Cécile de France

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Cécile de France
Cécile de France César 2016.jpg
Cécile de France at the 2016 César Awards
Born (1975-07-17) 17 July 1975 (age 45)
Andenne, Belgium
Years active1997–present
Guillaume Siron
(m. after 2006)

Cécile de France (French: [sesil də fʁɑ̃s]; born 17 July 1975) is a Belgian actress. After achieving success in French cinema hits such as L'Art (délicat) de la séduction (2001) and Irène (2002), she gained international attention for her lead roles in High Tension (2003) and Hereafter (2010).

Life and career[edit]

Born in Namur, she left Belgium at the age of 17 to go to Paris where she studied theatre for two years with actor Jean Paul Denizon, assistant to British director Peter Brook. She then spent three years (1995–98) at the acting academy ENSATT (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre) in the Département Comédie first at the Rue Blanche in Paris, then in Lyon. She was discovered by the agent Dominique Besnehard and appeared in French hit films such as L'Art (délicat) de la séduction (2001) and Irène (2002).

Her international breakthrough came with the horror film High Tension (2003, UK title: Switchblade Romance, US title: High Tension). She caught the eye of Hollywood producers and soon landed her first major role in a US feature, Around the World in 80 Days (2004), in which she starred alongside Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan.

She won two César Awards for Most Promising Actress in L'Auberge espagnole (2002), and Best Supporting Actress in Les Poupées russes (2005).

In 2014, she hosted the 39th César Awards ceremony.

She was selected to be on the jury for the Cinéfondation and short films sections of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[1] She was also selected to be on the jury for the main competition section of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]

She has two children, Lino and Joy, with musician Guillaume Siron.[3]

In 2019 she was cast in Wes Anderson's upcoming film The French Dispatch.


Cécile de France at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Regarde-moi (en face) Dune
2001 Toutes les nuits The Prostitute
2001 L'Art (délicat) de la séduction Laure
2002 L'Auberge Espagnole Isabelle
2002 Irene Irène
2002 A+ Pollux Pollux Lesiak
2003 I, Cesar Samantha
2003 Kaena: The Prophecy Kaena Voice
2003 High Tension Marie
2004 Around the World in 80 Days Monique La Roche
2004 La Confiance règne Chrystèle Burrel
2005 Russian Dolls Isabelle
2006 Avenue Montaigne Jessica
2006 When I Was a Singer Marion
2006 The Colonel Lieutenant Galois
2006 Bad Faith Clara Breitmann
2007 Snow White: The Sequel Snow White / Sleeping Beauty / Cinderella Voice
2007 Gone for a Dance Blanche
2007 Hand of the Headless Man Eva Sanders
2007 A Secret Tania Stirn / Grimbert
2008 Mesrine Jeanne Schneider
2009 Sister Smile Jeanine Deckers
2010 Gardiens de l'ordre Julie
2010 Hereafter Marie LeLay
2011 The Kid with a Bike Samantha
2011 A Butterfly Kiss Alice
2011 Cars 2 Sally Carrera Voice (French dubbed)
2012 Superstar Fleur Arnaud
2013 Chinese Puzzle Isabelle
2014 Möbius Alice
2015 En équilibre Florence Kernel
2015 Summertime Carole
2016 The Jungle Book Raksha French voice
2016 Le Voyage de Fanny Madame Forman
2016 Term Life Lucy
2017 Django Louise De Klerk
2017 Ôtez-moi d'un doute Anna
2018 Dolphin Reef The Narrator French voice
2018 Mademoiselle de Joncquières Madame De La Pommeraye
2019 Rebelles Sandra
2021 The French Dispatch Completed
2021 Lost Illusions Post-production

Short film[edit]

Year Film
1997 Tous nos voeux de bonheur
2000 The Last Dream
2000 Bon appétit !
2001 Le Mariage en papier
2002 Loup !
2002 3 jours, 3 euros
2002 Il était une femme
2003 Nervous Breakdown
2004 La Nuit du 6 au 7
2004 Les Calamars n'écoutent plus la radi
2008 D'une vie à l'autre


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Cas de divorce Gabrielle Clément
1999 The Judge Is a Woman Anna
2001 Nana Christine Television film
2003 Petits mythes urbains The Woman
2007 La parure' Mathilde Loisel
2011 Hard Herself
2014 Hidden Kingdoms Narrator (French dubbed) Documentary TV series
2015 Call My Agent! Herself TV Series (1 Episode)
2016 The Young Pope Sofia Season 1
2019 The New Pope Sofia Season 2


  • 1996 : Dormez je le veux by Georges Feydeau, directed by Benoît Blampain
  • 1996 : Une palette rouge sang by Valeria Moretti, directed by Jean Paul Denizon
  • 1996 : Le songe d'une nuit d'été by William Shakespeare, directed by Pierre Pradinas
  • 1997 : Variations Strindberg-Feydeau, directed by Nada Strancar
  • 1998 : Pour nous, directed by Serguei Issayev
  • 1998 : Tu serais un ange tombé du ciel exprès pour nous by N. Sadour and A. Vampilov
  • 1999, 2000 : Electre, by Sophocle, directed by Claudia Stavisky
  • 1999 : Le baladin du monde occidental de John Millington Synge, directed by Philippe Delaigue
  • 2001 : Mademoiselle Julie by August Strindberg, directed by Gwenaël Morin
  • 2001 : SC35C, by Jean-Michel Frère

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2000 Festival du Court Métrage de Bruxelles Acting Award Won
2002 César Award Most Promising Actress L'Auberge Espagnole Won
Lumières Award Most Promising Actress Won
2003 Sitges Film Festival Best Actress High Tension Won
Shooting Stars Award Won
2005 César Award Best Supporting Actress Russian Dolls Won
Prix Romy Schneider Won
2007 Swann d'Or Best Actress Avenue Montaigne Won
César Award Best Actress Nominated
Globes de Cristal Award Best Actress Nominated
César Award Best Actress When I Was a Singer Nominated
Bayard d'Or Award Best Actress Hand of the Headless Man Won
2008 César Award Best Actress A Secret Nominated
Globes de Cristal Award Best Actress Won
2009 Magritte Award Best Actress Sister Smile Nominated
2010 Saturn Award Best Actress Hereafter Nominated
2011 European Film Award Best Actress The Kid with a Bike Nominated
Magritte Award Best Actress Nominated
2016 César Award Best Actress Summertime Nominated
2018 Magritte Award Best Actress Just to Be Sure Nominated
2019 Magritte Award Best Actress Mademoiselle de Joncquières Nominated
2020 Magritte Award Best Actress A Bigger World Nominated


  1. ^ "The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury". Cannes Film Festival. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  2. ^ "The International Jury 2018". 6 February 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Cécile de France en toute sincérité : L'orgasme à jouer, c'est terrible !". PurePeople. 4 February 2013.

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