Alexandre Astier

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Alexandre Astier
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Born
Alexandre Astier

(1974-06-16) 16 June 1974 (age 47)
Lyon, France
OccupationActor

Alexandre Astier (born 16 June 1974) is a French writer, director, editor, scriptwriter, humorist, actor and composer.

He is most known as the creator, director, writer, editor, composer, and lead actor of the French television series Kaamelott, in which he also plays King Arthur.

Life and career[edit]

He is the son of Lionnel Astier (Léodagan in Kaamelott) and Joëlle Sevilla (Séli in Kaamelott). He studied music at the conservatory and at the American School of Modern Music of Paris. He also studied acting and screenwriting.

Four of his seven children have featured in Kaamelott. His daughters Ariane and Jeanne Astier play respectively Mehben and Mehgan, the daughters of Karadoc and Maevanwi (in the episodes Pupi and Exiles). His son Neil (who also appears as Karadoc and Mevanwi's son in Pupi) plays young Arthur in the season Book V, and in the final scene of Book VI. His son Ethan plays Arthur's dream heir in Book V. Moreover, the mother of his first five children, Anne-Gaëlle Daval, is head of the costume designs on Kaamelott and the short film Dies Irae.[1]

In 2012, he plays Johann Sebastian Bach in his humorous show "Que ma joie demeure !" at the theater.

In 2014, his comic show "L'Exoconférence" begins at the theater in September.

Debut at the theatre[edit]

Alexandre Astier first got attention from the Lyon's public thanks to the play Le Jour du froment. He also acted in Nous crions grâce, a play written and directed by Jacques Chambon, to whom he gave the role of Merlin in Kaamelott.

Cinema[edit]

In 2001, he was the co-screenwriter and the songwriter of the short movies Soyons sport and Un soupçon fondé sur quelque chose de gras.

In 2002 he was the director of Dies Irae, a 14-minute short movie that is also the first draft of the Kaamelott TV show.

In 2006, he featured in Hey Good Looking!, a French movie by Lisa Azuelos. The same year, he appeared in Asterix at the Olympic Games by Frédéric Forestier and Thomas Langmann, and in Home Sweet Home by Didier Le Pêcheur.

In 2009, he played the role of the ex-husband of Sophie Marceau in the comedy LOL (Laughing Out Loud).

In 2014, he was the co-director and the screenwriter of Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods.

In 2015, he appeared in the film All Three of Us, directed by Kheiron.

In 2018, he wrote an original screenplay for a new Asterix movie: Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion. Like Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods, he co-directed it with Louis Clichy.

Kaamelott[edit]

Alexandre Astier became famous as the writer, director and actor in the TV show he produced. Kaamelott is inspired by the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.[2] This humorous series is broadcast on the French channel M6. The episodes lasted three and a half minutes until 2007. Then, the format changed to seven minutes and finally reached fifty-five minutes per episode in the last season Book VI.

He also composes the music of the series.

He has the ambition to extend the TV show to the cinema as a trilogy, but not before 2012, since Alexandre Astier plans to work as a director on another movie before launching Kaamelott on the big screen.

In June 2010, invited on the set of the show "J'irai LOLer sur vos tombes", he unveiled his project to publish a series of graphic novels titled Kaamelott Resistance as a transition between the TV format and the future cinema films.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Un soupçon fondé sur quelque chose de gras N/A Short
Soyons sport Francis
2002 Dies Irae King Arthur
2006 Hey Good Looking! Gilles
2008 Asterix at the Olympic Games Mordicus
Coluche, l'histoire d'un mec Reiser
Home Sweet Home Joubert
2009 LOL (Laughing Out Loud) Alain
2011 Les Aventures de Philibert, capitaine puceau Clotindre d'Artois
2012 David et Madame Hansen David
2013 Pop Redemption SR Chief
2014 Quantum Love Eric
All Three of Us The Shah of Iran
Asterix: The Mansion of the Gods Centurion Somniferus Voice
2015 What We Do in the Shadows Vladislav the Poker French dub
2018 Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion Centurion Somniferus Voice
2021 Kaamelott: The First Chapter King Arthur


Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Belle Grand-Mère 2 : La Trattoria Marcello TV movie
2002 Lyon Police Spécial Café Owner Episode: "Apprivoisement"
2005–2009 Kaamelott King Arthur TV series
Main role, 446 episodes
2007 Elie Annonce Semoun Eric Reptile Miniseries
Direct-to-video
Off Prime Himself 3 episodes
2008 Mademoiselle N/A
2009 Hero Corp Araignée Man 2 episodes
2010 La Commanderie Inquisitor
2012 Bref Undisguised Party Guest Episode :"Bref, y'a des gens qui m'énervent"
Adventure Time Prince Gumball French dub
2012-2013 Le Golden Show Cosette/M.Bison/Alan Mysterious 3 episodes
2013 Scènes de ménages José's Biker Friend Episode: "Entre amis"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Mass Effect Andromeda Lieutenant August Bradley French dub

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alexandre Astier (Author of Kaamelott, Tome 1 )". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Alexandre Astier to Write and Co-Direct ASTERIX Animated Sequel in 3D; 2014 Release Planned". Collider.com. 31 October 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2011.

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