Guillaume Canet

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Guillaume Canet
Guillaume Canet 2015.jpg
Guillaume Canet at the Nominee Luncheon for the 2015 César Awards
Born (1973-04-10) 10 April 1973 (age 42)
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Occupation Actor, film director, screenwriter, film producer
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Diane Kruger (m. 2001–06)
Partner(s) Marion Cotillard (2007–present)
Children 1

Guillaume Canet (born 10 April 1973) is a French actor, film director and screenwriter.

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.

Canet has also received attention because of his personal life. He was formerly married to actress Diane Kruger. After they divorced, he had relationships with Carla Bruni, Élodie Navarre and Marion Cotillard.

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 performed with 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, he started dating Carla Bruni[9] and then Élodie Navarre.[10]

Canet has been romantically involved with actress Marion Cotillard since October 2007; the two had known each other since 1997 and had starred together in the 2003 film Love Me If You Dare.[11] They later appeared together in the 2009 film The Last Flight.[12] The couple has attracted considerable attention from the French media, but for a long time they did not discuss their relationship, and they did not appear together on a red carpet event until the Cannes Film Festival in 2009.[13] The couple have one son together, Marcel, born on 19 May 2011.[14] They remained unmarried as of 2015.[15]


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
Nominated – César Award for Best Film
Nominated – César Award for Best Writing–Adaptation
2010 Little White Lies also Writer
2013 Blood Ties also Writer

Frequent casting[edit]

Actor Mon Idole
Tell No One
Little White Lies
Blood Ties
François Cluzet YesY YesY
Marion Cotillard YesY YesY YesY
Gilles Lellouche YesY YesY YesY
François Berléand YesY YesY
Anne Marivin YesY YesY YesY
Guillaume Canet YesY YesY YesY YesY* YesY

* As producer and director


  1. ^ Florence Gatté (1 July 2008). "Guillaume Canet à armes égales". France-Amérique. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Benny Crick (28 October 2003). "Love Me If You Dare (Jeux D'Enfants)". Screen. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Guillaume Evin (26 July 2007). "Luc Besson se lance en bourse". L'Express (in French). Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Rebecca Murray & Fred Topel. "Guillaume Canet Interview". Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Guillaume Canet – Biography". Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Diane Kruger and Guillaume Canet to Divorce". 18 January 2006. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Helen Barlow (9 April 2007). "Vintage Kruger". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Des paparazzis jugés pour avoir révélé la liaison de Carla Bruni avec Guillaume Canet" (in French). 28 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Guillaume Canet dated Elodie Navarre". Zimbio. 
  11. ^ "Guillaume Canet et Marion Cotillard amoureux". 20 October 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  12. ^ John Hopewell & Elsa Bertet (14 May 2008). "Marion Cotillard to star in 'Last Flight'". Variety. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "Marion Cotillard : bientôt des enfants avec Guillaume Canet?". Voici. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  14. ^ Peter Milbank (20 May 2011). "Marion Cotillard welcomes son Marcel". Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
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  16. ^ de La Valette, Phalène (6 July 2015). ""Les Minions" : Marion Cotillard terrorisée par Monsieur Propre !". Le Point. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 

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