Denis Podalydès

Actor, Stage director, Screenwriter, Writer


“I find in the seri­ous enclo­sure of a film, the pure plea­sure of child­hood start­ed more than fifty years ago”

Hav­ing trained at the Nation­al Supe­ri­or Con­ser­va­to­ry of Dra­mat­ic Arts, Denis Poda­ly­dès became a pen­sion­naire at the Comédie-Française in 1997, then a socié­taire of the troupe in 2000, sev­er­al months after receiv­ing the Molière Award for Best New­com­er in The­ater for his role in Gogol’s “The Inspec­tor Gen­er­al” direct­ed by Jean-Louis Benoit. Along­side his rich career as a the­ater actor, not to men­tion as a writer, screen­writer and 2007 Molière Award-win­ning direc­tor for “Cyra­no de Berg­er­ac”, he has played numer­ous roles in TV movies and films. He par­tic­i­pat­ed in hun­dreds of fea­ture films, hav­ing per­formed on screen for, among oth­ers, Arnaud Desplechin, Diane Kurys, Michael Haneke, Alain Resnais and his broth­er Bruno, with whom he has co-writ­ten sev­er­al fea­tures. Denis Poda­ly­dès was nom­i­nat­ed in 2003 for the César for Best Sup­port­ing Actor for Michel Blanc’s Sum­mer Things, then again in 2012 in the Best Actor cat­e­go­ry for his per­for­mance in Xavier Dur­ringer’s The Con­quest, and once more in 2019 for Best Sup­port­ing Actor in Christophe Hon­oré’s film Sor­ry Angel.

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