Audrey Tautou is a French actress and model. Signed by an agent at age 17, she made her acting debut at 18 on television and her feature film debut the following year in Venus Beauty Institute (1999), for which she received critical acclaim and won the Cesar Award for Most Promising Actress. Her subsequent roles in the 1990’s and 2000’s included Le Libertin and Happenstance (2000).
Tautou achieved international recognition for her lead role in the 2001 film Amelie, which met with critical acclaim and was a major box-office success. Amelie won Best Film at the European Film Awards, four Cesar Awards (including Best Film and Best Director), two BAFTA Awards (including Best Original Screenplay), and was nominated for five Academy Awards.