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Adèle Haenel

Adèle Haenel

French actor
Adèle Haenel
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Quick Facts

Intro French actor
A.K.A. Adele Haenel
Is Actor Film actor Stage actor
From France
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 1 January 1989, Paris, France
Age 32 years
Star sign Capricorn
Peoplepill ID adele-haenel
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Adèle Haenel ([adɛl enɛl]; born 11 February 1989) is a French actress.

Haenel began her career as a child actress and quickly rose to prominence in the French entertainment industry. She has been nominated at the César Awards seven times, winning twice for her performances in Suzanne and Love at First Fight.

Haenel is also known for her long personal and professional relationship with director Céline Sciamma and appeared in her films Water Lilies, Pauline, and Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Life and career

Haenel was born and raised in Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis. She has Austrian heritage through her father and speaks some German. As a child she was involved in local theatre.

Haenel began her film career as the lead in the film Les Diables in 2002. In 2019 she revealed that after being systematically sexually harassed by the director of the film, Christophe Ruggia, she decided to abandon acting. After making the film Haenel did not act again for 5 years, however after a chance encounter with Christel Baras, the casting director who had cast her in Les Diables, she was persuaded to continue acting. Baras helped cast her in the 2007 film Water Lilies for which Haenel was subsequently nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2008. She was nominated in the same category in 2012 for House of Tolerance (2011).

In 2014, Haenel was awarded the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Suzanne, and in 2015, she won the César Award for Best Actress for performance in the film Love at First Fight.

In 2016 Haenel made her German language debut in the film The Bloom of Yesterday playing the French descendant of German Holocaust survivors.

Haenel received a nomination for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in BPM (Beats per Minute).

In 2019 Haenel was again nominated for the César Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Trouble with You. That same year she appeared in three films which played at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival: Deerskin, Heroes Don't Die and Portrait of a Lady on Fire directed by Haenel's frequent collaborator Céline Sciamma. Haenel was nominated for the César Award for Best Actress for the film, receiving her seventh nomination.

Personal life

In 2014 Haenel revealed she was in a romantic relationship with director Céline Sciamma, whom she met on the set of Water Lilies, by publicly acknowledging their relationship in her acceptance speech for her César award for Suzanne. The couple amicably split in 2018, shortly before they began work on Portrait of a Lady on Fire. In 2018 she was in a relationship with musician and singer Julia Lanoë from the band Sexy Sushi.

In 2019 Haenel gave an interview accusing director Christophe Ruggia [fr] of sexually harassing her from the time she was 12 to 15 after casting her in his film Les Diables. Her account was backed up by many people who had worked on the film and noted Ruggia's inappropriate behavior towards her, along with letters he had written her at the time proclaiming his love for her. As a result Ruggia was expelled from the Société des réalisateurs de films, the guild for French directors. Though Haenel had explicitly chosen not to go to the police with her accusations, citing the justice system as "usually condemning so few sexual offenders" and "only one rape out of a hundred" and stating that "the justice ignores us, we ignore the justice.", the publicity garnered by her interviews about the abuse led the Paris prosecutor's office to announce they were investigating Ruggia. Haenel later changed her mind about working with the police and officially filed a complaint against Ruggia in late November of 2019. In January of 2020 the police officially charged Ruggia with sexual aggression against a minor by a person of authority and sexual harassment.


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Les Diables Chloé
2007 Water Lilies Floriane
2009 Déchaînées Lucie TV movie
2010 Adieu Molitor La copine de Paulin Short film
2010 Les Grandes Forêts Lise Short film
2010 Pauline Short film
2011 Iris in Bloom Isabelle
2011 House of Tolerance Léa
2011 Heat Wave Amélie
2011 Les Enfantants de la Nuit Heriette Short film
2011 Goldman Jeanne TV movie
2012 Folks Short film
2012 Alyah Jeanne
2012 Three Worlds Marion Testard
2012 La Mouette Macha TV movie
2013 Suzanne Maria
2014 Love at First Fight Madeleine
2014 In the Name of My Daughter Agnès Le Roux
2015 The Forbidden Room The Mute Invalid
2015 Les Ogres Mona
2016 The Unknown Girl Jenny
2016 Nocturama Girl with a bike
2016 Orphan Renée
2016 Seances
2016 The Bloom of Yesterday Zazie
2017 BPM (Beats per Minute) Sophie
2018 The Trouble With You Yvonne
2018 One Nation, One King Françoise
2019 Portrait of a Lady on Fire Héloïse
2019 Deerskin Denise
2019 Heroes Don't Die Alice


Year Production Director Venue
2012 The Seagull Arthur Nauzyciel Festival d'Avignon
2013 Le Moche / Voir Clair / Perplexe Maïa Sandoz Théâtre La Générale, Paris
2016 Old Times Benoît Giros Théâtre de l'Atelier
2016 The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas Maïa Sandoz CDN d'Orléans
2018 Zaï Zaï Zaï Zaï Paul Moulin Ferme du Buisson

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2008 César Awards Most Promising Actress Water Lilies Nominated
2012 Berlin International Film Festival Shooting Stars Award N/A Won
Lumières Awards Most Promising Actress House of Tolerance Won
César Awards Most Promising Actress Nominated
2014 César Awards Best Supporting Actress Suzanne Won
Prix Suzanne Bianchetti N/A N/A Won
2015 César Awards Best Actress Love at First Fight Won
Cairo International Film Festival Best Actress Won
Lumières Awards Best Actress Nominated
Best Actress In the Name of My Daughter Nominated
Prix Romy Schneider N/A N/A Won
Globes de Cristal Awards Best Actress Love at First Fight Nominated
2016 Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur Best Actress Orphan Won
2018 César Awards Best Supporting Actress BPM (Beats per Minute) Nominated
2019 César Awards Best Actress The Trouble with You Nominated
Globe de Cristal Awards Best Actress - Comedy Nominated
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