French stage and screen actor. An accomplished dramatic actor, Binoche established herself as a leading player in both French- and English-language cinema, winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The English Patient (1996) and the Cannes Film Festival best actress award for Copie conforme/Certified Copy (2010). She also garnered critical acclaim for her performances in Krzystof Kieslowski's Trois Couleurs:Bleu/Three Colours: Blue (1993), the popular costume drama Le Hussard sur le toit/The Horseman on the Roof (1995), and Chocolat (2000); Academy Award nomination).
Binoche first gained international recognition for her role in the Milan Kundera adaptation The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988). She worked with some of France's foremost film-makers in the mid-1980s, including Jean-Luc Godard (Je vous salue, Marie/Hail Mary, 1985). Other films include Rendez-vous (1985), Mauvais sang/Bad Blood (1986), and Les Amants du Pont-Neuf/The Lovers of Pont-Neuf (1991). She also featured in Louis Malle's English-language film Damage (1992).
After a short sabbatical from film-making 1996–98, during which she gave theatre performances in London, England, Binoche returned to the screen in Alice et Martin (1998), Les Enfants du siècle/Children of the Century (1999), Caché/Hidden (2005), and Le Voyage du ballon rouge/The Flight of the Red Balloon (2008).
Binoche was born in Paris and began acting in amateur productions during her teens. She directed and starred in her boarding school production of Eugène Ionesco's Exit the King before studying acting at the French National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Paris.