Virginie Efira

Virginie Efira

Efira in 2016
Born (1977-05-05) 5 May 1977
Schaerbeek,(Region of Brussels-Capital) Belgium
Occupation Actress, news anchor
Years active 2005 - present
Spouse(s) Patrick Ridremont (m. 2002–05) (divorced)
Partner(s) Mabrouk El Mechri (present)

Virginie Efira (born 5 May 1977) is a Belgian and french actress, and anchor on French television.

Life and career

She is the daughter of Professor André Efira, hemato-oncologist, and Carine Verelst. Efira is of partial Greek-Jewish descent.[1][2] She was first hired by Club RTL (A Belgian TV channel in the RTL Group) to present a children's show called Mégamix. She went on to present other programmes in Belgium, including A la recherche de la nouvelle Star. In September 2002 she was offered the job of the presenter of Belgian's version of Star Academy. After casting to be a weather girl on France's M6 channel, she was soon pushed into the limelight as one of M6's main public faces, presenting shows such as Le Grand Zap, La saga des ..., Follement Gay, Absolument 80/90, Le Grand Piège and Drôles d'équipes. She was the host of Classé Confidentiel for one year, before replacing Benjamin Castaldi as the host of the popular musical reality show Nouvelle Star for the end of the show's fourth series. She also presents various shows on RTL-TVi (a spin-off channel in the RTL Group). Efira was a guest star on the highly successful French show Kaamelott.

Efira's film career took off in 2004, appearing as Dr. Liz Wilson in the French-language version of Garfield: The Movie, as well as playing Piper in the French version of the 2005 film Robots. In 2012, she won the Audience Award at the 2nd Magritte Awards.[3]

In 2010, she participated in Rendez-vous en terre inconnue.

She was married to Patrick Ridremont from 2002 to 2005 when they separated.[4] They filed for divorce in February 2009.[5] She is now in a relationship with Mabrouk El Mechri, with whom she has a daughter, Ali, born 24 May 2013 in Paris.[6] She was granted french citizen in 2016.


Year Title Role Director Notes
2005 Africains poids-moyens Daniel Cattier Short
2006-09 Kaamelott Berlewen Alexandre Astier TV Series (2 Episodes)
2007 Max & Co Cathy Frédéric & Samuel Guillaume
Un amour de fantôme Anna Arnaud Sélignac TV Movie
2007-08 Off Prime Virginie Stéphane Kopecky, Bruno Solo, ... TV Series (11 Episodes)
2009 The Barons The misunderstood artist Nabil Ben Yadir
Le siffleur Candice Philippe Lefebvre
Canal presque The Host Pierre Jamin & Serge Khalfon TV Series (3 Episodes)
2010 Kill Me Please Inspector Evrard Olias Barco Nominated - Magritte Award for Best Supporting Actress
L'amour, c'est mieux à deux Angèle Dominique Farrugia & Arnaud Lemort
En chantier, monsieur Tanner ! The banker Stefan Liberski TV Movie
2011 My Worst Nightmare Julie Anne Fontaine
La chance de ma vie Johanna Sorini Nicolas Cuche Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival - Best Actress
À la maison pour Noël Sarah Moreau Christian Merret-Palmair TV Movie
2012 Dead Man Talking Elisabeth Lacroix Patrick Ridremont
Hénaut président Herself Michel Muller
2013 It Boy Alice Lantins David Moreau
Turning Tide Marie Drevil Christophe Offenstein
Cookie Delphine Léa Fazer
Les invincibles Caroline Fernet Frédéric Berthe
Le débarquement Various Renaud Le Van Kim TV Series (1 Episode)
2015 Caprice Alicia Bardery Emmanuel Mouret
Une famille à louer Violette Mandini Jean-Pierre Améris
The Sense of Wonder Louise Legrand Éric Besnard
Et ta soeur Marie Guibal Marion Vernoux
2016 Up for Love Diane Duchêne Laurent Tirard Pending - Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actress
In Bed with Victoria Victoria Spick Justine Triet
Elle Rebecca Paul Verhoeven
2017 Pris de court Nathalie Emmanuelle Cuau



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