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Lambert Wilson

Born in Paris, French actor Lambert Wilson studied theatre in London at the Drama Centre. Fred Zinnemann gave him his first leading role in Five Days of Summer, starring Sean Connery. Since then, Wilson has appeared in more than fifty films, working with internationally acclaimed filmmakers like Claude Chabrol, Luigi Comencini, Andrzej Wajda, Peter Greenaway, Carlos Saura, André Téchiné, Alain Resnais, John Duigan and Deborah Warner.

Lambert played the Merovingian in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both directed by the Wachowski brothers. He also appeared in Timeline, Catwoman, Sahara, Flawless, Dante 101, The Heaven Project, and Comme Les Autres.

On stage, Lambert performed in more than twenty plays in Paris and London, including Cocteau's The Infernal Machine, with Maggie Smith (Lyric Hammersmith); A Little Night Music, with Judi Dench, at the National Theatre; and Ashes to Ashes, directed by Harold Pinter (Théatre du Rond-Point, Paris). He also directed several plays, including Racine's Berenice, at the Avignon Festival in 2001 with Kristin Scott- Thomas and again in 2008 with Carole Bouquet at Peter Brook's Théatre des Bouffes du Nord. His next stage directorial project is Music-Hall, by Jean-Luc Lagarce, with Fanny Ardant (2009).

A trained singer, Lambert has produced and performed in three musical one-man shows -- Lambert Wilson Chante (1990), Demons et Merveilles (1997) and Nuit Americaine (2004), the latter a tribute to modern American composers. He recently played the roles of Pangloss, Voltaire and Martin in Bernstein's Candide, directed by Robert Carsen at the Paris Théatre du Chtelet and at Milan's Teatro Alla Scala (2007). Lambert has recorded several times as a singer or as a narrator including EMI's Musicals (1989) and Virgin Classics' Loin (2007), his first pop album in French.

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Lambert Wilson Facts

BirthdayAugust 3, 1958 (63)
BirthplaceParis, France
Height6' 3" (1m91)  How tall is Lambert Wilson compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Babylon AD
Meet Dave
Mortal Kombat
Of Gods and Men
5 to 7
Princess of Montpensier
Taking Woodstock
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