Benoit Magimel

Benoit Magimel

Actor
Date of Birth: 11.05.1975
Country: France

Content:
  1. Biography of Benoît Magimel
  2. Childhood and Youth
  3. Films
  4. Personal Life
  5. Benoît Magimel Now

Biography of Benoît Magimel

Childhood and Youth

Benoît Magimel, a French actor, was born on May 11, 1974, in Paris. He grew up with his younger brother Arnaud and sister Bénédicte. Their parents, a bank employee and a nurse, divorced when Benoît was still young. Left without a father, Benoît started working at an early age to support his family financially. As a child, Magimel dreamed of becoming a firefighter but changed his mind when he saw an audition announcement for boys in the play "Life is a Long Quiet River" in the newspaper. The teenager successfully passed the casting and at the age of 13, he played his debut lead role in a film. Three years later, Benoît dropped out of school to focus on his acting career.

Benoit Magimel

Films

After a series of teenage roles, there was a stagnation in the rising star's career. Recognition came to Benoît after his episodic appearance in the thriller "Thieves" with Catherine Deneuve in the lead role, for which he was nominated for the "César" award as the most promising actor of 1997. Magimel's dramatic talent fully manifested itself at the turn of the century when he played the leading roles in the films "The King Is Dancing" and "From Matthew" released in 2000. By the way, for the role of King Louis XIV in the first film, the actor spent three months training at a ballet barre, mastering the choreography of the Baroque era. Benoît's next acclaimed work was in the melodrama "The Piano Teacher" about the relationship between a professor of the Vienna Conservatory, Erika (Isabelle Huppert), and an amateur musician, Walter (Magimel). Both lead actors received awards at the Cannes Film Festival, and the film also won the Grand Prix. The drama "A Prophet" brought Magimel further critical acclaim. He portrayed Yann, a social worker trying to save troubled teenager Malony (Rod Paradot). For this supporting role, the actor was awarded his first "César" award. After the premiere of this film, Benoît started appearing in movies much less frequently due to legal problems, although he later starred in several leading roles in French projects. The thing is, since 2011, the movie star has been suspected of drug addiction. In 2016, Magimel was arrested and fined after hitting a pedestrian and fleeing the scene of a car accident. It turned out that the actor was driving without a license, and traces of cocaine and heroin were found in his blood. Soon, Benoît was arrested again when he was driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street, and an unknown white powder was found in his car again. This time, the Frenchman received a three-month suspended sentence. The triumphant artist returned to the screens in 2021, playing alongside Catherine Deneuve in the drama "After Me". Magimel took on the role of Benjamin, a dying acting teacher. In 2022, his work on this character was recognized with his second "César" award.

Benoit Magimel

Personal Life

In his youth, Magimel dated Juliette Binoche. The actors met on the set of the melodrama "Children of the Century," based on the biography of French writers George Sand and Alfred de Musset. In late 1999, the couple welcomed their daughter, Hannah, and they separated four years later.

Benoit Magimel

In the following years, the celebrity's personal life was closely tied to another colleague, actress Mélanie Doutey. The performers first met on the set of the mystical thriller "Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse". In the autumn of 2011, the couple had a daughter named Jeanne.

Benoit Magimel

With his current partner, Margo Pelletier, photographers first captured Benoît in early 2016 at the "César" awards. The woman worked as a marketer for Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, and other brands, and is now known as a screenwriter and director. Margo supported her beloved during a difficult period in his life. In the autumn of 2018, Magimel finally settled down, marrying his beloved.

Benoit Magimel

Benoît Magimel Now

Among the Frenchman's recent projects is the comedy "Incredible, but True". The story revolves around a married couple who buys a house. The highlight of the house is a hatch in the basement that allows them to travel 12 hours into the future and rejuvenate for three days. The film was released in 2022.

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