Florian Zeller ([flɔ.ʁjɑ̃ zɛ.le]; born 28 June 1979) is a French novelist and playwright. He won the prestigious Prix Interallié in 2004 for his novel La Fascination du Pire (Fascination of Evil) and several Molière Awards for his plays. He is, according to The Times, "the most exciting playwright of our time".[1]

Florian Zeller
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Born (1979-06-28) 28 June 1979 (age 40)
Paris, France
OccupationNovelist, playwright
ResidenceParis, France
GenreLiterary fiction
Years active2002–present
SpouseMarine Delterme


Zeller wrote his first novel Artificial Snow when he was twenty-two years old. But it was his third novel, Fascination of Evil (the 2004 Prix Interallié winner) which made him a household name in France. The book, which explores the relationship of the West with Islam, caused some controversy. It was selected for the Prix Goncourt.

His black comedy, The Father, is one of the outstanding hits of recent years, playing in London's West End to ecstatic five-star reviews and top listings in the Best Plays of the Year. It was considered as "the most acclaimed new play of the last decade"[2][3].and won several awards and nominations in Paris, London and New York.[4]

His comedy, The Truth, opened in London's West End in June 2017 and received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy.

His play, The Height of the Storm, starring Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins, opened in London's West End in September 2018 and on Broadway in September 2019.[5] It has been named "best play of 2018"[6] and "one of the best plays of the 21st century" by The Guardian.[7]

His play, The Mother, starring Isabelle Huppert, opened in New York in February 2019.[8]

The Son opened in London in February 2019 and in London's West End in September 2019 with rave reviews.

His plays are staged in more than 45 countries.

Personal lifeEdit

Zeller lives in Paris. He is married to ex-model, actress and sculptor Marine Delterme,[9] who played one of the main roles in the Parisian production of his play Le Manège. Their son, Roman, was born in December 2008.[10]


  • 2002: Neiges artificielles, Flammarion (Artificial Snow, Pushkin Press)
  • 2003: Les Amants du n'importe quoi, Flammarion (Lovers or Something Like it, Pushkin Press)
  • 2004: La Fascination du pire [fr], Flammarion – Prix Interallié (The Fascination of Evil, Pushkin Press)
  • 2006: Julien Parme, Flammarion (translated by William Rodarmor, Other Press)
  • 2012: La Jouissance, Gallimard


  • 2004: L'Autre [fr]
  • 2005: Le Manège
  • 2006: Si tu mourais, Prix Jeune Théâtre of the Académie française
  • 2008: Elle t'attend
  • 2010: La Mère [fr] (The Mother, 2015 in London, 2019 in New York)
  • 2011: La Vérité [fr] (The Truth, 2017 in London)
  • 2012: Le Père (The Father, 2014 in London, 2016 in New York, adapted into the 2015 film Floride)
  • 2013: Une Heure de tranquillité (adapted into the 2014 film Do Not Disturb)
  • 2014: Le Mensonge (The Lie, 2017 in London)
  • 2016: L'Envers du décor
  • 2016: Avant de s'envoler (The Height of the Storm, 2018 in London)
  • 2018: Le Fils [fr]


In 2019, he has directed his first film, The Father (2020 film), based on his play. It will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2020.

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ Treneman, Ann (27 February 2019). "Review: The Son at Kiln Theatre, NW6". The Times.
  2. ^ "The Father, au théâtre de londres le Wyndham's Theatre !" [The Father, at the London Theater Wyndham's Theater!]. www.florian-zeller.hautetfort.com (in French). 1 July 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/culture/the-best-of-the-decade-jzfv7gs5k?fbclid=IwAR1dB_CQuVLwxDShW55U_aFJKY-htGa7uJho-GR0VM6SZEI-EcGmpNsWNPs
  4. ^ "The Father - Stage Door". www.stage-door.com. 14 February 2019. Archived from the original on 16 February 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  5. ^ Aridi, Sara (6 February 2019). "'The Height of the Storm' Is Heading to Broadway". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Billington, Michael (17 December 2018). "Top 10 theatre shows of 2018". The Guardian.
  7. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/sep/17/the-50-best-theatre-shows-of-the-21st-century
  8. ^ Fujishima, Kenji (14 February 2019). "Florian Zeller's The Mother, Starring Isabelle Huppert, Extends". TheaterMania.com.
  9. ^ "Une journée avec Marine Delterme" [A day with Marine Delterme]. Elle (in French). 25 May 2007.
  10. ^ "Marine Delterme et Florian Zeller sont parents" [Marine Delterme and Florian Zeller are parents]. www.starwizz.com (in French). 15 December 2008. Archived from the original on 16 December 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2008.

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