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Jean Dujardin - Biography

Before silent film The Artist hit the big screen, Jean Dujardin was virtually unknown anywhere other than his native France

Jean Dujardin attends the red carpet during the 2023 Laureus World Sport Awards Paris on May 08, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Antoine Flament/WireImage)
Updated: 12 July 2023
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Jean Dujardin was the star of the French black and white Oscar hit The Artist. Here is all you need to know...

Who is Jean Dujardin?

Jean Dujardin was born on June 19 1972, and after graduating fromm school  he began working for his father's construction company. He began consdeiring acting as a career while he was serving his mandatory military service a few years later, and after performing in Parasian cabaret clubs,  gained attention for his appearance on French talent show Graines de star in 1996.

What movies has Jean Dujardin been in?

In 2006 he starred as the title role agent OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies for which he got a César Award nomination for Best Actor and actually won the Etoile D’Or Award a rare feat for a comedy actor,.

But it wasn't until The Artist hit the big screen that Jean was catapulted to worldwide fame playing the charming but troubled George Valentin.

The actor's rise to prominence saw him take home an Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Award for his work, and he went on to star in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, as well as The Monuments Men, directed by George Clooney, and co-starring Clooney, Matt Damon, and Cate Blanchett,[13].

He continued to work in France as well, starring in Le Petit Joueur, and in 2019's An Officer and a Spy, for which he won another Cesar Award.

Who is Jean Dujardin's wife?​​​​

The actor has been married three times. He married Gaëlle Demars and they welcomed two sons, born in 2000 and 2001. They divorced in 2003 and he began dating Alexandra Lamy, his on-screen partner in the TV show Un gars, une fille. They wed in 2009 but divorced in 2013.

In 2014 he began dating French ice dancer Nathalie Péchalat and they welcoemd their daughter in December 2015. In May 2018 they married and welcomed a secodn daighter in February 2021.

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