Jonathan Zaccaï, born in Belgium, began his career in advertising, with a number of commercials broadcast in the UK, before moving into film in 1991 with La Révolte des enfants. In 2000 he starred in Petite Chérie by Anne Villaceque. The actor, who initially wanted to be a director, saw his career take off in 2004 thanks to his role alongside Agnès Jaoui and Karin Viard in The Role of Her Life and as the living dead in Robin Campillo’s The Returned. The following year he was directed by Jacques Audiard in the thriller The Beat that my Heart Skipped and by Anne Fontaine in In His Hands.

Alongside auteur films, he has appeared in several blockbusters, including Remi, Nobody’s Boy (2018), Sink or Swim (2018), the American film Robin Hood (2010) directed by Ridley Scott, and more recently Downton Abbey 2.

In 2011, he was awarded the Magritte for Best Actor for the film Private Lessons. He also works extensively on television, where he is best known for his role in the hit series The Bureau. Jonathan Zaccaï also turned his hand to directing with the satirical film JC comme Jésus Christ in 2011, and published a novel in 2021, Ma femme écrit.