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Jean-Baptiste Maunier

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Jean-Baptiste Maunier
Maunier in 2016
Born (1990-12-22) 22 December 1990 (age 32)
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active2004–present
SpouseLéa Arnezeder

Jean-Baptiste Maunier (French pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃batistmonje], born 22 December 1990) is a French actor and singer. He is best known for his role in the 2004 French film Les Choristes.

Early life

Jean-Baptiste Maunier was born to Thierry Maunier, a cameraman, and Muriel Maunier. He has a younger brother, Benjamin. His father sang in a well-known church choir (Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint Marc). Jean-Baptiste attended a Roman Catholic school in Lyon, France. He studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York between 2008 and 2009 to perfect his acting and English, returning to France to sing in Les Enfoirés charity concerts.[1]


Acting career

Maunier gained fame for his starring role in the 2004 French film Les Choristes, in which he plays Pierre Morhange, a delinquent with an exceptional singing voice at the correctional school Fond de L'Étang. Christophe Barratier, the director of Les Choristes, chose Maunier because "he had the right look" and a marvellous voice. He was also exceptionally appealing for the role.[2]

Following the release of the film, Maunier and the choir took part in numerous concerts all over the world, including Japan and Canada.[2] In February 2005, he left the choir in order to devote more time to his studies and to his acting career. In April and August 2005, he took part in a four-episode television series for France 2, Le Cri, playing a young steelworker. The series was released in 2006.[citation needed]

Maunier appears in Le Grand Meaulnes (2006) as Francois Seurel. In Piccolo, Saxo et compagnie (2006), an animated film, he lent his voice to the character "Saxo". In the summer of 2006, Maunier acted in Hellphone, a full-length film directed by James Huth. In this film, Maunier plays the role of Sid. The film was released in March 2007. In L'Auberge rouge, directed by Gérard Krawczyk (an adaptation of the 1951 version) Maunier stars as Octave. It opened in theaters in France on 5 December 2007. Jean-Baptiste spent a year studying at New York's Lee Strasberg Institute in 2008 to unleash his acting potentials. Staying in the USA allowed him to perfect his English. He returned to France in 2010, and performed in the Enfoirés charity concert of 2010.[citation needed]

Singing career

Upon entering collège (middle school), Maunier was asked to make a choice between various activities. He chose singing and became a member of Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc (full name is "La Chorale des Petits Enfants De Saint-Marc"). In the choir, he was tutored by Nicolas Porte. In Les Choristes, the film that made him widely famous for his singing skills, both Maunier's solo and the chorus of "Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc" are featured on the original soundtrack.[citation needed]

In 2005, to keep a souvenir of his voice before it broke, Maunier decided to sing with Clemence Saint-Preux and had released the single, Concerto pour deux voix, which was in turn an adaptation of Concerto pour une Voix.[1]

Since 2005 he has participated in Les Enfoirés, an ensemble of notable singers and performers in France that periodically performs charity concerts.[citation needed] He contributed a song named "Le Monde Qui Est Le Mien" for the album "We Love Disney 2" and also released a single, "Je Reviens".[when?][citation needed]


Year Title Role Director Notes
2004 The Chorus Pierre Morhange Christophe Barratier Nominated - Young Artist Award for Best Performance in an International Feature Film - Leading Young Performer
2006 Le Grand Meaulnes François Seurel Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe
Piccolo, Saxo et compagnie Saxo Eric Gutierrez & Andre Clavel
Le Cri Young Robert Hervé Baslé TV mini-series
2007 Hellphone Sid James Huth
The Red Inn Octave Gérard Krawczyk
La lettre Guy Môquet François Hanss Short
2011 Perfect Baby Alex Jing Wang
2012 Merlin Lancelot Stéphane Kappes TV mini-series
2013 I'm a Sharpener Harris Tindall Mahdi Lepart Short
2014-2015 Mes chers disparus! Alphonse Stéphane Kappes TV series (6 episodes)
2015 Vingt-six amis en commun Eric David Hammel Short
2016 A/k Joe Olivier Van Hoofstadt Short
Murders in Strasbourg Julian Mathis Laurence Katrian TV series (1 episode)
2017 Scènes de ménages Léo Francis Duquet TV series (1 episode)
2019 Eva K. Innkeeper Hugo Parthonnaud Short


Year Title Author Director Notes
2013-2014 The Elephant Song Nicolas Billon Bruno Dupuis Nominated - Molière Award for Best Male Newcomer
2017 On se refait Palmade ! Pierre Palmade Pierre Palmade
2018 Paprika Pierre Palmade Jeoffrey Bourdenet


  1. ^ a b Biography Archived 22 February 2013 at,; Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b Jean-Baptiste Maunier profile,; Retrieved 12 July 2015.

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