Judith Godrèche

Judith Godrèche (born 23 March 1972) is a French actress and author. She has appeared in more than 30 films.

Judith Godrèche
Godrèche at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1972-03-23) 23 March 1972
Paris, France
OccupationActress, author, film director, screenwriter
Years active1985–present
Philippe Michel
(m. 1996; div. 1996)

Dany Boon
(m. 1998; div. 2002)
Partner(s)Benoît Jacquot
Maurice Barthélemy (2004–2014)

Early life

Godrèche was born in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. Her father is a psychoanalyst, and her mother a child therapist. Her parents separated when she was eight years old. Her father is Jewish; his parents were Holocaust survivors from Poland and Russia who changed their surname from Goldreich.[1] After being discovered for her first role at the age of 14, Godrèche left school and moved away from her parents to begin her acting career. By the age of 16, she settled into a relationship with director Benoît Jacquot, 25 years her senior.


Her early work included commercial modeling for a Japanese chocolate maker, as well as a teen magazine. Her first film appearance was as Claudia Cardinale's daughter in L'été prochain. At 14, she obtained her first major role, in Jacquot's Les mendiants, with Dominique Sanda.

In 1989, Godrèche starred in Jacques Doillon's La fille de 15 ans with Melvil Poupaud, which brought her fame. The following year, she turned to a full-time career in film. In 1990 she was nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actress for her performance in Jacquot's La désenchantée.

In 1991, she was a member of the jury at the 41st Berlin International Film Festival.[2]

In 1994 her novel Point de côté was published in France by Broché Publishers to good reviews.

Godrèche was not well known to American audiences until Patrice Leconte's Ridicule was released in 1996. The film introduced her to Americans in the role of Mathilde de Bellegarde. In 1998 she starred with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jeremy Irons in The Man in the Iron Mask.

Godrèche was nominated for a 2002 César Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the surprise European hit, L'Auberge espagnole.

Her first record inspired from the film Toutes les filles pleurent was released by Because Music.

In 2012, she began playing the continuing character of Claudette Von Jurgens in season 3 of Royal Pains.[3]

Godrèche's performance as Charlotte in the film The Overnight has led to her being called a "breakout" star of 2015. She is also starring in an upcoming HBO comedy about a French actress who moves to Los Angeles.[4]

Personal life

Godrèche had a long-term relationship with Benoît Jacquot who was 25 years her senior.[5] She was briefly married to Philippe Michel, an architect, in 1996.[6][7] She was later married to comedian Dany Boon from 1998 to 2002. Together they have a son, Noé, born 4 September 1999.[8] In 2004, she began a relationship with actor and director Maurice Barthélémy, who is the father of her daughter, Tess, born 19 April 2005.[1] The couple split in 2014.[9]

Godrèche has considered converting to Judaism as an adult, which she attributed to her close relationship with her paternal grandparents.[1]



Year Title Role Director
1985 L'été prochain Nickie Nadine Trintignant
1987 Les mendiants Catherine Benoît Jacquot
1987 Les saisons du plaisir Ophélie Jean-Pierre Mocky
1988 La méridienne Stéphanie Jean-François Amiguet
1988 Un été d'orages Laurence Charlotte Brandström
1989 Sons Florence jr. Alexandre Rockwell
1989 La fille de quinze ans Juliette Jacques Doillon
1990 The Disenchanted (La désenchantée) Beth Benoît Jacquot
1991 Ferdydurke Zoo Jerzy Skolimowski
1991 Paris s'éveille Louise Olivier Assayas
1992 Emma Zunz TV Emma Zunz Benoît Jacquot
1993 Tango Madeleine Patrice Leconte
1993 Une nouvelle vie Lise Olivier Assayas
1994 Grande petite Bénédicte Sophie Fillières
1995 L'aube à l'envers Sophie Marceau
1995 Beaumarchais, l'insolent Marie-Antoinette Edouard Molinaro
1995 Ridicule Mathilde Patrice Leconte
1997 Le rouge et le noir Mathilde de La Mole Jean-Daniel Verhaege
1998 The Man in the Iron Mask Christine Bellefort Randall Wallace
1998 Bimboland Cécile Bussy Ariel Zeitoun
1999 Entropy Stella Phil Joanou
2001 L'auberge espagnole Anne-Sophie Cédric Klapisch
2002 Parlez-moi d'amour Justine Sophie Marceau
2002 France Boutique Estelle Tonie Marshall
2003 Quicksand Lela Forin John Mackenzie
2004 Tu vas rire mais je te quitte Elise Vérone Philippe Harel
2004 Tout pour plaire Marie Cécile Telerman
2004 Papa Maman Maurice Barthélémy
2006 Human Bomb Maurice Barthélémy
2007 Je veux pas que tu t'en ailles Carla Bernard Jeanjean
2008 Home Sweet Home Benoît Lamy
2009 Fais-moi plaisir! Claire Emmanuel Mouret
2010 Potiche Elisabeth François Ozon
2010 Holiday Nadine Trémois Guillaume Nicloux
2011 The Art of Love (L'art d'aimer) Amélie Emmanuel Mouret
2013 Stoker Doctor Jacquin Park Chan-wook
2015 The Overnight Charlotte Patrick Brice
2018 Under the Eiffel Tower Louise Archie Borders

Director and writer

  • Toutes les filles pleurent (2010)


  1. Champenois, Sabrina (27 March 2000). "La tiraillée". Libération. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  2. "Berlinale: 1991 Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
  3. Kate Stanhope (18 January 2012). "5 Teases From Royal Pains' Return". tvguide.com.
  4. D’Addario, Daniel (17 June 2015). "Meet Judith Godrèche, the Surprise Comic Standout From The Overnight". TIME. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  5. Grassin, Sophie (3 April 2009). "Benoît Jacquot, le cinéaste amoureux". Le Figaro. p. 2. Archived from the original on 8 April 2009.
  6. "Actress Puts Accent On U.S. Audience / French star Judith Godreche's 'Ridicule' may give her recognition in this country". sfgate.com. Retrieved 1 December 1996. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. "Ridicule At Your Peril". www.newspapers.com. Retrieved 26 December 1996. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. "Judith Godreche Biography (1972–)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 29 July 2009.
  9. "Judith Godrèche séparée de Maurice Barthélemy selon Voici". www.legossip.net. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
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