Notable Francophone Actors

by ljredux | created - 31 Oct 2020 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

Francophone actors who piqued my interest with a focus on the up-and-comings and the recently arrived. Most are French and not so well known in the Anglosphere.

1. Rod Paradot

Actor | La tête haute

Rod Paradot was born on April 4, 1996 in Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, France. He is an actor, known for Standing Tall (2015), Lost Bullet (2020) and Luna (2017).

This 'kid' is actually 24 (at time of writing) and has a remarkable range. He made us all cry when he accepted his César for La Tête haute (2015), and he is destined to become a giant of French cinema.

2. Félix Maritaud

Actor | Sauvage

Félix Maritaud was born on December 12, 1992 in Nevers, Nièvre, France. He is an actor, known for Sauvage / Wild (2018), Knife + Heart (2018) and BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017).

It's hard to believe Félix has only been on the screen for 2-3 years. His powerful performances as a tortured gay man in Sauvage (2018) and Jonas (2018) left me concerned he would be typecast, but hopefully that will not come to pass.

3. Darren Muselet

Actor | Hors normes

Darren Muselet is an actor, known for The Specials (2019), Une mère (2021) and Brother (2019).

Darren absolutely shone in Mon frère (2019). He appears to have been plucked from working class obscurity in Buttf***, France (Boulogne-Sur-Mer to be precise) and he only has three credits under his belt. How is it even possible for someone with such little acting experience to be this good?

4. Shaïn Boumedine

Actor | L'été nucléaire

Shaïn Boumedine is an actor, known for Atomic Summer (2020), Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) and Placés (2022).

The raw talent that came out of nowhere for Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017). Undoubtedly another fixture on the Cannes red carpet for many years to come.

5. Marilou Aussilloux

Actress | La Révolution

Marilou Aussilloux is an actress, known for La Révolution (2020), The Inside Game (2018) and En corps.

How did this girl go from that silly bit-part in Dix pour cent to such a commanding performance in La Révolution? She is undoubtedly going to become a staple of French TV drama, if not cinema.

6. Hamza Meziani

Actor | Petit homme

Hamza Meziani is an actor, known for Little Man (2014), Nocturama (2016) and Occidental (2017).

Nocturama (2016) would not have worked so well without him. This Moroccan/French actor can transition between vulnerable and terrifying at the flick of a switch... but he'll happily do a Shirley Bassey number in drag along the way if you'd prefer him to take things more slowly.

7. Oulaya Amamra

Actress | Divines

Oulaya Amamra was born on November 12, 1996 in Viry-Châtillon, Essonne, France. She is an actress, known for Divines (2016), Mariam (2016) and Tamara (2016).

She took us to hell and back in Divines (2016)... and then back to hell again. She has not been out of work since, and that's hardly surprising.

8. Ophélie Bau

Actress | Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno

Ophélie Bau was born on July 29, 1992 in Besançon, Doubs, France. She is an actress and director, known for Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017), Grace (2020) and Free Like Air.

Another gifted stranger we didn't see coming* when we watched Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017).

* Well, actually I suppose we did. Haha.

9. Julien Frison

Actor | Mes amis, mes amours, mes emmerdes

This young Belgian actor is very active for someone his age (14 in 2007): starting his movie career in 2006 in Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's 'Odette Toulemonde', he has also appeared, as Wallace, the one-eyed "cowboy" in Bensalah's odd western 'Big City' and in a movie entitled 'Noé', slated for release ...

This chap was born to play the flamboyant and utterly villainous Donatien de Montargis. When it finally happened in La Révolution, it was like a diktat from the theatre gods had been fulfilled.

10. Romain Guillermic

Actor | Climax

Romain Guillermic is an actor, known for Climax (2018), Elektro Mathematrix (2016) and The Hive (2021).

Better known for his dancing than his acting prior to Climax (2018). It is abundantly clear he needs to focus just as much on the latter.

11. Coline Beal

Actress | La Révolution

Coline Beal is an actress and director, known for La Révolution (2020), Parents (2021) and Get In (2019).

That countenance. The gravity she brings to every role. Almost stole the show from Marilou Aussilloux in La Révolution.

12. Liam Pierron

Actor | La vie scolaire

Liam Pierron is an actor, known for School Life (2019), L'invité (2000) and Touche pas à mon poste! (2010).

I've only seen this kid in La Vie scolaire (2019). He's an impressive little actor who exudes more confidence than you'd expect from someone of his stature. The camera loves his face.

13. Kévin Mischel

Actor | Braqueurs

Kévin Mischel is an actor, known for Ganglands (2021), Out of the World (2020) and Divines (2016).

Another performer (like Romain Guillermic) known more for his dancing than this acting. His moody dancer role in Divines (2016) was very promising. Let's see this guy in more films please.

14. Syrus Shahidi

Actor | Amare amaro

Syrus Shahidi is an actor and producer, known for Amare amaro (2018), 24 Days (2014) and Blockbuster (2018).

Many will know him from Plan cœur, a TV drama that was frankly beneath him. This handsome French actor of Iranian descent has a lot of depth and is as at home in a romantic comedy as he is in a warzone.

15. François Civil

Actor | As Above, So Below

François Civil was born on January 29, 1990 in Paris, France. He is an actor, known for As Above, So Below (2014), Frank (2014) and Le chant du loup (2019).

Admittedly it's those good looks that will carry him, but he's still a more than capable of actor destined for more action hero roles.

16. Soufiane Guerrab

Actor | Banlieue 13: Ultimatum

Soufiane Guerrab was born on February 18, 1987 in France. He is an actor, known for District 13: Ultimatum (2009), Lupin (2021) and Dheepan (2015).

I overlooked Soufiane in the TV series Braquo and he irritated the hell out of me as the happy-chappy foil to Gérard Lanvin's role in the third series of Dix pour cent. So it was something of a surprise to discover how well he could pull off a serious, authoritative role in La Vie scolaire (2019). He has good range - of that there is no doubt.

17. Laure Valentinelli

Actress | Nocturama

Laure Valentinelli is an actress, known for Nocturama (2016).

Bottom of my list simply because I've only seen her in Nocturama (2016) and that is the only credit on her IMDb rating. She's a very distinctive looking actress and I felt she brought a lot to the film, so where is she? Hopefully back with us very soon.

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