MATTHIAS SCHOENAERTS (Roman) is a Flemish actor who began
his career on stage as a child playing opposite his father Julien Schoenaerts in
The Little Prince. At 15, he made his screen debut in the Academy
Award-nominated feature Daens, directed by Stijn Coninx. After graduating from
the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in Antwerp, he starred on stage and in
award-winning shorts and features.
His supporting role in Paul Verhoeven's Black Book introduced him to a wider
European audience. His lead performance in Michael Roskam's Academy
Award-nominated Bullhead brought him to the attention of the international film
community, as he won accolades including the FIPRESCI Award for Best Actor at
the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Best Actor Award at Austin
Fantastic Fest, and the Acting Award at AFI Fest. He then starred opposite
Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone, directed by Jacques Audiard, for which he won
a CĂ©sar Award; reunited with director Michael Roskam for The Drop, with Tom
Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini; and was part of the ensemble cast of
Guillaume Canet's film Blood Ties.
Schoenaerts was then seen in Suite Francaise, with Michelle Williams and
Kristin Scott Thomas, directed by Saul Dibb; Far from the Madding Crowd,
directed by Thomas Vinterberg, opposite Carey Mulligan, based on the Thomas
Hardy novel; Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash with Tilda Swinton, Ralph
Fiennes, and Dakota Johnson; Alice Winocour's Maryland, opposite Diane Kruger;
and Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl, with Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.
In 2017, Schoenaerts starred in the Michael R. Roskam movie Le Fidele, with
Adele Exarchopoulos, and in the Ritesh Batra Netflix movie Our Souls at Night,
with Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. In 2018, he appeared in Red Sparrow,
directed by Francis Lawrence with Jennifer Lawrence, and he has a starring role
in Terrence Malick's
Radegund, about a conscientious objector who refuses to fight for the Nazis
in World War II. He also will star in Thomas Vinterberg's new film Kursk with
Colin Firth and in Territoires by David Oelhoffen with Reda Kateb.
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