Michael Lonsdale

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Michael Lonsdale
Michael Lonsdale par Claude Truong-Ngoc avril 2013.jpg
Michael Lonsdale, 2013
Born (1931-05-24) 24 May 1931 (age 84)
Paris, France
Other names Michel Lonsdale
Occupation Actor
Years active 1956–present

Michael Lonsdale (born 24 May 1931), sometimes billed as Michel Lonsdale, is a French actor who has appeared in over 180 films and television shows.

Lonsdale was born in Paris and brought up by a French mother and an English father, initially on the island of Guernsey, then in London in 1935, and later, during the Second World War, in Casablanca, Morocco.[1] He returned to Paris to study painting in 1947 but was drawn into the world of acting instead, first appearing on stage at the age of 24.[1][2]

Lonsdale is bilingual and is in demand for English language and French productions. He is best known in the English-speaking world for his roles as the villainous Sir Hugo Drax in the 1979 James Bond film, Moonraker,[3] the astute French detective Lebel in The Day of the Jackal, and M. Dupont d'Ivry in The Remains of the Day.

On 25 February 2011, he won a César Award, his first, as a best supporting actor in Of Gods and Men.



Year Title Role Notes
1962 The Trial Priest
1964 Behold a Pale Horse Reporter
1966 Is Paris Burning? Debu-Bridel
1968 The Bride Wore Black René Morane
Stolen Kisses Georges Tabard
1969 Détruire, dit-elle
Hibernatus Professor Edouard Lauriebat
1971 Out 1 Thomas
Le Souffle au coeur Father Henri
1972 Jaune le soleil
The Old Maid
1973 The Day of the Jackal Lebel
1974 Successive Slidings of Pleasure The Judge
Stavisky Docteur Mézy by Alain Resnais
Un linceul n'a pas de poches Raymond
Le fantôme de la liberté Le chapelier/Hatter
Caravan to Vaccares Duc de Croyter
1975 Serious as Pleasure
India Song Le vice-consul de Lahore
The Romantic Englishwoman Swan
Section spéciale Le ministre de l'intérieur
Aloïse The second doctor
Galileo Cardinal Barberini, later Pope Urban VIII
1976 Son nom de Venise dans Calcutta désert Récitant (voice)
Mr. Klein Pierre
Scrambled Eggs
1977 Une sale histoire
The Accuser (film) Abéraud
Jacques Prévert Himself
1978 Bartleby L'huissier
Die Linkshändige Frau The Waiter
1979 Moonraker Hugo Drax
1980 Les jeux de la Comtesse Dolingen de Gratz Bertrand Haines-Pearson
Seuls Le peintre
1981 The Bunker Martin Bormann
1982 Sweet Inquest on Violence
Mora as writer
1983 Eréndira Senator Onésimo Sanchez
Enigma Bodley
1984 Le Bon Roi Dagobert Saint Eloi
1985 L'éveillé du Pont de l'Alma Antoine
The Holcroft Covenant Ernst Manfredi
Billy Ze Kick Commissaire Bellanger
1986 The Name of the Rose The Abbot
1987 Der Madonna-Mann Tanzmann
1988 Niezwykla podróz Baltazara Kobera
1989 Souvenir Xavier Lorion
1991 My Life Is Hell Gabriel by Josiane Balasko
1993 Woyzeck Le capitaine
The Remains of the Day Dupont D'Ivry
1995 Jefferson in Paris Louis XVI
Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud Dolabella
1997 Mauvais genre Honoré de Balzac
1998 Don Juan Don Luis
Let There Be Light Monseigneur Loublié
Ronin Jean-Pierre
Que la lumière soit Monsignor Loublié by Arthur Joffé
2000 Les Acteurs Man in the street by Bertrand Blier
2003 Kaena: The Prophecy Opaz voice, French version
2004 5x2 Bernard by François Ozon
2005 Bye Bye Blackbird Robert
Munich Papa
2006 Goya's Ghosts Father Gregorio
2007 The Last Mistress Le vicomte de Prony
Heartbeat Detector
(La Question Humaine)
Mathias Jüst
2009 Agora Theon
Park Benches The Client doormat
2010 Of Gods and Men Luc
2011 The Cardboard Village
Les hommes libres Le recteur Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit
2012 Gebo et l'Ombre Gebo by Manoel de Oliveira
2013 Le renard jaune Jean Virno
2014 Maestro Cédric Rovère


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Smiley's People Anton Grigoriev TV Mini-series
1986 Le Tiroir secret Mini-series
1991 Maigret et la Grande Perche Monsieur Serre TV Series
2001 Maigret et la Croqueuse de Diamants Sir Lampson TV Series
2013 Le tourbillon de Jeanne L'homme TV Series

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 007 Legends Hugo Drax Voice-over


  1. ^ a b Goodman, Lanie (December 3, 2010). "A gentle screen giant subtly shines". The Wall Street Journal. 
  2. ^ "Les Inrocks - Michael Lonsdale" (in French). Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent (June 29, 1979). "Moonraker (1979) MOONRAKER". The New York Times. 

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