Céline Tran

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Céline Tran
Tran at Venus Berlin 2007
Born (1979-04-09) 9 April 1979 (age 44)[1]
Lyon, France[1][2]
Other namesKatsuni
Years active
  • 2001–2013 (pornography)
  • 2014–present (mainstream)
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Websitewww.iamcelinetran.com Edit this at Wikidata

Céline Tran (born 9 April 1979)[3][4] is a French actress, writer, martial artist, blogger, and former pornographic actress, previously known under the stage name Katsuni.[1][5][6] She started her adult film career in 2001,[7] working first in France, then in the United States.

She received numerous awards in the course of the adult career, most notably the AVN Award for Female Foreign Performer of the Year which she has won three times.

She retired from pornography in 2013 and returned to France to pursue a career in mainstream entertainment under her real name. Tran has appeared in films such as the French comedy Porn in the Hood (2012), and Cambodian action film Jailbreak (2017). She also released an autobiography, Ne dis pas que tu aimes ça, in 2018.

Early life[edit]

Tran is of French/Vietnamese heritage.[5][8][9] Her father is Vietnamese and her mother's family is French.[10][11][12]

She studied for a year at Grenoble Institute of Political Studies.[13] Finding herself ill-suited for political science,[14] she dropped out and then studied literature for three years,[15] envisioning a career as a teacher. During her studies, she did gigs as a go-go dancer, which led her to be spotted by a photographer working for Penthouse. The magazine's French branch was then looking for actresses who would appear in its adult pictures.[16] Tran accepted Penthouse's proposal for a shoot as a manner of challenge and because she thought it might be an exciting experience.[14]


Adult film career in France and in the United States[edit]

Having enjoyed her first experience, she decided to pursue a career in the adult film industry.[16] For two years, she shot movies while continuing her studies but eventually renounced becoming a teacher and decided to pursue a career as a full-time adult actress.[14]

During her career in the pornography industry, which she began in 2001,[7] she appeared in over 400 releases.[1] In 2004, she was voted "the French's favorite porn actress" in a readers' poll organized by trade journal Hot Vidéo.[17] She also appeared in several Italian and Spanish productions, working for directors such as Mario Salieri. She performed alongside Rocco Siffredi in Who fucked Rocco ?, Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge and Fashionistas Safado: Berlin, the latter two being directed by John Stagliano.

Tran in 2007

She shot her first American films in 2003. In 2005, she decided to focus on her work in the United States whose industry offered better opportunities. During the next few years, she divided her time between France and the US, working mostly in the latter country. In December 2006, she became the first French actress to sign an exclusive performing contract with Digital Playground.[8]

She originally performed using the stage name Katsumi (a common given name in Japan for both sexes), but she was barred by a French judge in Créteil in January 2007 from using the name, after a woman named Mary Katsumi sued over the resemblance to her own name.[5][9] Although she had informed the websites that she had changed her stage name, many outlets kept referring to her as "Katsumi". She was eventually sued again a few months later[18] and, in September 2007, was fined €20,000, having been deemed responsible for various violations of the ban.[19]

In May 2006, she got breast implants.[1] Her first film with her new breasts, French ConneXion of Marc Dorcel Productions, came out at the beginning of 2007. In the meantime, Tran also modelled for the cover of Marquis magazine, a leader in fetishism. She also continued working and touring as an exotic dancer in nightclubs of various countries.[20][8]

Tran at the 2008 AVN Expo

In July 2008, Tran released My Fucking Life, a French-language film made for Marc Dorcel Studios. The movie is partly a documentary on Tran's daily life over a year, with a look at her shoots in Las Vegas, on set during filming in Porn Valley, along with a bit of her personal life.[21] In 2008, she was part of the cast of Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge, one of the most expensive pornographic films ever produced. In 2012, she directed another feature for Dorcel, In bed with Katsuni.[14] In 2011, Complex ranked Tran fourteenth on their list of "The Top 100 Hottest Porn Stars Right Now"[2] and third on their list of "The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time".[5]

Other media[edit]

In the mid-2010s, Tran hosted the weekly French TV show En attendant minuit, broadcast by TPS Star.[22]

During her adult career, Tran's personality and success in the United States attracted the attention of the French mainstream medias.[7][23] In October 2009 she was a guest in the popular talk show On n'est pas couché. In the early 2010s, she wrote articles about the pornography industry for the magazines Les Inrockuptibles and Le Nouvel Observateur.[24]

In 2010–2011, she hosted on the French channel MCM Katsuni's sexy mangas, a TV show dedicated to hentai.[25] The show was eventually canceled in March 2011 due to a decision of France's Superior Council of Audiovisual content.[26][27] Among other appearances in the French mainstream media, she played herself in the successful comedy film Porn in the Hood (2012). In 2013, she was one of the porn stars interviewed in the American documentary film Aroused, directed by photographer Deborah Anderson.[28]

Retirement from pornography[edit]

On 14 August 2013, Tran announced that she was retiring from pornography to focus on "a new kind of entertainment".[29] She relocated to France and has been using since then her birth name, Céline Tran.[30] A few months after her retirement, she was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame.[31]

Post-pornography career[edit]

Tran signing her comics at the 2017 Japan Expo

Tran has since appeared in several mainstream productions. In 2014, she played a recurring character in the French web fiction Le Visiteur du futur.[32] Also in 2014, she wrote the script for Heart Breaker, the sixth volume of the French comic book horror series DoggyBags.[33] In 2016, she started working as a DJ[34] and writing a blog focusing on cultural and sexual themes.[35] She also underwent three years of martial arts training to secure roles in action films.[36][37] In 2017, she hosted on Facebook Live, for the French community website NextPLZ a show about sexuality aimed at youngsters,[38] published a second graphic novel in the DoggyBags collection,[39] and created a YouTube channel dedicated to sports.[40]

Also in 2017, she made her debut in an action feature film by playing the main villainess in the Cambodian film Jailbreak.[41][42][37] Screen Anarchy reviewed her performance positively, commenting that she "displayed tremendous ability to handle the choreography and swordplay" and praising her fight scene with the film's female protagonist, Tharoth Sam.[43]

In 2018, her autobiography, titled Ne dis pas que tu aimes ça (Don't say you like it) was released in France.[44][45][46] At the same time, she started working as a publisher for Glénat Editions.[45][46]

In 2022, she is announced in the credits of the series The Witcher: Blood Origin as the stunt double of the actress Michelle Yeoh.[47]


Katsuni at the AVN Awards 2011

Non-pornographic appearances[edit]

  • 2006 : Destricted, segment We fuck alone, directed by Gaspar Noé
  • 2009 : Lascars, directed by Emmanuel Klotz and Albert Pereira-Lazaro (voice only)
  • 2011 : Xanadu (television series)
  • 2012 : Porn in the Hood, directed by Franck Gastambide
  • 2014 : Métal Hurlant Chronicles (season two, one episode)
  • 2014 : Le Visiteur du futur (web fiction), directed by François Descraques
  • 2015 : Epic fitness (web fiction)
  • 2015 : Les Tutos : le noël de Camille (web fiction)
  • 2017 : Jailbreak, directed by Jimmy Henderson


  • 2014 : DoggyBags volume 6 : Heartbreaker, (co-wrote the script with Run; art by Jérémie Gasparutto, Florent Maudoux and Guillaume Singelin), Ankama Éditions
  • 2017 : Doggybags présente : Heartbreaker, (co-wrote the script with Run and Hasteda; art by Sourya, Maria Llovet and Chariospirale), Ankama Éditions


  • 2018 : Ne dis pas que tu aimes ça, Fayard


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External links[edit]

Media related to Katsuni at Wikimedia Commons