Frédérique Bel

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Frédérique Bel
Frédérique Bel Prix Lumière 2012.jpg
Frédérique Bel in 2012.
Born (1975-03-24) 24 March 1975 (age 42)
Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2000–present
Notable credit(s) La Minute Blonde
Fais pas ci, fais pas ça
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Television Canal+ (2004–06)

Frédérique Bel (born 24 March 1975) is a French film, television and voice actress. She is well known for portraying the character of Dorothy Doll in the small sequence La Minute Blonde from Le Grand Journal on Canal+. She then had a successful acting career playing several main and supporting roles in many successful films and television series.

Early life and education[edit]

Frédérique Bel was born in Annecy in the department of Haute-Savoie. After obtaining her baccalauréat, she moved to the region of Alsace where she studied modern literature at the Marc Bloch University of Strasbourg.[1] She graduated with a master degree and a DEUG in history of arts before joining the University Theater of Strasbourg.[2] She later began a career as a lingerie and body lining model to pay her comedy classes.[3]

Acting career[edit]

Movie roles[edit]

Frédérique Bel made her acting debut in 2000 playing a small role in the comedy film Deuxième vie and later in the 2003 comedy film La Beuze. She then had famous supporting roles in comedy and romantic films. These include Tu vas rire, mais je te quitte in 2004, Imposture and The Russian Dolls in 2005. She portrayed Miss France in the 2006 science fiction comedy Un ticket pour l'espace and later featured in the comedy film Camping which had a box office of 5.5 million viewers. The same year, film director Emmanuel Mouret gave her a role in his romantic comedy Change of Address, also featuring himself. She later featured in three other of his films, which are Shall We Kiss? in 2007, Fais-moi plaisir! in 2009, in which she appeared completely naked in one scene, and The Art of Love in 2011.

In 2007, she had supporting roles in comedy films Tel père telle fille and Ma vie n'est pas une comédie romantique. In 2008, she had one of the main roles in the fantastic film Les Dents de la nuit and later that year in the comedy film Vilaine. In 2009, she had a supporting role in comedy film Safari and later in another comedy film La Grande Vie, in addition to the role she had in Fais-moi plaisir! in between. She played in 2010 a small role in the fantastic adventure film The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec directed by Luc Besson. She portrayed the main role in the 2011 thriller Red Nights where she played in Hong Kong the role of Catherine Trinquier, an inspired role of a woman who becomes a criminal. In 2012, she featured in the author film L'amour dure trois ans directed by Frédéric Beigbeder, and then had a supporting role in the popular comedy Les Seigneurs directed by Olivier Dahan.

In 2013, she played one of the main roles in the romantic comedy Hôtel Normandy, filmed in the prestigious hotel Normandy Barrière located in Deauville. In 2014, she portrayed one of the main characters in the comedy film Serial (Bad) Weddings with Christian Clavier and Chantal Lauby. The film was a huge success with a box office of over 200,000 viewers on its release date. She then featured the same year in the comedy-drama La Liste de mes envies, which was released soon after and is an adaptation from the novel of the same title, released in 2012.

Television roles[edit]

Frédérique Bel began her career on television in 2001 playing a supporting role in the French sitcom Le Groupe which features stories about a group of students and their misadventures. She then rose to fame for creating and portraying in 2004 the humoristic character of Dorothy Doll, in the sequence titled La Minute Blonde, where she portrays a blond stereotype talking to a celebrity made of cardboard. The sequence was included in Le Grand Journal on Canal+ hosted by Michel Denisot on the first and second season and thus until 2006.

Frédérique Bel has also played in television films such as the 2006 mini-series Petits meurtres en famille, and later in the 2012 crime series Profilage, where she portrays a manipulating lawyer until the end of the third season. To give the impression of a manipulating character, she even had to lower the tone of her voice to play that role.[4] She had in between a supporting role in the sixth season of the historical fantasy series Kaamelott, where she portrayed Caesar's servant. She later had a regular role from 2011 to 2013 in the comedy series Fais pas ci, fais pas ça from the fourth to the sixth season. She also had a guest role in specials of television series Scènes de ménages in 2013 and Nos chers voisins in 2014.

Voice roles[edit]

Frédérique Bel started a career as a voice actress in 2007. Her shrill and particular voice, similar to a doll, gave her the opportunity to voice female characters. She has since voiced in a number of animated films and series in both original and French versions. She began the same year in the third season of Canadian science fiction animated series Tripping the Rift, where she voiced the main character Six in the French version.

She then voiced Rose, the mother of Arthur, in the original versions of animated adventure films Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard in 2009 and Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds in 2010, both directed by Luc Besson. In 2010, she voiced Barbie in the French version of Toy Story 3 and the same character the following year in Hawaiian Vacation, the first short film of the Toy Story Toons series.

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Frédérique Bel at the Deauville American Film Festival in 2009

From 2001 to 2004, Frédérique Bel appeared in several television advertisements for various brands such as Bouygues of Étienne Chatiliez, Darty of Yvan Attal, EDF of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and also Mir Laine of Philippe Lioret where she portrayed the fairy. She later appeared in an advertisement for the optical brand Krys with other celebrities, including Alain Delon, Jane Birkin, Michel Blanc and Frédéric Beigbeder.

Activism[edit]

Frédérique Bel is the spokesperson of the AMFE (Association Maladies Foie Enfants) that she supports since its creation. She created with her team a national campaign of prevention from liver disease of young children. She portrayed again for that occasion her character of Dorothy Doll from La Minute Blonde.

She is an avid supporter and defender of women's rights all around the world, a cause that she has often expressed in the media and on the social networks. She posted on her Twitter account a picture of her naked to defend the right for the IVG (Interruption Volontaire de Grossesse, the French equivalent for abortion).[5]

Controversies[edit]

Frédérique Bel has posted pictures and comments via the social networks which caused a lot of controversy. In 2012 on her official Twitter account, while supporting François Hollande during the 2012 French presidential election, she was suspended after having posted pictures of her naked,[6] only two days after having created her account. Her suspension was over three days later and she was allowed to post again on her account.[6]

In November 2014, her official Facebook account was blocked for seven days for the head comment she posted on two articles she shared about trafficking of women in the Islamic State.[7] She then used her Twitter account to express her anger of being censored by Facebook.[7] She also added in an attached link the message she wrote them stating that she defends women's rights in the world and that she was angry for being blocked.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2000 Deuxième vie Friend of Vincent's father Patrick Braoudé
2003 Laisse tes mains sur mes hanches Girl Pulpo Chantal Lauby
La beuze Advertising's Girl François Desagnat & Thomas Sorriaux
Il était une fois Jean-Sébastien Bach Maria Barbara Bach Jean-Louis Guillermou
France Boutique Beautiful girl Tonie Marshall
2004 A Very Long Engagement A Prostitute Jean-Pierre Jeunet
L'incruste Céline's friend Alexandre Castagnetti & Corentin Julius
La méthode anglaise The Nurse Sarah Lévy Short
Léa Parker The Blond Jean-Pierre Prévost TV Series (1 Episode)
2004-06 Le Grand Journal Dorothy Doll Various TV Short
2005 Russian Dolls Barbara Cédric Klapisch
Tu vas rire, mais je te quitte Vanessa Philippe Harel
Imposture Braces Student Patrick Bouchitey
2006 Un ticket pour l'espace Miss France Eric Lartigau
Camping Christy Bergougnoux Fabien Onteniente
Changement d'adresse Anne Emmanuel Mouret Nominated - Étoiles d'Or - Best Female Newcomer
Petits meurtres en famille Madeleine Edwin Baily TV Mini-Series
2007 Shall We Kiss? Câline Emmanuel Mouret (2)
Tel père telle fille Catherine Olivier De Plas
Ma vie n'est pas une comédie romantique The Secretary Marc Gibaja
La plus belle fille du monde The Girl Stephane Couston Short
Un autre monde The Girl David Haddad Short
Tripping the Rift Six Bernie Denk TV Series (13 Episodes)
2008 Vilaine Aurore Cahier Jean-Patrick Benes & Allan Mauduit
Mes stars et moi Makeup Artist Laetitia Colombani
Les dents de la nuit Alice Wouhou Stephen Cafiero & Vincent Lobelle
Drôle de Noël! Véronique Nicolas Picard TV Movie
Temps Mort Irene James L. Frachon TV Mini-Series
2009 Lascars Manuella Lardu Emmanuel Klotz & Albert Pereira-Lazaro
Fais-moi plaisir! Ariane Emmanuel Mouret (3)
Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard Rose Luc Besson
Safari Fabienne Olivier Baroux
La grande vie Odile Emmanuel Salinger
Une place à prendre Bus's Girl Charles Meurisse Short
Sous le fard Anne-Laure Maud Ferrari Short
Kaamelott Helvia Alexandre Astier TV Series (4 Episodes)
2010 The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec The Bourgeois Luc Besson (2)
Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds Rose Luc Besson (3)
Red Nights Catherine Trinquier Julien Carbon & Laurent Courtiaud
Toy Story 3 Barbie Lee Unkrich
Entre nous deux Christine Nicolas Guillou
Cinémaniac Veronique Jousse. Alexandre Short
Je pourrais être votre grand-mère The Neighbor Bernard Tanguy Short
Bloody Christmas 2: La révolte des sapins Isabelle Morin Michel Leray Short
2011 The Art of Love Achille's Neighbor Emmanuel Mouret (4)
Beur sur la ville The Blond Djamel Bensalah
L'amour dure trois ans Kathy Frédéric Beigbeder
Hawaiian Vacation Barbie Gary Rydstrom
Au bistro du coin Fanny Charles Nemes
Il faut qu'on parle... Fred Raphaël Kenzey Short
L'âme du mal Iris Jérôme Foulon TV Movie
2011-13 Fais pas ci, fais pas ça Tatiana Lenoir Various TV Series (14 Episodes)
2012 Les seigneurs Floria Olivier Dahan
Profilage Barbara Cluzel Julien Despaux & Alexandre Laurent TV Series (5 Episodes)
2013 Hôtel Normandy Isabelle de Castlejane Charles Nemes (2)
Igor Tututson ou l'incroyable histoire d'un homme ordinaire Amandine Nils De Coster Short
2014 Serial (Bad) Weddings Isabelle Verneuil Philippe de Chauveron
La liste de mes envies Danielle Didier Le Pêcheur
Scènes de ménages Pénélope Francis Duquet TV Series (1 Episode)
Métal Hurlant Chronicles Laerana Guillaume Lubrano TV Series (1 Episode)
2015 Arnaud fait son 2e film Meetic Girl Arnaud Viard
The Student and Mister Henri Valérie Voizot Ivan Calbérac
Le chapeau de Mitterrand Fanny Marquant Robin Davis TV Movie
Doc Martin Catherine de Pougeac Rodolphe Chauvin & Stéphane Kappes TV Series (1 Episode)
2016 Crash Test Aglaé Lola Eric Gravel
Les Visiteurs: La Révolution Flore Jean-Marie Poiré
Cédric Mademoiselle Nelly Gabriel Julien-Laferrière

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matthias Gurtler (December 25, 2007). "Frédérique Bel - CV de star" (in French). VSD. Retrieved July 18, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Frédérique Bel" (in French). Canal+. August 1, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ Tout le monde en parle (September 10, 2005). "Interview Frédérique Bel à propos de la Minute Blonde" (in French). Institut national de l'audiovisuel. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Frédérique Bel : Je suis ravie de changer enfin de registre" (in French). Public. April 5, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Frédérique Bel pose nue pour le droit à l'IVG" (in French). Voici. January 20, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Frédérique Bel censurée pour pornographie" (in French). Voici. April 25, 2012. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Frédérique Bel en colère après avoir été censurée par Facebook" (in French). Voici. November 13, 2014. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 

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