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Cécile de France (French pronunciation: [sesil də fʁɑ̃s]; born 17 July 1975) is a Belgian actress. After achieving success in French cinema hits such as L'Art (délicat) de la séduction (2001) and Irène (2002), she gained international attention for her lead role in Haute Tension (2003) and Hereafter (2010).
Born in Namur, she left Belgium at the age of 17 to go to Paris where she studied theatre for two years with actor Jean Paul Denizon, assistant to British director Peter Brook. She then spent three years (1995–98) at the acting academy ENSATT (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre) in the Département Comédie first at the Rue Blanche in Paris, then in Lyon. She was discovered by the agent Dominique Besnehard and appeared in French hit films such as L'Art (délicat) de la séduction (2001) and Irène (2002).
Her international breakthrough came with the horror thriller Haute Tension (2003, UK title: Switchblade Romance, US title: High Tension), which was a worldwide success. She caught the eye of Hollywood producers and soon landed her first major role in a US feature, Around the World in 80 Days (2004), in which she starred alongside Jackie Chan.
She won two César Awards for Most Promising Actress in L'Auberge espagnole (2002), and Best Supporting Actress in Les Poupées russes (2005).
Cécile de France at the premiere of Soeur Sourire
Cécile de France in 2009.
- 1997 : Tous nos vœux de bonheur, by Jean-Pierre Améris
- 1998 : Bon appétit, by Patrice Bauduinet
- 1999 : Le dernier rêve, by Emmanuel Jespers
- 2001 : Le mariage en papier, by Stéphanie Duvivier
- 2001 : Loup ! by Zoé Galeron
- 2002 : 3 jours, 3 euros by Fernand Berenguer
- 2002 : Nervous break down, by Emmanuel Jespers
- 2002 : Il était une femme, by Marc Saubain
- 2002 : La nuit du 6 au 7, by Patrice Bauduinet
- 2002 : Les calamars n'écoutent plus la radio, by Patrice Bauduinet
- 2002 : L'auberge Espagnole, by Cédric Klapisch
- 2004 : A tes souhaits, Music Video, by Emilie Chedid
- 1997 : La balle au bond, by William Crépin
- 1998 : Le juge est une femme - Episode « L'usine du père Noël», by Pierre Boutron
- 2001 : Nana, by Édouard Molinaro
- 1996 : Dormez je le veux by Georges Feydeau, directed by Benoît Blampain
- 1996 : Une palette rouge sang by Valeria Moretti, directed by Jean Paul Denizon
- 1996 : Le songe d'une nuit d'été by William Shakespeare, directed by Pierre Pradinas
- 1997 : Variations Strindberg-Feydeau, directed by Nada Strancar
- 1998 : Pour nous, directed by Serguei Issayev
- 1998 : Tu serais un ange tombé du ciel exprès pour nous by N. Sadour and A. Vampilov
- 1999, 2000 : Electre, by Sophocle, directed by Claudia Stavisky
- 1999 : Le baladin du monde occidental de John Millington Synge, directed by Philippe Delaigue
- 2001 : Mademoiselle Julie by August Strindberg, directed by Gwenaël Morin
- 2001 : SC35C, by Jean-Michel Frère
Awards and nominations
In 2011 the power pop punk group Dolores Riposte recorded a song named "Cécile de France".