Julie Le Breton

Last updated: January 15, 2024

From her very first film appearance in Ricardo Trogi’s Québec-Montréal (2002), Julie Le Breton has established herself as one of Quebec’s most talented and popular actors. Twice crowned Female Personality of the Year at the Artis Gala (2020 and 2021), she shines just as brightly in film and television as she does on stage.

A firm favourite with audiences, she played Julie in TVA’s Les beaux malaises, a role for which she won the Gémeaux Award for Best Lead Female Actor: Comedy (2014 to 2016) and the Artis Award for Best Female Actor: Comedy (2015, 2016 and 2021). Since 1998, she has appeared in over 20 television projects, including Les pays d’en haut (2015–20), Épidémie (2019), Victor Lessard (2017–19), Mauvais karma (2010–12), and Minuit le soir (2003–04).

More recently, Julie starred in the first TV series directed by Xavier Dolan, La nuit où Laurier Gaudreault s’est réveillé, broadcast on Club illico and based on the play of the same name by Michel Marc Bouchard; in the series, she reprised her role as Mireille, the thanatologist she played in the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde stage production in 2019. She played Roxane in the Club illico TV series IXE-13 (2023), alongside Marc-André Grondin and Vincent Leclerc.

On the big screen, Julie won a 2007 Génie Award (Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role) for her performance as Lucille Richard in Charles Binamé’s film Maurice Richard. She has appeared in several other successful Quebec films, including De père en flic 2 (2017), Paul à Québec (2014), and Starbuck (2010), and co-starred in director Éric Tessier’s feature film Tu te souviendras de moi (2022), alongside Rémy Girard and David Boutin.

In winter 2022, Julie, whose stage credits include Rose et la machine (Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, 2021) and Vol au-dessus d’un nid de coucou (Théâtre du Rideau Vert, 2017), performed her first solo show at Espace GO in Les dix commandements de Dorothy Dix (written by Stéphanie Jasmin and directed by Denis Marleau); her portrayal of this 20th-century woman’s life earned her the 2021–22 Prix de la critique, and La Presse wrote that she “gave possibly the greatest performance of her career.” In June 2022, she performed the show at the Théâtre National de la Colline in Paris. Later that year, also at Espace GO, she appeared in La fureur de ce que je pense, a play by Sophie Cadieux based on the work of Nelly Arcan and directed by Marie Brassard.

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