Marie Gillain was born on 18 June 1975 in the village of Rocourt, close to Liège, in the French speaking region of Belgium. From an early age she showed a keen interest in the world of entertainment and along with her young sister Céline and the children of her village, would dress up and organise small shows in the attic of her home. As a teenager she took part in theatre workshops for young people and was by now dreaming of becoming an actress.
At the age of 14 she saw an advertisement in a Belgian weekly newspaper for the film L’Amant (The Lover) which was directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. She decided to send in an audio tape on which she read an extract from a novel by Marguerite Duras, and as a result of this was asked to attend an audition. Unfortunately, she was not selected for the film, the role eventually going to the English actress Jane March. The experience was not wasted because the following year the same casting director contacted her for a major part in what… read more