Guillaume Canet in 2004
10 April 1973 |
|Spouse(s)||Diane Kruger (2001–2006)|
|Partner(s)||Marion Cotillard (2007–present)|
Guillaume Canet (born 10 April 1973) is a French actor and film director.
Canet began his career in theatre and television before moving to film. He starred in several films like Joyeux Noël, Love Me If You Dare and The Beach. In 2006, he turned to writing and directing with Tell No One and won a César Award for Best Director.
Canet has also received attention because of his personal life. He was formerly married to actress Diane Kruger. After they divorced he began a relationship with Marion Cotillard that was closely followed by the media.
Early life and career 
Canet was born in Boulogne-Billancourt on 10 April 1973 to a family of horse breeders. Canet intended to become a show jumper and performed with the junior French National Equestrian Team. However, after a fall from his horse at age 18 he turned to acting and enrolled in the Cours Florent drama school. In 1994 he appeared in the Théâtre Hébertot production of La Ville dont le prince est un enfant with Christophe Malavoy. After working in various television shows and commercials, Canet made his film debut in the short film "Fils unique".
In 1997 he appeared in the thriller film Barracuda for which he won a prix d'interprétation (best actor award) at the Festival Saint-Jean-de-Luz in 1999. The same year he was nominated for a César Award for his role as Vincent Mazet in the comedy film En plein cœur. He then traveled abroad to film Danny Boyle's The Beach. After completing The Beach, Canet starred opposite Sophie Marceau in La fidélité and in Jerry Schatzberg's The Day the Ponies Come Back.
In 2002, Canet starred with Gérard Depardieu in the science fiction film Vidocq. He also directed and wrote his first feature film the same year, Mon idole, which also starred his wife Diane Kruger. In 2003, he appeared opposite Marion Cotillard in Yann Samuell's Love Me If You Dare which became a sleeper hit. Canet next appeared in the international production Joyeux Noël which tells the story of the World War I Christmas cease fire. The film—which also featured Kruger—was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Canet released his second feature film in 2006, Tell No One, an adaptation of Harlan Coben's novel of the same name. Tell No One was the ninth top grossing French film of 2006 and went on to win four César awards, including a César Award for Best Director for Canet.
Personal life 
In 1999, he began dating German-born model and actress Diane Kruger. They were married on 1 September 2001. In January 2006, Canet and Kruger filed for divorce though they remain friends. Kruger later said that the marriage was not successful because their careers had kept them occupied in different parts of the world.
Canet has been dating his Love Me If You Dare co-star Marion Cotillard since late 2007. The couple later appeared together in the 2009 film The Last Flight. The couple has attracted considerable attention from the French media, but they have not discussed their relationship and did not appear together on a red carpet event until the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. On 10 January 2011, Canet and Cotillard told People magazine that they were expecting their first child in May 2011. The couple welcomed son Marcel on May 19, 2011.
Filmography as an actor 
- 1995 : Fils unique, directed by Philippe Landoulsi (short-film).
- 1997 : Barracuda, directed by Philippe Haïm, prix d'interprétation au Festival de Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
- 1998 : Sentimental Education, directed by C. S. Leigh.
- 1998 : Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train, directed by Patrice Chéreau.
- 1998 : En plein cœur, directed by Pierre Jolivet, adapted from the novel by Georges Simenon, En cas de malheur.
- 1999 : Trait d'union, directed by Bruno García (short-film).
- 1999 : Je règle mon pas sur le pas de mon père, directed by Rémi Waterhouse.
- 2000 : J'peux pas dormir..., directed by Guillaume Canet (short-film).
- 2000 : The Beach (La Plage), directed by Danny Boyle.
- 2000 : La Fidélité, directed by Andrzej Żuławski.
- 2000 : The Day the Ponies Come Back, directed by Jerry Schatzberg.
- 2001 : Les Morsures de l'aube, directed by Antoine de Caunes.
- 2001 : Vidocq, directed by Pitof.
- 2002 : Le Frère du guerrier, directed by Pierre Jolivet.
- 2002 : Mille millièmes, directed by Rémi Waterhouse.
- 2002 : Mon idole, directed by Guillaume Canet.
- 2003 : Love me if you dare (Jeux d'enfants), directed by Yann Samuell.
- 2003 : Les Clefs de bagnole, directed by Laurent Baffie (only a cameo, as himself).
- 2004 : Narco, directed by Tristan Aurouet and Gilles Lellouche.
- 2005 : Joyeux Noël, directed by Christian Carion.
- 2005 : Hell (L'Enfer), directed by Danis Tanovic.
- 2005 : Un ticket pour l'espace, directed by Éric Lartigau.
- 2006 : Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne), directed by Guillaume Canet.
- 2006 : Cars (French voice of Flash McQueen).
- 2007 : Ensemble, c'est tout, directed by Claude Berri.
- 2007 : Darling, directed by Christine Carrière.
- 2007 : La Clef, directed by Guillaume Nicloux.
- 2008 : Les Liens du sang, directed by Jacques Maillot.
- 2008 : Voyage d'affaires, directed by Sean Ellis.
- 2009 : Espion(s), directed by Nicolas Saada.
- 2009 : L'affaire Farewell, directed by Christian Carion.
- 2009 : The Last Flight, directed by Karim Dridi.
- 2010 : Last Night, directed by Massy Tadjedin.
- 2011 : Une vie meilleure, directed by Cédric Kahn
- 2011 : La nouvelle guerre des boutons, L'instituteur
- 2012 : Les infidèles, Thibault
- 2013 : Jappeloup as Pierre Durand, Jr.
Filmography as a director 
|1996||Sans Regrets||Short Film|
|1998||Je taim||Short Film
|2000||Scénarios sur la drogue||TV
|J'peux pas dormir||Short Film
Nominated – César Award for Best Debut
|2006||Tell No One||French Title: Ne le dis à personne
César Award for Best Director
Nominated – César Award for Best Film
Nominated – César Award for Best Writing–Adaptation
|2010||Little White Lies||also Writer|
|2013||Blood Ties||also Writer|
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