Guillaume Canet

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Guillaume Canet
Guillaume Canet.jpg
Canet at the 2021 French Riviera
Born (1973-04-10) 10 April 1973 (age 49)
OccupationActor, film director, screenwriter, film producer
Years active1994–present
(m. 2001; div. 2006)
PartnerMarion Cotillard (2007–present)

Guillaume Canet (French pronunciation: ​[ɡijom kane]; born 10 April 1973) is a French actor, film director and screenwriter, and show jumper.

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[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

His film Blood Ties was selected to be screened Out of Competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1999, he started a relationship with German-born model and actress Diane Kruger.[5] They were married on 1 September 2001.[6] In January 2006, Canet and Kruger filed for divorce.[7] Kruger later said that the marriage was not successful because their careers had kept them occupied in different parts of the world.[8] After his divorce, Canet started a relationship with model Carla Bruni that was widely reported by the French media,[9] and later he was in a relationship with actress Élodie Navarre.[10][11]

Canet has been in a relationship with actress Marion Cotillard since October 2007. The two had known each other since 1997,[12] and years later starred together in the 2003 film Love Me If You Dare.[13] They later co-starred in the 2009 film The Last Flight.[14] 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.[15] The couple has a son together, Marcel, born on 19 May 2011.[16] 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.[17] In 2014, Cotillard denied being married to Canet,[18] instead referring to him as "my boyfriend" in interviews.[19][20][21][22] The couple welcomed their second child, a girl named Louise in 2017.[23]

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.[24] 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.[25]

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.[26]


As actor[edit]

As director[edit]

Year Title Notes
1996 Sans Regrets Short Film
1998 Je taim Short Film
2000 Scénarios sur la drogue TV
Short Film
J'peux pas dormir Short Film
2002 Mon Idole Producer/Writer
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
2021 Lui also Writer
2022 Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom

Frequent casting[edit]

Actor Mon Idole
Tell No One
Little White Lies
Blood Ties
Rock'n Roll
Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom
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Marion Cotillard checkY checkY checkY checkY
Gilles Lellouche checkY checkY checkY checkY checkY
François Berléand checkY checkY
Anne Marivin checkY checkY checkY


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  28. ^ Hipes, Patrick (6 September 2016). "Magnolia Acquires Period Drama 'Cezanne Et Moi'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 18 September 2016.

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