Celebrity Wiki
Estelle Skornik

Estelle Skornik

Estelle Skornik (born 4 July 1971 in Paris, France) is a French actress, known in the United Kingdom for playing "Nicole" alongside Max Douchin ("Papa") in a range of Renault Clio advertisements.[1][2]


Her theatre debut was with the Francis Huster Company, at the same times as the actresses Valérie Crunchant, Christiana Reali, Clotilde Courau and Valentine Varela.

She has subsequently devoted her career more to cinema and notably appeared in Prise au piège (director: Jérôme Enrico) with Lucia Sanchez and Nils Tavernier.

In the United Kingdom she is best remembered for playing "Nicole" alongside Max Douchin ("Papa") in a range of Renault Clio adverts; the last advert featured the comedians Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. She also played in the theatre, in the production Home Truths at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, UK, between 19 and 24 May 1997.

She also starred as "Ada" in the film version of From Hell and as "Mariette" in "The Frogs and the Lobsters", an episode of Hornblower.

In 2010, she appeared in a new UK TV advertising campaign for Petite Filous deserts.

Personal life[]

Estelle currently lives in France with her husband, Laurent Bismuth, and their three children. She has an older sister, Helene (born 1963), who also has three children.[3]


  • 1991-1998: Papa & Nicole (Renault Clio adverts)
  • 1993 : Les Maîtres du pain (dir: Hervé Baslé)
  • 1995 : Porté disparu (dir: Jacques Richard)
  • 1999 : Prise au piège (dir: Jérôme Enrico)
  • 1999 : Hornblower (dir: Andrew Grieve) as Mariette
  • 1997 : Le Baiser sous la cloche (dir: Emmanuel Gust)
  • 2009 : Le Chasseur (dir: Nicolas Cuche)
  • 2009 : Ce jour-là tout a changé (dir: Arnaud Sélignac) as Queen Marie-Antoinette
  • 2009 : R.I.S, police scientifique


  • 1992 : Albert souffre (dir: Bruno Nuytten )
  • 1993 : La Mal Aimée (dir: Bertrand Arthuys)
  • 1997 : Marquise (dir: Véra Belmont) as Marie
  • 1999 : Les Parasites, (dir: Philippe de Chauveron)
  • 2000 : Virilité et autres sentiments modernes (dir: Ronan Girre)
  • 2001 : L'Amour absent (dir: Christian Louis-Vital)
  • 2002 : From Hell (dir: Albert Hughes) as Ada
  • 2011 : Les Lyonnais (dir: Olivier Marchal)


  • 1995 : Le Misanthrope by Molière, directed by Francis Huster


  • Two of her roles, Hornblower and Ce jour-là tout a changé, have featured her being beheaded by a guillotine.
  • At the "wrap party" for Hornblower, she was sawed in half by the magician who had supplied and supervised the guillotine for filming.


  1. Fog, Klaus; Budtz, Christian; Yakaboylu, Baris (2005). Storytelling: Branding In Practice. Springer. pp. 156–. ISBN 9783540235019. http://books.google.com/books?id=ZGT6nATg8_YC&pg=PA156. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  2. Cameron-Wilson, James (2000-03-04). The Film Review 1999-2000: The Definitive Film Yearbook. Reynolds & Hearn. ISBN 9781903111000. http://books.google.com/books?id=6L-CkrE5WPsC. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  3. Hagen, Angela, The First Time I...Estelle Skornik, The Mirror, 6 June 1998.

External links[]