Bérénice Bejo (French pronunciation: [be.ʁe.nis be.ʒo]; born 7 July 1976) is a French Argentine actress who played Christiana in the 2001 film A Knight's Tale and Peppy Miller in the 2011 film The Artist.
Her work in The Artist received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won her the César Award for Best Actress. She won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 for her performance in The Past.
Bejo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is the daughter of Argentine filmmaker Miguel Bejo and his wife Silvia, a lawyer. When she was three, her family moved to France, escaping from the Argentine Dirty War.
In 2006, she starred in OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, where she met director Michel Hazanavicius, whom she later married. They have two children: Lucien and Gloria.
In 2001, Bejo made her American film debut, playing the role of Christiana in A Knight's Tale opposite Heath Ledger. Christiana is a lady-in-waiting to Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon).
In 2002, she toured in France with Marie-France Pisier and Guillaume Depardieu.
In 2003, Bejo starred as Olivia in 24 Hours in the Life of a Woman by Laurent Bouhnik.
Under the direction of Steve Suissa, she seduces Stephane Freiss and Titoff in The Grand Role (2004), and a comedy about the world of actors, and Cavalcade (2005), a drama dealing with the theme of disability.
In 2006, she made a comeback by acting alongside Jean Dujardin in OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies by Michel Hazanavicius. This is the first collaboration of the trio.
In 2007, she made an appearance in the short film La Pomme d'Adam.
In 2008, she appeared in two romantic comedies: Modern Love Bouquet and Stéphane Kazandjian. The same year she gave birth to her first child by Hazanavicius.
In 2009, she participated in the documentary by Serge Bromberg, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno. The documentary reconstructs Clouzot's film, alternating between scenes from the 1964 film and dialogue readings between Jacques Gamblin (for Serge Reggiani) and Béjo (for Romy Schneider).
In the 2011 film, The Artist, which is directed by Hazanavicius and stars Dujardin, Bejo plays Peppy Miller, a 1920s film actress. Her performance received critical acclaim, the César Award for Best Actress, and several award nominations: the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture award, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2012, she was announced as the host of the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. She dubbed the role of Mérida in the French dub of the Disney/Pixar film Brave. In June 2012, Bejo was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The same month, she received the Prix Romy Schneider.
|1993||Pain perdu||Tiéri Barié||Short|
|1996||Les soeurs Hamlet||Karine||Abdelkrim Bahloul|
|Histoires d'hommes||Laurence||Olivier Langlois||TV Movie|
|L'@mour est à réinventer||The girl||Françoise Decaux-Thomelet||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1997||Julie Lescaut||Lila||Alain Wermus||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Le juge est une femme||Raphaëlle Fauvet-Colombin||Daniel Vigne||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Un et un font six||Sophie||Franck Apprederis||TV Series (6 Episodes)|
|1999||Sapajou contre Sapajou||Emma Verdier||Élisabeth Rappeneau||TV Movie|
|2000||Most Promising Young Actress||Laetitia Rance||Gérard Jugnot||Nominated – César Award for Most Promising Actress|
|La Captive||Sarah||Chantal Akerman|
|Les redoutables||Eric Valette||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|Sauvetage||Valentine||Jacques Malaterre||TV Series (6 Episodes)|
|2001||A Knight's Tale||Christiana||Brian Helgeland|
|2002||24 Hours in the Life of a Woman||Olivia||Laurent Bouhnik|
|Comme un avion||Lola||Marie-France Pisier|
|Une petite fée||The young woman||Jérôme Genevray||Short|
|Vertiges||Margo||Jérôme Cornuau||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|2003||Dans le rouge du couchant||The girl on the boat||Edgardo Cozarinsky|
|Sem Ela||Fanfan Vieira||Anna da Palma|
|Jeux de plage||Marthe||David D'Aquaro||Short|
|2004||Le grand rôle||Perla Kurtz||Steve Suissa|
|Ciao bambino||Liccia||Pascal Chauveau||Short|
|Sans douleur||Eric Paccoud||Short|
|2006||OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies||Larmina El Akmar Betouche||Michel Hazanavicius|
|Nuages||Cécile Marsac||Alain Robillard||TV Movie|
|2007||La maison||Cloé||Manuel Poirier|
|13 m²||Sophie||Barthélémy Grossmann|
|Un homme peut en cacher un autre||Inès / Adèle||Thomas Rio||Short|
|2008||Modern Love||Elsa||Stéphane Kazandjian|
|Bouquet final||Claire||Michel Delgado|
|Le courrier du parc||The young woman||Agnès Caffin||Short|
|Sa raison d'être||Fabienne||Renaud Bertrand||TV Movie|
|2009||La pomme d'Adam||Girl on the metro||Jérôme Genevray||Short|
|2010||La Traque||Claire||Antoine Blossier|
|Love Me Baby||Marie||Lionel Gédébé||Short|
|2011||The Artist||Peppy Miller||Michel Hazanavicius||César Award for Best Actress |
Capri Actress Award
Hollywood Film Festival Spotlight Award
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Cinema Vanguard Award
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Women Film Critics Cicle Award for Best Screen Couple (with Jean Dujardin)
Lumières Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actress - Comedy/Musical
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
|2012||Populaire||Marie Taylor||Régis Roinsard|
|Brave||Mérida's voice||Mark Andrews |
|2013||The Past||Marie Brisson||Asghar Farhadi||Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress |
FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign-Language Film
Nominated – César Award for Best Actress
Nominated – CinEuphoria Award for Best Actress
Nominated – CinEuphoria Award for Best Ensemble
|Au bonheur des ogres||Aunt Julia||Nicolas Bary|
|2014||The Search||Carole||Michel Hazanavicius|
|Le Dernier Diamant||Julia||Eric Barbier|
|Frères d'armes||Voice||Rachid Bouchareb||TV Mini-Series|
|2016||The Childhood of a Leader||The Mother||Brady Corbet|
|Eternity||Tran Anh Hung||Post-Production|
|After Love||Marie||Joachim Lafosse|
|Sweet Dreams||Marco Bellocchio|
|2017||Three Peaks||Jan Zabeil||Filming|
|1999||The Threepenny Opera||Bertolt Brecht||Steve Kalfa||Théâtre des Champs-Élysées|
|2016||Tout ce que vous voulez||Matthieu Delaporte ,|
Alexandre de La Patellière
|Bernard Murat||Théâtre Édouard VII|