It is quite common to find professional actors from all backgrounds in American films. These days there are significant number of well known actors that live way beyond the Hollywood Hills and have gone on to become some of today’s leading stars. If you have noticed most of them are from England or other parts of the United Kingdom like Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean), and Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead). While it is amazing to be graced by highly talented and well trained British thespians, we can not overlook other foreign celebrities who continue to contribute to American film as well. Specifically speaking, we are talking about the French because without them, well, we would not have movies at all.
France is known for inventing cinema and innovative film making. Their film industry has made major contributions, such as creating the Nouvelle Vague film movement. Most of their films include other foreign nations such as Poland, Austria, Russia, and the United States due to being the destination spot for artists in all of Europe. In fact, it is the second largest cinema export behind the United States.
Because of France’s lush artistic history of cinema, fashion and music, it is home to many talented gentlemen and mademoiselles. Some them are part of Hollywood’s most glamorous leading ladies. So we have created a list of this year’s most beautiful actresses that are ruling the big and small screen.
Check to see if your favorite French actress made the list!
10. Lea Seydoux
The beautiful blonde actress caught the public’s attention starring as Emma in the French coming of age, erotic film Blue Is The Warmest Color. She has gone on to work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Wes Anderson in The Grand Budapest Hotel and Woody Allen in Midnight In Paris. You can currently see her act alongside Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film Spectre.
9. Marion Cotillard
At 39 years old, Marion Cotillard is still beautiful as ever. Her looks are the embodiment of a French beauty. Her features are soft. Her eyes have a warmth and playfulness to them. She is classic. Like other actresses on this list, she performs in American and French cinema. Her notable performances include roles in La Vie En Rose, The Dark Knight Rises, and Inception just to name a few. This year you can catch her in theaters as Lady Macbeth, co-starring Michael Fassbender in Macbeth.
8. Eva Green
This list would be quite incomplete without mentioning Eva Green who is undoubtedly sexy. Her green eyes seem to pierce right through you. Even if she claims to be a shy introvert, Eva Green exhumes confidence and an air of mystery. Her film career started in 2003 in Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers. Green continues to make appearances in television and independent films. Today, she continues her role as Vanessa Ives in Showtime’s Gothic show Penny Dreadful. She is currently in the middle of filming Tim Burton’s newest film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an adaptation of Ransom Rigg’s novel of the same name.
7. Berenice Marlohe
With her smoldering, dark features it is no surprise that this woman is turning heads all around the world. Berenice Marlohe has been acting in French films and television for several years that include R.I.S. Police scientifique, Medical Emergency, and Pere et maire. It was not until 2012 she rose to fame as the villain Severine in Skyfall. Earlier this summer, she starred in a television mini series called “The Spoil Before Dying” with Kristen Wiig.
6. Clémence Poésy
Clémence Poésy has been making a name for herself in American, British, and French films. The lovely green-eyed blonde is best known as the alluring Fleur Belacour in three films of the Harry Potter franchise: The Goblet of Fire and Deathly Hallows parts 1 & 2. Poésy has made appearances on the CW’s Gossip Girl, 127 Hours, and in the cult hit In Bruges. Like her fellow wizarding world star Emma Watson, Poésy is becoming a fashionista, being named as the face of G-Star Raw and of the new Chloe perfume entitled Chloe’s New Love. The Ones Below premiered this year and she currently stars in the television series The Tunnel.
5. Marine Vacth
This actress and model is just simply striking. A brunette with a sharp jawline and piercing green eyes, Marine Vacth has features perfectly made for the big screen. Still in the early stage of her career, having started in 2011 in the film My Piece of the Pie, her biggest role to date is Isabelle in Francois Ozon’s Young & Beautiful. The part earned her nominations for both the Cesar and Lumieres Award for Most Promising Actress. Her newest film Belles Familles or The Families, was released this October 2015.
4. Vahina Giocante
Vahina Giocante has a unique but nonetheless pretty look. Her narrow face and flowing golden locks makes her a stunner. She has been acting since 1997 when she made her screen debut in the movie Marie Baie des Anges or Marie From The Bay of Angels in the titular role. Vahina has gone to star in both television and films like Lila Says, Marie Antoinette (the 2005 TV movie), and Ultimate Heist. In 2015, she appeared in the Spanish film Los exiliados romantios. She will star in a TV mini-series called Mata Hari set for a 2016 release.
3. Adéle Exarchopoulos
Here is another Adele you can adore but this one is both French and Greek! Adéle Exarchopoulos is only 22 years old and even though she has not been in the acting game too long she certainly has what it takes to make it for the long haul. She achieved fame with her co-star Lea Seydoux playing the part of Adele in Blue is the Warmest Color. Her performance received critical and worldwide acclaim. She is the youngest actress ever to receive the Palme d’ Or award at the Cannes Festival. On November 11, 2015 her newest flick Les Anarchistes (The Anarchists) debuted in theaters.
2. Audrey Tatou
Audrey Tatou captured the hearts of many, French and American alike, as the lovable quirky Amelie Poulain in the 2001 French film, Amelié. Since then she has continued to have a successful career in the French films industry. Those large round eyes and signature short black hair is cute and makes her easily recognizable. You may remember her in films such as A Very Long Engagement and Coco Avant Chanel where she plays the mega fashion Icon. In 2015, Tatou appeared in the French comedy Microbe & Gasoline and has another project in the works.
1. Mélanie Laurent
While this dirty blonde, green-eyed woman appears shy and guarded, talent shines in her films. You may recall her as Shoshana, the impeccable Jewish cinema owner/Nazi killer in Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece Inglourious Basterds. Not only does this lady act, she models, sings, writes and directs! Her film Respire, based off Anne Sophie Brasme, was featured in the Cannes Film Festival last year. In 2011, she released her debut album En t’attendant which was co-written and co-produced by Irish folk singer-songwriter Damien Rice. A woman of that many talents definitely makes her attractive factor very high.