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Born in California in 1964, Nicolas Cage hails from a family of successful actors and directors (his uncle was Francis Ford Coppola, director of 'The Godfather' trilogy). Versatile, eccentric and quirky, Cage made his name in classic American independent films such as 'Raising Arizona' (1987) and 'Wild at Heart' (1990) and has since appeared in countless Hollywood blockbusters including 'Con Air' (1997) and 'National Treasure' (2004).
Guillaume Canet was born in 1973. He trained as a jockey and wanted to pursue a career in show jumping until a major accident forced him to abandon the sport. Canet then decided to study acting in Paris and appeared in many French feature films. He gained international recognition for his role in 'The Beach' (2000) opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. His directorial debut was in 2002, with 'Mon Idole', starring his then wife, Diane Kruger.
Vincent Cassel, born in Paris in 1966, is one of the leading talents of European cinema, often known for playing short-tempered or mentally unbalanced gangsters. His breakthrough came with 'La Haine' (1995), in which he played a troubled youngster from Paris' deprived outskirts. Cassel is also renowned for playing the infamous bank-robber Jacques Mesrine, and for his roles in English-language films, including 'Oceans Twelve' (2004).
Charles Spencer Chaplin was born into a poor London family on April 16th 1889. Both his parents were actors and were inducted into the music hall of fame, which lead the way to his exposure as a young boy. His character "The Tramp", known for pantomime and quirky movements, helped him become an iconic figure of the silent-film era. The moment that really kicked off his career was in 1921 when he starred in, and produced, his first full-length film called ‘The Kid’. Chaplin went on to become a director, making films such as ‘City Lights’ and ‘Modern Times’, and co-founded the United Artists Corporation. He died in in Switzerland, aged 88, from natural causes on December 25, 1977.
Born in Manchester in 1965, Coogan is one of the most popular and versatile comic actors working in Britain today. He is best known for his awkward and politically incorrect Norfolk media personality character Alan Partridge. Coogan has also delved into more dramatic roles in 2013 with 'What Maisie Knew', and 'Philomena', which he co-wrote and produced, earning him several Oscar and BAFTA nominations.
Marion Cotillard was born in 1975 in Paris, France. Raised by a family of actors, she made her stage debut starring in one of her father’s plays. In 2007, Marion gained international recognition after winning an Oscar for her iconic portrayal of Édith Piaf in 'La Vie En Rose'. Since then, she has appeared in various English and French-language films, including 'Midnight in Paris' (2011), 'Inception' (2010) and 'Two Days, One Night' (2014).
Sir Tom Courtenay was born on February 25, 1937, in Hull, England. He came to prominence as one of the ‘Angry Young Men’ – a new wave of rebel actors that took British Cinema by storm during the early 60’s. He gained popularity with his BAFTA award winning performance in ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’ and in 1964 he was awarded Best Actor for ‘King and Country’ at the Venice Film Festival. His role in ‘Doctor Zhivago’ earned him an Oscar nomination and in 2015, Courtenay won the award for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival for his outstanding performance in Andrew Haigh's ’45 Years’.
Born in 1993, Lola Créton has been described as the femme fatale of contemporary French cinema, and is known for her intense roles in films directed by acclaimed filmmakers such as Catherine Breillat, Mia Hansen-Løve and Claire Denis.