Romain Duris

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Romain Duris
Romain Duris 2014.jpg
Romain Duris in 2014
Born (1974-05-28) 28 May 1974 (age 42)
Paris, France
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Partner(s) Olivia Bonamy
Children 1

Romain Duris (French pronunciation: [ʁɔmɛ̃ dyʁis]; born 28 May 1974) is a French actor.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Paris, son of an engineer-architect father and a dancer mother, Duris studied arts at university but decided to follow a career in music forming a jazz-funk band. Music remains a major interest. He was noticed in the street by a casting director whilst waiting in a queue in 1993 and was offered a part in the 1994 Cédric Klapisch film Le péril jeune. He has since worked with Klapisch regularly. His first role however was in a pop video for Princess Erika, Faut qu'j'travaille, (I need to work) in which he plays the role of a small-time gangster.[1] His sister is pianist Caroline Duris, who performs on the soundtrack of the 2005 film The Beat That My Heart Skipped. Before going into acting, he started an acid-jazz band where he was a drummer. Duris lives in Paris near La Bastille with his actress girlfriend Olivia Bonamy with whom he has a son, Luigi, born 10 February 2009.


Duris is best known for his role as the French exchange student Xavier Rousseau in L'Auberge Espagnole and The Russian Dolls. He has a reputation for versatility, having played a thug in The Beat That My Heart Skipped. He has played a variety of roles ranging from gangsters as in Dobermann through romantic leads, Heartbreaker to action heroes in Arsène Lupin.


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Le péril jeune Tomasi
Frères: La roulette rouge Marco
1996 56 fois par semaine Short film
Mémoires d'un jeune con Luc
When the Cat's Away Le joueur de batterie
1997 Dobermann Manu
Gadjo dilo Stéphane Nominated – Acteurs à l'Écran for Best Actor
Nominated – César Award for Most Promising Actor
1998 Déjà mort Romain
Les Kidnappeurs Zero
1999 Peut-être Arthur Lumières Award for Most Promising Actor
Nominated – César Award for Most Promising Actor
Je suis né d'une cigogne Otto
2001 CQ Hippie Filmmaker
Le Petit poucet Un garde de la reine
Being Light Maxime Lecocq
2002 Filles perdues, cheveux gras Mathieu
The Spanish Apartment Xavier Rousseau
17 fois Cécile Cassard Matthieu
Adolphe D'Erfeuil
2003 Pas si grâve Léo
Osmose Rémi
Schimkent Hotel Romain
Le Divorce Yves
Les Clefs de bagnole
2004 Exils Zano
Arsène Lupin Arsène Lupin
2005 The Beat That My Heart Skipped Thomas Seyr Lumières Award for Best Actor
Nominated – César Award for Best Actor
Nominated – European Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated – NRJ Ciné Award for Actor of the Year
The Russian Dolls Xavier Rousseau
2006 Dans Paris Paul
2007 Molière Molière
L'âge d'homme... maintenant ou jamais! Samuel / Leonardo da Vinci
2008 Paris Pierre
Afterwards Nathan Del Amico
2009 Persécution Daniel
2010 Heartbreaker Alex Lippi Nominated – César Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
The Big Picture Paul Exben
2012 Populaire Louis Echard
2013 Mood Indigo Colin
Casse-tête chinois Xavier Rousseau
2014 Démons Franck TV movie
The New Girlfriend David / Virginia Nominated—César Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Actor
2016 Odd Job Jacques


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