Marion Cotillard

by ethnic on July 23, 2009

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Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: 30 September, 1975

Ethnicity: Breton, French

Marion Cotillard is a French actress, singer, songwriter, musician, and environmentalist. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for La Vie en Rose (2007). She is a Greenpeace spokesperson. She is also famous for her roles in the films My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument, Taxi, Furia, Pretty Things, and the musical Nine.

Marion is the daughter of Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher, and Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, teacher, director, and mime. She has two children with her partner, actor Guillaume Canet.

Her father’s family is Breton (an ethnic group found in the region of Brittany, in France). Her mother’s family is French.

Marion’s mother has been described as having Kabyle (a Berber ethnic group from Algeria) ancestry. It does not appear that this is accurate.

Marion’s paternal grandfather was Edouard Jean Cotillard (the son of Toussaint Cotillard and Jeanne Marie Allenic). Edouard was from La Musse, Laurenan, Cotes-d’Armor, Brittany. Toussaint was the son of Paul Cotillard and Anne Marie Le Loup. Marion’s great-grandmother Jeanne was the daughter of Mathurin Allenic and Perrine Marguerite Huguet.

Marion’s paternal grandmother was Léontine Marie-Louise Raulet (the daughter of Jean François Raulet and Marie Joseph Pencolé). Léontine was from Chaubuisson, Laurenan, Cotes-d’Armor, Brittany. Jean François was the son of Mathurin Raulet and Marie Françoise Caillibote. Marion’s great-grandmother Marie Joseph was the daughter of Joseph Pencolé and Jeanne Nicolas.

Marion’s maternal grandfather was Raymond Georges Albert Theillaud (the son of Jules Xavier Theillaud and Eugénie Madeleine Bandel).

Marion’s maternal grandmother was Simone Fournier (the daughter of Georges Auguste Fournier and Léonie Augustine Tellier). Georges was the son of Isidore Alexandre Fournier and Sophie Léonie Paris. Marion’s great-grandmother Léonie was the daughter of Henri Tellier and Charlotte Rousselot.

Sources: Genealogy of Marion Cotillard –

Genealogy of Marion Cotillard (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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Pegzi May 28, 2017 at 8:39 am
Manila February 11, 2017 at 8:21 am

Jean Francois Raulet and Marie Joseph Pencole -> Jean François Raulet and Marie Joseph Pencolé

Jean François was the son of Mathurin Raulet and Marie Françoise Caillibote. Marie Joseph was the daughter of Joseph Pencolé and Jeanne Nicolas.

Raymond Theillaud’s middle names are Georges and Albert, and was the son of Jules Xavier Theillaud and Eugénie Madeleine Bandel.

REMARK: If you would like to find Raymond’s birth record, good luck because Paris has 20 arrondissements! Once you have found his birth record, proceed to his parents’ marriage record. Please, take note on the arrondissement number. Start from here:

Freerk December 5, 2014 at 7:59 am

“French (including Breton)” is not quite correct – the Bretons once came from what is now England and claim to have a definitely Celtic identity; they don’t identify with the French (though the French are not really the descendants of the Franks but a Celtic/Germanic mixture), but define themselves against the French.

According to nationality, the Bretons are French, of course, but according to ethnicity, they are not.

guyinsf July 27, 2017 at 3:19 pm

But Bretons are celtic in origin and non-Breton French people also have a lot of celtic in them through the original Gauls so genetically they are probably very similar.

levangelista36 August 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

She’s very pretty. She actually reminds me of Marcheline Bertrand, Angelina Jolie’s mom.

mre February 8, 2012 at 5:30 am

Breton=Celtic=Black Irish

Alice March 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm

The Bretons have genetic links with the Cornish, Irish, Welsh and Scots. A lot of Irish and British Celts moved to Brittany. Brittany is also one of the six Celtic Nations.

M A karim chowdhury September 9, 2010 at 12:25 am

im bangladeshi i love franch

Anonymous August 21, 2010 at 4:41 am

Her Wikipedia mentions that her father is Breton.

Anonymous August 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Will Breton gonna be added to her profile

Anonymous August 31, 2010 at 9:53 pm
drexxx September 1, 2010 at 6:07 am

Brittany is a french region, so it’s quite useless to mention it in my mind.

ethnic September 1, 2010 at 6:13 am

thanks Drexxx, but i think i will add it as it is an ethnic group and this is an ethnic website!

Arab Soulja April 22, 2010 at 9:15 pm

she looks french to me

Fuzzybear March 22, 2010 at 9:38 am

TO Paul

That’s warm huh,well don’t forget your sunscreen

Paul =] March 22, 2010 at 8:11 am

No, lol. In the winter it gets really cold and rains a lot, but in the summer it’s nice. Today was 14 degrees, which to us, is warm.

Fuzzybear March 20, 2010 at 10:46 am

To Paul (:

Is it really that cloudy over there all the time,because I was looking at this movie Rob Roy the other day;and I don’t think the sun every came out

drexxx March 20, 2010 at 7:34 am

Anyway i’m soo proud to see Marion Cotillard in american movies, and winning the academy award !!!! I love her since her film “taxi”, at least ten years ago !!!!! She’s a very good actress !!!

drexxx March 20, 2010 at 7:30 am

yeah lol i think that Paris must be great for holidays, but living there … pfffff luckily i live in the suburbs, but when i go to college in downtown i’m just glad to go home, 15 minutes away from this town lol !!!!!
i prefer the south, people are more friendly over there !!!
the famous joke about parisians is “j’aime rien je suis parisien!!”
translation “i love nothing, i’m a parisian”, and it’s completely true !!!
i see paris everyday, and i never visited the eiffel tower !!! You think it’s weird ??? trust me the majority of parisians have not visited the eiffel tower (yet) lol
anyway just like you paul, i feel like home in paris hahahaaa
and today the weather was also beautiful in paris kira, until the rain 2 hours ago looool

kira March 20, 2010 at 6:08 am

oh wait the comment above this is mine! I forgot my name oops:)

Anonymous March 20, 2010 at 6:07 am

Drexx France must be the land of the buetiful then lol:)
I wish i could see what you look like :D (haha i know that prolly sounds creepy but its not i swear:)
And paul i hate you, your so lucky!!:P
and the weather in East coast America is suprisingly buetiful! like 60 degrees today,so 16 celsius? lmao i dont remember how to do Celsius:)

Paul (: March 20, 2010 at 4:56 am

I LOVE Paris!
It’s just so… :D
I feel so at home there. (:
Sure, the weather isn’t all that great, but I’m from Ireland, so any bit of sunshine is most welcome. ;]

drexxx March 19, 2010 at 8:20 am

loool In paris the weather is completely horrible (except in summer, but sometimes even in summer it’s raining :( )!!!! I think that’s the reason why parisian people are always in bad mood loool

Paul (: March 19, 2010 at 6:37 am

Hey Kira, my mom is French! =D
And, she was born in the south of France.. Cannes. But she has natural light blonde hair, pale skin and blue eyes. She has Swedish, distant Norwegian, German, Swiss-German and N. Italian blood, along with the French, but she still ‘looks’ French, if you get me.
In Cannes, I see a lot of tanned people, but my French grandmother is from Brittany and my grandfather is from Paris, so that’s probably why she isn’t that tanned. :/
Brittany has a lot of blondes, from what my grandmother told me.
I guess I’ll find out soon enough, as I’m going there in July. =]

drexxx March 19, 2010 at 4:14 am

Trust me marion cotillard is the typical french girl, the majority of french girls look like her, but i admit that she is beautiful !!!
I don’t think she could have an other ethnical group, but maybe she has “jewish” blood northern african jewich or central europe jewish) but i don’t think so, i think she’s pure french lool

ethnic March 19, 2010 at 2:09 am

I think some French look more Latin than northern European. I guess it depends on where in France they are from. Marion does have an intriguing look about her.

Island-Boi May 13, 2010 at 9:56 pm

French is a Latin based language so would she not be Latin in that context?

ethnic May 13, 2010 at 10:35 pm

I know some French people consider themselves Latin.

Jocelyn November 3, 2012 at 10:41 am

? You’re embarrassing yourself ethnic because Latin is NOT a race, or ethnicity. IT is a language, the root language for French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, and Portuguese. I speak the Latin language. By Latin you mean Latina or Latino ethnicity in her (from Latin America). Please do your research, furcifer.

kira:D March 19, 2010 at 2:00 am

im not sure lol:) Maybe Arab or something? My dads french and he said france has a little arabian bloob in there, or maybe shes just white with a tan lol,

and ive noticed french ppl look kinda “exotic”. Do you think so?

ethnic March 19, 2010 at 1:55 am

Really like what?

kira March 19, 2010 at 1:53 am

I always got the thought she was something else.

drexxx September 1, 2010 at 6:20 am

i agree but before mention it to your site, i’d recommend you to verify this wikipedia source before lol because it could be false !

ethnic September 1, 2010 at 6:28 am

This article from You Magazine (UK) / by Maureen Paton states her as a “Breton Beauty”

So that seems to be at least one credible source.

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