Plus belle la vie

Plus belle la vie is a French television soap opera based on an idea by Hubert Besson and characters created by Georges Desmouceaux, Bénédicte Achard, Magaly Richard-Serrano and Olivier Szulzynger. On air since 30 August 2004, it is currently shown on France 3 on Monday to Friday evenings at 8:15pm. The show began with seventeen main actors and gained more over time.[1]

Plus belle la vie
GenreSoap opera
Theme music composerMaidi Roth
Country of originFrance
Original language(s)French
No. of seasons16
No. of episodes3,904+ 23 special
(as of 25 January 2019)
Executive producer(s)Hubert Besson, Telfrance
Production location(s)Marseille, France
Running time24 minutes
Original networkFrance 3
Picture format16/9
Audio formatStereo
Original release30 August 2004 

On 11 July 2008 France 3 broadcast its one thousandth episode, a milestone in French television. The series set a second record on 8 June 2012, with its two thousandth episode.[1] On 22 April 2016 the soap passed the bar of the three-thousandth episode.


The series follows the daily lives of the inhabitants of "Le Mistral", a fictional neighbourhood in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille, where wealthy and less than wealthy families co-exist. It focuses on their evolving love lives and friendships evolve and on the criminal intrigues in which certain residents of the neighbourhood are involved.

Main cast

Actor Character Seasons
Colette Renard Rachel Lévy seasons 1–5
Cécilia HornusBlanche Marciseasons 1–present
Sylvie FleppMirta Torresseasons 1–present
Hélène MédigueCharlotte Le Bihacseasons 1–5
Serge DupireVincent Chaumetteseasons 1–present
Michel CordesRoland Marciseasons 1–present
Thierry RagueneauFrançois Marciseasons 1–2 et 8
Pierre MartotLéo Castelliseasons 1–9 & 12–present
Rebecca HamptonCéline Frémontseasons 1–present
Geoffrey SauveauxLucas Marciseasons 1–2
Dounia CoesensJohanna Marciseasons 1–10
Ambroise MichelRudy Torresseasons 1–10
Aurélie VaneckNinon Chaumetteseasons 1–10
Sofiane BelmoudenMalik Nassriseasons 1–4
Ibtissem GuerdaAicha Djellalseason 1
Lætitia MilotMélanie Rinatoseasons 1–present
Richard GuedjCharles-Henri Picmalseasons 1– 2 & 7
Alexandre PottierAntoine Frémontseason 1
Juliette ChêneJuliette Frémontseasons 1–4 & 8
Virgile BayleGuillaume Lesermanseasons 1–13
Anne DécisLuna Torresseasons 1–present
Alexandre FabreCharles Frémontseasons 1–present
Laurent KerusoréThomas Marciseasons 1–present
Thibaud VaneckNathan Lesermanseasons 1–8 & 10–present

Recurring Cast

Actor Character Seasons
Fabienne CaratSamia Nassriseasons 1–present
Jean-François MaletJean-François Lerouxseasons 2–12
Valérie BaurensAgathe Robinseason 2–6 & 8
Cécile AuclertVéra Madiganseasons 2–5
Amalric GérardJean-Baptiste Gauthierseasons 2–4
Élodie VarletEstelle Cantorelseasons 3–present
Jean-Charles ChagachbanianFranck Ruizseasons 3–6 and 11–present
Franck BordeFlorian Estèveseasons 3–7
Ludovic BaudeBenoît Cassagneseasons 4–present
Stéphane HenonJean-Paul Boherseasons 4–present
Pascale RobertsWanda Legendreseasons 4–present
Coline d'IncaSybille Cassagneseasons 4–9
Audric ChapusRaphaël Cassagneseasons 4–8
David BaiotDjawad Sanghaseasons 5–present
Marwan BerreniAbdel Fedalaseasons 5–present
Léa FrançoisBarbara Évenotseasons 5–present
Rachid HafassaKarim Fedalaseasons 5–present
Françoise BertinJosiane Lavalseason 5
Catherine BenguiguiViolette Garcinseason 6
Anne CanovasAnémone Vitreuilseasons 6–7 et 9–present
Caroline BourgElsa Baillyseasons 7–present
Joakim LatzkoGabriel Rivaseasons 7–present
Avy MarcianoSacha Malkavianseasons 7–present
Geoffrey PietJonas Malkavianseasons 7–12
Stéphane BierryStéphane Prieurseasons 8–present
Gladys CohenSeta Malkavianseasons 8–present
Sara MortensenCoralie Blainseasons 8–present
Stéphanie ParejaJeanne Carminseasons 8–present
Marie RéacheBabeth Neboutseasons 8–present
Jérôme BertinPatrick Neboutseasons 9–present
Charles SchneiderPrincipal Rochatseasons 9–present
Céline VitcoqWendy Lesageseasons 9–13
Lola Marois-BigardAriane Hersantseasons 17–present


At first it was difficult to attract viewers. However, after striving to create more dynamic story lines, by the second season Plus belle la vie had an audience of five million. On Valentine's Day 2006, a plot involving Nicolas Barrel's death drew an audience of 6,329,600.[2] On 17 November 2008 Plus belle la vie received its highest ever ratings, with over 6.8 million viewers and a 24.9% audience share.[3]

The series regularly averages an audience of 5.3 million viewers with a 23.2% audience share each weekday evening.[4]

See also


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