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Melanie Laurent

Mélanie Laurent is a French actress, model, director, singer and writer who initially rose to prominence for her performance in the 2006 French drama film "Don't Worry, I'm Fine" for which she later won the César Award for Most Promising Actress and the Prix Romy Schneider as well. Ms. Laurent further became known to international audiences for her starring role as Shoshanna Dreyfus in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film "Inglourious Basterds," for which she won Best Actress from the Online Film Critics Society and the Austin Film Critics Association and then also starred in one of 2013's top-grossing Hollywood films, "Now You See Me."

Ms. Laurent's other notable works include: "Dikkenek" (2006), a Franco-Belgian comedy film for which she won Étoiles d'Or for Best Female Newcomer, French war film "Days of Glory" (2006), Cédric Klapisch's "Paris" (2008) with an ensemble cast, "The Round Up" (2010) a French movie depicting the true story of a Jewish boy amidst the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, Mike Mills' comedy drama "Beginners" (2010) for which was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress category at the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards, comedy drama "Et soudain, tout le monde me manque" (2011) for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival, French-American nature documentary "Wings of Life" (2011) serving as narrator, "Night Train to Lisbon" (2013), Canadian-Spanish psycho thriller "Enemy" (2013) which is an adaptation of José Saramago's 2002 novel "The Double" and drama film "Aloft" (2014). In addition, she has acted in a number of French movies receiving numerous accolades including the "Étoiles d'or du cinéma français" (Gold stars of French cinema).

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In her first theater appearance, Ms. Laurent teamed up with French theatre director Nicolas Bedos and shared the stage with actor Jérôme Kircher in 2010 for Promenade de santé. Apart from her acting career, she has also directed French movies such as "X Femmes," a short-film series, and "Respire," an adaptation of Anne-Sophie Brasme's novel of the same name that screened in the International Critics' Week section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. She made her singing debut with a studio album "En t'attendant" in May 2011, the album contains twelve songs, five of which are co-written and co-produced by Irish folk musician Damien Rice. The album peaked at no. 22 and no. 35 at the Belgian Albums Charts and French Albums Charts respectively.

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