French actresses to watch in 2021 and 2022

I don’t know what got me thinking about French actors, but it probably some show I watched. So I found myself wondering, who’s out there? Who’s considered a ‘one to watch’ at the moment? When you research this you tend to get the usual suspects: Eva Green, Lea Seydoux, Melanie Laurent, Marion Cotillard and others you’ve no doubt heard of, or seen in movies aplenty.

And whilst they’re great, I wanted to put a spotlight on a few others.

Here are my picks…

Mathilde Ollivier

You may have seen Mathilde in the movie Overlord (2018), the J.J. Abrams-produced WWII tale about a group of US paratroopers that get attacked by Nazis in a small French town. She’s also in a sci-fi movie called Boss Level (2021), starring Frank Grillo, which is out now on Prime in the UK.

News: you can next see Mathilde in TV series 1899 (2022), from the creators of Dark. It’s about a group of migrants that leave London on a steam ship to New York. On the journey, something they encounter on another ship turns into a nightmarish riddle.

Jeanne Goursaud

Jeanne is a German-French actor who recently starred in the Netflix show, Barbarians (2020). If you liked Vikings and The Last Kingdom then this will be up your street. The relationship between Thusnelda (Goursaud), Folkwin (David Schutter) and Roman soldier Arminius (Laurence Rupp) are what made the show work so well.

News: season 2 of Barbarians begun filming in September 2021. No news on a release date yet.

Garance Marillier

Raw (2016) was a coming-of-age horror drama, and one not for the faint of heart. Garance was its critically acclaimed star in a very much a breakout performance.

News: You can see her in Netflix mystery Gone for Good (2021) . And she’s also in an upcoming American-Polish sci-fi movie currently being filmed called Warning, which stars James D’Arcy, Laura Harrier and Alex Pettyfer.

Pom Klementieff

Pom was born in Canada to a Korean mother and Russian-French father. She made her American film debut in Oldboy (2013) and levelled up playing Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017).

News: You can next see her in Mission Impossible 7 (2022), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) and Mission Impossible 8 (2023).

Lizzie Brocheré

Ok, perhaps Lizzie cannot really be classed as a ‘one to watch’ as she’s been acting, at least as a child, since the late ’90s. She was in Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain and American Horror Story, and I most recently saw her in Versaille, where she played a doctor, a job considered a man’s profession at the time.

News: You can next see Lizzie in a TV adaptation of the 1980 movie, American Gigolo. This remake will star Jon Bernthal. I say see… they’re filming the pilot. If it gets picked up we can expect it in 2022.

Emma Mackey

Those that have seen TV show Sex Education will know Mackey. She’s English-French, and thus makes the cut.

News: Emma will blow up soon, with upcoming films including Eiffel (2021) and Death On The Nile (2022), which was pushed back due to a scandal. She’s also the lead in Emily, an upcoming film about Emily Bronte.

Noemie Merlant

Noemie has been doing shorts and TV movies for a decade, but her performance in Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (2019) is what truly put her on the map for many of us.

News: She has Paris, 13th District (2020) coming up, a movie directed by Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) and written by Audiard and Celine Sciamma (director of Portrait Of A Lady On Fire).

Elodie Yung

Elodie is French-Cambodian, and perhaps best known for playing Elektra in TV show Daredevil (2016) and The Defenders (2017). She voiced the character of Alice in ‘Pop squad’, one of the best episodes of the recent animated series, Love, Death and Robots (2021).

News: You can next see her in TV show The Cleaning Lady (2022): about a whip-smart Cambodian doctor who comes to the US to treat her son. When the system fails her she goes into hiding, then uses her cunning to fight back.

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