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Manuel Sinor

French ACTOR Manuel Sinor was forged on theatre stages from Vancouver to Avignon and has worked for the screen with acclaimed directors (e.g., Bryan Singer, Luc Besson, David Oelhoffen) as well as seasoned actors (e.g., Cillian Murphy, César winner Valérie Lemercier, César nominees Michèle Laroque, Melvil Poupaud and Gilles Lellouche). His filmography is doubly balanced in a way that may seem unusual in France. Characters of no less than six nationalities, crafted with sharp attention to languages and accents, coexist with as many French roles. And while daring to transform himself, as a sparkling fight announcer in X-Men: Apocalypse, he just as readily draws on the natural poise and offbeatness built over a rich life.

Born in Kinshasa and raised in Nice, Sinor knew about versatility long before training as an actor: as a blues singer in Brittany, French Navy sailor in Djibouti, IBMer in Dublin and lecturer at the University of Alberta in Western Canada. From this alma mater he holds a Ph.D for a psycholinguistics thesis that was cited by a team from the Max Planck Institute, world leader in this field.

Paris-based, as a French citizen, Sinor is also a naturalized Canadian, a continuing member of the Screen Actors’ Guild’s Canadian sister union ACTRA, and a former jury member for the Canadian Screen Awards. In his spare time he writes the odd song, and his film-inspired jazz E.P. 35 mm can be found on major online platforms.