Matthias Schoenaerts (born 8 December 1977) is a Belgian actor and graffiti artist. He made his film debut at the age of 15 in Daens (1992), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He is best known for his roles as Filip in Loft (2008), Jacky Vanmarsenille in Bullhead (2011), Ali in Rust and Bone (2012), Eric Deeds in The Drop (2014), Bruno von Falk in Suite Française (2015) and Gabriel Oak in Far from the Madding Crowd (2015). In 2013, he won the César Award for Most Promising Actor for Rust and Bone.
In 2015, he was named Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in France.
Schoenaerts was born in Antwerp, Belgium. He is the son of actor Julien Schoenaerts and costume designer Dominique Wiche.
In 1987, at 9 years old, he appeared on a stage production of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince opposite his father, his mother was also the costume designer of the play.
At the age of 15, Schoenaerts made his film debut with a small role in the 1992 Belgian film Daens, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film...
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