Isabelle Huppert


Isabelle Huppert (Paris, 1953) is one of the greatest European film and stage actresses of her generation. She has featured in nearly a hundred films since making her debut in 1972. Huppert made her film debut in Faustine et le bel été in 1972. She soon became one of the busiest and most popular actresses in Europe. Huppert established a reputation for cool and mysteriously detached roles. She reached a new peak in her film career in 2001 with her role in La Pianiste by Michael Haneke. Huppert started doing theatre at a young age. Even before her film debut, she had been a promising stage actress. She returned to theatre in 1988 and featured in La Ménagerie de verre, directed by Ivo van Hove (ITA), in 2021.


Conservatory of Versailles

Russian at Faculté de Clichy

Drama at the Conservatoire National d’Art Dramatique

Major work (theatre)

1988 Un mois à la campagne 

1993 Orlando

1996 Mary Stuart

2005 Hedda Gabler

2005 4:48 Psychosis

2006 Quartet

2011 Un tramway (Holland Festival)

2021 La Ménagerie de verre

Prizes and awards

1978 BAFTA Most Promising Newcomer voor La Dentellière

1978 Filmfestival Cannes Beste actrice in Violette Nozière

1988 Filmfestival van Venetië Beste actrice in Une affaire de femmes

1991 Deutscher Filmpreis Beste actrice in Malina

1996 César Beste actrice in La Cérémonie

2001 Filmfestival Cannes Beste actrice en European Film Awards voor La Pianiste

2005 Speciale Gouden Leeuw Filmfestival Venetië voor Gabrielle

2016 César Beste actrice in Elle

2017 Golden Globe Beste actrice in Elle

2005 Officier Ordre National de Mérite

2009 Officier Légion d’Honneur