Bérénice Bejo (French pronunciation: [beʁenis beʒo]; born 7 July 1976) is a French-Argentine actress best known for playing Christiana in A Knight's Tale (2001) and Peppy Miller in The Artist (2011). Her work in the latter earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won her the César Award for Best Actress. For her performance in The Past, she won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and was nominated for a César.
Bejo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is the daughter of Argentine filmmaker Miguel Bejo and his wife Silvia, a lawyer. When she was three, her family moved to France, escaping from Argentina's most recent civil-military dictatorship (1976–1983). Her father enrolled her at the school of Les Enfants Terribles theater.
In 2003, Bejo starred as Olivia in 24 Hours in the Life of a Woman by Laurent Bouhnik.
Under the direction of Steve Suissa, she seduces Stephane Freiss and Titoff in The Grand Role (2004), and a comedy about the world of actors, and Cavalcade (2005), a drama dealing with the theme of disability.
In 2007, she made an appearance in the short film La Pomme d'Adam.
In 2008, she appeared in two romantic comedies: Modern Love Bouquet and Stéphane Kazandjian. The same year she gave birth to her first child by Hazanavicius.
In 2009, she participated in the documentary by Serge Bromberg, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno. The documentary reconstructs Clouzot's film, alternating between scenes from the 1964 film and dialogue readings between Jacques Gamblin (for Serge Reggiani) and Béjo (for Romy Schneider).
In the 2011 film, The Artist, which is directed by Hazanavicius and stars Dujardin, Bejo plays Peppy Miller, a 1920s film actress. Her performance received critical acclaim, the César Award for Best Actress, and several award nominations: the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture award, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2012, she was announced as the host of the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. She dubbed the role of Mérida in the French dub of the Disney/Pixar film Brave. In June 2012, Bejo was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The same month, she received the Prix Romy Schneider.
|1996||Les sœurs Hamlet||Karine|
|Histoires d'hommes||Laurence||TV Movie|
|L'amour est à réinventer||The girl||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1997||Julie Lescaut||Lila||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Le juge est une femme||Raphaëlle Fauvet-Colombin||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Un et un font six||Sophie||TV Series (6 Episodes)|
|1999||Sapajou contre Sapajou||Emma Verdier||TV Movie|
|2000||Most Promising Young Actress||Laetitia Rance||Nominated – César Award for Most Promising Actress|
|Les redoutables||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Sauvetage||Valentine||TV Series (6 Episodes)|
|2001||A Knight's Tale||Christiana|
|2002||24 Hours in the Life of a Woman||Olivia|
|Comme un avion||Lola|
|Une petite fée||The young woman||Short|
|Vertiges||Margo||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|2003||Dans le rouge du couchant||The girl on the boat|
|Sem Ela||Fanfan Vieira|
|Jeux de plage||Marthe||Short|
|2004||Le grand rôle||Perla Kurtz|
|2006||OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies||Larmina El Akmar Betouche|
|Nuages||Cécile Marsac||TV Movie|
|Un homme peut en cacher un autre||Inès / Adèle||Short|
|Le courrier du parc||The young woman||Short|
|Sa raison d'être||Fabienne||TV Movie|
|2009||La pomme d'Adam||Girl on the metro||Short|
|Love Me Baby||Marie||Short|
|2011||The Artist||Peppy Miller||César Award for Best Actress |
Capri Actress Award
Hollywood Film Festival Spotlight Award
Phoenix Film Critics Soc. Award: Best Supporting Actress
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Cinema Vanguard Award
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Women Film Critics Cicle Award for Best Screen Couple (with Jean Dujardin)
Lumières Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated – BAFTA Award: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actress - Comedy/Musical
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
|Brave||Mérida's voice||European French Version|
|2013||The Past||Marie Brisson||Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress|
FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign-Language Film
Nominated – César Award for Best Actress
Nominated – CinEuphoria Award for Best Actress
Nominated – CinEuphoria Award for Best Ensemble
|Au bonheur des ogres||Aunt Julia|
|Le Dernier Diamant||Julia|
|Frères d'armes||Voice||TV Mini-Series|
|2016||The Childhood of a Leader||The Mother|
|2018||The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir||Nelly Marnay|
|2020||Le Prince oublié||La voisine / La femme à la porte|
|Le Bonheur des uns...||Léa Monteil|
|2021||Il materiale emotivo||Yolande|
|Shake Your Cares Away||Alma|
|L'Homme de la cave||Hélène Sandberg|
|TBA||Il colibrì||Luisa Lattes||Post-production|
|1999||The Threepenny Opera||Bertolt Brecht||Steve Kalfa||Théâtre des Champs-Élysées|
|2016||Tout ce que vous voulez||Matthieu Delaporte,
Alexandre de La Patellière
|Bernard Murat||Théâtre Édouard VII|
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- Diego Lerer (13 March 2003). "Estaba peleado con el país". Clarin (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 February 2012.
- Gabriel de Lerma (17 February 2012). "Bérénice Bejo, en la cima de la popularidad". El Nuevo Herald (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 28 February 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
- "Bérénice Bejo se sent 'aussi Argentine que Française'". La Dépêche (in French). Agence France-Presse. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
- Scott Feinberg (8 February 2012). "Bérénice Bejo, Silent Star of The Artist, Talks About the Two Leading Men in Her Life". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 February 2012.
- "The Artist wins six César awards". The Telegraph. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
- SAG awards list Archived 19 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine, sagawards.org.
- Golden Globes list Archived 29 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine, goldenglobes.org.
- BBC Oscars coverage 2012
- "The Artist star to host Cannes film ceremonies". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
- "Bérénice Bejo, la voix de Merida dans Rebelle", Le Figaro (in French)
- "Academy Invites 176 to Membership" (Press release). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2013.