Top 10 appearances of French stars on TV before fame, the best archives

Before being famous, the stars were part of the crowd of normal people: we may even have crossed paths without knowing it. So of course, when you look at archival TV footage where you recognize a young star before fame, it’s always weird. Some have participated in TV games, others have responded to a vox pop completely by chance and today, they are real regulars on TV sets.

1. Kylian Mbappé (12) talks to a journalist about quotas in 2011

In 2011, the quota affair caused a lot of talk in French football: we had just discovered that the Federation wanted to impose quotas, at least 50% of French people with a single nationality, in training centers. A journalist therefore went to interview young people on a field in Bondy to find out their opinions and among these teenagers, there was Kylian Mbappé.

2. Cyril Hanouna (15) and his high school friends in 1989

In 1989, a journalist asks questions to students in front of their high school in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. These questions have for subject the wearing of the yarmulke at school and all the teenagers have their say to defend their comrades or to speak about secularism. Well, not really all of them. In the middle of the other students, the young Cyril Hanouna is content to chew his gum and approve what his friends say.

3. Clovis Cornillac (12) participates in a game show in 1981

In 1981, a 12-year-old child took part in the animated game show Une image trois sons One image three sounds by Claude Villers. He must watch a film extract whose dialogues have been changed and imagine the real scenario while discussing with the presenter. This child is Clovis Cornillac and he already has a lot of confidence.

4. Marina Foïs (16) talks about her role in a play in 1986

Unlike some stars that we recognize at a glance, Marina Foïs has changed a lot since her adolescence. Her first appearance on TV dates from 1986 in a program where she talks about her role in a play, directed by one of her friends.

5. André Dussollier (26) won the end-of-year competition at the Conservatoire National d’Art Dramatique de Paris in 1972

André Dussollier was a brilliant young man and after having obtained two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in modern literature, he decided to take acting lessons at the Conservatoire National d’Art Dramatique in Paris, the best school there was at the time. The future actor wins first prize in the end-of-year competition and is then interviewed by a journalist during his very first television appearance.

6. Philippe Etchebest (23) replaces the chef of Clos Longchamp in a show in 1990

In 1990, Philippe Etchebest was second in the kitchen in the large restaurant Clos Longchamp in the hotel The Star Meridian. He made his first TV appearance on the show Caroline TV. Guest, Manitas de Platas, explains why he loves the restaurant at Clos Longchamp and Etchebest, who replaces the chef, talks about his cooking.

7. Kev Adams (14 years old) participates in “Beware of the step” in 2006

In 2006, Kev Adams (whom no one calls that yet) participates in the show WATCH YOUR STEP presented by Jean-Luc Reichmann, he was only 14 years old. He cracks jokes, seems comfortable in front of the camera, and is quite good at quick calculations.

8. Florence Foresti (28) was a Burger Quiz contestant in 2001

The Burger Quiz is a very funny game whose very first episode was broadcast in 2001. For the fifth episode, a candidate still unknown to everyone made her first TV appearance: it was Florence Foresti. Spoiler: she almost won.

9. Bigflo and Oli (16 and 19 years old) broadcast on France 3 in 2012

Three years before releasing their first album, Bigflo and Oli give a concert in the courtyard of their high school and France 3 Midi Pyrénées covers the event (the class). We discover their life, their music teachers and the freestyle battles they organize.

10. Valérie Lemercier (18 years old) took part in the game show “L’Académie des neuf” in 1982

In 1982, the future actress Valérie Lemercier appeared on television long before becoming famous. She participates in a game show called “The Academy of Nine” under the name of Marie and even if it should not be obvious, we see that she is struggling a bit.

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