Daniel Auteuil
Daniel Auteuil in 2011
Born (1950-01-24) 24 January 1950 (age 74)
Occupation(s)Actor, film director, screenwriter
Years active1974–present
  • Anne Jousset (?–?)
(m. 1993⁠–⁠1995)
Aude Ambroggi
(m. 2006)
PartnerMarianne Denicourt
Children3; including Aurore Auteuil

Daniel Auteuil (French: [danjɛl otœj]; born 24 January 1950) is a French actor and director who has appeared in a wide range of film genres, including period dramas, romantic comedies, and crime thrillers.[1] In 1996 he won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival together with Belgian actor Pascal Duquenne. He is also the winner of two César Awards for Best Actor, one in 1987 as Ugolin Soubeyran in Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources and one for his role in Girl on the Bridge. For his role in Jean de Florette he also won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.[2] Auteuil is considered one of France's most respected actors.[1][3]

Early life

Daniel Auteuil was born on 24 January 1950 in Algiers, French Algeria, the son of opera singers.[1] He grew up in Avignon and Nancy, France.[1] He began his acting career in musical comedy and made his film debut in 1972.[1]

At age 16, thanks to André Benedetto, who led a company in Avignon, Auteuil began stage acting in Chekhov's La Demande en mariage.[4] To please his parents he began studies in topography, and he worked in a nightclub cloakroom on Saturday nights to earn money.[4]

In 1969, after attending high school in Avignon, he went to Paris with his friend Roger Miremont. He enrolled in a theatre course taught by Cours Florent. Despite several attempts, he was never accepted to the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique.


In 1970, he made his debut in théâtre national populaire in Early Morning. In 1972 and 1973 he appeared in the American musical Godspell. Partnered with Edwige Feuillère's theatre (La folle de Chaillot) and Maria Pacôme's theatre (Apprends-moi, Céline), he co-starred with François Périer in Coup de chapeau, which earned him the 1979 Gérard Philipe prize for the best actor in Parisian theatre of the year. He then appeared in Le Garçon d'appartement, which Gérard Lauzier adapted for the cinema in 1982 as T'empêches tout le monde de dormir.

In 1974, Auteuil made his debut on television under the direction of Marcel Jullian in the series Les Fargeot before continuing next to Rellys, Jackie Sardou and Fernand Sardou in Adieu Amélie by Jean-Paul Carrère. In 1977, he played the detective Camaret in the six-episode series Rendez-vous en noir, based on the novel by William Irish.

In 1975, Gérard Pirès offered Auteuil the lead role in L'Agression with Catherine Deneuve and Jean-Louis Trintignant.

Auteuil's starring role in the historical drama film Jean de Florette (1986) and its sequel Manon des Sources (1986) brought him international recognition. Auteuil has since become one of the best-known, best-paid and most popular actors in France. Through his appearances in films including the swashbuckler Le bossu (1997), the comedy The Closet (2001), the romantic comedy After You... (2003), the thriller Caché (2005) and the comedy My Best Friend (2006), he has since gained greater international recognition.

In 2013, Auteuil was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[5]

Personal life

Auteuil has two daughters: Aurore Auteuil with his former partner, Anne Jousset, and Nelly from a ten-year relationship with actress Emmanuelle Béart, his co-star in the films A Heart in Winter and Manon des Sources (1986). He married Aude Ambroggi, a Corsican sculptor born in 1977,[6] on 22 July 2006 in Porto-Vecchio, Corsica.

Selected filmography

Auteuil signing a copy of Caché in 2023

As actor

Year Title Role Director
1974 L'Agression Natacha's boyfriend Gérard Pirès
1975 Attention les yeux ! Alex Gérard Pirès
1977 Monsieur Papa Dédé Philippe Monnier
1977 Rendez-vous en noir Inspecteur Camaret Claude Grinberg
1979 Us Two a rascal Claude Lelouch
Heroes Are Not Wet Behind the Ears Jean-Bernard Charles Nemes
1980 Les sous-doués Bébel Claude Zidi
1981 Les hommes préfèrent les grosses Jean-Yves Jean-Marie Poiré
Les Sous-doués en vacances Bébel Claude Zidi
Clara et les Chics Types Mickey Jacques Monnet
1982 Pour cent briques, t'as plus rien... Sam Édouard Molinaro
1984 Les Fauves [fr] Christopher Bergham Jean-Louis Daniel
Asphalt Warriors Inspecteur Vincent Sergio Gobbi
P'tit Con Jeannot Gérard Lauzier
1985 Palace [fr] Lucien Molard Édouard Molinaro
1986 Jean de Florette Ugolin Claude Berri
Manon des Sources
1987 Quelques jours avec moi Martial Pasquier Claude Sautet
1989 Romuald et Juliette Romuald Blindet Coline Serreau
1990 Lacenaire The Elegant Criminal Lacenaire Francis Girod
1991 A Heart in Winter Stéphane Claude Sautet
My Life Is Hell Abargadon Josiane Balasko
1992 My Favorite Season Antoine André Téchiné
1993 La Reine Margot Henri de Bourbon Patrice Chéreau
1994 La Séparation Pierre Christian Vincent
1995 A French Woman Louis Régis Wargnier
1995 Thieves Alex André Téchiné
Sostiene Pereira Dr. Cardoso Roberto Faenza
1996 The Eighth Day Harry Jaco Van Dormael
Lucie Aubrac Raymond Claude Berri
1997 On Guard Lagardère Philippe de Broca
1998 Girl on the Bridge Gabor Patrice Leconte
1999 The Lost Son Xavier Lombard Chris Menges
The Escort Pierre Michel Blanc
The Widow of Saint-Pierre Jean Patrice Leconte
The Closet François Pignon Francis Veber
2000 Sade Marquis de Sade Benoît Jacquot
2001 Vajont Alberico Biadene Renzo Martinelli
2002 The Adversary Jean-Marc Faure Nicole Garcia
2003 Rencontre avec le dragon Guillaume de Montauban Hélène Angel
After You... Antoine Letoux Pierre Salvadori
2004 36 Quai des Orfèvres Léo Vrinks Olivier Marchal
Strange Crime Daniel Roberto Andò
2005 Caché Georges Laurent Michael Haneke
To Paint or Make Love William Lasserre Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu
2006 The Valet Pierre Levasseur Francis Veber
My Best Friend François Coste Patrice Leconte
Napoleon and Me Napoleon Paolo Virzì
2007 Conversations with My Gardener Dupinceau Jean Becker
2008 The Last Deadly Mission Schneider Olivier Marchal
15 ans et demi Philippe Le Tallec François Desagnat & Thomas Sorriaux
Me Two Jean-Christian Ranu Nicolas & Bruno
2009 Je l'aimais Pierre Zabou Breitman
2011 The Well-Digger's Daughter Pascal Amoretti Daniel Auteuil
2012 The Lookout Mattei Michele Placido
Blood from a Stone Georges Pierret Jacques Maillot
2013 Jappeloup Serge Durand Christian Duguay
Marius César Daniel Auteuil
2015 Entre amis Richard Olivier Baroux
Nos femmes Paul Richard Berry
2016 Les Naufragés Jean-Louis Brochard David Charhon
Au nom de ma fille André Bamberski Vincent Garenq
The Confessions Daniel Roché Roberto Andò
2017 Le Brio Pierre Mazard Yvan Attal
2018 The Other Woman Daniel Daniel Auteuil
Remi, Nobody's Boy Vitalis Antoine Blossier
2019 Qui m'aime me suive ! Gilbert José Alcala
La Belle Époque Victor Drumond Nicolas Bedos
2021 Farewell, Mr. Haffmann Joseph Haffmann Fred Cavayé
2022 Le Nouveau Jouet Philippe Étienne James Huth
2023 A Silence François Schaar Joachim Lafosse

As filmmaker

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter
2011 The Well-Digger's Daughter Yes Yes
2013 Marius Yes Yes
2013 Fanny Yes Yes
2018 The Other Woman Yes Yes
2024 Le Fil Yes Yes Post-production

Awards and nominations

Award Year Category Work Result Ref.
British Academy Film Awards 1987 Best Actor in a Supporting Role Jean de Florette Won
Cannes Film Festival 1996 Best Actor (Shared with Pascal Duquenne) The Eighth Day Won
César Awards 1987 Best Actor Jean de Florette Won
1989 A Few Days with Me Nominated
1991 Lacenaire Nominated
1993 A Heart in Winter Nominated
1994 My Favorite Season Nominated
1995 La Séparation Nominated
1997 The Eighth Day Nominated
1998 On Guard Nominated
2000 Girl on the Bridge Won
2003 The Adversary Nominated
2004 After You... Nominated
2005 36 Quai des Orfèvres Nominated
2018 Le Brio Nominated
2020 La Belle Époque Nominated
David di Donatello Awards 1993 Best Foreign Actor A Heart in Winter Won
European Film Awards 1993 Best Actor A Heart in Winter Won
2005 Caché Won
Lumières Awards 2001 Best Actor Sade Won
2018 Le Brio Nominated
2020 La Belle Époque Nominated
Molière Awards 1988 Best Actor Double Inconstancy Nominated
1991 Scapin the Schemer Nominated
2014 Nos Femmmes Nominated


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  6. ^ "Généalogie de Aude AMBROGGI". Geneanet (in French). Retrieved 15 January 2023.