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Born in Paris in 1958, Lambert Wilson studied theatre for three years at the Drama Centre in London (1975-78). Fred Zinnemann gave her his first major film role in Five Days One Summer (1981) alongside Sean Connery, after making her screen debut in Julia (1977) alongside Jane Fonda. Lambert has played Andrzej Zulawski (La Femme Publique, 1983), Véra Belmont (Rouge Baiser, 1984, Marquise, 1996), André Téchiné (Rendez-vous, 1984), Luigi Comencini (La Storia, 1985), Claude Chabrol (Le Sang des Autres, 1987), Philippe de Broca (Chouans, 1987), Andrzej Wajda (Les Possédés, 1987), Peter Greenaway ( Le Ventre de l’Architecte, 1987), Carlos Saura (El Dorado, 1987). He is also the interpreter of Georges Wilson (La Vouivre, 1988), Denis Amar (Winter 54, 1989) and won the Jean Gabin Prize for his interpretation. Also by Richard Dembo (L’Instinct de l’Ange, 1992) by James Ivory (Jefferson in Paris, 1994), john Duigan (The Leading man, 1996), Alain Resnais (On connais la chanson, 1997, Pas sur la bouche, 2003, Coeurs, 2006), Jacques Doillon (Trop (peu) d’amour, 1997), John Duigan (The Leading man , 1997), by Deborah Warner (The last September, 1998), by Fabien Onteniente (Jetset, 1999), by Raùl Ruiz (Combat d’amour en songe, 2000).
More recently Lambert Wilson has worked with Jean-Paul Lilienfeld (H.S, 2000), the Wachowski Brothers (Matrix II – Matrix III, 2001), Richard Donner (Timeline, 2002), Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi (Il est plus facile pour un cameleau, 2002), René Manzor (Dédales, 2002), Nadine Trintignant (Colette, 2003), Pitof (Catwoman , 2004) with Halle Berry and Sharon Stone, Sophie Fillieres (Gentille, 2004), Valérie Lemercier (Palais Royal! , 2004), Diane Kurys (L’Anniversaire, 2005), Breck Eisner (Sahara, 2005), Michael Ratford (Flawless, 2006) with Demi Moore and Michael Caine, Marc Caro (Dante 01, 2006), Mathieu Kassovitz
(Babylon A.D, 2007), Pascal Bonitzer (Le grand alibi, 2007), Vincent Garenq (Comme les autres, 2007), Thomas Gilou (Victor, 2008), Alexandre Charlot and Franck Magnier (Imogène, 2009), Xavier Beauvois (Des hommes et des dieux, 2009), Bertrand Tavernier ( La princesse de Montpensier, 2009), Alain Chabat (Le Marsupilami, 2010), Alain Resnai ( Vous n’ai encore rien, 2011), by Xavier Palud ( A l’aveugle, 2011), by Laurent Herbier
(Manipulations, 2012), by Philippe Le Guay ( Alceste à bicyclette, 2012), Eric Lavaine (Barbecue, 2013), Andrew Piddington (Sins of the father, 2013), Eric Hannezo (Les Enragés, 2014), Pascal Bonitzer (Tout de suite maintenant, 2015), Mohamed Hamidi (La vache, 2015), Jérome Salle (L’Odysée, 2015), Nicolas Silhol ( Corporate, 2016), Noémie Saglio (Telle mère, telle fille, 2016), Marc Dugain (L’échange des princesses, 2016), Ludovic Bernard (Au bougt des doigts, 2017), Hélène Filières (Volontaires, 2017), Régis Roinsard (Les traducteurs, 2018), Paul Verhoeven (Benedetta, 2018), Gabriel le Bomin (De Gaulle , 2019), Antony Fabian (Mrs Harris goes to Paris, 2020), and Lana Wachowski (Matrix IV, 2020).
In 2021, Lambert Wilson is shooting the first season of the series Operations Totems for Amazon Prime, Plancha a film by Eric Lavaine and A great friend a film directed by Eric Besnard.
In theatre, Lambert Wilson has worked with Lucian Pintilié (Gorki’s Les Derniers, 1978), Marcel Maréchal (Graal Théâtre, by Florence Delay, 1979), Jean-Louis Barrault (L’Amour de l’Amour by JL Barrault, 1981), Pierre Boutron (Leocadia by Jean Anouilh, 1984), Simon Callow (La Machine Infernale by Jean Cocteau, with Maggie Smith, in London, 1986), Antoine Vitez (La Célestine by F. de Rojas, with Jeanne Moreau, 1989), Georges Wilson (Eurydice by Jean Anouilh, with Sophie Marceau, 1991 and Ruy Blas by Victor Hugo, 1992), Bernard Murat (Pygmalion by GB Shaw, 1993), Sean Mathias (A little Night Music, by Stephen Sondheim at the National Theatre in London, 1996), Harold Pinter (Ashes to Ashes, by H.Pinter, 1998), Jacques Lassalle (La controverse de Valladolid, by Jean-Claude Carrière, 1999), Hélène Vincent (Les créanciers, by August Strindberg 2005) and Peter Stein (Le Misanthrope, by Molière in 2019).
He directed and performed Alfred de Musset’s Les Caprices de Marianne in 1994 at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord and toured throughout the France. As part of the 2001 Avignon Festival, he directed and performed Jean Racine’s Bérénice , with Kristin Scott-Thomas and Didier Sandre. This show was also presented at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in September 2001 and toured throughout the France.
In 2008, Lambert directed Bérénice again, with Carole Bouquet and Georges Wilson in the role of Paulin, at the Bouffes du Nord theatre in Paris, and in 2009, Musical with Fany Ardant, and most recently in marivaux’s La Fausse Suivante theatre.
His theatrical training pushed him at the same time to work on singing. He studied the repertoire of the American musical and recorded an album devoted to the great standards of the genre, Musicals (1989) at EMI, directed by John Mc Glinn.
In 1990, Lambert Wilson presented at the Casino de Paris, then on tour in France, a musical show, “Lambert Wilson Chante”, directed by Jean-Claude Penchenat and Bruno Fontaine as musical director. With the latter, he recorded in 1996 an album of the most beautiful songs of French cinema (Démons et Merveilles, Virgins Classics), which gave birth to a show of the same name, directed by Tilly and presented at the Théâtre des Abbesses in April 1997. This show was presented as part of a tour in France and abroad. In 2004, he produced and performed the musical show “Nuit Américaine”, directed by Hélène Vincent and asked Régis Huby to take over the musical direction. This show has been presented at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, at the Opéra Comique and on tour throughout the France.
He released in October 2007 his first variety album, entitled “Loin” (Virgin Classics). In 2010, at the Théâtre du Chatelet Lambert Wilson will be distributed in “A Little Night Music”, musical by Stephen Sondheim, directed by Lee Blakeley.
In 2016, new release of the CD Wilson chante Montand which will be followed by the creation of a musical show with the same name with a creation at the TNP of Lyon Villeurbanne, a staging by Christian Scharletti, with musical direction and arrangements Bruno Fontaine. This show co-produced by Lambert Wilson will be the subject of a tour in France during the 2017 theatrical season and will be presented at the Théâtre le Trianon in Paris at the end of February 2017 for three dates then Montreal and New York. This show will be recorded for France Television.
In December 2006, Lambert Wilson was directed under the direction of Robert Carsen, in the musical “Candide” by Leonard Bernstein. This musical was presented during its premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and then at La Scala in Milan in 2007. This show was recorded for the Arte channel and the BBC. In 2010, Lambert Wilson will perform in this same Theater of Stephen Sondheim’s Chatelet A Little Night Music and will appear in Singin’in the rain always under the gaze of Robert Carsen.
In 2020, under the musical direction of Bruno Fontaine, Lambert Wilson will present on tour with Symphony Orchestra a musical show entitled Kurt Weill.
Lambert Wilson has participated in his capacity as narrator in many shows mixing texts and music (La Sonata de Vinteuil (Proust), Les Nuits (Musset), Les Lettres à Gala (Eluard) etc … and works such as Peter and the Wolf, The Soldier’s Story, Lélio, Manfred, Orpheus, The Dance of the Dead, Oedipus Rex, King David, The King and I under the baton of M. Rostropovitch, S. Ozawa, M.Corboz, F.Welser-Most, M.Janowski, G.Prêtre, K.Masur, F.Layer…
Lambert Wilson has recorded: King David (Corboz/CASCAVELLE) Oedipus Rex (Welser-Most/EMI), Pierre et le Loup (Plasson/EMI) Rédemptions (Plasson/EMI) A Little Night Music (Cuneen/TRING) as well as Le Gendarme Incompris, and Lélio (Ch.Dutoit/DECCA).
In June 1998, Lambert Wilson played the role of San Sebastian in “The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian” under the direction of Georges Prêtre at the Musikverein in Vienna, with the Wiener Philharmoniker as well as at La Scala with the Filarmonica della Scala in October 1999, then in Paris under the direction of Kurt Mazur at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées.
In 2007, Lambert Wilson received the insignia of Officer of Arts and Letters by Mr. Renaud Donnedieu, Minister of Culture.
In 2010, Lambert Wilson received the insignia of Officer in the National Order of Merit by Mr. Frédéric Mitterand, Minister of Culture.
In 2021, Lambert Wilson received the insignia of Commander in the National Order of Merit by Mrs. Roselyne Bachelot, Minister of Culture.