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Mastroianni at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Chiara Charlotte Mastroianni

(1972-05-28) 28 May 1972 (age 51)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Benjamin Biolay
(m. 2002; div. 2005)
Partner(s) Pierre Thoretton (?—?)
Children 2
Parent(s) Marcello Mastroianni
Catherine Deneuve
Relatives Christian Vadim (half-brother)
Maurice Dorléac (grandfather)
Renée Simonot (grandmother)
Françoise Dorléac (aunt)
Ruggero Mastroianni (uncle)

Chiara Charlotte Mastroianni (born 28 May 1972) is a French actress and singer. She is the daughter of Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve.

Early life

Mastroianni was born to French actress Catherine Deneuve and Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni. Her parents were both married to other people at the time of their affair and stayed together for four years, separating in 1975, when Chiara was two years old. She later revealed that she could not recall them being together: "I've never seen my parents together, never in my whole life. They split when I was two, so I've no recollection of them as a couple. I've never even seen them kiss except in the movies."

Mastroianni has two half-siblings, a brother, Christian Vadim, from her mother's relationship with director Roger Vadim, and a sister, Barbara Mastroianni, from her father's marriage to actress Flora Carabella. Carabella is rumoured to have offered to adopt Mastroianni and raise her with her older sister as both her parents worked often and travelled from home, an offer Deneuve rejected.

Through her mother, Mastroianni is connected to the famous Dorléac family of actors, which includes her maternal grandparents, Maurice Dorléac and Renée Simonot, and her aunts, Françoise Dorléac (who died 5 years before Chiara was born) and Sylvie Dorléac.


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Mastroianni at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival

Mastroianni earned a César Award nomination for her first feature film appearance in André Téchiné's My Favorite Season (1993), starring her mother in the lead role. The next year she played Kim Basinger's assistant in Prêt-à-Porter, directed by Robert Altman. Her first starring role came in 1995, opposite Melvil Poupaud in a romantic comedy Le Journal du séducteur. She worked with Poupaud again in Three Lives and Only One Death (1996), playing the daughter of her real-life father, and in Time Regained (1999), also starring her mother.

Along with a few supporting performances in French films, she appeared in Gregg Araki's Nowhere (1997) and took time off to have her first child with sculptor Pierre Thoretton. She returned to filmmaking to star in Manoel de Oliveira's The Letter (1999), based on Madame de La Fayette's novel La Princesse de Clèves.

After appearances in Mike Figgis's Hotel (2001) and Le parole di mio padre (2001), she played the lead in Delphine Gleize's interconnected drama Carnages (2002), a winner at several international film festivals. In 2003, she starred in the comedy drama Il est plus facile pour un chameau....

In July 2016, Mastroianni was named a member of the main competition jury for the 73rd Venice International Film Festival. In 2019 she won the Un Certain Regard Best Performance award for On a Magical Night.


Mastroianni is a friend and frequent collaborator of French filmmaker Christophe Honoré. She has appeared in roughly half of his films in either major roles or cameos, beginning with the 2007 film Love Songs.

Before her father's death she appeared in two films with him, Prêt-à-Porter (1994) and Three Lives and Only One Death (1996).

Mastroianni also works frequently with her mother; they often play mother and daughter onscreen. Mastroianni first appeared in one of Deneuve's films in 1979 in an uncredited role in Us Two. Her second onscreen appearance also occurred in one of her mother's films, My Favorite Season (1993). Other notable films in which Mastroianni has acted opposite Deneuve include Persepolis, A Christmas Tale, Three Hearts and Claire Darling.

Mastroianni collaborated with her then-husband, musician Benjamin Biolay, on the album Home, released in 2004. She also appeared on the track ¡Encore Encore! on Biolay's 2017 album Volver.

Personal life

Mastroianni dated actor Melvil Poupaud for four years from the age of 16 to 20. He encouraged her to pursue acting as a career and they remained friends for decades, with Poupaud saying he still loved her in 2018.

Mastroianni had a relationship with French sculptor Pierre Thoretton. They have a son, Milo.

In 2002, Mastroianni married singer Benjamin Biolay. They had a daughter, Anna, in 2003, and divorced in 2005.


Title Year Role Notes
Other People's Children (fr:Les enfants des autres) 2022 Alice Rebecca Zlotowski
The girl with a bracelet 2020 Céline Bataille
On a Magical Night 2019 Nominated for 45th César Award for Best Actress, 2020
La Dernière Folie de Claire Darling 2018 Marie Darling
Saint-Amour 2016
Three Hearts 2014 Sophie
La Rançon de la gloire 2014 Rosa
Lines of Wellington 2012 Hussar
Americano 2011 Claire
Beloved 2011 Véra Passer
Chicken with Plums 2011 Lili (adult)
Man at Bath 2010 Actress
Making Plans For Lena 2009 Lena
Park Benches 2009 Marianne's mother
Un chat un chat 2009 Nathalie/Célimène
Le crime est notre affaire 2008 Emma Charpentier
La Belle Personne 2008 La jeune femme dans le café
A Christmas Tale 2008 Silvia
Les Chansons d'amour 2007 Jeanne
Persepolis 2007 Marjane Satrapi Voice
L'Heure zéro 2007 Audrey Neuville
Akoibon 2005 Barbara
Il est plus facile pour un chameau... 2003 Bianca
Carnages 2002 Carlotta
Le parole di mio padre 2001 Ada Malfenti
Hotel 2001 Infirmière de l'hotel
Six-Pack 2000 Marine
La Lettre 1999 Madame de Clèves
Libero Burro 1999 Rosa Agnello
Le temps retrouvé 1999 Albertine
À vendre 1998 Mireille
On a très peu d'amis 1998 Vivianne
Nowhere 1997 Kriss
Cameleone 1996 Léa
Three Lives and Only One Death 1996 Cécile
Comment je me suis disputé... (ma vie sexuelle) 1996 Patricia
Don't Forget You're Going to Die 1995 Claudia
Le Journal du séducteur 1995 Claire Conti
All Men are Mortal 1995 Françoise
Prêt-à-Porter 1994 Sophie Choiset
Rêveuse jeunesse 1994 Brigitte
A la belle étoile 1993 Claire
Ma saison préférée 1993 Anne

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