Audrey Tautou (born 1976 in Beaumont, France) spent her childhood in Montluçon. She moved to Paris to attend university studies on modern literature and take a course at the Cours Florent, a drama school based in Paris. She started her acting career with Venus Beauty Institute by Tonie Marshall, and won the César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2000. The following year, she enjoyed a worldwide success thanks to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's film Amélie. She has worked under the direction of Stephen Frears (Dirty Pretty Things), Pierre Salvadori (Priceless, Beautiful Lies), Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel), Alain Resnais (Not on the Lips), Michel Gondry (Mood Indigo) and Claude Miller (Thérèse Desqueyroux). She has been practicing photography for many years.