French actress/director Mélanie Laurent quickly ascended to star status in her native country with acclaimed, award-winning turns as soulful, often sultry women in such films as "Don't Worry, I...
Played lead role in director Phillipe Lioret's "Je vais bien, ne t’en fais pas"
Joined ensemble cast for Jacques Audiard's "De batter mon coeur s’est arrête"
Directed, co-wrote, and co-starred in "Les adoptés"
Co-starred with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"
Made debut as director and screenwriter with "De moins en moins," screened at Cannes Film Festival
Made U.S. film debut as Shosanna Dreyfus in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds"
Starred in TV movie "Route de nuit" as Francesca
Discovered at age 15 by Gerard Depardieu while visiting set of "Asterix et obelix contre Cesar"
Featured in "Snowboarder" and "La Faucheuse"
Made acting debut in French TV movie "Un pont entre deux rives," starring Depardieu
Played role of Laetitia in "Paris" alongside Juliette Binoche and Francois Cluzet
Re-teamed with Ulliel in "Le dernier jour"
Co-starred with Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson in "Now You See Me"
Starred in comedy film "Embarassez qui vous voudrez" alongside Gaspar Ulliel
Appeared in first feature film "Ceci est mon corps," co-starring Jane Birkin; premiered at Cannes Film Festival
French actress/director Mélanie Laurent quickly ascended to star status in her native country with acclaimed, award-winning turns as soulful, often sultry women in such films as "Don't Worry, I'm Fine" (2006), before reaching international stardom with Quentin Tarantino's World War II action epic "Inglourious Basterds" (2009). She began acting as a teenager on the advice of Gérard Depardieu, who provided her with a debut role in his drama "The Bridge" (1999), which was soon followed by small parts in features and on French television. A César Award for her gripping performance in "Don't Worry, I'm Fine" as a teenager embroiled in a family secret vaulted her to the top of her profession, while also spurring her to explore opportunities behind the camera as the director of two well-regarded short films. Her turn in "Basterds" as an avenging Jewish theater owner received near-universal acclaim from international critical associations. However, Laurent preferred to remain active in French cinema for the next few years until returning to the States for such English-language hits as "Beginners" (2010) and "Now You See Me" (2013). Laurent's smoldering screen presence and burgeoning multi-hyphenate status underscored her standing as one of world cinema's most accomplished talents.