jean-Pierre Bacri

Actor | Comme une image

Jean-Pierre Bacri was born on May 24, 1951 in Castiglione, Alger, France. He is an actor and writer, known for Look at Me (2004), Family Resemblances (1996) and The Taste of Others (2000).

14. Jean-Pierre Darroussin

Actor | Un air de famille

Jean-Pierre Darroussin was born on December 4, 1953 in Courbevoie, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France as Jean-Pierre Daroussin. He is an actor and director, known for Family Resemblances (1996), Le pressentiment (2006) and Le Havre (2011).

15. Charlotte Gainsbourg

Actress | Antichrist

Charlotte Gainsbourg was born in London, England in 1971. She is an Anglo-French actress and singer. The daughter of English actress Jane Birkin and French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, she was raised in Paris. Gainsbourg made her motion picture debut in 1984. In 1986, Gainsbourg won a ...

16. Jean Reno

Actor | Léon

Jean Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco, to Spanish parents (from Andalucía) who moved to North Africa to seek work. His father was a linotypist. Reno settled in France at 17. He began studying drama and has credits in French television and theater as well as films. ...

17. Daniel Auteuil

Actor | Caché

Daniel Auteuil was born on January 24, 1950 in Algiers, Alger, France. He is an actor and director, known for Caché (2005), Jean de Florette (1986) and Le placard (2001). He has been married to Aude Ambroggi since July 22, 2006. They have one child. He was previously married to Emmanuelle ...

18. François Cluzet

Actor | Intouchables

François Cluzet was born on September 21, 1955 in Paris, France. He is an actor, known for The Intouchables (2011), Tell No One (2006) and À l'origine (2009).

19. Aïssa Maïga

Actress | Les poupées russes

Aïssa Maïga is a French actress. She was born in Dakar, Senegal, in 1975 to a Senegalese-Gambian mother and Malian father, an acclaimed journalist. She moved with her family to France when she was 4. She discovered her vocation as an actress in middle school, and won various professional roles ...

20. Roschdy Zem

Actor | The Cold Light of Day

Roschdy Zem was born on September 28, 1965 in Gennevilliers, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He is an actor and director, known for The Cold Light of Day (2012), Chocolat (2016) and La fille de Monaco (2008).

21. Fabrice Luchini

Actor | Dans la maison

Fabrice Luchini was born on November 1, 1951 in Paris, France as Robert Luchini. He is an actor and writer, known for Dans la maison (2012), Molière (2007) and Bicycling with Molière (2013).

22. Emmanuelle Béart

Actress | 8 femmes

Emmanuelle Béart was born August 14, 1963, in Gassin, France. She lived with her mother, brothers, and sister on a farm not far from Saint-Tropez in Provence (southern France), because her father, singer and poet Guy Béart, did not want his children to be affected by the glamour world of Paris. ...



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