A graduate of the Cours Florent, Yvan Attal began his film career in 1989 in Eric Rochant’s Love Without Pity and received the César Award for Most Promising Actor the following year. Eric Rochant gave Attal the lead roles in his next two films: In The Eyes of the World, (where he meets his future wife, Charlotte Gainsbourg) and The Patriots.
In 1997 he directed his first short film, I got a Woman. In 2001, it is made into a feature film and renamed My Wife Is An Actress, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg. From the tormented hero to the bad boy, Yvan Attal also defined himself in more sentimental roles.
In 2009 he performed one of his most memorable roles in Rapt for which he lost 20 kilos. In 2012 he takes on more physical roles in thrillers such as RIF, Dans La Tourmente, Anthony Zimmer.
In 2016 he wrote and directed Jews, a film about anti-semitic clichés. Shortly after, his comedy, Le Brio, with Daniel Auteuil was released.
In 2019 he directs and acts alongside his real-life partner Charlotte Gainsbourg in his latest film, My Dog Stupid, adapted from John Fante’s book.