Olivier Minne

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Olivier Minne
Olivier Minne sur Fort Boyard en 2007 (cropped).jpg
Minne in Fort Boyard in 2007
Born (1967-03-18) 18 March 1967 (age 56)
NationalityFrench, Belgian
Occupation(s)Television presenter, actor, producer, activist
Years active1990–present
EmployerFrance 2
Known forHosting La Cible, Fort Boyard and Pyramid
Height6 ft 3+14 in (191 cm)

Olivier Minne (born 18 March 1967 in Ixelles, Belgium) is a Belgian-born French television presenter, actor and producer.


Minne was born in Belgium,[1] the son of a Belgian father and a French mother.[2] Minne studied in Brussels, at a Jesuit school for his secondary school qualification before moving to Paris in 1989.[2]

In Paris, Minne studied the dramatic arts at Cours Florent,[1] shortly after his career in television began. In 1992, he started working for the French TV programme Matin Bonheur where he worked for five years in the mailroom.[2][1] Following his departure in 1997, he became both presenter and co-producer of Cercle de minuit on the same channel.[2]

For 20 years, his work has constituted an original contribution of major significance in many ways. His demonstrated skill and unparalleled creativity on the field have earned him widespread recognition. His career was marked by a nomination for a 7 d'Or award (equivalent of an Emmy Award in the United States) for Best TV Host in 2000, for his work with Universal Studios. It was the first time in the history of television that a French television presenter was nominated for his work with a major American company.[2]

He has been a Green card holder since 2010.[1]

Minne was the French commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest from 1995 to 1997, having previously acted as the French vote spokesperson for the 1992 and 1993 contests. Having presented Le choix gagnant (1996), Jeux sans frontières (co-hosted with Jean Riffel in 1997) and the final season of Les Écrans du savoir in 2000, he also has hosted the game show La Cible on France 2. Minne then became the host (co-host along with Sarah Lelouch from 2003 till 2005 and Anne-Gaëlle Riccio from 2006 till 2009) of the popular game show Fort Boyard, a role which he has continuously had since 2003.[3] In 2013, he co-hosted a series special to celebrate 50 years of Intervilles. In 2014, he hosted the French version of Pyramid on France 2.

In 2016, Minne participated in season 7 of Danse avec les stars (the French version of Dancing with the Stars) where he was partnered with Katrina Patchett but finished last.

In 2017, Minne wrote a biography of Louis Jourdan: Le dernier french lover d'hollywood. (Paris: Séguier Editions. ISBN 978-2840497257) and has started a documentary on the French Hollywood actor.[4]

Minne was selected to co-present the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Paris alongside Carla Lazzari and Élodie Gossuin.[5][6]


Television and Film
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Un gars, une fille (TV Series) (TV Series), 1 episode: "Spéciale Nouvel An avec des gars et des filles célèbres"
2004 Le genre humain - 1ère partie: Les Parisiens Le co-présentateur des Victoires de la Musique (credited as Olivier Mine) (Film)
2005 Un fil à la patte Jean (TV Movie)
Le courage d'aimer Le présentateur des Victoires (Film)
2006 Trois jeunes filles nues Jacques (TV Movie)
2007 Trois contes merveilleux Le prince (segment "Cendrillon") (TV Movie)
2008 Research Unit Nicolas (TV Series), 1 episode: "Une femme comme les autres"
2008-2010 S.O.S. 18 Adrien (TV Series), 3 episodes: "Trente-sixième dessous", "Les fantômes du passé" and "Soleil noir"
2009-2013 A tort ou à raison Mathieu Linder (TV Series), 14 episodes
2012 Simple question de temps Philippe (TV Movie)
2013 Interdits d'enfants Le présentateur télé (TV Movie)
2015 L'Hôtel du Libre-Echange Un trio libertin (TV Movie)
2016 Un chapeau de paille d'Italie Un caporal (TV Movie)
2017 Le tour du Bagel (Unnamed role) (TV Series), 1 episode: "Balek - A Couteaux Tirés"


  1. ^ a b c d "EXCLUDED – Olivier Minne : his secret life "perpetual student" in California – Gala | The Siver Times". sivertimes.com. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Jeux sans frontières – Profiles" (in French). 25 June 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Coronavirus: discover how the "Fort Boyard" treasure room was fitted out". World Today News. 30 June 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  4. ^ "'Gigi', 'Three Coins in the Fountain' star Louis Jourdan dies at 93". Associated Press. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Bim Bam... Trois! Junior Eurovision hosts revealed". junioreurovision.tv. 17 November 2021.
  6. ^ Lee Adams, William (17 November 2021). "Junior Eurovision 2021 hosts: Carla, Élodie Gossuin and Olivier Minne". Wiwibloggs.

External links[edit]

Media related to Olivier Minne at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by Junior Eurovision Song Contest presenter
With: Carla Lazzari and Élodie Gossuin
Succeeded by