The successful actor of La Ch’tite Famille was born on June 26, 1966 in Armentières in the Hauts-de-France region. Son of Ahmed Hamidou, an ex-boxer and truck driver and Danièle Ducatel-Hamidou, housewife. The latter found herself a single mother at the age of 17, a situation that was very complicated in the 1960s. Her companion, Ahmed Hamidou, aged 18 at the time, and Daniel Ducatel-Hamidou then managed on their own, the girl’s parents having turned their backs on her definitively following this pregnancy.
Subsequently, Danièle Ducatel-Hamidou became a municipal councilor for her city and an unconditional fan of her son, who became an actor and humorist from the 1990s. Little present in the media, Dany Boon’s mother nevertheless made a few appearances alongside of his son, especially during the opening of the Lesquin cultural center, renamed “Dany Boon Cultural Center” in October 2016.
In the early 90s, Dany Boon left the family cocoon to try his luck in the capital. Arrived in Paris, he tries to earn a living by doing mime in the street while performing on the open stage of the Théâtre Trévise, in the 9ᵉ arrondissement. While trying to make a career in the one-man-show, he meets the one who will change his life, comedian Sylvie Joly. Quirky and charismatic, she will become the stage godmother of the young actor in the making. It is also the one that will immerse him in the world of crazy and eccentric Parisian life.
In her biography published in 2010, the actress and humorist announces that she has Parkinson’s disease. The great lady of humor then died on September 9, 2015. An audience of celebrities were present at her funeral, including actor Dany Boon and his wife at the time, Yaël Harris.
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It was in 1998, on the set of the humorous film Bimboland” directed by Ariel Zeitoun, that actress Judith Godrèche and actor Dany Boon met. Love at first sight and passion seemed immediate since the same year, on August 12 1998, the two actors of the big screen pass the ring on their finger. From their unconditional love is born on September 4, 1999, Noé, the second child of the actor already father of Mehdi, born on August 25, 1997 from his previous relationship with the actress Sophie Hermelin.
An idyll that will not last since only four years after their union, the two stars decide to divorce. It is a second divorce for the pretty actress who had already lived a similar idyll in 1996. Two years before her marriage to Dany Boon, the actress had already united for the first time with the architect Philippe Michel.
In December 2002, model and screenwriter Yaël Harris met French comedian and director Dany Boon in a nightclub in Megève. After their meeting, the young woman finally decides to leave her native country, Switzerland, to join the actor in France where he pursues his artistic career. At only 23 years old, the young woman married Dany Boon on December 26, 2003, a year after their first meeting. A few years later, while she was working with her husband on the artistic realization of the immense success, Bienvenue chez les ch’tis, the actor offered her a small role in his comedy.
Together, the couple has big plans. They go to live in Los Angeles to work on the remake of Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis where Yaël Harris is appointed artistic director. However, the project was finally canceled and the two stars decided to go into exile in London in 2014. An ephemeral move since they went back to live in Los Angeles. Their children would not have liked life in the British capital. Indeed, the couple gave birth to three children: Eytan, born June 23, 2005, Elia, born December 20, 2006 and Sarah, born February 27, 2010.
Despite an idyll that seemed perfect, the couple decided to divorce in November 2018, after 15 years of marriage. A separation precipitated by the love at first sight of the actor for the actress Laurence Arné. After “three years of complex proceedings and several million euros out of Dany Boon’s pocket”, the couple ended up divorcing according to information from Paris Match. But, putting an end to 15 years of love is not easy. The two ex-lovebirds would have preferred to remain on good terms.
As proof, in 2019, when Yaël Harris had just lost his father, to whom the director was very close during his marriage, the latter did not hesitate to drop everything to support the mother of his children. “The actor plants the promotion of Dindon to run to comfort her”, reveal our colleagues from Paris Match. A nice gesture that will certainly have touched the ex-wife of the star.
Today, Yaël is once again swimming in happiness since she is living a magnificent romance with a certain Billy. In a publication posted on September 22 on Instagram, the artistic collaborator and director revealed that she married “her love of youth”, revealing a beautiful photo in her wedding dress. “What happiness, what joy and what a blessing to marry my love of youth! Thank you life!”, She rejoiced while appearing in the arms of her husband.
The one who matters most to actor Dany Boon is undoubtedly his only daughter, Sarah. Actress Yaël Harris gives birth to little Sarah on February 27, 2010. A most distressing birth since the little baby was born prematurely at only six months and weighed only 920 grams. A shock for both parents. “It’s a miracle” explains Dany Boon to Gala magazine. Subsequently, Sarah Boon grew up far from the media fuss. Indeed, her parents decide to send her to school in the United States where the little girl goes completely unnoticed. “In California, they have an anonymous father, not someone who gets all the attention,” the actor told People magazine.
Among the women who mean the most to director Dany Boon, there is undoubtedly Line Renaud. Indeed, the nonagenarian actress is one of those who have shot the most in the comedian’s films. We find her in Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis, La Maison du Bonheur or La Ch’tite famille released in 2018. In an interview with Paris Match, Line Renaud and Dany Boon returned to this indestructible friendly bond: “Apart from my mom, who doesn’t want to act in my films, only she can do it. I spoke to her about this project in 2010, which I wrote with her in mind. Every six months, she asked me: “Well then, when are we filming?” “She waited seven years, she is now the central character of this new story” explained Dany Boon.
To the question “Is Dany the son you would have liked to have?”, Line Renaud answers bluntly. “Ah yes, there is no doubt. I would have been, it seems to me, an amazing mother. I would have followed my son everywhere…”
Actor and director Dany Boon has always been very discreet about his private life. This May 3, 2021, the 54-year-old star finally formalized her relationship with actress Laurence Arné. Following the health measures put in place by the government, the latter revealed that he had confined himself with his partner and his children. “I was at home with Laurence and the children, and we started to meet the neighbors, have pots, food, barbecues. I told myself that we had to write”, he explained on RTL on the occasion of the promotion of his next film 8, rue de l’enseignement which will be released on the Netflix platform.
A film that echoes current events as it revealed on RTL in 2020. “It’s a story that tells the life of a confined building. From the shops on the ground floor, to the bedrooms of good”. A feature film he co-signed with his partner Laurence Arné.
This is not the first collaboration between the two actors since they met in 2015 on the set of the comedy Radin before working together again two years later in La Ch’tite Famille and seeing their relationship evolve. “He is crazy about her, they are super accomplices. They tease each other all the time, it’s their way of working. They have the same sense of humor, and send the ball back to each other tit for tat”, revealed, in July 2021, a relative of the couple at Here.
By choosing to live with Laurence Arné, Dany Boon also became step-dad to Raphaël, a 9-year-old boy.