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Matthias Schoenaerts Biography

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Matthias Schoenaerts
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Fast Facts

  • Acting alongside his father, he makes his debut on stage as an 8-year-old
  • He takes acting classes at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp
  • At 15, he makes his first appearance on the big screen in the film Daens, once again alongside his father
  • He gains fame for his role in the 2011 film, Bullhead
  • In order to prepare for his role as a livestock farmer, he had to gain about 65 pounds of muscle
  • In 2012, he is chosen by Jacques Audiard for a principal role in Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os), in which he shares the screen with Marion Cotillard
  • In 2013, he becomes the first Belgian actor to take home the César Award for Most Promising Actor of the Year


  • 2020Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 2018Magritte Award-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2013César Awards-Most Promising Actor: winner