Mimie Mathy

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Mimie Mathy
Mimie Mathy Cannes.jpg
Mimie Mathy at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival
Born Michèle Mathy
(1957-07-08) 8 July 1957 (age 57)
Lyon, France
Occupation Actress, comedian, singer, writer
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Benoist Gérard

Mimie Mathy (born 8 July 1957) is a French actress, comedian and singer who is best known for her starring role in the long-running Josephine, Guardian Angel television series. Mathy has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, and is 4 ft 4 in (1.32 m) tall.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Interested in the theatre from childhood, she studied the dramatic arts from 1979 to 1981 at Michel Fugain's workshop in Nice.[2] In the early 1980s she performed in a number of theatre roles and appeared in Le Petit Théâtre de Bouvard television show. She formed a touring comedy troupe "Le Trio des Filles" (The Three Girls) which performed shows such as Existe en trois tailles (Available in Three Sizes) from 1988 to 1993.[2] In 1993 she performed in the TV movie Une nounou pas comme les autres (A Nanny Like No Other), which garnered a 52.7% market share (~12 million viewers) in France.[3]

Since 1994 she has performed 15 times in the annual Les Enfoirés (The Tossers) charity concert for Restaurants du Cœur (Restaurants of the Heart). Les Enfoirés was the most watched TV show in France in 2009, with 12.3 million viewers.[4] She married 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) restaurateur and chef Benoist Gérard in 2005.[1]

In 1997 she began her title role in Josephine, Guardian Angel, a TF1 show which is still in production as of 2010. In 2006 she issued a music CD, La Vie M'a Raconte (Life Told Me) produced by Patrick Fiori.

On 27 August 2005 she married the chef Benoist Gérard, a man she met during one of her shows by picking him out of the audience.


Year Title Role Director Notes
1982-1985 Le Petit Théâtre de Bouvard Various characters TV Series
1984 La jeune femme en vert the servant Lazare Iglesis TV Movie
with Michael Lonsdale, Philippe Laudenbach, Michel Nastorg
1994 Une nounou pas comme les autres Julie Toronto Eric Civanyan TV Movie
1995 Une nana pas comme les autres Julie Toronto Eric Civanyan TV Movie
Amimicalement TV Host Gilles Amado TV Show
1997-present Joséphine, ange gardien Joséphine Delamarre TV Series (70 Episodes)
1998 Famille de coeur Nadine Lefort Gérard Vergez TV Movie
Changement de cap Marilyn Patrick Malakian TV Movie
with Claude Gensac, Yves Jacques
2000 Marie et Tom Marie Bertin Dominique Baron TV Movie
with François Perrot, Dorothée Berryman
Que faisaient les femmes pendant que l'homme marchait sur la lune? Elisa Kessler Chris Vander Stappen with Marie Bunel, Hélène Vincent, Tsilla Chelton, Macha Grenon
2004 À trois c'est mieux Juju Laurence Katrian TV Movie
with Michèle Bernier, Isabelle de Botton
2005 La bonne copine Juliette Nicolas Cuche TV Movie
with Robin Renucci, Élise Tielrooy, Thierry Neuvic, Annick Alane, Audrey Fleurot
2011 Trois filles en cavale Vicky Lebel Didier Albert TV Movie
with Michèle Bernier, Isabelle de Botton, Yves Afonso
Amimicalement TV Host TV Show
2013 Link 2 Herself Daniel Bésikian
Franck Guedj
with Lorie, Taïg Khris, Jean-Jacques Goldman


Year Title Director Theatre Notes
1982-1983 Elle voit des géants partout
(She sees giants around)
Mimie Mathy Point Virgule (115 places) One-woman show
1985-1986 Mimie en quête d'hauteur
(Mimie in quest of height)
Mimie Mathy Théâtre de la Potinière (350 places) One-woman show
1988-1990 Existe en trois tailles
(Available in three sizes)
Mimie Mathy
Michèle Bernier
Isabelle de Botton
Théâtre de la Michodière (800 places) with Michèle Bernier and Isabelle de Botton
1991 Le Gros N'avion
(Do the Fat plane)
Éric Civanyan Théâtre de la Michodière (800 places) with Michèle Bernier and Isabelle de Botton
1994-1996 Mimie au Splendid
(Mimie at Splendid)
Mimie Mathy Le Splendid (300 places) One-woman show
2002 J'adore papoter avec vous
(I love chatting with you)
Roger Louret One-woman show
2013 Je (re)papote avec vous
(I (re) start chatting with you)
Roger Louret One-woman show


Year Title Sales
2006 La vie m'a raconté
(Life told me)

Awards and recognition[edit]

François Dorieux named a rose cultivar for her in 1999. In 2007 she was selected the 5th most popular French celebrity and highest ranking female celebrity by the weekly Le Journal du Dimanche.[5]


  1. ^ a b Randall, Colin (7 March 2006). "Short sharp shock for followers of the femme fatale". The Daily Telegraph. 
  2. ^ a b Mimie Mathy. "L'Atelier de Nice". Biographie. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Humblot, Catherine (31 July 1994). "Dossier les Paradoxes de la Fiction Française le Calvaire du Producteur". Le Monde. 
  4. ^ Leffler, Rebecca (4 January 2010). "France's TF1 rules TV ratings". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  5. ^ Johnny Summerton (8 May 2008). "France's top 50 favourites "French" of course. What else did you expect?". Retrieved 22 April 2010. 

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