François Arnaud (actor)

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François Arnaud
François Arnaud - TIFF 2009.JPG
François Arnaud (middle) in 2009
Born François Barbeau
(1985-07-05) 5 July 1985 (age 31)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

François Arnaud (born François Barbeau; July 5, 1985)[1][2] is a Canadian film, television and stage actor.

Early life[edit]

Arnaud was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec and France. In 2007, Arnaud trained at the Conservatoire d'art dramatique in Montreal. He is now based in New York City.


Arnaud is best known for his performances as Cesare Borgia in Showtime's TV series The Borgias, as Antonin in the French Canadian movie I Killed My Mother (J'ai tué ma mère) directed by Xavier Dolan, and as Oscar in the NBC hit series Blindspot. He will lead the cast of Midnight, Texas on NBC starting in January 2017. In this series based on books by Charlaine Harris, he will portray the role of troubled psychic Manfred Bernardo.

In 2010, he received a VFCC Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film for I Killed My Mother, which received an eight-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Arnaud dated French Canadian actress Évelyne Brochu.[5] Brochu stated in a 2014 interview that the two were no longer together.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 J'me voyais déjà Himself
2009 I Killed My Mother Antonin Rimbaud
2009 Les grandes chaleurs Yannick Ménard
2013 Copperhead Warner Pitts
2014 Amapola Luke
2015 Caesar Mark Antony
2014 The Man Who Was Thursday Thursday
2014 Big Sky Clete
2015 The Girl King Karl Gustav
2015 Rabid Dogs Vincent
Year Title Role Notes
2007 C.A. Serveur resto Maude Episode: Reséau rencontre
2008 Taxi 0-22 Marc-André 3 episodes
Episode: Ron Fournier
Episode: Cheerleaders des Alouettes
Episode: Claude Poirier
2008 The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall Stefan TV movie
2009-2010 Yamaska Théo Carpentier 12 episodes
2011-2013 The Borgias Cesare Borgia Main role (29 episodes)
2014 Apocalypse World War I Narrator Miniseries
2015- X Company Rene Guest role (4 episodes)
2015-2016 Blindspot Oscar Recurring; 15 episodes
2016 Red Flag Carlito Main cast
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Les Fourberies de Scapin Leandre Théâtre Répercussion
2007 Tendres totems et croquis cruels
2008 L'imprésario de Smyrne Théâtre du Nouveau Monde
2008 L'heure du lynx Le Jeune Théâtre Prospero
2009 Réveillez-vous et chantez Ralph Théâtre de l'Opsis


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