French Actresses

The French have that certain je ne sais quoi. Here is a guide to some of the most beautiful and talented French actresses in history.

Note: If the actress’ home country is not France, it will be listed in parentheses next to the name. The reason the actress is on this list is because of their extensive work in France.

Dedicated to Max J. Pell, who asked me to make this list.

Isabelle Adjani

Isabelle Huppert

Irène Jacob

Noémie Lenoir

Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi

Carla Bruni set to be in the new Woody Allen film

Brigitte Bardot

Catherine Deneuve

Laetitia Casta

Carole Bouquet

Ludivine Sagnier

Alice Taglioni

Sandrine Kiberlain

Isabelle Carré

Anna Karina (Denmark)

Anna Mouglalis

Eva Green

Béatrice Dalle

Jeanne Moreau

Fanny Ardant

Marie Trintignant

Charlotte Gainsbourg (UK/France)

Jane Birkin (UK)

Léa Seydoux

Marie-France Pisier

Romy Schneider (Austria)

Marie-Josée Croze (Canada)

Cécile de France (Belgium)

Simone Signoret

Stéphane Audran

Vera Clouzot

Michèle Morgan

Juliette Binoche

Anouk Aimée

Marion Cotillard

Emmanuelle Béart

Emmanuelle Devos

Clémence Poésy

Émilie Dequenne

Virginie Ledoyen

Sandrine Bonnaire

Danielle Darrieux

Anne Wiazemsky

Corinne Marchand

Laura Smet

Nathalie Baye

Brigitte Fossey



Anonymous said…
This is Leopold from The Deux.

Great list, Allison. I love me some French actresses (unfortunately, from way across the pond unlike you right now.) Some overlooked (or deliberate) exclusions:

Nathalie Boutefeu
Clotilde Hesme
Natacha Régnier
Isild Le Besco
Chiara Mastroianni
Danièle Delorme
Françoise Dorléac

And what is that shot of Laura Smet from? My god, she's gorgeous in that.
Kris Katsby said…
No Audrey Taotou? She plays a crazy girl so well!
Allison M. said…
Thanks Leopold & Kris. Natacha Régnier slipped my mind. I should probably add her soon. I also like Annabella quite a bit. The others, eh.....

I'm not sure which movie the shot of Laura Smet is from. I should probably find out!
dandylion said…
Cécile de France ( Belgium ) !
Allison M. said…
Thanks Dandylion. For some reason I forgot that Cecile de France was from Belgium.
dandylion said…
Her name is a little misleading :)

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