Matthias Schoenaerts as Roman Coleman
Matthias Schoenaerts is a Flemish actor who began his career on stage as a child playing opposite his father Julien Schoenaerts in The Little Prince. At 15, he made his screen debut in the Academy Award®-nominated feature Daens, directed by Stijn Coninx. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in Antwerp, he starred on stage and in award-winning shorts and features.
His supporting role in Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book introduced him to a wider European audience. His lead performance in Michaël Roskam’s Academy Award®-nominated Bullhead brought him to the attention of the international film community, as he won accolades including the FIPRESCI Award for Best Actor at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Best Actor Award at Austin Fantastic Fest, and the Acting Award at AFI Fest. He then starred opposite Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone, directed by Jacques Audiard, for which he won a César Award; reunited with director Michaël Roskam for The Drop, with Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini; and was part of the ensemble cast of Guillaume Canet’s film Blood Ties.
Schoenaerts was then seen in Suite Française, with Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas, directed by Saul Dibb; Far from the Madding Crowd, directed by Thomas Vinterberg, opposite Carey Mulligan, based on the Thomas Hardy novel; Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash with Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, and Dakota Johnson; Alice Winocour’s Maryland, opposite Diane Kruger; and Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, with Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.
In 2017, Schoenaerts starred in the Michaël R. Roskam movie Le Fidèle, with Adèle Exarchopoulos, and in the Ritesh Batra Netflix movie Our Souls at Night, with Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. In 2018, he appeared in Red Sparrow, directed by Francis Lawrence with Jennifer Lawrence, and he has a starring role in Terrence Malick’s Radegund, about a conscientious objector who refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II. He also will star in Thomas Vinterberg’s new film Kursk with Colin Firth and in Territoires by David Oelhoffen with Reda Kateb.