Céline Sallette started out in theatre with Laurent Laffargue, working on texts by Shakespeare and Daniel Keene, before joining the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique in Paris. Her film career began in 2005, playing the role of Lizzy in Meurtrières (“Murderers”) by Patrick Grandperret, then appearing in Sofia Coppola’s Marie-Antoinette (2006), La Chambre des Morts (“Room of Death”) by Alfred Lot, (2007), Le Grand Alibi (“The Great Alibi”) by Pascal Bonitzer and La Grande Vie (“The High Life”) by Emmanuel Salinger in 2009. In the same year, she featured in Au-delà, (“Hereafter”) by Clint Eastwood.
In 2007, Céline Sallette played the character Suzanne in telefilmFigaro produced by Jacques Weber, and it was in 2010, with Un Eté Brûlant (“A Burning Hot Summer”) by Philippe Garrel, that she really made a name for herself playing one of the film’s four main characters. The same year, she took on the role of Clotilde in L’Apollonide – Souvenirs de la Maison Close(“House of Tolerance”) produced by Bertrand Bonello, which earned her a César nomination for the Most Promising Actress Award in 2012 and won the Romy Schneider Award.
In 2011 Céline Sallette appeared in De Rouille et d’Os (“Rust and Bone”) by Jacques Audiard and played the lead role in Jean-Pierre Denis’s film Ici-Bas (“Here Below”). In 2012 she returned to TV screens in the series directed by Fabrice Gobert Les Revenants(“The Returned”) on Canal +, as well as to cinema screens in Costa Gavras’ Capital. In 2013 she featured in Mon Ame Par Toi Guérie (“One of a Kind”) by François Dupeyron, Vie Sauvage (“Wild Life”) by Cédric Kahn, La French (“The Connection”) by Cédric Jimenez alongside Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche and also played the lead role in Geronimo by Tony Gatlif, screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2014.
In 2015, we saw her in the films Je Vous Souhaite d’Etre Follement Aimée(“Looking for Her”) by Ounie Lecomte, Les Rois du Monde by Laurent Laffargue and Tsunami by Jacques Deschamps.
In 2016, she appeared alongside Gérard Depardieu and Benoît Poelvoorde in Saint-Amour by Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delepine, and returned once again to Cédric Jimenez in HHhH, (“The Man with the Iron Heart”) adapted from the popular novel by Laurent Binet, as well as featuring in Corporate by Nicolas Silhol and Cessez le Feu (“Ceasefire”) by Emmanuel Courcol where she met up again with Grégory Gadebois after a second series of Revenants.
Finally, in 2017, Céline filmed the latest feature length film by André Téchiné alongside Pierre Deladonchamps, entitled Nos Années Folles (“Golden Years”) before joining Pierre Schoeller in the ambitious Un Peuple et Son Roi (“One Nation, One King”) and Audrey Diwan in her first film Mais Vous Etes Fous (“Losing It”) alongside Pio Marmai.
As for television, she can be seen in the explosive Vernon Subutex on Canal Plus.