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Popular Film Actors from France

Updated June 14, 2019 34.9k views3.6k items

List of famous film actors and actresses from France, listed by their popularity with photos when available. France has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best French screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of France and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

Film actors here include everything from Henri Vidal to Catherine Ringer.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best French actors?" and "Which movies stars are from France?"

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of France in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented French film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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    Catherine Deneuve

    Catherine Deneuve

    Repulsion, Dancer in the Dark

    BirthplaceParis, France

    NationalityFrance

    Catherine Fabienne Dorléac, known professionally as Catherine Deneuve (French: [katʁin dənœv],... more on Wikipedia
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    Humphrey Bogart

    Humphrey Bogart

    Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Humphrey DeForest Bogart (; December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an American film and... more on Wikipedia

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    Sophia Loren

    Sophia Loren

    Nine, El Cid

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    NationalityKingdom of Italy, France, Italy

    Sofia Villani Scicolone Dame Grand Cross OMRI (born 20 September 1934), known professionally... more on Wikipedia
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    Max von Sydow

    Max von Sydow

    The Exorcist, Shutter Island

    BirthplaceLund, Sweden

    NationalitySweden, France

    Max von Sydow (born Carl Adolf von Sydow, April 10, 1929 - March 8, 2020) is a Swedish actor.... more on Wikipedia

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    Monica Bellucci

    Monica Bellucci

    Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Passion of the Christ

    BirthplaceCittà di Castello, Italy

    NationalityItaly

    Monica Anna Maria Bellucci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmɔːnika belˈluttʃi]; born 30 September... more on Wikipedia

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    Isabelle Huppert

    Isabelle Huppert

    Heaven's Gate, The Piano Teacher

    BirthplaceFrance, Paris

    NationalityFrance

    Isabelle Anne Madeleine Huppert (French pronunciation: ​[izabɛl yˈpɛʁ]; born 16 March 1953) is... more on Wikipedia
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    Omar Sharif

    Omar Sharif

    Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago

    BirthplaceAlexandria, Egypt

    NationalityFrance, Egypt

    Omar Sharif (Arabic: عمر الشريف‎, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈʕomɑɾ eʃʃɪˈɾiːf]; born... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Alain Delon

    Alain Delon

    Le Samouraï, The Leopard

    BirthplaceSceaux, France

    NationalityFrance

    Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon (born 8 November 1935) is a French actor and businessman. He... more on Wikipedia
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    Kristin Scott Thomas

    Kristin Scott Thomas

    The English Patient, Mission: Impossible

    BirthplaceRedruth, United Kingdom

    NationalityFrance, United Kingdom

    Dame Kristin Ann Scott Thomas (born 24 May 1960) is an English actress. Five times a BAFTA... more on Wikipedia

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    Jean Reno

    Jean Reno

    Mission: Impossible, Hotel Rwanda

    BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco

    NationalityFrance

    Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez (born 30 July 1948), known as Jean Reno (French: [ʒɑ̃ ʁeno]), is... more on Wikipedia

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    Gérard Depardieu

    Gérard Depardieu

    Life of Pi, The Man in the Iron Mask

    BirthplaceFrance, Châteauroux

    NationalityFrance, Russia

    Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu (French: [ʒeʁaʁ ɡzavje maʁsɛl dəpaʁdjø] (listen); born 27... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Claudette Colbert

    Claudette Colbert

    It Happened One Night, The Palm Beach Story

    BirthplaceSaint-Mandé, France

    NationalityFrance, United States of America

    Claudette Colbert ( kohl-BAIR; born Émilie Claudette Chauchoin; September 13, 1903 – July 30,... more on Wikipedia
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    Brigitte Bardot

    Brigitte Bardot

    Cinema Paradiso, Contempt

    BirthplaceParis, France

    NationalityFrance

    Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot (French: [bʁiʒit baʁdo]; born 28 September 1934), often referred to... more on Wikipedia

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    Juliette Binoche

    Juliette Binoche

    The English Patient, Chocolat

    BirthplaceParis, France

    NationalityFrance

    Juliette Binoche (born 9 March 1964) is a French actress, artist, and dancer. She has appeared... more on Wikipedia

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    Marion Cotillard

    Marion Cotillard

    The Dark Knight Rises, Inception

    BirthplaceParis, France

    NationalityFrance

    Marion Cotillard (French: [maʁjɔ̃ kɔtijaʁ] (listen); born 30 September 1975) is a French... more on Wikipedia

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    Louis Jourdan

    Louis Jourdan

    Octopussy, Gigi

    BirthplaceFrance, Marseille

    NationalityFrance

    Louis Jourdan (born Louis Robert Gendre; 19 June 1921 – 14 February 2015) was a French film... more on Wikipedia

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    Adolphe Menjou

    Adolphe Menjou

    Paths of Glory, Pollyanna

    BirthplacePittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Adolphe Jean Menjou (February 18, 1890 – October 29, 1963) was an American actor. His career... more on Wikipedia

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    Yves Saint Laurent

    Yves Saint Laurent

    Yves St. Laurent: His Life and Times, L'Amour Fou

    BirthplaceOran, Algeria

    NationalityFrance

    Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent (French: [iv sɛ̃ lɔʁɑ̃]; 1 August 1936 – 1 June 2008),... more on Wikipedia

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    Christopher Reeve

    Christopher Reeve

    Superman, Superman II

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Christopher D'Olier Reeve (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor who... more on Wikipedia

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    Charles Boyer

    Charles Boyer

    Casino Royale, Gaslight

    BirthplaceFigeac, France

    NationalityFrance, United States of America

    Charles Boyer (French: [bwaje]; 28 August 1899 – 26 August 1978) was a French-American actor... more on Wikipedia

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, A Bug's Life

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America,France

    Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus Hall (; born January 13, 1961) is an American actress,... more on Wikipedia

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    Audrey Tautou

    Audrey Tautou

    Amélie, The Da Vinci Code

    BirthplaceFrance

    NationalityFrance

    Audrey Justine Tautou (French pronunciation: [odʁɛ ʒystin totu] (listen); born 9 August 1976)... more on Wikipedia
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    Vincent Cassel

    Vincent Cassel

    Shrek, Black Swan

    BirthplaceParis, France

    NationalityFrance

    Vincent Cassel (born Vincent Crochon, 23 November 1966) is a French actor. He first achieved... more on Wikipedia
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    Clémence Poésy

    Clémence Poésy

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    BirthplaceL'Haÿ-les-Roses, France

    NationalityFrance

    Clémence Poésy (French: [klemɑ̃s pɔezi]; born 30 October 1982 as Clémence Guichard) is a... more on Wikipedia

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    JoJo

    JoJo

    Aquamarine, RV

    BirthplaceVermont, USA, Brattleboro

    NationalityFrance, United States of America

    Joanna Noëlle Levesque (born December 20, 1990) is an American singer, songwriter, and... more on Wikipedia

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