Benoît Poelvoorde

Belgian multi-hyphenate Benoit Poelvoorde's attention-grabbing debut as a hotwired serial killer in the cult favorite "Man Bites Dog" (1992) led to a long career in Europe as a leading man in both comedies and dramas ... Read more »
Born: 09/22/1964 in Namur (fr), BE


Actor (39)

Saint Amour 2016 (Movie)

Bruno (Actor)

The Jews 2016 (Movie)

Boris (Actor)

3 Hearts 2015 (Movie)

Marc (Actor)

The Brand New Testament 2015 (Movie)

God (Actor)

Une famille à louer 2015 (Movie)

Paul-André (Actor)

La Rancon De Glory 2013 (Movie)

Eddy Ricaart (Actor)

Le Grand méchant loup 2013 (Movie)

Philippe Delcroix (Actor)

Les Rayures Du Zèbre 2013 (Movie)

José Stockman (Actor)

Le grand soir 2012 (Movie)

Not (Actor)

My Worst Nightmare 2012 (Movie)

Patrick (Actor)

Quand je serai petit 2012 (Movie)


Mammuth 2011 (Movie)

the competitor (Actor)

Nothing to Declare 2011 (Movie)

Ruben Vandervoorde (Actor)

Romantics Anonymous 2011 (Movie)

Jean-René (Actor)

Kill Me Please 2010 (Movie)


A Town Called Panic 2009 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

Bancs publics 2009 (Movie)

Le client à la patère (Actor)

Coco Before Chanel 2009 (Movie)

Etienne Balsan (Actor)

Le Guerre Des Miss 2009 (Movie)


Asterix at the Olympic Games 2008 (Movie)

Brutus (Actor)

Les Randonneurs A Saint-Tropez 2008 (Movie)


Louise-Michel 2008 (Movie)

Theorist (Actor)

Cowboy 2007 (Movie)


The Two Worlds 2007 (Movie)

Remi Bassano (Actor)

Du Jour Au Lendemain 2006 (Movie)

Francois Berthier (Actor)

Selon Charlie 2006 (Movie)

Joss (Actor)

Entre Ses Mains 2005 (Movie)

Laurent Kessler (Actor)

Aaltra 2004 (Movie)

L'amateur de moto-cross (Actor)

Atomik Circus 2004 (Movie)

Allan Chiasse (Actor)

Cineastes a Tout Prix 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Podium 2004 (Movie)

Bernard Frederic (Actor)

The Secret Adventures of Gustave Klopp 2004 (Movie)

Lenny Barr (Actor)

Le Boulet 2002 (Movie)


Ghislain Lambert's Bicycle 2001 (Movie)

Ghislain Lambert (Actor)

Les Portes de la gloire 2001 (Movie)

Regis Demanet (Actor)

The Carriers Are Waiting 2000 (Movie)

Roger Closset--Father (Actor)

Le Signaleur 1997 (Movie)


Les Randonneurs 1997 (Movie)

Eric (Actor)

Man Bites Dog 1991 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)
Director (1)

Man Bites Dog 1991 (Movie)

Writer (1)

Ghislain Lambert's Bicycle 2001 (Movie)



Belgian multi-hyphenate Benoit Poelvoorde's attention-grabbing debut as a hotwired serial killer in the cult favorite "Man Bites Dog" (1992) led to a long career in Europe as a leading man in both comedies and dramas like "Coco Before Chanel" (2009). Born September 22, 1964 in the Belgian city of Namur, Poelvoorde intended to become a draftsman, but his friendship with two school friends - Rémy Belvaux and André Bonzel - changed the direction of his life and career. The trio first joined forces for a student short film, "Pas de C4 pour Daniel Daniel," a faux trailer for a spy film, before tackling their first feature film, the savage black comedy "C'est arrivé près de chez vous" ("It Happened in Your Neighborhood"/"Man Bites Dog," 1992). Produced on a shoestring budget and directed, written and starring all three collaborators, "Man Bites Dog" depicted the horrible crimes of a darkly charismatic serial killer (Poelvoorde), whose bloodlust soon overtakes the camera crew that is documenting his deeds. Equally lauded and pilloried for its extreme violence and misanthropic tone, the picture made Poelvoorde a star in his native Belgium and among cult film audiences. He soon became a favorite in France thanks to comic turns in features like "Le vélo de Ghislain Lambert" ("Ghislain Lambert's Bicycle," 2001), which helped in part to earn him the 2002 Jean Gabin Prize for most promising new actors. In 2005, Poelvoorde made his dramatic debut as a seducer who may also be a serial killer in "Entre ses mains" ("In His Hands"), which earned him a Cesar nomination. He then divided his time between broad comedies like the popular "Asterix at the Olympic Games" (2008) and more subtle fare like Anne Fontaine's Oscar-nominated "Coco Before Chanel" (2009), as French aristocrat Etienne Baslan, who provided fashion designer Coco Chanel (played by Audrey Tautou) with her entry into high society. Poelvoorde would continue to enjoy popularity in a slew of box office and critical favorites. These ranged from the comedies "Les émotifs anonymes" ("Romantics Anonymous" (2010) and Dany Boon's box office hit "Nothing to Declare" (2010) to the dramas "Le grand soir" (2012), which won the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. He also starred in the romance "3 Hearts" (2014), with his own off-screen romantic interest, actress Chiara Mastroianni.



Third Cesar nomination for "Coco Before Chanel"


2nd Cesar for dramatic turn in "In His Hands"


1st Cesar nomination for "Podium"


Acting/writing/directing debut with "Man Bites Dog"

Bonus Trivia


Suffers from bipolar disorder.


Selected by Quentin Tarantino to serve as a jury member at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.


Ranked 7th "Greatest Belgian" by audiences votes on the television series "Le plus grands Belges" in 2005.