Date of Birth
24 May 1987, Liège, Belgium
5' 5" (1.65 m)
Lives in Paris, France.
Enjoys reading fantasy novels.
Owns two cats called Ulysses and Chimère.
Born to a policeman and his wife, a social worker, she grew up with an older sister and a younger brother.
Attended the same high school in Liège as fellow actress Marie Gillain.
She was chosen ahead of 150 other hopefuls for the role of Sonya in the film itself L'Enfant.
Attended the same high school in Liege as Marie Gillain.
My life changed completely. Before 'L'Enfant,' I thought, I'm this lucky girl who is going to make a movie, but that's going to be the only movie I'll ever make. I had never even been to Paris before and all of a sudden I'm around the world with festivals. It was very different from high school.
Where Are They Now
(December 2005) She visited Argentina to promote the film "Enfant, L'" (2005)
Is a Belgian actress. She is the daughter of a policeman and a social worker and was born the second of three children in a Belgian provincial town. She first came into contact with the theatrical world when she was only five when she played the role of Snow White in a local play. At school she later attended drama courses. She grew up in Liège which is in the French-speaking area of Belgium and in 2005 she was discovered by two film producers (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne) who gave her the principal female part in their film entitled L'Enfant – The Child. This kitchen sink drama which takes place not far from Déborah’s home town in the run-down industrial town of Seraing features a young couple Bruno and Sonia. The couple live off social security benefits and the proceeds of husband’s robberies – he is the head of a gang of thieves. When Sonia gives birth to a child, the father cold-bloodedly sells the child to a dealer for a few thousand euros. This film was awarded the Palme d'Or. After her début as an actress she left school and plunged into her next film in Denis Dercourt's Thriller La Tourneuse de pages - The Page Turner in 2006 which brought her further acclaim. In the film she plays the cool and calculating butcher’s daughter Mélanie who takes her revenge on the middle classes. Years before she thought that her promising career as a pianist had been ruined by the carelessness of a famous pianist and member of a jury (played by Catherine Frot), so she now takes her revenge. Through a stroke of luck she manages to insert herself into the family unnoticed as a baby sitter and page turner. In this film Déborah mimes the part of Mélanie, which won her special acclaim from the critics and for which she was awarded a César in 2007. She has also had starring roles in Les Fourmis rouges – Red Ants (2007), Les Femmes de l'Ombre – Female Agents (2008), The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (2008), Unmade Beds (2009), My Queen Karo (2009), Mes Chères Etudes (2010) and The Monk (2011). In 2009 Déborah François won another César Award for her role as Fleur in The First Day of the Rest of Your Life. In that same year she was also awarded the Romy-Schneider Prize.
She lives in Paris, France, although she grew up in Liège, Belgium, attending the same high school as fellow actress Marie Gillain who features in Les Femmes de l'Ombre.