Famous French Film & Theater Personalities

‘Lights, Camera & Action’ – With this begins a story that unfolds at various junctures, taking with it, its audience on a virtual tour of a paralleled world showcased by the actors. Films and stage shows are two of the most modern sources of entertainment that people today are glued to. Though all flashy and glamorous superficially, filmmaking is an intricate art that involves a lot of things than few people playing character actors. Right from director who conceptualizes a vision to screenwriter to pens the entire plot to art director who sets the look of each frame, action director who plans the fights and brawls to choreographers who make the artists dance to the tune and spot boys who help at various genres, there are a lot of artists involved in filmmaking. The French film industry, one amongst the world’s most renowned film industries, is home to some of the finest and most talented individuals who have helped French cinematic experience reach the zenith. With their strong sense of acumen, overpowering talent and insightful approach, they have managed to ring glory to French cinema. Some such personalities include Patrick Bokanowski, Anna Held, Audrey Tautou, Antonin Artaud, Avril Lavigne and so on. Check out this section for the life and works of French film and theatre personalities.

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 1 Eva Green

Eva Green.
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Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: July 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris

French actress, Eva Green, gained instant fame in 2003 with her first film The Dreamers, directed by the eminent Bernardo Bertolucci. Subsequently she went on to act in a number of notable films like Kingdom of Heaven, Casino Royale, Dark Shadows, Home for Peculiar Children, Franklyn, Cracks and Proxima. She has also acted in television series like Penny Dreadful and Luminaries.

 2 Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Marion Cotillard delivered an Academy Award-winning performance as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, becoming the first to win the award for a French-language film. She was appreciated for her iconic role of Joan of Arc on stage. She has promoted Lady Dior bags and Chanel No. 5 fragrance.
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 3 Léa Seydoux

Léa Seydoux.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Passy, Paris

Léa Seydoux is a critically acclaimed French actress who gained international recognition after playing a Bond girl in Spectre. Also known for her modeling career, Seydoux has posed for popular magazines, such as Vogue, L'Officiel, and Numéro. She became the face of Prada's 2013 and 2014 campaign for its fragrances.

 4 Olga Kurylenko

Olga Kurylenko.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: November 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berdiansk, Ukraine

Olga Kurylenko is a Ukrainian-French model and actress. She gained international recognition after playing a Bond girl in the 2008 film Quantum of Solace. Olga Kurylenko serves as an inspiration to many young girls as she overcame her difficult childhood to become the face of popular brands like Clarins and Bebe.

 5 Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker.
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Famous As: Entertainer, Actress, Singer
Birthdate: June 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 12, 1975
Nicknamed Black Pearl and Creole Goddess, Josephine Baker was the first Black woman to appear in a motion picture. She was a revue dancer, famous for her signature banana costume. A civil rights activist, she helped the French military during World War II. She adopted 12 children of different ethnicities.

 6 Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot.
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Famous As: Actress & Animal Rights Activist
Birthdate: September 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

Brigitte Bardot is a French former singer and actress. One of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, Bardot remains a major pop culture icon despite quitting the entertainment industry in 1973. Bardot is credited with popularizing the bikini. She also popularized the town of Armação dos Búzios and the city of St. Tropez in Brazil.

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 7 Kathie Lee Gifford

Kathie Lee Gifford.
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Famous As: TV Host, Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris

Kathie Lee Gifford achieved celebrity status by working as a television presenter. She then became a singer-songwriter and author, cementing her place in the entertainment industry. Also known for her charity work, Kathie serves as an ambassador for Childhelp, a non-profit organization working towards preventing child abuse.

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 8 Pom Klementieff

Pom Klementieff.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Quebec City, Quebec

French actress and model Pom Klementieff is internationally known for her role as Mantis in Marvel Cinematic Universe films. She had a difficult childhood and struggled a lot in her youth. She started acting when she was 19 and appeared in many French films. After establishing herself in French cinema, she made her Hollywood debut in 2013. 

 9 Mélanie Laurent

Mélanie Laurent.
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Famous As: Actress, Director
Birthdate: February 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris

French actor Mélanie Laurent shot to fame with her Étoiles d'Or-winning role in Dikkenek and her César Award-winning performance in Don't Worry, I'm Fine. She made her Hollywood debut with Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and was also seen in Now You See Me. She has also released a music album.

 10 Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France

French singer and actress, Vanessa Paradis, became a celebrity at the age of 14 with the French song Joe le taxi in 1987. She tasted further success with English songs like Be My Baby and many other French songs. She has also acted in several French films and has modelled regularly for high-end fashion products by Chanel like perfume and handbags.

 11 Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona.
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Famous As: Actor & Football Player
Birthdate: May 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Marseille

Eric Cantona is a French actor, filmmaker, and former football player. During his playing career, Cantona was a key player for the popular football club Manchester United and is often credited with reviving the club's reputation as a footballing force. Nicknamed King Eric by Manchester United fans, Eric Cantona continues to enjoy an iconic status within the club.

 12 Kristin Scott Thomas

Kristin Scott Thomas
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Famous As: Character actor, Stage actor, Film actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Redruth
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 13 Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre.
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Famous As: Philosopher, Novelist
Birthdate: June 21, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 15, 1980

Jean-Paul Sartre was a French philosopher, writer, literary critic, and political activist. One of the most important personalities in the philosophy of phenomenology and existentialism, Sartre played a crucial role in 20th-century French philosophy. His work continues to influence literary studies, post-colonial theory, sociology, and critical theory. He was honored with the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature.

 14 Élodie Yung

Élodie Yung
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

 15 Jean Reno

Jean Reno.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Casablanca
French-Moroccan actor Jean Reno is best known for his roles in Godzilla, The Pink Panther, and Mission Impossible. He has also been part of French, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish films, and was nominated for a European Film Award for his role in Les Rivières pourpres, or Crimson Rivers.

 16 Sophie Marceau

Sophie Marceau.
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Famous As: Actress, Screenwriter, Director
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris
Sophie Marceau is best known for her César Award-winning performance in the French comedy La Boum 2. She has also appeared in English films such as Braveheart, Firelight, and The World Is Not Enough. She has written a novel, is a trained cellist, and has delivered an award-winning directorial debut.

 17 Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard.
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: December 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris

The Paris-born French-Swiss director and screenwriter has the reputation of adding new dimensions to filmmaking with his experimentation, a trend which came to be known as French New Wave. The director of acclaimed films like Breathless, My Life to Live and Pierrot le Fou, Jean-Luc Godard was married to actress Anna Karina. He is regarded as an all-time great director.

 18 Vincent Cassel

Vincent Cassel
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: November 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 19 Damien Chazelle

Damien Chazelle
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, USA

 20 Olivier Martinez

Olivier Martinez.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris
French actor Olivier Martinez gained fame with his César Award-winning performance in Un, deux, trois, soleil. He has also appeared in Hollywood films such as Unfaithful and S.W.A.T. He is a polyglot who is fluent in French, Spanish, and English. He was married to Halle Berry in the past.

 21 Hervé Villechaize

Hervé Villechaize.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris
Died: September 4, 1993

French-American actor Hervé Villechaize is best remembered for playing the evil henchman in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. Born with dwarfism, he was bullied at school for his condition. After initially working as an artist, painter and photographer, he ventured into acting. He was popular and much loved by the audience.

 22 Golshifteh Farahani

Golshifteh Farahani.
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Famous As: Actress, Musician
Birthdate: July 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tehran

Golshifteh Farahani is an Iranian actress renowned for her achievements on the international stage. She is one of the few Iranian actresses to have worked in Hollywood films and many of her films have received international recognition. Farahani has also been advocating for the eradication of tuberculosis in her home country and often gets involved in environmental causes as well.

 23 Luc Besson

Luc Besson
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: March 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

 24 Christopher Lambert

Christopher Lambert.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Great Neck

Christopher Lambert shot to fame with his portrayal of Tarzan in the 1984 film Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. He is also known as Connor MacLeod from the Highlander franchise and as Raiden from Mortal Kombat. He has also been part of several French films.

 25 Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve.
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Famous As: French Actress
Birthdate: October 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

French actress Catherine Deneuve is considered one of the greatest European actresses. Beginning her career at the age of 12, she gained international prominence with her role in the movie The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. She is a 14-time César Award nominee and the recipient of a David di Donatello award. She is multilingual and speaks fluent French, Italian, and English.

 26 Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski.
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Famous As: French-Polish Film Director
Birthdate: August 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: 12th arrondissement of Paris, Paris, France

Polish-French film director, producer, writer, and actor Roman Polanski is a popular yet controversial figure. He has made several critically acclaimed films and has received six Oscar nominations. He has been accused of sexual abuse by numerous women and is a subject of an Interpol red notice issued for his arrest.

 27 Audrey Tautou

Audrey Tautou.
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Famous As: French actress
Birthdate: August 9, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beaumont, Puy-de-Dôme, France
French actor Audrey Tautou is best known for her stellar performances in films such as Amelie and The Da Vinci Code. She played Coco Chanel in the biopic Coco Before Chanel. Tautou is also a fashion icon, popularly known as “The Chanel Muse,” and has modeled for top-notch fashion magazines.

 28 Isabelle Adjani

Isabelle Adjani
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Famous As: Film actor, Stage actor, Singer
Birthdate: June 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gennevilliers

Isabelle Adjani is a French singer and actress. A critically acclaimed performer, Adjani is the only person to receive five César Awards. In 1988, Isabelle Adjani became the first French actress to earn two nominations at the Academy Awards for foreign-language films. She has also received other prestigious awards like the Silver Bear for Best Actress.

 29 Barbara Pravi

Barbara Pravi
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

Barbara Pravi is a French actress, singer, and songwriter. As a songwriter, she has contributed immensely to the success of popular artists like Jaden Smith, Julie Zenatti, Yannick Noah, and Chimène Badi. She also contributed to the success of Valentina Tronel, composing J'imagine which helped Valentina win the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

 30 Clémence Poésy

Clémence Poésy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine, France

 31 Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lund
Died: March 8, 2020

Max von Sydow was a Swedish actor and director. In an illustrious career spanning seven decades, Max contributed immensely to American and European cinema, theatre, and television. He appeared in 11 of Ingmar Bergman's films, including The Seventh Seal, which houses the iconic scene where Max's character challenges the personification of Death to a game of chess.

 32 Yael Grobglas

Yael Grobglas
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

Yael Grobglas is an Israeli actress known for her performance in the popular American satirical telenovela Jane the Virgin. After appearing in a couple of Israeli films, Grobglas achieved international recognition when she played Shir in a horror film titled Rabies. She then established herself in the American TV and film industry by appearing in projects like Jane the Virgin.

 33 Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

 34 Leslie Caron

Leslie Caron.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boulogne-sur-Seine, France
French-American actor Leslie Caron is best known for her BAFTA-winning roles in The L-Shaped Room and Lili. She has also won a Golden Globe and an Emmy. A seasoned actor, she began her career as a ballerina. She has also been a jury member at various international film festivals.

 35 Donald Pleasence

Donald Pleasence
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 5, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Worksop
Died: February 2, 1995

 36 François Truffaut

François Truffaut
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: February 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 21, 1984

 37 Emmanuelle Seigner

Emmanuelle Seigner.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris
French actor Emmanuelle Seigner was initially a model. She gained recognition with her roles in films such as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. She also earned César Award nominations for her roles in Venus in Fur and in Place Vendôme. She is married to legendary film director Roman Polanski.

 38 Lucas Bravo

Lucas Bravo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France

 39 Charles Aznavour

Charles Aznavour.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 22, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 1, 2018

Charles Aznavour was a French-Armenian actor, singer, diplomat, and lyricist. One of France's most famous singers, Aznavour was called the Frank Sinatra of France. One of the best-selling musicians of his generation, Aznavour sold 200 million records. In 1998, CNN named him the Entertainer of the Century. In 2017, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 40 Manuel Ferrara

Manuel Ferrara
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Famous As: Adult Film Star, Film director
Birthdate: November 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gagny

 41 Lindsay Hartley

Lindsay Hartley.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Palm Springs, California, USA

Lindsay Hartley won a beauty pageant and was known for her vocal performances and theater work, before gaining fame as Theresa Winthrop in the soap Passions. She played major roles in Days of our Lives and All My Children, too. She later appeared in many Lifetime and Hallmark TV movies.

 42 Angelique Boyer

Angelique Boyer.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: July 4, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Claude, Jura, France
French-Mexican actor Angelique Boyer is best known for her appearances in telenovelas such as Corazón Salvaje and Rebelde. She was previously part of the band Rabanitos Verdes. She has won awards such as the Premios Juventud and the Premios TVyNovelas. She has also been part of the film J-ok'el.

 43 Alain Delon

Alain Delon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sceaux, France

 44 Frank Darabont

Frank Darabont
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montbéliard, France

 45 Omar Sy

Omar Sy
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Trappes, France

 46 Dominique Wilkins

Dominique Wilkins
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: January 12, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

 47 Georges Méliès

Georges Méliès
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Famous As: Illusionist
Birthdate: December 8, 1861
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 21, 1938

 48 Michael Vartan

Michael Vartan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

 49 Juliette Binoche

Juliette Binoche.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris
French actor Juliette Binoche began her career with stage productions. She soared to fame with her Academy Award-winning role of Hana in The English Patient and her Academy Award-nominated role of Vianne in Chocolat. She has also been a marked political activist and has supported the Cambodian charity Enfants d'Asie.

 50 Tahar Rahim

Tahar Rahim
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belfort, France