Reminiscent of other gamine European beauties such as Leslie Caron and Audrey Hepburn, Tautou was already a well-known, award-winning actress in her homeland when she shot to international stardom as the title character in the quirky 2001 romantic comedy Amélie. Although she had made her name as an adorable ingénue, she changed her image somewhat for her first English-language film, the 2002 thriller Dirty Pretty Things set in a seedy hotel. Tautou continued to work steadily in her native country, but Tinseltown was constantly calling and in 2006 she made her big Hollywood debut in The Da Vinci Code. Although the film was a box-office success, it wasn't a hit with critics. This prompted the actress to return to her Gallic roots with a number of French films, most notably 2009's Coco Before Chanel.

Fast Facts

  • Learned to play the oboe and piano as a child.
  • Wanted to study monkeys as a career until her teens.
  • Received career-making role in Amelie after Emily Watson backed out. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet cast her for the film after seeing her face on a poster for the French film Venus Beauty Institute.
  • Learned to speak English for the 2002 film Dirty Pretty Things.
  • Takes and collects photographs of the reporters who interview her.
  • While filming The Da Vinci Code, convinced director Ron Howard to grow a beard.
  • Named the face of Chanel No. 5 perfume in 2008, replacing Nicole Kidman.


  • 2002, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
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  • 2005, European Film Awards — European Actress: Nominee
  • 2010, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actress: Nominee
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  • 2001, European Film Awards — European Actress: Nominee


  • Bernard Tautou — Father
  • Evelyne Tautou — Mother
  • Lance Mazmanian — Ex-fiancé
  • Mathieu Chédid — Ex-significant Other


  • Attended the Cours Florent, Paris, France


  • Birth Name: Audrey Tautou
  • Birth Place: Beaumont, France
  • Profession: Actor

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