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Julie Gayet
French film actress and film producer

Julie Gayet

Julie Gayet
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Intro French film actress and film producer
Is Actor Film producer
From France
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 3 June 1972, Suresnes
Age 50 years
Spouse: Santiago Amigorena
Julie Gayet
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Julie Gayet (French pronunciation: ​[ʒyli ɡajɛ]; born 3 June 1972) is a French film actress and film producer.

Early life and education

Gayet was born in Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine, where her father Brice Gayet is a professor and head of gastric surgery at the Institut Mutualiste Montsouris. He was former head of the clinic to the Lariboisière Hospital and lecturer at the Faculty Xavier Bichat at Paris Diderot University. Her mother is an antique dealer. Her paternal grandfather, Alain Gayet, was also a surgeon and became a Compagnon de la Libération after World War II. She received a social liberal intellectual upbringing.

Gayet studied art history and psychology at university, circus skills at the circus school of the Fratellini family, and operatic singing under Tosca Marmor. At the age of 17, she studied at the Actors Studio in London with Jack Waltzer, and then continued at the Tania Balachova School in Paris.



Gayet made her acting debut in a 1992 episode of the French TV series Premiers baisers, and had her first film role as an extra in Three Colors: Blue (1993), but her first role of public note was in the 1996 comedy Delphine 1, Yvan 0 by Dominique Farrugia.


Her musical performances include playing in video-clips for Benjamin Biolay and singing a duet with Marc Lavoine.

Film production

In 2007, she founded her own production company, Rouge International, with Nadia Turincev and produced films such as Fix me by Palestinian Raed Andoni and Bonsai by Cristian Jimenez of Chile.

Film directing

In 2013, Gayet co-directed with Mathieu Busson the documentary Cinéast(e)s featuring 20 French female film directors.


Gayet appeared on the cover of the 17 January 2014 issue of the French Elle magazine. The "issue exceptionally hit newsstands" on 15 January 2014, two days ahead of its usual release day. The headline reads “Julie Gayet, Actress and Committed Woman, a French Passion.”

Personal life

In 2003, Gayet married author and screenwriter Santiago Amigorena, but they divorced in 2006. The couple have two children. She then had a controversial relationship with Alexis Mercier, a French singer known as Aldène.

Gayet is a centre-left activist, having appeared in a video supporting François Hollande during the 2012 French presidential election. She is a member of the Support Committee of the PS candidate for the 2014 Paris mayoral election, Anne Hidalgo. She also supported same-sex marriage in France.

In 2013 rumours started circulating that Gayet was in a secret relationship with President Hollande. On 10 January 2014, a story in the tabloid Closer featured seven pages of alleged revelations and photos about the affair, provoking wider media coverage. Hollande said he "regretted this violation of his private life" and was "thinking about" pursuing a legal response, but did not deny the substance of the story. The 10 January issue was so popular that Closer "reprinted the issue, with a further 150,000 copies scheduled to hit newsstands" on 15 January 2014. On 16 January 2014, the AFP news agency reported that Gayet would sue Closer for €50,000 in damages and €4,000 in legal costs.

On 27 March 2014, French court ordered Closer magazine to pay actress Julie Gayet €15,000 ($20,700) for publishing photos that revealed an affair between her and President Hollande. In November 2014, she was photographed with Hollande at the Élysée Palace gardens; it was revealed that her affair with Hollande was ongoing and that she was spending at least four nights a week with him there.


  • 1997: Prix Romy Schneider for her role in Sélect Hôtel.
  • 1997: Best European Actress for Sélect Hôtel, Brussels International Film Festival.
  • 2009: Best Actress at the Tokyo International Film Festival for 8 fois debout (fr)


Julie Gayet attending the 2007 Festival of American Cinema at Deauville.


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Three Colors: Blue Extra
1993 The Little Apocalypse
1993 À la belle étoile Hannah
1994 3000 scénarios contre un virus
1994 L'Histoire du garçon qui voulait qu'on l'embrasse A girl in the metro
1995 One Hundred and One Nights Camille Miralis
1996 Sélect Hôtel Nathalie Prix Romy Schneider
Best European Actress Brussels International Film Festival.
1996 Delphine 1, Yvan 0 Delphine Saban
1996 Les Deux Papas et la Maman Sophie
1996 Les Menteurs (fr) Lisa
1998 Sentimental Education Clare
1998 Ça ne se refuse pas Marlène Kardelian
1998 Le Plaisir (et ses petits tracas) Véra
1999 Paddy Paddy
1999 Why Not Me? Eva
2000 La Confusion des Genres Babette
2000 Les Gens qui s'aiment Winnie
2000 Nag la bombe Rosine, la serveuse
2001 Vertiges de l'amour Jeanne
2002 Après la pluie, le beau temps Rose Bonbon
2002 Novo Julie
2002 Un monde presque paisible Mme Andrée
2002 Chaos and Desire Catherine
2002 Ma Caméra et moi Lucie
2003 Lovely Rita, sainte patronne des cas désespérés Rita
2004 Ce qu'ils imaginent Sarah
2004 Clara et moi Clara
2005 Camping à la ferme The judge
2005 Bab el web Laurence
2006 A Woman in Winter Caroline
2006 Le Lièvre de Vatanen Olga
2006 My Best Friend Catherine
2006 De particulier à particulier Sophie
2007 Shall We Kiss? Émilie
2007 Les Fourmis rouges Anne
2008 Childhoods mother of Fritz Lang
2009 8 fois debout Elsa Best Actress - Tokyo International Film Festival
2009 Eleanor's Secret Mom (voice)
2010 Sans laisser de traces Clémence
2010 Pièce montée Laurence
2010 L'Apprenti Père Noël
2011 L'Art de séduire Hélène
2011 The Shape of Art to Come
2011 Carré blanc Marie
2011 Practical Guide to Belgrade with Singing and Crying Sylvie
2012 After Julie
2012 Au cas où je n'aurais pas la palme d'or Julia
2012 Nos plus belles vacances Isabelle
2013 Les Âmes de papier Emma
2013 Quai d'Orsay Valérie Dumontheil
2015 Jailbirds Nadège Rutter
2016 We Are Family Sophie


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Premiers baisers TV series, one episode
1994 Ferbac TV series, one episode
1994 La Vie de Marianne Mademoiselle de Fare
1997 Maître Da Costa TV series, one episode
2001 Sang d'encre Monica
2004 Bien agités ! Diane
2004 3 garçons, 1 fille, 2 mariages Camille
2005 Les Rois maudits Isabelle de France Miniseries
2006 Le Rainbow Warrior Dominique Prieur
2007 La Légende des trois clefs Béatrice Sancier
2007 Elles et Moi Florence de Montellier
2010 Famille décomposée Doris
2010 Clandestin Sophie
2011 V comme Vian Michelle Vian
2011 Amoureuse Iona Gorrigan
2011 J'étais à Nüremberg Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier
2012 Emma Irène
2013 Odysseus Helen of Troy
2013 Alias Caracalla Madame Moret
2014 Ça va passer... Mais quand ? Sophie
2015 Dix pour cent Herself TV series, one episode

Short films

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Sans transition
1996 Vive le cinéma !
1996 15 sans billets
1997 Pédagogie
1997 Play
1998 Je ne veux pas être sage
1998 Baby Blues
2003 Rêver
2006 Un secret derrière la porte
2007 Fin
2009 Le Petit Homme bleu
2009 Une dernière cigarette
2009 De plaisir

As director

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Cinéast(e)s Co-directed with Mathieu Busson

As producer

Year Title Notes
2009 8 fois debout
2009 Fix ME
2010 Dowaha Co-producer
2011 Bonsai
2013 A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
2015 The Boss's Daughter
2015 Jailbirds


Year Title Notes
2007 Laisse aboyer les chiens For Benjamin Biolay
2007 Dans la Merco Benz For Benjamin Biolay
2007 Qu'est-ce que ça peut faire ? For Benjamin Biolay


  • Duet with Marc Lavoine on the song Avec toi from the album Je descends du singe (2012).

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