Sophie Nélisse

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Sophie Nélisse
Born (2000-03-27) March 27, 2000 (age 17)[1]
Windsor, Ontario, Canada[2]
Residence Montreal, Quebec
Occupation Actress
Years active 2010–present
Relatives Isabelle Nélisse (sister)

Sophie Nélisse (born March 27, 2000) is a Canadian teen actress. She is known for her Genie Award–winning performance in Monsieur Lazhar, and as Liesel Meminger in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel The Book Thief written by Markus Zusak.

Life and career[edit]

Nélisse was born in Windsor, Ontario, on March 27, 2000. She is of French-Canadian descent. Her mother, Pauline Belhumeur, left her job as a schoolteacher in 2013 to act as a talent manager for both Sophie and her younger sister, actress Isabelle Nélisse, best known for her role in Mama.[3][4] Nélisse is fluent in both French and English.

Her family moved to Montreal, Quebec when she was four.[5][6]

She spent her early years training in gymnastics, aiming for the 2016 Olympics, and signed to a talent agency to make money to pay for the training, but after getting the part in The Book Thief (and subsequent accolades) she shifted her focus to acting.[7][8] Additionally, Nélisse formed and still maintains a close friendship with her co-star from The Book Thief, Nico Liersch. Besides her Genie Award for Monsieur Lazhar, she won a Jutra Award for her performance and a Young Artist Award nomination as Best Leading Young Actress in an International Feature Film.[9] She held a recurring role the Québec sitcom Les Parent (fr) and she also starred in the title role of the 2015 film The Great Gilly Hopkins. In May 2016, Nélisse was present on the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival for the first time to present Canadian thriller movie Mean Dreams.[10][11][12]

In 2016 Nélisse was one of four actors selected by the Toronto International Film Festival, alongside Grace Glowicky, Jared Abrahamson and Mylène Mackay for its "Rising Stars" programme, described as an "intensive professional development programme [that] immerses participants in a series of public events and industry meetings during the Festival."[2][13]


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Monsieur Lazhar Alice L'Écuyer Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Jutra Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Young Artist Awards for Best Young Actress in an International Feature Film
2012 Ésimésac (fr) Marie Gélinas Sequel to Babine (fr), also directed by Luc Picard and written by Fred Pellerin (fr), the Saint-Élie-de-Caxton storyteller
2013 The Book Thief Liesel Meminger Satellite Awards for Best Breakthrough Performance
Hollywood Film Award Spotlight Award
Phoenix Film Critics Society for Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role—Female
Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film[14]
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Actor/Actress
2014 Pawn Sacrifice Young Joan Lily Rabe played the adult Joan Fischer
2015 Endorphine Simone de Koninck Shown in the Vanguard section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival
2015 The Great Gilly Hopkins Gilly Hopkins
2016 Mean Dreams Casey Caraway Chosen for Cannes Film Festival's Directors' Fortnight
2016 1:54 Jen First feature-length fiction film from Oscar-nominated director, producer and screenwriter Yan England[15][16][17]
2017 The History of Love Alma Singer
2016 Little Girl's Secret[18] Molly Also stars her sister Isabelle Nélisse in the role of Molly's step-sister Heather
2017 Et au pire on se mariera Aïcha Lea Pool movie adaptation of original novel by Sophie Bienvenu (fr), also starring Karine Vanasse.[19][20][21]
2017 The Kid Detective Written and directed by Evan Morgan (The Dirties) and co-starring Adam Brody.[22][23]
2018 Les Coloriés Lucie Alain Desrochers movie adaptation of original novel Les Coloriés (fr) authored by Alexandre Jardin, also starring Claude Legault in the role of Hippolyte, Lucie's father.[24][20]
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Mirador (fr) Jeune fille de Ralf 1 episode
2010 Toute la vérité (fr) Fille de Violaine 1 episode
2011-2016 Les Parent (fr) Zoé Recurring
2012 Vertige Rosalie Roussel Main cast
2015-2016 Les Dieux de la Danse Herself
(Dance competition)
Season 1: Withdrew after passing first elimination round
Season 2: Eliminated after third round (semifinals)
2017 Accès Illimité (fr) Herself (Docu-reality) 1 episode

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Award Work Result
2012 Genie Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Monsieur Lazhar Won
2012 Jutra Awards Best Supporting Actress (Meilleure Actrice de Soutien) Monsieur Lazhar Won
2013 Satellite Awards Breakthrough Performance The Book Thief Won
2013 Hollywood Film Festival Spotlight Award The Book Thief Won
2013 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role—Female The Book Thief Won
2013 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in an International Feature Film – Young Actress[25] Monsieur Lazhar Nominated
2014 Young Artist Awards Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film(tie)[26] The Book Thief Won
2014 Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor The Book Thief Nominated
2014 Online Film & Television Association Best Youth Performance The Book Thief Nominated
2014 Critics Choice Awards Best Young Actor/Actress The Book Thief Nominated


  1. ^ "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1209/1210). Jun 1–8, 2012. p. 35. 
  2. ^ a b Victoria Ahearn (3 September 2016). "Windsor-born Sophie Nelisse a Rising Star at TIFF and beyond". Windsor Star. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Boivin, Catherine-Chantal (22 November 2011). "Sophie Nélisse: Activités familiales pour les vacances des fêtes: jouer en famille" [Sophie Nélisse: Family activities for the holidays: playing among family]. Voir. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Pilon-Larose, Hugo (6 April 2015). "Sophie Nélisse et sa mère Pauline Belhumeur, la double vie d'une maman gérante" [Sophie Nélisse and her mother Pauline Belhumeur, the double life of a manager mother]. La Presse (in French). Gesca. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Plasket, Kelli (27 November 2013). "Meet Sophie Nélisse". Time for Kids. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Szklarski, Cassandra (6 March 2012). "Sophie Nelisse of 'Monsieur Lazhar' takes Genie nomination in stride". Canadian Press. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Lewis, Casey (11 March 2014). "How Sophie Nélisse Went From Olympic-Bound Gymnast to 'Book Thief' Star in Two Seconds Flat". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Wilkinson, Amy (7 November 2013). "Why Sophie Nelisse Gave Up Her Olympic Dream For ‘Book Thief’". MTV News. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sophie Nélisse à Cannes dimanche avec Mean Dreams - Festival de Cannes". Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  11. ^ ""Mean Dreams" dans lequel joue Sophie Nélisse, présenté à Cannes". Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Quebecers to watch at Cannes 2016". Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "TIFF RISING STARS REVEALED FOR 2016 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL" (PDF) (Press release). Toronto International Film Festival. 3 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "35th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Demers, Maxime. "Le film 1:54 sortira en France". Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  16. ^, Zone Arts -. "Bel accueil pour le film de Yan England au FVCQ". Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  17. ^ "La bande-annonce frénétique du premier film de Yan England". Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  18. ^ Also known as Wait 'Till Helen Comes
  19. ^, Zone Arts -. "Karine Vanasse et Sophie Nélisse joueront dans le prochain film de Léa Pool". Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  20. ^ a b "Un tournage intime pour Et au pire, on se mariera - Josée Lapointe - Cinéma québécois". Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  21. ^
  22. ^ McNary, Dave (18 January 2017). "Berlin: Adam Brody, Sophie Nelisse to Star in ‘The Kid Detective’". Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  23. ^ Busch, Anita (18 January 2017). "Adam Brody & Sophie Nelisse Find ‘The Kid Detective’ For Brightlight And Myriad Pictures". Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  24. ^ Godin, Sandra. "Tournage à l’automne 2017: Sophie Nélisse dans un film d’époque". Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  25. ^ "2013 NOMINATIONS". Young Artist Awards. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  26. ^ "2014 NOMINATIONS & RESULTS". Young Artist Awards. 4 May 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 

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