Three Men and a Cradle
French actress Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, the daughter of actor Philippe Leroy, rose to fame portraying the emotional mother on Coline Serreau's successful comedy “3 hommes et un couffin” (“Three Men and a Cradle,” 1985), where she netted a César nomination for her performance. She went on to reprise the role in 2003's “18 ans après” (“18 Years After”). Philippine has since appeared in a number of films, such as “Les possédés” (1988), “Natalia” (1989), “Neuf mois” (1994), “Hercule & Sherlock” (1996), “TGV” (1998), “Vatel” (2000), “Two Brothers” (2004), “Love and Other Disasters” (2006) and “Three Days with the Family” (2009).
Childhood and Family:
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu was born on April 25, 1963, in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France. She is the daughter of French film actor Philippe Leroy (born October 15, 1930). After spending the first eleven years of her life in Italy, she returned to France to complete high school and then studied literature at Sorbonne. She developed a love for theatre and attended the Conservatoire de Paris. It was not long before she launched a professional career in acting.
Love and Other Disasters
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu had her first taste in front of the camera when she landed a part in a 13 minute film by Robert Réa called “Eden” (1982), opposite Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Didier Crespo and Zabou Breitman. The next year, she made her feature film debut in Roger Vadim's “Surprise Party” (1983), where she costarred with Caroline Cellier and Christian Vadim. While in her first year at the Conservatoire de Paris, Philippine was selected to play Stacy Keach's daughter, Fauve, on the television miniseries adaptation of Judith Krantz's “Mistral's Daughter,” an American and French co-production. The drama aired on CBS on September 24, 1984. Later that same year, she played the role of Clarissa in an episode of “Série noire” titled “Neige à Capri.”
Philippine's breakthrough arrived when she was cast in the French comedy “3 hommes et un couffin” (“Three Men and a Cradle,” 1985), in which she starred with Roland Giraud, Michel Boujenah and André Dussollier. Directed and written by Coline Serreau, the film was nominated for several César awards and won for Best Film, Best Supporting Actor (Boujenah) and Best Writing - Original or Adaptation. Philippine also received a nomination for Most Promising Actress (Meilleur espoir féminin) for her performance. Released in the Unites States on April 25, 1986, the film was nominated for a 1986 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and a 1987 Golden Globe in the same category. An American remake of the film was made in 1987 under the title “Three Men and a Baby,” which was directed by Leonard Nimoy and starred Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson.
After the success of “3 hommes et un couffin,” Philippine worked in Roger Planchon's “Dandin” (1987), starring Claude Brasseur, Jacques Santi's “Flag” (1987, with Richard Bohringer and Pierre Arditi), Andrzej Wajda's “Les possédés” (1988), and Mehdi Charef's “Camomille” (1988). She also appeared in Bernard Cohn's “Natalia” (1989), a drama that was screened at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, Philippe Le Guay's “Les deux Fragonard” (1989) and Robert Enrico and Richard T. Heffron's “La révolution française” (1989). On television, she acted in the 1987 television film “La maison piège” and the 1989 miniseries “Mon dernier rêve sera pour vous.”
After appearing in the short “La cabine” (1991), Philippine starred with Laurence César and Sabrina Leurquin in Stéphanie de Mareuil's “Petits travaux tranquilles” (1991), Gérard Jugnot and Pierre Arditi in Philippe de Broca's “Les clés du paradis” (1991), and Jonathan Zaccaï and Ute Lemper in Marcin Ziebinski's “Coupable d'innocence ou Quand la raison dort” (1992). She also portrayed characters in Silvio Soldini's “Un'anima divisa in due” (1993) and in 1994, starred in “Neuf mois” (“Nine Months”), a romantic comedy directed and co-written by Patrick Braoudé. On the small screen, she was cast in “Meutre avec préméditation: Récidive” (1993), “Jules Ferry” (1993), “Le prix d'une femme” (1993), “Les enfants du faubourg” (1994) and “ L'île aux mômes” (1994).
In 1995, Philippine was featured in the Merchant Ivory Productions film “Jefferson in Paris,” directed by James Ivory and starring Nick Nolte, Greta Scacchi and Thandie Newton. It earned primarily negative reviews from critics and was a flop at the box office. The same year, she also portrayed Annalori Ambrosoli in Michele Placido's “Un eroe borghese,” which won an award for Best Producer at the 1995 David di Donatello Awards and a Best Actor Award at the 1995 Montréal World Film Festival (Fabrizio Bentivoglio). She was then reunited with director/writer Philippe Le Guay for “L'année Juliette.”
Next up for Philippine, she received a supporting role in “La belle Verte” (1996), a comedy written, directed by and starring Coline Serreau, starred as Lily in Dodine Herry's “Je n'en ferai pas un drame” (1996), teamed up with Christopher Lambert in “Hercule & Sherlock” (1996) and starred in the Dutch film “Le nez au vent” (1997), for director Dominique Guerrier. In 1998, she starred in the comedy “La voie est libre” (with François Cluzet and Emma de Caunes) and as Sylvia in Moussa Touré's award winning comedy, “TGV.” During 1997 to 1998, the actress also acted in the television films “La vérité est un vilain défaut” (with Sam Karmann and Marie-France Pisier), “Jeanne et le loup,” “Mes enfants étrangers” (with Patrick Catalifo and João Anjos) and “Le feu sous la glace.”
Entering the new millennium, Philippine landed the role of Duchesse de Longueville in the biopic “Vatel” (2000), based on the life of 17th century French chef François Vatel. Directed by Roland Joffé and starring Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman and Tim Roth, the film won a César for Best Production Design and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration. The same year, she also played Claire in the TV film “Petit Ben,” starring Samy Naceri, and Sandra Villiers in the short lived series “Sandra et les siens.” In 2003, she reprised her role of Sylvia in Serreau's “18 ans après” (“18 Years After”) and played Lorraine in the TV film “Écoute, Nicolas.” In 2004, she was cast in Jean-Jacques Annaud's “Two Brothers” (“Deux frères”). “Two Tigers” starred Guy Pearce, Freddie Highmore and Jean-Claude Dreyfus.
After costarring in Jacques Otmezguine's “Trois couples en quête d'orages” (2005), Philippine played the role of Daphne Spring in “Love and Other Disasters” (2006), a movie starring Brittany Murphy, Santiago Cabrera and Matthew Rhys. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2006. The same year, she also played Julia in Pablo Malo's thriller “La sombra de nadie,” her last film for about three years. She also guest starred in the TV series “Venus and Apollo,” “Commissaire Valence” (both 2005) and “Le juge est une femme” (2008).
Philippine returned to the big screen in 2009 when she was cast as Joëlle in “Three Days with the Family” (“Tres dies amb la família”), a Spanish film directed by Mar Coll. It won various awards, including three Gaudí Awards, a Goya Award for Best New Director, a Sant Jordi Award and three awards at the 2009 Málaga Spanish Film Festival.
In 2010, Philippine starred as Emma in the French television film “Ma femme, ma fille, 2 bébés,” opposite Pascal Légitimus and Camille Constantin as Antoine and Chloé, respectively.