Mélanie Laurent

Actress, Director, Writer
French actress/director Mlanie 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 ... Read more »
Born: 02/20/1983 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Actor (26)

Eternity 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Aloft 2013 (Movie)

Jannia Ressmore (Actor)

Night Train to Lisbon 2013 (Movie)

Young Estefânia (Actor)

Now You See Me 2013 (Movie)

Alma Dray (Actor)

Enemy 2012 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

The Round Up 2012 (Movie)

Annette Monod (Actor)

Beginners 2011 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Et Soudain Tout Le Monde Me Manque 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Les Adoptés 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Requiem pour une tueuse 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Concert 2010 (Movie)

Anne-Marie Jacquet (Actor)

Hidden Love 2009 (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

Inglourious Basterds 2009 (Movie)

Shosanna Dreyfus (Actor)

Jusqu'à toi 2009 (Movie)

Chloe (Actor)

Paris 2009 (Movie)

Laetitia (Actor)

The Killer 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Chambre Des Morts 2007 (Movie)

Lucie Hennebelle (Actor)

Days of Glory 2006 (Movie)

Girl from Vosges Village (Actor)

Dikkenek 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Je Vais Bien, Ne T'En Fais Pas 2006 (Movie)

Lili (Actor)

Hainan Jifan 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Beat That My Heart Skipped 2005 (Movie)

Minskov's Girlfriend (Actor)

See How They Run 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

This Is My Body 2001 (Movie)

Clara (Actor)

Un Pont Entre Deux Rives 2000 (Movie)

Lisbeth (Actor)

The Killer (Movie)

(Actor)
Director (3)

Respire 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Adoptés 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

De Moins En Moins 2007 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

Les Adoptés 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

De Moins En Moins 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Annick

Mother

Julien Boisselier Actor

Companion
Dated 2005-09 No longer together

Pierre Laurent

Father
Dubbed Ned Flanders character on French version of "The Simpsons"

Damien Rice Actor

Companion
Reportedly linked 2009 No longer together

Milestones

2013

Co-starred with Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson in "Now You See Me"

2011

Directed, co-wrote, and co-starred in "Les adoptés"

2010

Co-starred with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"

2009

Made U.S. film debut as Shosanna Dreyfus in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds"

2008

Made debut as director and screenwriter with "De moins en moins," screened at Cannes Film Festival

2008

Played role of Laetitia in "Paris" alongside Juliette Binoche and Francois Cluzet

2006

Played lead role in director Phillipe Lioret's "Je vais bien, ne t’en fais pas"

2005

Joined ensemble cast for Jacques Audiard's "De batter mon coeur s’est arrête"

2004

Re-teamed with Ulliel in "Le dernier jour"

2003

Featured in "Snowboarder" and "La Faucheuse"

2002

Starred in comedy film "Embarassez qui vous voudrez" alongside Gaspar Ulliel

2001

Appeared in first feature film "Ceci est mon corps," co-starring Jane Birkin; premiered at Cannes Film Festival

2000

Starred in TV movie "Route de nuit" as Francesca

1999

Made acting debut in French TV movie "Un pont entre deux rives," starring Depardieu

1998

Discovered at age 15 by Gerard Depardieu while visiting set of "Asterix et obelix contre Cesar"

Bonus Trivia

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Inspired to become an actress by Gerard Depardieu, whom she met on the set of "Asterix and Obelix."

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Her feature film directorial debut was to be "Putain de pluie!" (2009), with Natalie Portman in the lead; the film was abandoned due to Laurent's role in "Inglourious Basterds."

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Hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 64th Cannes Film Festival in 2011.

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Introduced to organic food while recording her debut album with producer Damien Rice.

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