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 41)
Namur, Belgium
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Website cecile-de-france.com

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), which was a worldwide success. 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.

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 has two children, Lino and Joy, with musician Guillaume Siron.[2]


Cécile de France in April 2009.
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Cas de divorce Gabrielle Clément TV series
1997 Tous nos voeux de bonheur Short film
1998 La Balle au bond Telefilm
1999 The Judge Is a Woman Anna TV series
2000 Regarde-moi (en face) Dune
2000 The Last Dream Short film
2000 Bon appétit ! Short film
2001 Toutes les nuits The prostitute
2001 L'Art (délicat) de la séduction Laure
2001 Le Mariage en papier Lise Short film
2001 Nana Christine Telefilm
2002 Loup ! Lucie Short film
2002 L'Auberge Espagnole Isabelle César Award for Most Promising Actress
Lumières Award for Most Promising Actress
2002 Irène Irène
2002 A+ Pollux Pollux Lesiak
2002 3 jours, 3 euros Short film
2002 Il était une femme Short film
2003 Nervous Breakdown Short film
2003 I, Cesar Samantha
2003 Kaena: The Prophecy Kaena Voice
2003 High Tension Marie Sitges Film Festival - Best Actress
2003 Petits mythes urbains The Woman TV series
2004 Around the World in 80 Days Monique La Roche
2004 La Nuit du 6 au 7 Eve Short film
2004 La Confiance règne Chrystèle Burrel
2004 Les Calamars n'écoutent plus la radio Short film
2005 Russian Dolls Isabelle César Award for Best Supporting Actress
2006 Avenue Montaigne Jessica Swann d'Or for Best Actress
Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actress
2006 When I Was a Singer Marion Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
2006 The Colonel Lieutenant Galois
2006 Bad Faith Clara Breitmann
2007 Snow White: The Sequel Snow White / Sleeping Beauty / Cinderella Voice
2007 Chez Maupassant Mathilde Loisel TV series
2007 Gone for a Dance Blanche
2007 Hand of the Headless Man Eva Sanders Bayard d'Or for Best Actress
2007 A Secret Tania Stirn / Grimbert Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actress
Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
2008 Mesrine Jeanne Schneider
2008 D'une vie à l'autre Milla / The young mother Short film
2009 Sister Smile Jeanine Deckers Nominated—Magritte Award for Best Actress
2010 Gardiens de l'ordre Julie
2010 Hereafter Marie Lelay Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress
2011 The Kid with a Bike Samantha Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Magritte Award for Best Actress
2011 A Butterfly Kiss Alice
2011 Hard Herself TV series
2011 Cars 2 Sally Carrera Voice (French dubbed)
2012 Superstar Fleur Arnaud
2013 Möbius Alice
2013 Chinese Puzzle Isabelle
2014 Hidden Kingdoms Narrator (French dubbed) Documentary TV series
2015 En équilibre Florence Kernel
2015 Summertime Carole Nominated—César Award for Best Actress
2015 Dix pour cent Herself TV Series (1 Episode)
2016 The Young Pope Sofia TV series
2016 The Jungle Book Raksha French voice
2016 Le Voyage de Fanny Madame Forman
2016 Term Life Lucy
2017 Ôtez-moi d'un doute Anna
2017 Django Louise de Klerk


  • 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

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