Sophie Nélisse Biography

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Born: March 27, 2000


Date of Birth: March 27, 2000

Sophie Nélisse was born in Windsor, Ontario, but moved to Montreal with her family when she was just four.

She began her career at the age of seven in commercials, then made her movie debut at age 10 in the 2012 French-Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar. For her performance in the film, she won a Genie and a Jutra award for Best Supporting Actress.

Sophie then went on to play a role in Luc Picard's 2012 feature Esimésac before being asked to audition for the lead role of a German girl in the English-language feature film The Book Thief. She landed the part and starred alongside Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.

In 2015, Sophie played Joan Fischer, chess champion Bobby Fischer's sister in Pawn Sacrifice, directed by Edward Zwick and starring Tobey Maguire. She also played the lead role in The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015), which has not yet had a release date, and returned to her native tongue for the French language film Endorphine (2016).

Sophie's latest project is the thriller Mean Dreams with Bill Paxton. In 2016, she also worked on 1:54, The History of Love and Wait Till Helen Comes.

When not working, Sophie enjoys gymnastic classes. Her younger sister, Isabelle, is also an actress, who, among other credits, played a lead role in the 2013 horror movie Mama.


Wait Till Helen Comes (2016)
The History of Love(2016)
Mean Dreams(2016)
The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015)
Pawn Sacrifice(2015)
The Book Thief(2013)
Monsieur Lazhar(2011)
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