Noted for his charismatic presence and his ability to immerse himself in a diverse range of roles, Charles Berling is an actor whose name garners respect and recognition in his native France. Berling first earned acclaim in the theatre, where he was a fixture for many years, before making his film debut in 1993's Salt on Our Skin. Three years later, he earned widespread acclaim for his leading role in Patrice Leconte's Ridicule, in which he starred as an 18th century nobleman who learns to play a delicate and deadly game of wit at the court of Versailles.
Born on Tahiti in 1958, Berling studied acting at a Parisian drama school located on la rue Blanche and made his stage debut in 1982. He spent the next decade performing in a large variety of productions and ventured into cinema in the early 1990s. Two of his more memorable early films were Pascale Ferran's Petits Arrangements avec les Morts (1994), which cast him as an entomologist trying to come to terms with memories of his childhood, and Claude Sautet's Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud (1995), in which he played Emmanuelle Béart's boring husband.