Gérard Watkins

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Gérard Watkins
Born (1965-07-04) 4 July 1965 (age 53)
OccupationActor, Playwright, Director, Songwriter
Years active1980–present

Gérard Watkins (born 4 July 1965) is an English-French actor, playwright, director, and songwriter.

He graduated from Lycée de St Germain en Laye in 1983.

As a stage actor he has performed in over forty productions in Paris with such directors as Véronique Bellegarde, Julie Beres, Jean-Claude Buchard, Elizabeth Chailloux, Michel Didym, André Engel, Frederic Fisbach, Marc François, Daniel Jeanneteau, Philipe Lanton, Jean-Louis Martinelli, Lars Noren, Claude Régy, Yann Ritsema, Bernard Sobel, Viviane Theophilides, and Jean-Pierre Vincent.

Among his critically acclaimed performances are Ian in Sarah Kane's Blasted, Edmond in King Lear, and Rosalind in As you Like it. In the Cinema he is perhaps best known for his role in the 2009 film Taken as Patrice Saint Clair, the sex trafficking kingpin that runs the operation that kidnapped the protagonist's 17-year-old daughter, but he has also performed with directors as Julie Lopes-Curval, Jérome Salle, Yann Samuel, Julian Schnabel, Hugo Santiago, and Peter Watkins. Since 1994 he has directed his own theatre company, the Perdita Ensemble, where he has staged all of his plays, the Secret Capital, Follow Me, The Tower, In the Faraway Forest, Icone, Identity, Lost (Replay), and I Don't Remember Very Well.

He is fluent in both English and French.

He was awarded the Grand Prix de littérature dramatique in 2010 for his play Identity.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 On a volé Charlie Spencer Le soldat américain du film
1987 Sécurité publique
1987 Travelling avant
1992 L'ambassade en folie Techtronics guard #1
2000 La Commune (Paris, 1871) Gérard Bourlet
2002 Le Loup de la côte Ouest Harry
2003 Love Me If You Dare Julien's father
2004 They Came Back Le fils du maire
2006 Je me fais rare Acteur 1
2007 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Le Docteur Cocheton
2008 La Fabrique des sentiments Michel
2008 Taken Patrice Saint-Clair
2008 Largo Winch Cattaneo
2009 La Femme invisible Paul
2009 Hidden Diary Gilles
2009 Going South The father
2010 Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs) Detective
2014 Colt 45 Calhoun
2016 The Odyssey Le maître de cérémonie

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