Jalil Lespert: biography and latest news!

    Jalil Lespert © VEEREN
    Jalil Lespert © VEEREN

  • Job : actor, director
  • Sign : Bull
  • Date of birth: Tuesday, May 11, 1976 (age: 44 years old)
  • Country : France

Born on May 11, 1976 in Paris, Jalil Lespert is a French actor and director. Of Franco-Kabyle origin, he is the son of actor Jean Lespert, and brother of actor Yaniss Lespert. Pushed by his mother, a lawyer, Jalil Lespert began studying law, but he changed his mind when in 1995, Laurent Cantet noticed him and hired him with his father in the short film Jeux de Plage.

Later, the young actor meets the director again to shoot the TV movie Les Sanguinaires in 1997. Two years later, Laurent Cantet offered him a new role, this time in the film Ressources Humaines. Thanks to the role of Franck, he is revealed to the general public and wins the César for the best male hopeful in 2001. In 2003, he won the Best New Actor Award at the Cabourg Film Festival for his role in Jean-Pierre Sinapi’s Vivre me tue. From then on, the actor has made many films (Pas sur la bouche, Le Promeneur du Champ-de-Mars, Virgil, Le petit Lieutenant…).

Jalil Lespert also distinguished himself as a director. In 2007, he gets behind the camera and signs the feature film 24 bars. A few years later, he repeated the experience with the adaptation of the novel Des vents contraires, which was well received. In 2014, he co-wrote and directed the biopic devoted to Yves Saint-Laurent, played by Pierre Niney. In 2015, he joined the team of directors of the series Versailles, broadcast on Canal+, which was a great success. The following year, he directed the feature film Iris, in which he also starred.

Since then, Jalil Lespert alternates between his career as a director and that of actor. In 2020, he plays in La terre des hommes by Noël Marandin and L’Enfant rêvé by Raphaël Jacoulot.

On the private side, Jalil Lespert has been sharing the life of Sonia Rolland since 2009. The couple has a daughter, Kahina, born in November 2010. From his union with the actress Bérangère Allaux, the actor has two children, a boy named Aliosha and a girl, Gena. In October 2018, he announces on social networks to be separated from Sonia Rolland.