Marion Cotillard

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Cotillard in 2014, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: 30 September, 1975

Ethnicity: Breton, French, one eighth German

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 also famous for her roles in the films My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument, Taxi, Furia, Pretty Things, Big Fish, the musical Nine, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises. She is a Greenpeace spokesperson.

Marion is the daughter of Niseema Theillaud (born Monique 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. This is not 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). Raymond was born in Paris. Jules was the son of François Theillaud and Catherine Moreau. Eugénie was of German descent, and was the daughter of Pierre Maurice Bandel and Anne Marie Kaufmann.

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.


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Curious about ethnicity

43 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    What is exatly the difference between breton people and regular french people ?

    • Oaken05 says:

      That they are relatively recent – within recorded history – Celtic people who emigrated from England to their current homeland, kept the culture alive, and identify as such?

      • jonasbttencourt says:

        So, genetically, they are not very different from regular french people, because they are also heavily celtic, right? It’s just a simbolic terminology then…?

        • Oaken05 says:

          What do you mean by symbolic? They are a separate ethnic group with their own history, culture and language. I’m not sure what’s difficult about this. Is it that so many have mixed with the French over time? Because many ethnic groups have mixed backgrounds.

          • jonasbttencourt says:

            So the “normans” are a separate ethnic group too? It’s the same thing with cornish people, Cornwall literally part of England, they are southern english people, the same way bretons and normans are northern french people. I think it’s just to keep the ancient history alive, wich is cool, but no doubt in a regular basis they are all the same big celtic family with some germanic spice to it.

          • Oaken05 says:

            Well, no, that’s not it, at all. Yes, the Norman were very much a separate ethnic group. Yes, the Bretons are very much ethnically distinct from the Langue d’oil-speaking peoples whose origins are nowhere near Brittany. That they had their language suppressed and such doesn’t change that.

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