Laura Benson, is a bilingual English/French actress living in Paris since 1981. She trained at the “Nanterre Amandiers” theatre school directed by Patrice Chéreau and Pierre Romans.. Her first film was Hôtel de France (1987) directed by Patrice Chéreau. She made her debut on stage interpreting the part of Anna Petrovna in Tchekhov’s Platonov, a play also directed by Patrice Chéreau (1987). She has worked on stage with a number of directors such as Pierre Romans, Luc Bondy, Irina Brook, Stuart Seide amongs others. In 2003, together with Nathalie Bensard, she co-wrote/conceived George which she produced which her own theatre company. Her performance brought her a ‘revelation’ nomination at the 2005 Molières theatre awards.
She has worked with several film directors such as Stephen Frears, Robert Altman, Alain Resnais, Jacques Doillon.
In Touch Me Not, Adina Pintilie’s first feature film (2018), she holds the lead part. The film has been selected in competition at the 68th Berlinale.
Since 2009, alongside performing, she is also one of the Atelier Blanche Salant & Paul Weaver acting school’s main teachers.
- 1987: Hôtel de France by Patrice Chéreau (Anna)
- 1988: Dangerous Liaisons by Stephen Frears (Emilie)
- 1989: I Want to Go Home by Alain Resnais (Elsie Wellman)
- 1991: Amelia Lopes O'Neill by Valeria Sarmiento (Anna)
- 1994: Prêt-à-porter by Robert Altman (Milo’ close friend)
- 2004: L’Américain by Bruno Amestoy and Patrick Timsit (Geena)
- 2008: Le crime est notre affaire by Pascal Thomas (Margaret Brown)
- 2015: The Profs 2 by Pierre-François Martin-Laval (Miss Johns)
- 2018: Touch Me Not by Adina Pintilie (Laura)
- 1988: Cinéma 16 - TVfilm: L'Amoureuse by Jacques Doillon (Laurence)
- 1989: Le Conte d'hiver by Pierre Cavassilas (Perdita)
- 1991: Un drôle de contrat (Hélène)
- 1995: Les Louves by Peter Duffell (Fred)
- 2001: Sydney Fox, l'aventurière (The Principale) (1 episode)
- 2001: Police District (1 episode)
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