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 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 (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.

Sources: Genealogy of Marion Cotillard –

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


Curious about ethnicity

37 Responses

  1. levangelista36 says:

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

  2. mre says:

    Breton=Celtic=Black Irish

  3. M A karim chowdhury says:

    im bangladeshi i love franch

  4. Anonymous says:

    Her Wikipedia mentions that her father is Breton.

  5. Arab Soulja says:

    she looks french to me

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