Judith Godrèche

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Judith Godrèche
Judith Godrèche 2007.jpg
Judith Godrèche, 2007
Born (1972-03-23) 23 March 1972 (age 43)
Paris, France
Occupation Actress, author, film director, screenwriter
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Dany Boon (1998–2002)
Partner(s) Benoît Jacquot
Maurice Barthélemy

Judith Godrèche (March 23, 1972) is a French actress and author. She has appeared in more than 30 films.

Early life[edit]

Godrèche was born in Paris, the daughter of two psychotherapists. Her paternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors from Poland, who changed their name from Goldreich. Godrèche left school at age 15, settling into a long-term relationship with older director Benoît Jacquot.[1]


Godrèche's early work included commercial modeling for a Japanese chocolate maker, as well as a teen magazine. Her first film appearance was as Claudia Cardinale's daughter in L'été prochain. At age 14 she obtained her first major role in Jacquot's Les Mendiants with Dominique Sanda.

In 1989, Godrèche starred in Jacques Doillon's La Fille de 15 ans with Melvil Poupaud, which brought her fame. The following year, she turned to a full-time career in film. In 1990 she was nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actress for her performance in Jacquot's La Désenchantée.

In 1991, she was a member of the jury at the 41st Berlin International Film Festival.[2]

In 1994 her novel Point de côté was published in France by Broché Publishers to good reviews.

Godrèche was not well known to American audiences until Patrice Leconte's Ridicule was released in 1996. The film introduced her to Americans in the role of Mathilde de Bellegarde. In 1998 she starred with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jeremy Irons in The Man in the Iron Mask.

Godrèche was nominated for a 2002 César Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the surprise European hit, L'Auberge espagnole.

In 2012, she began playing the continuing character of Claudette Von Jurgens in season 3 of Royal Pains.[3]

Godrèche's performance as Charlotte in The Overnight has led to her being called a "breakout" star of 2015. She is also starring in an upcoming HBO comedy about a French actress who moves to Los Angeles.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Godrèche had a long-term relationship with Jacquot.[5] She later married Dany Boon, who is the father of her son Noé.[6] She now lives with Maurice Barthélemy, the father of her daughter Tess.[7]

Godrèche decided to convert to Judaism as an adult.[1]



Director and writer[edit]

  • Toutes les filles pleurent (2010)


  1. ^ a b Champenois, Sabrina (27 March 2000). "La tiraillée". Libération. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1991 Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  3. ^ Kate Stanhope (January 18, 2012). "5 Teases From Royal Pains' Return". tvguide.com. 
  4. ^ D’Addario, Daniel (17 June 2015). "Meet Judith Godrèche, the Surprise Comic Standout From The Overnight". TIME. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Grassin, Sophie (3 April 2009). "Benoît Jacquot, le cinéaste amoureux". Le Figaro. p. 2. Archived from the original on 2009-04-08. 
  6. ^ "Judith Godreche Biography (1972–)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  7. ^ "Judith Godrèche rend Maurice Barthélémy papa avant Papa... le". Actustar.com. 2005-04-28. 

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