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March 2024

Cyril Lecomte

Love, of course

“I’m proud that my Provence homeland is famous worldwide!”

By Maurice Gouiran

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He was born in Marseille and spent his first 23 years there. After 15 years in Paris he came back so that his children could grow up enjoying the sea, sunshine and light of Provence. It all began for Cyril Lecomte in his high school years, when he took up photography and, at 16, opened a photo lab. Then, taking photos at theatre shows, he discovered a whole new world. He learned the actor’s craft under Marcel Maréchal at the Théâtre de la Criée in Marseille, playing in Molière, Shakespeare, Marivaux, Aristophanes and other classics of the stage. He practised dance, singing and fencing, and appeared in a few films and on TV. Then then his film career took off. In genres ranging from comedy to crime, Cyril Lecomte has acted with Noiret, Magimel, Galabru, Dupontel and Cantona. In 2003, he landed his first big role, in Travail d’arabe. Some 30 films and more than 20 telefilms later, it’s not scenarios he chooses so much as the people he wants to work with. He has heaps of projects lined up for 2024: three TV shoots (two for FranceTV and Carpe Diem for TF1), theatre, and co-writing a film scenario. He also finds time for his first creative love, with exhibitions of his black and white photos in Marseille in 2022 and Saint-Tropez in 2023. It has to be said that when you’re an artist, being from Marseille isn’t always an advantage. Some people think that culture only happens in Paris. There’s nothing Cyril Lecomte hates more than being regarded, in film and TV circles, as a “Marseille actor” and, as such, only fit for lightweight Marseille roles, though he and his fellows are open to the whole world.

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