Florence Pernel (born 30 June 1962) is a French actress.

Florence Pernel
Florence Pernel 2014.jpg
Florence Pernel in 2014
Born (1962-06-30) 30 June 1962 (age 57)
Paris, France
OccupationActress, film director, screenwriter
Spouse(s)Patrick Rotman

Early lifeEdit

Pernel was born on 30 June 1962[1] in Paris.

She began her acting career at the age of 10 with the TV serial Plein soleil and two years later she made her film debut with Just Jaeckin-directed Girls.[2] She was nominated for César Award in the category Most Promising Actress for her performance in Que les gros salaires lèvent le doigt ! [fr], directed by Denys Granier-Deferre.[2][3] At age 16 she visited a theater class from Didier Betourne that allowed her a scholarship from the Foundation of Marcel Bleu-Blanchet. From 1991 to 1992 she studied at Studio Pygmalion with Professor Pascal Luneau and from 1993 to 1997, she again took acting classes at Didier Betourne.



She had her breakthrough as an adult when she played the character of Sandrine in the 1993 drama film Three Colors: Blue (French: Trois couleurs:bleu) directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski.[4] She acted alongside Juliette Binoche and Benoît Régent in the film,[5] and her role earned her a César award nomination in the "Best female debut" category.[2][6]

In 2000 she played the role of Helene-Anne in the Spanish-language political drama Yoyes directed by Helena Taberna.[7] Pernel played the role of Nicolas Sarkozy's second wife, Cécilia, in the 2011 biopic The Conquest, directed by Xavier Durringer [fr].[8][9][10] Her co-stars were Denis Podalydès, who played Sarkozy, and Bernard Le Coq.[11] The film was screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[12]


She has also acted in several TV movies.[13] In 2009 she played the lead role of Caroline Delaume in the six-part French television series Mes amis, mes amours, mes emmerdes.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

She is the wife of the historian Patrick Rotman [fr].[2] The couple has two children.


  1. ^ "Florence Pernel". Allocine (in French). Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e Serbini, Sophie. "Florence Pernel: Sa biographie" [Florence Pernel: Biography]. Allocine (in French). Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Florence Pernel : " Caroline n'est pas un personnage très équilibré ! "" [Florence Pernel "Caroline is not a very balanced character! "]. Antenne Reunion (in French). 7 December 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  4. ^ Roger Ebert (2012). 25 Great French Films: Ebert's Essentials. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 95. ISBN 978-1-4494-2149-6. OCLC 798353377.
  5. ^ Jordi Agustí; Marek Haltof; Mauricio Antón (2013). The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski: Variations on Destiny and Chance. Columbia University Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-0-231-50402-7. OCLC 427446847.
  6. ^ "Polish Cultural Institute". Polish Cultural Institute. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  7. ^ Ronald Schwartz (2008). Great Spanish Films Since 1950. Scarecrow Press. p. 224. ISBN 978-1-4616-9661-2. OCLC 863824716.
  8. ^ Carrière, Christophe (18 May 2011). "Portrait de Cécilia Sarkozy dans La Conquête" [Portrait of Cecilia Sarkozy in The Conquest]. L'Express (in French). Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  9. ^ ""La Conquête" par Florence Pernel-Cécilia Sarkozy" ["The Conquest" by Florence Pernel-Cécilia Sarkozy]. Allocine (in French). 15 April 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  10. ^ Kauffmann, Stanley (14 December 2014). "Stanley Kauffmann on Films: The Unexpected". New Republic. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  11. ^ Roger Ebert (2012). Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2013: 25th Anniversary Edition. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 105. ISBN 978-1-4494-2311-7. OCLC 826452920.
  12. ^ "Le laughing stock? Mocking biopic of Nicholas Sarkozy to star at Cannes Film Festival". Daily Mail Online. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  13. ^ Janis L. Pallister; Ruth A. Hottell (2011). Noteworthy Francophone Women Directors: A Sequel. Lexington Books. p. 31. ISBN 978-1-61147-443-5. OCLC 733232724.

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