Plus belle la vie

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Plus belle la vie
GenreSoap opera
Theme music composerMaidi Roth
Country of originFrance
Original languageFrench
No. of seasons18
No. of episodes4520 + 27 special
(as of 15th April 2022)
Executive producersHubert Besson, Telfrance
Production locationsMarseille, France
Running time24 minutes
Original networkFrance 3
Picture format16/9
Audio formatStereo
Original release30 August 2004 (2004-08-30) –

Plus belle la vie is a French television soap opera based on an idea by Hubert Besson and characters created by Georges Desmouceaux, Bénédicte Achard, Magaly Richard-Serrano and Olivier Szulzynger. On air since 30 August 2004, it is currently shown on France 3 on Monday to Friday evenings at 8:15 p.m. The show began with 17 main actors and gained more later.[1]

On 11 July 2008, France 3 broadcast its 1000th episode, a milestone in French television. The series set a second record on 8 June 2012, airing its 2000th episode.[1] On 22 April 2016, it broadcast its 3000th episode, and on 21 February 2020, its 4000th.


The series follows the daily lives of the inhabitants of "Le Mistral", a fictional neighbourhood in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille, where wealthy and less than wealthy families co-exist. It focuses on their evolving love lives and friendships evolve and on the criminal intrigues in which certain residents of the neighbourhood are involved.

Main cast[edit]

Lætitia Milot, candidate of Danse avec les stars as Mélanie Rinato
Hubert Besson, creator and producer of Plus belle la vie
Actor Character Seasons
Colette Renard Rachel Lévy seasons 1–5
Cécilia Hornus Blanche Marci seasons 1–present
Sylvie Flepp Mirta Torres seasons 1–present
Hélène Médigue Charlotte Le Bihac seasons 1–5
Serge Dupire Vincent Chaumette seasons 1–present
Michel Cordes Roland Marci seasons 1–present
Thierry Ragueneau François Marci seasons 1–2 et 8
Pierre Martot Léo Castelli seasons 1–9 & 12–present
Rebecca Hampton Céline Frémont seasons 1–present
Geoffrey Sauveaux Lucas Marci seasons 1–2
Dounia Coesens Johanna Marci seasons 1–10
Ambroise Michel Rudy Torres seasons 1–10
Aurélie Vaneck Ninon Chaumette seasons 1–10
Sofiane Belmouden Malik Nassri seasons 1–4
Ibtissem Guerda Aicha Djellal season 1
Lætitia Milot Mélanie Rinato seasons 1–present
Richard Guedj Charles-Henri Picmal seasons 1– 2 & 7
Alexandre Pottier Antoine Frémont season 1
Juliette Chêne Juliette Frémont seasons 1–4 & 8
Virgile Bayle Guillaume Leserman seasons 1–13
Anne Décis Luna Torres seasons 1–present
Alexandre Fabre Charles Frémont seasons 1–present
Laurent Kerusoré Thomas Marci seasons 1–present
Thibaud Vaneck Nathan Leserman seasons 1–8 & 10–present

Recurring Cast[edit]

Actor Character Seasons
Fabienne Carat Samia Nassri seasons 1–present
Jean-François Malet Jean-François Leroux seasons 2–12
Valérie Baurens Agathe Robin season 2–6 & 8
Cécile Auclert Véra Madigan seasons 2–5
Amalric Gérard Jean-Baptiste Gauthier seasons 2–4
Élodie Varlet Estelle Cantorel seasons 3–present
Jean-Charles Chagachbanian Franck Ruiz seasons 3–6 and 11–present
Franck Borde Florian Estève seasons 3–7
Ludovic Baude Benoît Cassagne seasons 4–present
Stéphane Henon Jean-Paul Boher seasons 4–present
Pascale Roberts Wanda Legendre seasons 4–present
Coline d'Inca Sybille Cassagne seasons 4–9
Audric Chapus Raphaël Cassagne seasons 4–8
David Baiot Djawad Sangha seasons 5–present
Marwan Berreni Abdel Fedala seasons 5–present
Léa François Barbara Évenot seasons 5–present
Rachid Hafassa Karim Fedala seasons 5–present
Françoise Bertin Josiane Laval season 5
Catherine Benguigui Violette Garcin season 6
Anne Canovas Anémone Vitreuil seasons 6–7 et 9–present
Caroline Bourg Elsa Bailly seasons 7–present
Joakim Latzko Gabriel Riva seasons 7–present
Avy Marciano Sacha Malkavian seasons 7–present
Geoffrey Piet Jonas Malkavian seasons 7–12
Stéphane Bierry Stéphane Prieur seasons 8–present
Gladys Cohen Seta Malkavian seasons 8–present
Sara Mortensen Coralie Blain seasons 8–present
Stéphanie Pareja Jeanne Carmin seasons 8–present
Marie Réache Babeth Nebout seasons 8–present
Jérôme Bertin Patrick Nebout seasons 9–present
Charles Schneider Principal Rochat seasons 9–present
Céline Vitcoq Wendy Lesage seasons 9–13
Marie-Christine Adam Marie-Christine Walter seasons 16–present
Lola Marois-Bigard Ariane Hersant seasons 17–present


A movie theater in the Panier district of Marseille, inspired by Plus Belle la Vie

The series struggled to find its footing in the first season, but after striving to create more dynamic story lines, by the second season Plus belle la vie enjoyed regular audiences of five million viewers. On Valentine's Day 2006, a plot involving Nicolas Barrel's death drew an audience of 6,329,600.[2] On 17 November 2008 Plus belle la vie received its highest ratings ever with over 6.8 million viewers and a 24.9% audience share.[3]

For several years, the series regularly averaged audiences in excess of 5 million viewers and audience shares above 20% each weekday evening.[4] In recent seasons its viewing numbers have gradually declined.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b ""Plus belle la vie" débarque dans le Nord !". francetv info.
  2. ^ "Toujours plus belle la vie".
  3. ^ "Audiences : record historique pour "Plus belle la vie"". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-03-08.
  4. ^ "L'audience encore plus belle jeudi soir". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-03-08.

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