Clotilde Courau

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Clotilde Courau
Princess of Venice
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Clotilde, Princess of Venice at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1969-04-03) 3 April 1969 (age 53)
Hauts-de-Seine, France
Spouse Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice (m. 2003)
Issue Princess Vittoria
Princess Luisa
Full name
Clotilde Marie Pascale
Father Jean-Claude Courau
Mother Catherine du Pontavice des Renardières
Religion Roman Catholic
Occupation Actress
Italian Royal Family
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HRH The Prince of Naples
HRH The Princess of Naples

HRH Princess Maria Pia
HRH Princess Maria Gabriella
HRH Princess Maria Beatrice

Clotilde of Savoy, Princess of Venice (née Clotilde Marie Pascale Courau; 3 April 1969), is an award-winning French actress. She is the wife of Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice,[1] a member of the House of Savoy and the grandson of Umberto II, the last reigning King of Italy. Professionally, she is known by her maiden name.


Clotilde Courau was born on 3 April 1969 in Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France, the daughter of Jean-Claude Courau (b. 1942) and Catherine du Pontavice des Renardières (b. 1948). She has three sisters named Christiane, Camille, and Capucine Courau.

Clotilde was brought up in the Roman Catholic religion.

Acting career

In 1991, Courau was nominated for a César, for Most Promising Actress (Meilleur espoir féminin), and won an European Film Award for Best Actress, both for the film Le petit criminel (1990). In 1995, she won the Prix Suzanne Bianchetti at the SACD Awards. She was nominated again for a César twice in 1996 for Best Supporting Actress (Meilleur second rôle féminin) and Most Promising Actress (Meilleur espoir féminin) both for the film Élisa. In 1998 she was named as one of European cinema's "Shooting Stars" by European Film Promotion and in 2000 she won the Prix Romy Schneider. She was also created a Dame of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France on 7 February 2007.

She had a featured role in Deterrence, an American film about nuclear war that marked the directing debut of Rod Lurie.


Clotilde Courau announced her engagement on 10 July, and on 25 September 2003 at the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome, she married Emanuele Filiberto, Prince of Venice. At the ceremony she wore a wedding gown designed by Valentino. Six months pregnant at the time of the wedding, she was seen as a controversial royal bride because of her left-wing views.[2]

The couple have two daughters:

  • Princess Vittoria of Savoy, born on 29 December 2003.
  • Princess Luisa of Savoy, born on 16 August 2006.

Royal role

After her marriage Clotilde became Clotilde of Savoy, Princess of Venice (Italian: Clotilde di Savoia, Principessa di Venezia), sometimes shortened to Princess Clotilde of Savoy". Although the titles and distinctions of the Italian royal family are no longer recognised by the government of Italy, she is sometimes referred to in the media by her birth name, under which she continues her acting career, and sometimes as Princess of Savoy, Princess of Venice or Princess of Piedmont, titles derived from those claimed by her husband's family.

Although not a member of a ruling royal house, Princess Clotilde and her husband are regularly guests at royal events such as the wedding of Albert II, Prince of Monaco and of Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg.[3][4]


In 2009, her name was given to a rose created by the rose grower Fabien Ducher to mark the 500000th visitor to the Jardins de l'Imaginaire, Terrasson.[5]


Titles, styles and honours


  • 3 April 1969 – 25 September 2003: Clotilde Courau
  • 25 September 2003 - Present: Clotilde, Princess of Venice
  • In pretence 25 September 2003 - present: Her Royal Highness Clotilde, Princess of Venice and Piedmont


National honours

Foreign honour


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