Benoit Magimel

Benoît Magimel is a French actor.

Date of birth

He was born on May 11, 1974.

Family and Early life

Benoît was born and bred in Paris. He is the eldest of three children who were born to a bank employee (father) and nurse (mother) whose marriage broke down during Benoît's childhood. With his father largely absent from the domestic home, Benoît shouldered responsibility for the family early and as a young working actor he supported his family financially. Benoît's mother is now an artist who exhibits under the name of Michèle Schmitz. More recently they discovered that her father, Benoît's maternal grandfather, was Hungarian and of Jewsih descent.


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Love life 

Benoît has never married but famously was one of Juliette Binoche's lovers. They met on the set of Diane Kurys's Les Enfants du Siècle. They lived together and had a daughter, Hanna. After he and Juliette separated, Benoît met his long-time companion Nikita Lespinasses in 2003 while filming Les Rivières Pourpres 2 - Les Anges de l'apocalypse. Late in their relationship they had a daughter, Djinina before separating shortly thereafter. In 2016 Benoît had a new companion who joined him for the 2016 Césars, where he won for best supporting actor in La Tête Haute.

Net worth

Not yet established.


Known for his work in French cinema, he appeared in over two dozen films between the late 1980s and the second decade of the 2000s. He is perhaps most famous for his performances in the 2005 thriller Duplicity and in the acclaimed 2001 movie The Piano Teacher.

He made his cinematic debut at the age of fourteen in the Etienne Chatiliez-directed feature La Vie est un Long Fleuve Tranquille (Life Is a Long Quiet River).

He was cast as Emile Bailleul in the World War II-themed film Strange Gardens (2003).

In 2001, he won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his role in Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher.

Selected Filmography

1988Life Is a Long Quiet RiverMomo GroseilleÉtienne Chatiliez
1995A Single GirlRémiBenoît Jacquot
La HaineBenoîtMathieu Kassovitz
1996ThievesJimmy FontanaAndré TéchinéNominated—César Award for Most Promising Actor
1998Déjà mortDavidOlivier Dahan
1999Children of the CenturyAlfred de MussetDiane Kurys
2000The Piano TeacherWalter KlemmerMichael HanekeCannes Film Festival - Best Actor
Le Roi danseLouis XIV of FranceGérard Corbiau
To MatthieuMatthieuXavier Beauvois
2002The NestSantinoFlorent-Emilio Siri
2003The Flower of EvilFrançois VasseurClaude Chabrol
2004Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the ApocalypseCapitaine RedaOlivier Dahan
The BridesmaidPhilippe TardieuClaude Chabrol
2005Sky FightersCapitaine Antoine "Walk'n" MarchelliGérard Pirès
2006Charlie SaysPierreNicole Garcia
2007A Girl Cut in TwoPaul André Claude GaudensClaude ChabrolNominated—Lumières Award for Best Actor
Intimate EnemiesLieutenant TerrienFlorent Emilio Siri
2008The Possibility of an IslandDanielMichel Houellebecq
Inju: The Beast in the ShadowAlex FayardBarbet Schroeder
2010Sans laisser de tracesÉtienne MeunierGrégoire Vigneron
Little White LiesVincent RibaudGuillaume Canet
2011Forces spécialesTic-TacStéphane Rybojad
2012My WayPaul LedermanFlorent Emilio SiriNominated—César Award for Best Supporting Actor
2013Pour une femmeMichelDiane Kurys
2014La FrenchLe FouCédric Jimenez
2015La Tête hauteYannEmmanuelle BercotCabourg Film Festival - Best Actor
César Award for Best Supporting Actor
2016MarseilleLucas BarrèsFlorent Siri
2016150 MilligramsAntoine Le BihanEmmanuelle Bercot

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Benoit Magimel
First Name Benoit
Surname Magimel
Born 11th May, 1974
Home City Paris, France
Current City