Guillaume
Gallienne

513e sociétaire

At the age of 18, Guillaume Gallienne decided to simultaneously study theatre and History. Having trained at the Cours Florent for four years, he joined the Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique (Paris Conservatory) following courses taught by Daniel Mesguich, Dominique Valadié and Stéphane Braunschweig. When he was an intern at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier in 1996, Daniel Mesguich entrusted him with the role of Arcas in Racine’s Mithridate. Claude Mathieu was playing Queen Monime in the same play and inspired him to join the House of Molière. Guillaume Gallienne replaced an injured actorwhile working as an understudy in Shakespeare’s The Tempest directed by Mr Mesguich at the Comédie-Française. That same evening in July 1998, he was named pensionnaire in order to play in Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children under the direction of Jorge Lavelli. In 2005, he became the 513th sociétaire of the Comédie-Française. As part of the company, he has performed in a number of plays including the following: Molière’s Les Femmes savantes directed by Simon Eine; Feydeau’s Un fil à la patte under the direction of Jérôme Deschamps (for which he won the Molière Award for best supporting role); Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Goldoni’s La Trilogie de la villégiature staged by Alain Françon; Gontcharov’s Oblomov directed by Volodia Serre, which he subsequently adapted for Arte Television in 2017; Musset’s Fantasio directed by Denis Podalydès who later entrusted Gallienne with the title role in Hugo’s Lucrezia Borgia; and Visconti’s The Damned staged by Ivo van Hove.

As part of his activities outside the theatre company, he staged Sartre’s Behind Closed Doors (Huis-Clos) at the Tessenkai Noh Theatre in Tokyo. Further, he collaborated on the synopsis and wrote the dramaturgy for Caligula, a ballet by Nicolas Le Riche at the Opéra national de Paris, as well as the dramaturgy for Alexeï Ratmansky’s Lost Illusions at the Bolshoi. In 2017, he directed Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Opéra national de Paris as his first lyrical piece. Between 2008 and 2010, his sketch comedy series parodying the cinema industry and entitled Les Bonus de Guillaume enjoyed great popularity on the small screen. Since September 2009, he has hosted Ça peut pas faire de mal, a weekly show on France Inter Radio where he reads great literary texts.

As a child, Guillaume Gallienne could imitate his mother to perfection. He would develop this first great performance to its full potential in an autobiographical play entitled Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table !, directed by Claude Mathieu in 2008 (for which he won the Molière Award for best male newcomer in 2010). This critical and popular success was further confirmed in 2013, when the film version garnered an audience of three million and scooped up five César Awards. He has also played in a number of feature films, such as Fabien Oteniente's Jet Set; Sofia Coppola's Marie-Antoinette; Danièle Thompson's Fauteuils d’orchestre and Cézanne et moi; Niels Arestrup's Le Candidat, Diane Kury's Sagan; Pascal Thoma's Ensemble, nous allons vivre une très grande histoire d’amour; Jalil Lespert’s Yves Saint-Laurent; and Pierre Godeau’s Eperdument. Maryline, the second film written and directed by Guillaume Gallienne opened in cinemas in November 2017.

He holds the honors of Chevalier of the National Order of Merit and Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Currently in

Les Damnés

The Damned
after the screenplay by Luchino Visconti,
Nicola Badalucco and Enrico Medioli
Directed by Ivo van Hove

Richelieu

Soon in

La Vie de Galilée

Life of Galileo
by Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Éric Ruf

Richelieu

Follow this comedien

At the Comédie-Française

2018-2019

  • La Vie de Galilée

    Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht Directed by Éric Ruf

    le Maréchal, Barberini, le Pape et Marchand (alternately)

    Richelieu

  • Les Damnés

    The Damned after the screenplay by Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco and Enrico...

    Friedrich Bruckmann

    Richelieu

2017-2018

  • Les Damnés

    The Damned after the screenplay by Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco and Enrico...

    Friedrich Bruckmann

    Richelieu

2016-2017

  • Les Damnés

    The Damned after the screenplay by Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco and Enrico...

    Friedrich Bruckmann

    Richelieu

2015-2016

  • Les Damnés

    The Damned after the screenplay by Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco and Enrico...

    Friedrich Bruckmann

    Avignon

  • Lucrèce Borgia

    Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Lucrèce Borgia

    Richelieu

2014-2015

  • Un fil à la patte

    A Cat Among The Pigeons by Georges Feydeau Directed by Jérôme Deschamps

    Chenneviette et Miss Betting (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Lucrèce Borgia

    Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Lucrèce Borgia

    Richelieu

  • Oblomov

    by Ivan Alexandrovitch Gontcharov Directed by Volodia Serre

    Ilia Ilitch Oblomov

    Vx-Colombier

  • Oblomov

    by Ivan Alexandrovitch Gontcharov Directed by Volodia Serre

    Ilia Ilitch Oblomov

    On tour

2013-2014

  • Lucrèce Borgia

    Lucrezia Borgia by Victor Hugo Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Lucrèce Borgia

    Richelieu

  • Un fil à la patte

    A Cat Among The Pigeons by Georges Feydeau Directed by Jérôme Deschamps

    Chenneviette et Miss Betting (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • La Trilogie de la villégiature

    The Holiday Trilogy by Carlo Goldoni Directed by Alain Françon

    Guglielmo

    Richelieu

2012-2013

  • Oblomov

    by Ivan Alexandrovitch Gontcharov Directed by Volodia Serre

    Ilia Ilich Oblomov

    Vx-Colombier

  • Un fil à la patte

    A Cat Among The Pigeons by Georges Feydeau Directed by Jérôme Deschamps

    Chenneviette et Miss Betting (en alternance)

    Richelieu

  • Le Malade imaginaire

    The Imaginary Invalid by Molière Directed by Claude Stratz

    Monsieur Bonnefoy et Monsieur Fleurant

    Théâtre éphémère

2011-2012

2010-2011

  • Les Trois Sœurs

    The Three Sisters by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Alain Françon

    Andreï Sergueïevitch Prozorov

    Richelieu

  • Guillaume Gallienne

    Actor School

    Studio

  • Un fil à la patte

    A Cat Among The Pigeons by Georges Feydeau Directed by Jérôme Deschamps

    Chenneviette et Miss Betting

    Richelieu

2009-2010

  • Les Trois Sœurs

    The Three Sisters by Anton Tchekhov Directed by Alain Françon

    Andreï Sergueïevitch Prozorov

    Richelieu

  • Fantasio

    by Alfred de Musset Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Hartman et le Prince de Mantoue

    Richelieu

2008-2009

  • Fantasio

    by Alfred de Musset Directed by Denis Podalydès

    Hartman et le Prince de Mantoue

    Richelieu

2007-2008

2006-2007

2005-2006

2004-2005

2003-2004

2002-2003

  • Le Dindon

    by Georges Feydeau Directed by Lukas Hemleb

    Pontagnac (alternating)

    Richelieu

2000-2001

1999-2000

  • Les Femmes savantes

    by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Julien

    Richelieu

  • Le Misanthrope

    The Misanthrope by Molière Directed by Jean-Pierre Miquel

    The Guard and Du Bois

    Vx-Colombier

  • L'École des femmes

    The School for Wives by Molière Directed by Éric Vigner

    A Notary (alternating)

    Richelieu

  • L'École des maris

    The School for Husbands by Molière Directed by Thierry Hancisse

    Valère (alternating)

    Richelieu

1998-1999

  • Mithridate

    by Jean Racine Directed by Daniel Mesguich

    Arcas

    Vx-Colombier

  • Les Femmes savantes

    by Molière Directed by Simon Eine

    Julien (alternating)

    Richelieu

1997-1998

1995-1996

  • Mithridate

    by Jean Racine Directed by Daniel Mesguich

    Arcas

    Vx-Colombier

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