Clotilde Courau began her acting career at the age of 16, attending the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre (ENSATT), while already playing various roles in the theater. In 1990 she made her first appearance on film, in Jacques Doillon’s The Little Gangster, a performance which brought her the best actress award in Berlin. Since then her career has continued on both stage and screen. She has covered a wide variety of film genres, from romantic (Marthe, 1997) to black comedy (Le Poulpe, 1998) and horror (Deep in the Woods, 2000). In 2001 she was in the musical Irma la Douce, while in the period from 2002 to 2008 she appeared in a number of films, including Whatever You Say (2002) and La Vie en rose (2007). This year saw her play the female lead in In the Shadow of Women by Philippe Garrel.