Adèle Exarchopoulos (born 22 November 1993) is a French actress with partially Greek roots (her grandfather was Greek). She was born in Paris (France) and grew up in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, near the Place des Fêtes. Her mother, Marina (Niquet), is a nurse, and her father, Didier Exarchopoulos, is a guitarist. At the age of 9 she started acting and watching movies. As she said on the French newspaper L’Express, she started taking acting lessons because she likes disguising.
In 2006, Exarchopoulos was spotted by an agent and made her first television appearance in an episode of the French police series R.I.S, police scientifique. At 13, she had a role in the film Boxes (2007).
She also appeared in the films Les Enfants de Timpelbach (2008), The Round Up (2010), Turk’s Head (2010), Chez Gino (2011), Carré blanc (2011), Pieces of Me (2012) and I Used to Be Darker (2013) before making her international breakthrough in Blue Is the Warmest Colour, a 2013 film based on the 2010 French graphic novel of the same name. The film won the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Both Exarchopoulos and co-star Léa Seydoux were also awarded the Palme d’Or alongside director Abdellatif Kechiche, becoming the only women apart from director Jane Campion who have won the award. Exarchopoulos is the youngest person to ever receive the award. She received extensive critical praise and her performance was cited as one of the year’s best. Indiewire critic Eric Kohn named Exarchopoulos’ performance was the best female performance of 2013. Adèle met former boyfriend Jérémie Laheurte while filming this movie. They had a relationship from 2012 to 2015.
In March 2014, she was in consideration to play Tiger Lily in Pan but lost to Rooney Mara. She will appear in The Last Face alongside Javier Bardem and Charlize Theron. She plays Judith in the 2015 period drama film The Anarchists.
Since early 2016, she’s been in a relationship with French rapper Doums aka Morgan Frémont.