Muriel Robin (born 2 August 1955) is a French actress and comedian. She won an International Emmy Award for Best Actress in 2007 and received a nomination for a César Award in 2001 and six nominations for a Molière Award.
Muriel Robin is the youngest of three children of Antoine Robin and Aimée Rimbaud, who owned shoe-shops in Montbrison. She had two sisters, Nydia and Martine. In 1960, the family moved to Saint-Étienne. When she was very young, she liked to make people laugh and dreamed of becoming a singer. After a lacklustre school career and a love of parties, she ended up failing her Baccalaureate twice in a row. Unsure of which career to follow, she started to sell shoes in one of the family's three shops, without being really motivated.
In 1977, aged 22, she left Saint-Étienne for Paris, taking a course in dramatic arts at Cours Florent, the entry college for the National Superior Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, in Paris. She graduated and returned to sell shoes in Saint-Étienne
In 1981, she joined Roger Louret, whom she had met in Paris, in Monclar, with his theatre company, Les Baladins en Agenais. Notable people that she met there include Elie Semoun and Annie Grégorio. In 1983, she returned to Paris with Annie Grégorio to work at the Petit Théâtre de Bouvard., where she also met Didier Bénureau. She came up against the authoritarian methods of Philippe Bouvard, but, even so, he gave her a part in a play he had written, Double Foyer. Following that, she played in a role co-written with Didier Bénureau, Maman ou Donne-moi ton linge, je fais une machine, (Mother, or, Give me your laundry, I am washing a load), in 1986, in Avignon, and in 1987 in Paris, at the Théâtre de Dix heures. The play was later shown in Monclar at the Théâtre de Poche. She became known to the wider public, towards the end of the 1980s through a television programme called La Classe, broadcast by FR3 (which became France 3). Muriel Robin met and became good friends with Pierre Palmade. They created her first one-woman-show together, Les majorettes se cachent pour mourir, in 1988, directed by Roger Louret. This programme was a success and pushed Robin into the limelight.
During the 1990s, Robin appeared in plays including Tout m’Enerve, Bedos-Robin a collaboration with Roger Louret, Feu la Ma La Mère, and On Purge Bébé. She also presented on radio, on Europe 1, with her programme, Tout Robin. In 1997, she obtained her first role in cinema, replacing Valérie Lemercier in Les Couloirs du temps : Les Visiteurs 2 by Jean-Marie Poiré. The same year she wrote and directed with Pierre Palmade in the play, Ils s'aiment,(They Love Each Other) played by Pierre Palmade and Michèle Laroque, which was a success and received a nomination for the Molière for the Best One-Man-Show or Sketch Show.
In May, 2000, she announced that she would finish with the genre of the one-woman-show and concentrate on her profession as a comedian, but also that year, took her first big role in cinema in the eponymous role of Marie-Line, by Medhi Charef. Other roles on stage and screen followed, in the following years.
Support for charity
Between 1992 and 2007, Muriel Robin was active in supporting concerts by the Enfoirés given for "the Restos du Cœur" created by Coluche and of which she became a sponsor until 2007. In 2001 she became equally involved with the journalist Marine Jacquemin in "La Chaine de l’Espoir" (The Chain of Hope) organised by the French Medical Institute for "L'Enfant de Kaboul" (The child of Kabul), in Afghanistan. This hospital opened in 2005.
In 2022 French actors cut their hair in support of women in Iran. The protesters included Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche, as well as Isabelle Adjani, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin and Muriel Robin.
|1986||Maman ou donne-moi ton linge, je fais une machine||Muriel Robin & Didier Bénureau||Roger Louret|
|1988||Les majorettes se cachent pour mourir||Muriel Robin & Pierre Palmade||Roger Louret||Nominated - Molière Award for Best Newcomer Comedian|
|1989||Un point c'est tout||Muriel Robin||Roger Louret||Nominated - Molière Award for Best One Man Show|
|1990||Tout m'énerve||Muriel Robin & Pierre Palmade||Roger Louret||Nominated - Molière Award for Best One Man Show|
|1992||Bedos/Robin||Muriel Robin & Guy Bedos||Roger Louret|
|1994||On purge bébé & Feu la mère de Madame||Georges Feydeau||Bernard Murat|
|1996||Tout Robin||Muriel Robin||Roger Louret||Nominated - Molière Award for Best One Man Show|
|Ils s'aiment||Muriel Robin & Pierre Palmade||Muriel Robin|
|1998||Toute Seule comme une grande||Muriel Robin||Roger Louret||Nominated - Molière Award for Best One Man Show|
|2001||Ils se sont aimés||Muriel Robin & Pierre Palmade||Muriel Robin|
|2002||La Griffe||Claude d'Anna & Laure Bonin||Annick Blancheteau||Nominated - Molière Award for Best Actress|
|2005||Au secours !||Muriel Robin||Roger Louret|
|2007-08||Fugueuses||Christophe Duthuron & Pierre Palmade||Christophe Duthuron|
|2009||Les Diablogues||Roland Dubillard||Jean-Michel Ribes|
|2012||Tranches de Vies||Élie Semoun||Muriel Robin|
|2013||Robin revient, tsoin, tsoin||Muriel Robin||Muriel Robin||Nominated - Globes de Cristal Award for Best One Man Show|
|2015||Momo||Sébastien Thiéry||Ladislas Chollat||Nominated - Molière Award for Best Actress|
|Vive la mariée||The innkeeper||Jean Valère||TV movie|
|1986||Le bonheur a encore frappé||TV presenter||Jean-Luc Trotignon|
|1988||La passerelle||The Guardian||Jean-Claude Sussfeld|
|Bonjour l'angoisse||Mademoiselle Champion||Pierre Tchernia|
|1990||Après après-demain||The supervisor of the supermarket||Gérard Frot-Coutaz|
|1998||The Visitors II: The Corridors of Time||Frénégonde de Pouille / Béatrice de Montmirail||Jean-Marie Poiré|
|1999||Doggy Bag||Mama San||Frédéric Comtet|
|2000||Marie-Line||Marie-Line||Mehdi Charef||Nominated - César Award for Best Actress|
|2001||Bécassine - Le trésor viking||Bécassine's voice||Philippe Vidal|
|2005||Saint-Jacques... La Mecque||Clara||Coline Serreau|
|2006||The Poisoner||Marie Besnard||Christian Faure||International Emmy Award for Best Actress|
|2008||Fugueuses||Margot||Christophe Duthuron||TV movie|
|Musée haut, musée bas||Dame Kandinsky||Jean-Michel Ribes|
|2009||The Ball of the Actresses||Herself||Maïwenn|
|Mourir d'aimer||Gabrielle Delorme||Josée Dayan||TV movie|
|Folie douce||Juliette Monceau||Josée Dayan (2)||TV movie|
|2010||Ni reprise, ni échangée||Juliette||Josée Dayan (3)||TV movie|
|2011||Hollywoo||Michèle||Frédéric Berthe & Pascal Serieis|
|On ne choisit pas sa famille||Kim||Christian Clavier|
|2012||Le paradis des bêtes||Stéphane Durand||Estelle Larrivaz|
|Passage du Désir||Lola Jost||Jérôme Foulon||TV movie|
|2013||Le clan des Lanzac||Anne Lanzac||Josée Dayan (4)||TV movie|
|Y'a pas d'âge||Brigitte Gompard||Stéphane Marelli||TV series (1 episode)|
|Indiscrétions||Clémence Lacombe||Josée Dayan (5)||TV movie|
|2014||Entre vents et marées||Cécile||Josée Dayan (6)||TV movie|
|2016||Sophie's Misfortunes||Madame Fichini||Christophe Honoré|
|Capitaine Marleau||Garance Thibaut||Josée Dayan (7)||TV series (1 episode)|
|2020||Call My Agent!||herself||Marc Fitoussi||TV series (1 episode)|
- ^ AlloCine. "Muriel Robin". AlloCiné (in French). Retrieved 2023-04-25.
- ^ "French actors cut hair in solidarity with Iranian women". The Independent. 2022-10-05. Retrieved 2023-04-25.
- Muriel Robin at IMDb
- Muriel Robin at AlloCiné (in French)
- 1955 births
- Living people
- French film actresses
- French women comedians
- 20th-century French actresses
- 21st-century French actresses
- 20th-century French comedians
- 21st-century French comedians
- French lesbian actresses
- French LGBT comedians
- International Emmy Award for Best Actress winners
- Cours Florent alumni
- People from Montbrison, Loire