Matthieu Charneau (born November 23, 1988, in France) is a French actor and model.
He debuted as a model at age 21 after being spotted by a photographer during a visit to Paris.
He first played in the short film Brothers of Arcadia in 2011 for Nicola Formichetti – Mugler’s artistic director and Lady Gaga’s stylist. The shoot brought him to New York and later the film was broadcast at the opening of the Mugler show during Fashion Week in Paris. This collaboration launched Matthieu’s success in the fashion industry and in late 2011 he made his move to Paris.
In 2012 he began training at the prestigious European Acting School Cours Florent. That same year he became a muse for the famous French artists Pierre & Gilles. He posed in three of their photographs entitled Johnny Guitar, Narcissus and Ohé Matelot. After various publications, including the cover of the British magazine Yearbook by Laurent Humbert and an exclusive portrait for Butt Magazine by Luis Venegas, he was chosen as part of the jury for the French Film Festival Chéries-Chéris together with Spanish actress Rossy de Palma and French writer and screen writer Philippe Besson.
In 2013 the young actor and model appeared on the cover of the French cultural and political magazine Les Inrockuptibles for their special issue, “Homophobie, c’est pas Bientôt Fini?!” He also posed for fashion photographer Damon Baker. While training at Cours Florent he landed the role of Samson in the short film Coup de Grace directed by Justin Wu – a contemporary adaptation of Delilah Myth from the Bible. The film has been selected for the San Jose International Film Festival 2013 in California as well as for the Fashion Film Festival ASVOFF 2013 at the Georges Pompidou Center Art Museum in Paris. The film is still in festivals and will be released at the end of 2014.
Also in 2013 Matthieu was cast in his first leading role in the feature film Les Français du Jours J - a war film directed by Cédric Condon about the allied landing on June 6th, 1944 with Commando Kieffer. He plays the role of Marcel Labas, a young Marine rifleman who dies in Ouistreham by a sniper head shot.
In 2014, after a couple of music video collaborations with the bands Gentle Republic and Hollydays, Matthieu portrayed Freddie Mercury for Schön Magazine. He also obtained the lead role in Pierre Brunet’s short film En Suspens in which he plays a young cop in a stick-up.
Currently Matthieu is working with Justin Wu on the screenplay of a new film project marking their second collaboration together after Coup de Grace.