Guillaume Gallienne

Guillaume Gallienne

Gallienne in 2014 at the 39th César Awards
Born (1972-02-08) 8 February 1972
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, director, producer
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Amandine Gallienne (m. 2005)

Guillaume Gallienne (born 8 February 1972) is a French actor, screenwriter and film director. He has received two Molière Awards for his stagework and has won two César Awards, one for writing and the other for his performance in his autobiographical comedy film Me, Myself and Mum (2013).

Early life

Gallienne was born in Paris to French businessman Jean-Claude and Russian-Georgian aristocrat Mellita Gallienne, the third of four sons.[1] From the age of 10, he attended La Salle Passy Buzenval where he was bullied for his effeminate personality.[2] Two years later, after a nervous breakdown, he was sent to St John's College near Portsmouth in England.[3] The death of a close cousin convinced him to take up acting at the age of 19.[4] He attended Cours Florent for three years before studying under Daniel Mesguich, Stéphane Braunschweig and Dominique Valadié at the French National Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduating in 1998.[5]


Gallienne made his film debut in 1992 in Tableau d'honneur and he has starred in Sofia Coppola's 2006 film Marie Antoinette. Between 2008 and 2010, he had a short sketch segment entitled Les Bonus de Guillaume on Le Grand Journal, parodying DVD bonus features.[6] He won a Molière Award for Best Newcomer in 2010 in his one-man stage show Boys and Guillaume, to the table! (Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table!) and another for Best Supporting Actor in 2011 in Un fil à la patte.[7][8] He collaborated with choreographer Nicolas Le Riche to write the libretto for the 2011 Paris Opera Ballet production of Caligula.[9] He adapted Bolshoi Ballet's 2014 Parisian production of Illusions perdues, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky.[10]

His 2013 film Me, Myself and Mum, an adaptation of his stage show, was screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the top prize (Art Cinema Award) and the Prix SACD.[11] The film was nominated for ten Césars, the most in 2014, winning five in total. Individually, he was awarded the César Award for Best Actor and the César Award for Best Writing.[12]

Gallienne has been a member (Sociétaire) of the Comédie-Française company since 2005, having first entered in 1998.[13] He became a Knight of the National Order of Merit in November 2008 and an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters at the start of 2013.[14][15] He has hosted a weekly literature show Ça peut pas faire de mal on France Inter since September 2009.[16]

Personal life

In 2001, Guillaume met his wife Amandine, a stylist, whom he married in 2005.


As actor

Feature films

Short films



Voice over



  1. Savigneau, Josyane (11 October 2013). "Guillaume Gallienne, le mélange des genres". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  2. Aubel, François (19 November 2013). "Guillaume Gallienne, le rôle de sa vie". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  3. Despina, Ladi (13 December 2014). "My mother insisted I was gay – but I'm not". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  4. Rochmann, Caroline (20 October 2012). "Guillaume Gallienne: "Amandine donne ses couleurs à ma vie"". Paris Match (in French). Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  5. Rocher, Bertrand (20 November 2013). "Mais pour qui se prend Guillaume Gallienne?". Grazia (in French). Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  6. Petrowski, Nathalie (10 March 2014). "Guillaume Gallienne: à table avec Guillaume sans les garçons". La Presse (in French). Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  7. "PALMARES DE LA CEREMONIE DES MOLIERES 1987–2010" (PDF) (in French). Les Molières. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  8. "Palmarès 2011" (PDF) (in French). Les Molières. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  9. Liban, Laurence (31 January 2011). "Un ballet pour Caligula". L'Express (in French). Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  10. Bavelier, Ariane (3 January 2014). "Le Bolchoï retrouve ses illusions à Paris". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  11. "Cannes: 'Me, Myself and Mum' Takes Home Two Awards From Directors' Fortnight". The Hollywood Reporter. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  12. "Palmares 2014 – 39th Cesar Award Ceremony". Académie des César. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  13. "Guillaume Gallienne" (in French). Comédie-Française. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  14. "Décret du 14 novembre 2008 portant promotion et nomination" (in French). Légifrance. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  15. "Nomination dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres janvier 2013" (in French). Ministry of Culture and Communication. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  16. "Guillaume Gallienne" (in French). France Inter. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  17. "19e Cérémonie des Lumières" (in French). Academie des Lumieres. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
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