After winning the first prize for Comedy at the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique de Paris (National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts of Paris), Danièle Lebrun was appointed as a pensionnaire at the Comédie-Française between 1958 and 1960. She then left the Troupe and became a member of La Huchette Company where she played a role in Ionesco’s The Bold Soprano directed by Nicolas Bataille and Molière’s George Dandin or Confused Husband directed by Roger Planchon.

She played with Renaud-Barrault’s Company and was awarded by the critic’s Union for her role in Yukio Mishima’s Madame de Sade, before working with Laurent Terzieff who directed her in Slawomir Mrozek’s Tango and with Jorge Lavelli in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing for the opening of the Théâtre de la Ville in 1968.
Jean Anouilh directed her in two of his plays, first with Roland Piétri in Ne Réveillez pas Madame in 1970, then in Colombe (Mademoiselle Colombe) in 1974, in which she played the title role.

Jacques Seiler cast her in Raymond Queneau’s Exercises in Style (Exercices de style), Alfredo Arias for La Ronde adapted from Arthur Schnitzler, and Jéôme Savary for Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest at the Théâtre national of Chaillot.
She earned the Molière Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Molière’s The Misanthrope directed by Francis Huster in 1992. In 2006, she received the same award for George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion under the direction of Nicolas Briançon.

Since 1998, Danièle Lebrun has starred in many plays directed by Christophe Lidon, such as Chekhov’s La Mouette (The Seagull), Jean-Claude Brisville’s L'Antichambre, and Eugène Ionesco’s Délire à deux (Frenzy for Two, Or More…).

In 2011, Danièle Lebrun joined the Comédie-Française again. She reunited with Christophe Lidon in Dürrenmatt’s The Visit and performed under the direction of Alain Françon in Goldoni’s The Villeggiatura Trilogy, Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, of Giorgio Barberio Corsetti in Labiche’s An Italian Straw Hat, of Galin Stoev in Molière’s Tartuffe, and of Éric Ruf in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

On the big screen, she worked with Jacques Audiard in Un héros très discret (A Self-Made Hero), in Claude Berri’s Uranus, in Gabriel Aghion’s Belle Maman (Beautiful Mother), as well as with Éric Rohmer, Matthieu Kassovitz and Sylvie Testud.

On television, she appeared in Le Jeu de l'amour et du hasard, La Double Inconstance, Les Nouvelles Aventures de Vidocq by Marcel Bluwal, and in other fictional dramas directed by Alain Tasma, Robert Guediguian, François Luciani, Philippe de Broca and Bernard Stora, just to name a few.

Currently in


by Lars Norén
Directed by Lars Norén


Soon in

Roméo et Juliette

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Éric Ruf


At the Comédie-Française


  • Roméo et Juliette

    by William Shakespeare Directed by Éric Ruf

    Lady Capulet


  • Poussière

    by Lars Norén Directed by Lars Norén



  • La Règle du jeu

    based on the screenplay by Jean Renoir Directed by Christiane Jatahy

    Mme de La Bruyère





  • Innocence

    by Dea Loher Directed by Denis Marleau

    Frau Zucker, mère de Rosa


  • Un chapeau de paille d'Italie

    by Eugène Labiche Directed by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti

    la Baronne de Champigny (en alternance)


  • Cabaret Barbara

    by Barbara Directed by Béatrice Agenin




  • Les Trois soeurs

    by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Alain Françon

    Anfissa, la vieille nourrice


  • Un chapeau de paille d'Italie

    by Eugène Labiche and Marc-Michel Directed by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti

    La Baronne de Champigny





  • La Ronde

    d'Arthur Schnitzler Mise en scène Alfredo Arias

    la Jeune Femme mariée



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