Exarchopoulos at the Prix Lumière awards, January 2014
22 November 1993 |
Adèle Exarchopoulos (born 22 November 1993) is a French actress, and the youngest artist ever to be awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. She is best known for her lead role as Adèle in Blue Is the Warmest Colour for which she received worldwide attention and critical acclaim. She also won the Trophée Chopard Award for Female Revelation of the Year at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Life and career
Exarchopoulos grew up in the 19th arrondissement of Paris close to Place des Fêtes. Her father Didier Exarchopoulos is a guitar teacher and her mother Marina Niquet a nurse. Her grandfather was Greek.
When she was nine, her parents sent her to acting classes to cure her of her shyness. She continued to take lessons until 2005 where she made her debut in the film Martha. In 2006, Exarchopoulos was spotted by an agent and made her first television appearance in an episode of the French police series R.I.S, police scientifique. At thirteen, she had a role in the 2007 film Boxes.
She also appeared in the films Les Enfants de Timpelbach (2008), The Round Up (2010), Turk's Head (2010), Chez Gino (2011), Carré blanc (2011), Pieces of Me (2012) and I Used to Be Darker (2013) before making her international breakthrough in Blue Is the Warmest Colour, a 2013 film based on the 2010 French graphic novel of the same name. The film won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Both Exarchopoulos and co-star Léa Seydoux were also awarded the Palme d'Or alongside director Abdellatif Kechiche, becoming the only females apart from director Jane Campion who have won the award; Exarchopoulos is the youngest person to ever receive the award. She received extensive critical praise and her performance was cited as one of the year's best.
In March 2014, she was in consideration to play Tiger Lily in Pan but lost to Rooney Mara. She has two titles in pre-production, The Last Face alongside Javier Bardem and Charlize Theron, and Bastille Day, an action thriller to be directed by James Watkins.
- R.I.S, police scientifique (2006)
- Mes chères études (fr/it) (2009, based on the book of the same name)
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