Guillaume Canet at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival
|Born||10 April 1973|
|Occupation||Actor, film director, screenwriter, film producer|
(m. 2001; div. 2006)
|Partner(s)||Marion Cotillard (2007–)|
Canet began his career in theatre and television before moving to film. He starred in several films like Joyeux Noël, Love Me If You Dare and The Beach. In 2006, he turned to writing and directing with Tell No One and won a César Award for Best Director.
Early life and career
Guillaume Canet was born in Boulogne-Billancourt on 10 April 1973 to a family of horse breeders. Canet intended to become a show jumper and was a member of the junior French National Equestrian Team. However, after a fall from his horse at age 18 he turned to acting and enrolled in the Cours Florent drama school. In 1994, he appeared in the Théâtre Hébertot production of La Ville dont le prince est un enfant with Christophe Malavoy. After working in various television shows and commercials, Canet made his film debut in the short film Fils unique.
In 1997, he appeared in the thriller film Barracuda for which he won a prix d'interprétation (best actor award) at the Festival Saint-Jean-de-Luz in 1999. The same year he was nominated for a César Award for his role as Vincent Mazet in the comedy film En plein cœur. He then traveled abroad to film Danny Boyle's The Beach. After completing The Beach, Canet starred opposite Sophie Marceau in La fidélité and in Jerry Schatzberg's The Day the Ponies Come Back.
In 2002, Canet starred with Gérard Depardieu in the science fiction film Vidocq. He also directed and wrote his first feature film the same year, Mon Idole, which also starred his wife Diane Kruger. In 2003, he appeared opposite Marion Cotillard in Yann Samuell's Love Me If You Dare which became a sleeper hit. Canet next appeared in the international production Joyeux Noël which tells the story of the World War I Christmas cease fire. The film—which also featured Kruger—was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Canet released his second feature film in 2006, Tell No One, an adaptation of Harlan Coben's novel of the same name. Tell No One was the ninth top grossing French film of 2006 and went on to win four César awards, including a César Award for Best Director for Canet.
In 1999, he started a relationship with German-born model and actress Diane Kruger. They were married on 1 September 2001. In January 2006, Canet and Kruger filed for divorce. Kruger later said that the marriage was not successful because their careers had kept them occupied in different parts of the world.
Canet has been in a relationship with actress Marion Cotillard since October 2007. The two had known each other since 1997, and years later starred together in the 2003 film Love Me If You Dare. They later co-starred in the 2009 film The Last Flight. The couple has attracted considerable attention from the French media, but for a long time they did not discuss their relationship and did not appear together on a red carpet event until the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. The couple has a son together, Marcel, born on 19 May 2011. The couple are not married. Though since 2010 Cotillard has been spotted wearing a diamond solitaire on her left hand – a present from Canet – they are not engaged either. In 2014, Cotillard denied being married to Canet, instead referring to him as "my boyfriend" in interviews. The couple welcomed their second child, a girl named Louise in 2017.
In July 2012, paparazzo Jean-Claude Elfassi accused Canet of violence during an altercation as Canet and Cotillard arrived home from the hospital maternity ward with their new baby in May 2011. According to the photographer, Canet left his house with an iron bar and threatened him before police stepped in. Elfassi's son filmed the actor with his cell phone and while Canet made sure the footage was erased from the web, photos were published on French magazine Entrevue. Elfassi and his son attempted to sue the actor for "violence" and "theft" and their case was not only dismissed, but Elfassi faces charges for "false accusation" and could spend nine months in jail.
Canet is an accomplished show jumper and between 2012 and 2017 participated in 623 competitions, winning 33 of them and taking nearly €67,000 in prize money. He was notably placed in competitions at international shows in Paris, La Baule and Chantilly Jumping.
- 1995 : Fils unique, directed by Philippe Landoulsi (short-film)
- 1997 : Barracuda, directed by Philippe Haïm, prix d'interprétation au Festival de Saint-Jean-de-Luz
- 1998 : Sentimental Education, directed by C. S. Leigh
- 1998 : Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train, directed by Patrice Chéreau
- 1998 : En plein cœur, directed by Pierre Jolivet, adapted from the novel by Georges Simenon, En cas de malheur
- 1999 : Trait d'union, directed by Bruno García (short-film)
- 1999 : Je règle mon pas sur le pas de mon père, directed by Rémi Waterhouse
- 2000 : J'peux pas dormir..., directed by Guillaume Canet (short-film)
- 2000 : The Beach (La Plage), directed by Danny Boyle
- 2000 : Fidelity (La Fidélité), directed by Andrzej Żuławski
- 2000 : The Day the Ponies Come Back, directed by Jerry Schatzberg
- 2001 : Les Morsures de l'aube, directed by Antoine de Caunes
- 2001 : Vidocq, directed by Pitof
- 2002 : Le Frère du guerrier, directed by Pierre Jolivet
- 2002 : Mille millièmes, directed by Rémi Waterhouse
- 2002 : Mon Idole, directed by Guillaume Canet
- 2003 : Love Me If You Dare (Jeux d'enfants), directed by Yann Samuell
- 2003 : Les Clefs de bagnole, directed by Laurent Baffie (only a cameo, as himself)
- 2004 : Narco, directed by Tristan Aurouet and Gilles Lellouche
- 2005 : Joyeux Noël, directed by Christian Carion
- 2005 : Hell (L'Enfer), directed by Danis Tanovic
- 2005 : Un ticket pour l'espace, directed by Éric Lartigau
- 2006 : Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne), directed by Guillaume Canet
- 2006 : Cars (French voice of Flash McQueen)
- 2007 : Ensemble, c'est tout, directed by Claude Berri
- 2007 : Darling, directed by Christine Carrière
- 2007 : La clef, directed by Guillaume Nicloux
- 2008 : Rivals, directed by Jacques Maillot
- 2008 : Voyage d'affaires, directed by Sean Ellis
- 2009 : Espion(s), directed by Nicolas Saada
- 2009 : L'affaire Farewell, directed by Christian Carion
- 2009 : The Last Flight, directed by Karim Dridi
- 2010 : Last Night, directed by Massy Tadjedin
- 2011 : Une vie meilleure, directed by Cédric Kahn
- 2011 : La nouvelle guerre des boutons, L'instituteur
- 2012 : The Players, Thibault
- 2013 : Jappeloup as Pierre Durand, Jr.
- 2013 : Turning Tide as Frank Drevil
- 2014 : In the Name of My Daughter as Maurice Agnelet
- 2014 : Next Time I'll Aim for the Heart as Franck
- 2015 : The Program as Michele Ferrari
- 2015 : Minions as Herb Overkill (French-language version)
- 2016 : Arctic Heart as Quignard
- 2016 : Cézanne and I as Émile Zola
- 2016 : The Siege of Jadotville as Falquez
- 2017 : Mon garçon as Julien
- 2017 : Rock'n Roll as Guillaume Canet
- 2018 : Sink or Swim
- 2018 : Non-Fiction
- 2019 : La Belle Époque
|1996||Sans Regrets||Short Film|
|1998||Je taim||Short Film|
|2000||Scénarios sur la drogue||TV|
|J'peux pas dormir||Short Film|
Nominated – César Award for Best Debut
|2006||Tell No One||French Title: Ne le dis à personne|
César Award for Best Director
Globes de Cristal Award for Best Film
Nominated – César Award for Best Film
Nominated – César Award for Best Writing–Adaptation
|2010||Little White Lies||also Writer|
|2013||Blood Ties||also Writer|
|2017||Rock'n Roll||also Writer|
|2019||Little White Lies 2||also Writer|
|Tell No One
|Little White Lies
* As producer and director
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