Amira Casar has appeared in over sixty prestigious international film, TV, and theatre productions since 1989, acting in French, English, German, Italian and Spanish.
Among the notable filmmakers Casar has teamed with are: Catherine Breillat (ANATOMY OF HELL and THE LAST MISTRESS), Carlos Saura (BUÑUEL AND KING SOLOMON’S TABLE), The Quay Brothers (THE PIANO TUNER OF EARTHQUAKES), Guy Maddin (SEANCES and THE FORBIDDEN ROOM), Werner Schroeter (NIGHT OF THE DOG). She also collaborated with artist Sophie Calle in her 2007 Venice Biennale installation “Take Care of Yourself.”
Other notable films for Casar include Bertrand Bonello’s SAINT LAURENT (Cannes Official Selection in 2014), and Christine Jeffs’ Sylvia Plath biopic SYLVIA, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig. Casar was nominated for the Cesar for “Most Promising Actress” in the hit film LA VÉRITÉ SI JE MENS (“Would I Lie to You?”) in 1997, and appeared in its two sequels. Some of her other films include: WHY NOT ME?, HOW I KILLED MY FATHER, Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu’s TO PAINT OR MAKE LOVE (Cannes Official Selection in 2005), Tony Gatlif’s TRANSYLVANIA (Cannes Official Selection in 2006), KANDISHA, GAMINES, COUPABLE, PLAYOFF, MICHAEL KOHLHAAS, ICH UND KAMINSKI, and upcoming, NIGHT OF A 1000 HOURS and PLANETARIUM.
Casar won the Best Actress Award at the La Rochelle Fiction Festival in 2010 for her portrayal of surrealist artist and Picasso muse Dora Maar in the television film “La Femme qui Pleure au Chapeau Rouge.” She currently stars as Béatrice in the Canal+ series “Versailles” which can be seen in the U.S. on the Ovation cable network. Her other TV credits include the mini-series “40,” for Channel Four, and “Arabian Nights,” with John Leguizamo.
Her stage work includes Wallace Shawn’s “Aunt Dan and Lemon,” at London’s Almeida Theater; the title role of “Hedda Gabler” at the Petit Theatre de Paris, and “Petra” in Fassbinder’s “The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant.” For director Oliver Py, Casar played the role of “Goneril” in Shakespeare’s “King Lear” (2015) at the Festival d’Avignon in the Palace of Popes and at Les Gémeaux in Sceaux, and appeared in a production of “Les Enfants de Saturne” at the Theatre National de L’Odéon in Paris. She was acclaimed for her performance in Arthur Honneger’s oratorio, “Jeanne au Bûcher” with the London Symphonic Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in London.
Casar was born in England, and raised in England, Ireland, and France. She studied drama at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Paris. In 2016, Casar was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French minister of culture, in recognition of her significant contributions to the arts.