Sophie Nélisse biography

The Book Thief

Sophie Nélisse

Date of Birth: March 27, 2000

Sophie Nélisse was born in Windsor, Ontario, but moved to Montreal with her family when she was just four.

She began her career at the age of seven in commercials, then made her movie debut at age 10 in the 2012 French-Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar . For her performance in the film, she won a Genie and a Jutra award for Best Supporting Actress.

Sophie then went on to play a role in Luc Picard's 2012 feature Esimésac before being asked to audition for the lead role of a German girl in the English-language feature film The Book Thief . She landed the part and starred alongside Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.

In 2015, Sophie played Joan Fischer, chess champion Bobby Fischer's sister in Pawn Sacrifice , directed by Edward Zwick and starring Tobey Maguire. She also played the lead role in The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015), which has not yet had a release date, and returned to her native tongue for the French language film Endorphine (2016).

Sophie's latest project is the thriller Mean Dreams with Bill Paxton. In 2016, she also worked on 1:54 , The History of Love and Wait Till Helen Comes .

When not working, Sophie enjoys gymnastic classes. Her younger sister, Isabelle, is also an actress, who, among other credits, played a lead role in the horror movie Mama (2013).

Sophie Nélisse Filmography


The Book Thief

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  131 min.
Release Date: November 15, 2013 - Montréal, Toronto - November 15, 2013 - Toronto, Montreal
November 22 - Vancouver, Quebec City
November 27 - Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa

DVD: March 11, 2014

Current rating: Rating: 4.43
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Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nélisse, Nico Liersch, Ben Schnetzer

Inspiration: Markus Zusak