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Cécile de France

Cécile de France (born July 17, 1975, Namur, Belgium) is a Belgian actress. She left Belgium at the age of 17 to go to Paris where she studied l'art dramatique for two years at Jean Paul Denizon while preparing the ENSATT (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre), the "National Superior School of Arts and Techniques of Theatre". Accepted, she spent three years (from 1995 to 1998) attending the Département Comédie (Comedy Section) at first rue Blanche in Paris, then in Lyon.

She was discovered by the agent Dominique Besnehard and appeared in French cinema hits such as L'Art (délicat) de la séduction (2001) and Irène (2002).

Her international breakthrough came through the horror thriller Haute Tension (2003, UK title: Switchblade Romance, US title: High Tension), which was a worldwide success. She caught the eye of Hollywood producers and soon landed her first major role in a US feature, Around the World in 80 Days (2004), in which she starred alongside Jackie Chan.




  • 1997 : Tous nos vœux de bonheur, by Jean-Pierre Améris
  • 1998 : Bon appétit, by Patrice Bauduinet
  • 1999 : Le dernier rêve, by Emmanuel Jespers
  • 2001 : Le mariage en papier, by Stéphanie Duvivier
  • 2001 : Loup ! by Zoé Galeron
  • 2002 : 3 jours, 3 euros by Fernand Berenguer
  • 2002 : Nervous break down, by Emmanuel Jespers
  • 2002 : Il était une femme, by Marc Saubain
  • 2002 : La nuit du 6 au 7, by Patrice Bauduinet
  • 2002 : Les calamars n'écoutent plus la radio, by Patrice Bauduinet
  • 2004 : A tes souhaits (M) Music Video, by Emilie Chedid


  • 1997 : La balle au bond, by William Crépin
  • 1998 : Le juge est une femme - Episode « L'usine du père Noël», by Pierre Boutron
  • 2001 : Nana, by Edouard Molinaro


  • 1996 : Dormez je le veux by Georges Feydeau, directed by Benoît Blampain
  • 1996 : Une palette rouge sang by Valeria Moretti, directed by Jean Paul Denizon
  • 1996 : Le songe d'une nuit d'été by William Shakespeare, directed by Pierre Pradinas
  • 1997 : Variations Strindberg-Feydeau, directed by Nada Strancar
  • 1998 : Pour nous, directed by Serguei Issayev
  • 1998 : Tu serais un ange tombé du ciel exprès pour nous by N. Sadour and A. Vampilov
  • 1999, 2000 : Electre, by Sophocle, directed by Claudia Stavisky
  • 1999 : ''Le baladin du monde occidental de John Millington Synge, directed by Philippe Delaigue
  • 2001 : Mademoiselle Julie by August Strindberg, directed by Gwenaël Morin
  • 2001 : SC35C, by Jean-Michel Frère


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