Marina Foïs

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Marina Foïs
Marina Foïs César.jpg
Marina Foïs at the 2012 César Awards
Born Marina Sylvie Foïs
(1970-01-21) 21 January 1970 (age 45)
Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present

Marina Sylvie Foïs (born January 21, 1970)[1] is a French actress.


Born in Boulogne-Billancourt in the department of Hauts-de-Seine in a family from Russian, Jewish Egyptian, German and Italian ancestry,[2][3] Marina Foïs discovered in 1986 her passion for comedy in The School for Wives, at the age of sixteen. She decided to follow classes by correspondence and obtained her high school final exam two years later. She then joined the troop The Royal Imperial Green Rabbit Company, which later became Les Robins des Bois, composed of students from the Cours Florent from the class of Isabelle Nanty.

Noticed by Dominique Farrugia in 1996, Marina Foïs and the troop had the opportunity to play daily and in direct on the channel Comédie+ in the program La Grosse Émission for two years. During that period, she co-wrote sketches with Pierre-François Martin-Laval, playing a number of various characters, like Sophie Pétoncule, of an astounding stupidity, or the director Marie-Mûre, pedantic and bossy. They continued the next year on Canal+ and had a bigger audience. Since June 2001, Marina and the troop separated to focus on their film career. Marina Foïs became one of the most productives actresses playing in almost three films a year.

Personal life[edit]

Marina Foïs has a younger sister, Giulia Foïs, who is a journalist at Libération, former columnist in the program Arrêt sur images presented by Daniel Schneidermann on France 5, and a current news anchor on I-Télé. She also has a second sister Elena, who is a hospital doctor, and a brother Fabio, who died of an airplane crash at an aerobatic demonstration in which he had to participate.

After being the partner of Maurice Berthélémy, her fellow of Les Robins des Bois, she was then the partner of Éric Lartigau. She gave birth to her first child, a son named Lazare, on December 3, 2004 at the Hôpital Saint-Antoine of Paris. She then gave birth to her second son Georges on September 25, 2008.


Year Title Role Director Notes
1993 La perme Solange Emmanuel Silvestre
Thibault Staib
Short film
1994 Casque bleu Julie Gérard Jugnot
1997 Et si on faisait un bébé ? Marianne Christiane Spiero TV film
1998 Serial Lover Mina Schuster James Huth
2001 La Tour Montparnasse Infernale Stéphanie Lanceval Charles Nemes
2002 Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra Sucettalanis Alain Chabat
The Race Young nurse Djamel Bensalah
Jojo la frite Marie Nicolas Cuche
Hypnotized and Hysterical Natacha Claude Duty Nominated - César Award for Most Promising Actress
2003 Mais qui a tué Pamela Rose ? The customer of the pharmacy Éric Lartigau
Bienvenue au gîte Caroline Claude Duty
Les clefs de bagnole Actress Laurent Baffie
2004 RRRrrrr!!! Guy Alain Chabat
J'me sens pas belle Fanny Fontana Bernard Jeanjean
Casablanca Driver Sandy O'Brian Maurice Barthélémy
Un petit jeu sans conséquence Axelle Bernard Rapp
À boire Bénédicte Marion Vernoux
2006 Un ticket pour l'espace Soizic Éric Lartigau
Essaye-moi Firmin's mother Pierre-François Martin-Laval
2007 Darling Catherine / Sophie / Cécile Nicolle / "Darling" Christine Carrière Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Lumiere Award for Best Actress
2008 A Simple Heart Mathilde Aubain Marion Laine
La personne aux deux personnes Muriel Perrache Nicolas Charlet
Bruno Lavaine
Le plaisir de chanter Muriel Ilan Duran Cohen
2009 The Ball of the Actresses Herself Maïwenn
Le code a changé Mélanie Carcassonne Danièle Thompson
Making Plans for Lena Frédérique Christophe Honoré
2010 22 Bullets Marie Goldman Richard Berry
The Big Picture Sarah Exben Éric Lartigau
Happy Few Rachel Antony Cordier
2011 Les yeux de sa mère Maylis Tremazan Thierry Klifa
Polisse Iris Maïwenn Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actress
Nominated - César Award for Best Actress
Nominated - CinEuphoria Awards - Best Actress (International Competition)
Nominated - Lumiere Award for Best Actress
2012 Maman Alice Alexandra Leclère
2013 Boule & Bill Maman Boule Alexandre Charlot
Franck Magnier
100% cachemire Sophie Valérie Lemercier
Vandal Hélène Hélier Cisterne
2014 Paris Follies Christiane Marc Fitoussi
2015 Daddy or Mommy Florence Leroy Martin Bourboulon


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