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Olivier Minne (born 18 March 1967 in Ixelles, Belgium) is a Belgian-born French television presenter, actor and producer.

Olivier Minne
Olivier Minne sur Fort Boyard en 2007 (cropped).jpg
Minne in Fort Boyard in 2007
Born (1967-03-18) 18 March 1967 (age 52)
NationalityFrench, Belgian
OccupationTelevision presenter, actor, producer, activist
Years active1990–present
EmployerFrance 2
Known forHosting La Cible, Fort Boyard and Pyramid
Height6 ft 3 14 in (191 cm)

Life and careerEdit

The son of a Belgian father and a French mother, Minne studied in Brussels for his secondary school qualification before moving to Paris in 1989.[1]

In Paris, Minne studied the dramatic arts, shortly after his career in television began. In 1992, he started working for the French TV programme Matin Bonheur where he worked for five years. Following his departure in 1997, he became both presenter and co-producer of Cercle de minuit on the same channel.[1]

For 20 years, his work has constituted an original contribution of major significance in many ways. His demonstrated skill and unparalleled creativity on the field have earned him widespread recognition. His career was marked by a nomination for a 7 d'Or award (equivalent of an Emmy Award in the United States) for Best TV Host in 2000, for his work with Universal Studios. It was the first time in the history of television that a French television presenter was nominated for his work with a major American company.[1]

Minne was the French commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest from 1995 to 1997. Having presented Le choix gagnant (1996), Jeux sans frontières (co-hosted with Jean Riffel in 1997) and the final season of Les Écrans du savoir in 2000, he also has hosted the game show La Cible on France 2. Minne then became the host (co-host along with Sarah Lelouch from 2003 till 2005 and Anne-Gaëlle Riccio from 2006 till 2009) of the popular game show Fort Boyard, a role which he has continuously had since 2003. In 2013 he co-hosted a series special to celebrate 50 years of Intervilles. In 2014, he hosted the French version of Pyramid on France 2.


  1. ^ a b c "Jeux sans frontières – Profiles" (in French). 25 June 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2010.

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