Natacha Amal, a 'femme de loi'
Natacha Amal is a Belgian actress, born on 4 September 1968 in Brussels. Her father was a gynaecologist and her mother was a teacher of literature. She spent her childhood and teenage years in Forest. From a young age, she dreamt of being in the spotlight. As such, after completing high school, she joined the Brussels Conservatory and graduated with a first prize in acting in 1988. She started her career in classical theatre plays. She played all the greatest roles: Vendredi in Tournier's work, while Racine's Phèdre seemed to be a role made specifically for her. She played alongside the leading men of the theatre: Jean Marie Villégier, Jérôme Savary, Pierre Mondy, Jean-Luc Moreau, and Robert Hossein. She made her film debut in 1989, in Pentimento by Tonie Marshall. Cinema gave her the opportunity to act alongside Philippe de Broca, Ariel Zeitoun, Florence Strauss and Peter Greenaway.
Wishing to discover new horizons, Natacha Amal moved to the United States to build her career there. She quickly became disillusioned, and the American dream fizzled out. She took different jobs to earn a living (waitress, dancer etc.). In spite of it all, she managed to attend a few celebrity parties, but was unable to build her career as an actress. She decided to return to France.
Her return was rather difficult as the business had forgotten her. She managed to get a few minor roles in TV series: Navarro, Nestor Burma, as well as in a few films: Pentimento, Les clés du paradis. Then she became Yves Rénier's fiancée in Commissaire Moulin (1993-2006). But it was with her role in Femmes de loi (1991 onwards), where she played one of the two main roles, that she became very popular. It was a successful comeback, and she was subsequently involved in various television productions (Le Bleu de l'Océan, Mes deux maris, Un bébé pour mes 40 ans, etc.). In 2003, she returned to the stage and played opposite Bernard Tapie in Un beau salaud.
She shone in 2017, during the rehearsals of "M'man", a play by Fabrice Melquiot. The last time she performed in Belgium was in the summer of 2010 in Villers-la-Ville, in "Milady", after Alexandre Dumas' "The Three Musketeers". Over the following seven years she reoriented her career, left Paris, and returned to Brussels where her family lives, and where she was born (in the maternity ward of Saint Pierre Hospital), grew up and partly studied. She was less in the spotlight, but never stopped acting.
Natacha Amal has been a loyal member of Télévie for many years. In 2019, she will join the Télévie troupe for 17 performances. In the play "Représailles" by Eric Assous, she will share the role with Sandrine Corman and play Rosalie, Melissa's mother (Anne Ruwet) and the cheated wife of Francis, who is played by Luc Gilson. She will be performing alongside the hosts of Bel RTL in Rochefort, Gilly, Ath, Liège, Tubize and Neuchâteau.
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