65 Celebrities That Have Visited the Cannes Film Festival

Curious about which celebrities have visited the Cannes Film Festival?

Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious events on the French Riviera, and even in the whole world. Cannes Film Festival is often compared to the Oscar’s, and when it comes to the city of Cannes, the film festival has helped bring huge exposure to the city and give it the glamorous and exclusive reputation that Cannes has today.

As Cannes Film festival has built such an extraordinary reputation over the years, it also attracts some of the world’s biggest celebrities and starts. And with the fact that some big stars have come to the event, its reputation has continued to build even further, thus attracting even more of the world’s biggest movie stars, and so in that sense, Cannes Film Festival is in a positive spiral as it keeps welcoming the biggest stars in the film industry (and outside it) every year – something that obviously draws a ton of press which further promotes the event, Cannes as a city, and Cannes’ reputation.

While the Cannes Film Festival is notoriously famous for attracting the world’s top movie stars and celebrities, the festival draws all types of people. 45 000 people visit the Cannes film festival every year, and among those, 4 500 are journalists and 500 are security personnel who are deployed at the Palais des Festivals. This does not include the hundreds of police, soldiers and paramilitary gendarmes patrolling the surrounding area.

In this article, we’re listing the top celebrities that have visited the Cannes Film Festival some time through the festival’s history. Some of the celebrities that have visited the Cannes Film Festival which is listed here will be complete strangers to you but are huge personalities and famous individuals for other people and within their industry. 

At the same time, we can guarantee you that in this list of top celebrities that have visited the Cannes Film Festival, you’ll be able to recognize a lot of them. And if you don’t recognize them, we’ve included a short description about them to tell you a little more about what they do and what they’re famous for, because we won’t just list movie stars and actors.

Background of the Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious and well-respected film festivals in the world. The film festival is held annually in Cannes, France, and is focused on previewing new films of all genres, including documentaries from all around the world. The festival was founded in 1946 and is an invitation-only festival which is usually held in May. It is held in the iconic Palais des Festivals et des Congrès building in Cannes.

Top celebrities that have visited the Cannes Film Festival

Cate Blanchett

 Jury president of the main competition. Australian actress and theatre director.

Kristen Stewart

American actress, model, and director. 

Lea Seydoux

French actress.

Ava Duvernay

American film director, producer, screenwriter, film marketer, and film distributor.

Penelope Cruz

Spanish actress and model.

Javier Bardem

Spanish actor.

Kendall Jenner

American model and television personality.

Harvey Weinstein

American former film producer.

Will Smith

American actor, producer, comedian, rapper, and songwriter.

Terry Gilliam

American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor, and comedian.

Corey Hawkins

American actor and singer. Most known for his roles in The Walking Dead, 24: Legacy, and in Straight Outta Compton.

Laura Harrier

Laura Ruth Harrier is an American actress and model.

Adam Driver

American actor.

Spike Lee 

American film director, producer, writer, and actor.

Michelle Rodriguez

American actress.

Donald Glover

American actor, comedian, writer, director, rapper, and DJ. Most known under the name Childish Gambino.

Gabriel Macht

American actor and film producer – most known for his role as Harvey Specter on the series Suits.

Martha Hunt

American model. She is most famous for having walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and been a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2015.

Elsa Hosk

Model and current Victoria’s Secret Angel.

Winnie Harlow 

Canadian fashion model. She is especially famous for being a public spokesperson on the skin condition vitiligo. 

Stella Maxwell

New Zealand model who is known who is known for being a Victoria’s Secret Angel and the face of Max Factor. 

Alessandra Ambrosio

Brazilian model and actress.

Diane Kruger 

German-American actress and former fashion model.

Paris Hilton

American television personality, socialite, businesswoman, model, and singer.

Ellie Goulding

English singer and songwriter.

Pierce Brosnan

Irish actor, film producer, and activist, now a naturalized American citizen. He is most known for being the fifth actor to play the secret agent James Bond.

Heidi Klum

German model, television personality, businesswoman, fashion designer, singer, television producer, author, and actress.

Joonas Suotamo

Finnish actor and a former professional basketball player. He is mot known for his role as Chewbacca in the Star Wars saga.

Ben Foster

American actor. Ben has played in numerous films, including X-Men.

Ron Howard

American actor and filmmaker.

Emilia Clarke

English actress.

Alden Ehrenreich

American actor. Alden has played in numerous films, including Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Jane Fonda

American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru.

Paul Bettany

English actor. He is best known for his voice role as J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Iron Man films, as well as The Avengers.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

English actress, writer, playwright, and director. 

Thandie Newton

English actress who has played in a number of films, including Star Wars.

Woody Harrelson

American actor, comedian, activist, and playwright who have played in a ton of major films, including The Hunger Games.

Charlotte Le Bon

French Canadian actress, model and television presenter.

John Travolta

American actor, director, film producer, dancer and singer.

Kelly Preston

American actress and former model having appeared in more than sixty television and film productions.

Topher Grace

American actor, he has played in numerous films including Spider Man 3.

Marion Cotillard

French actress, singer-songwriter, musician, environmentalist, and spokesperson for Greenpeace. She gained international fame after playing in the movie La Vie En Rose.

John David Washington

American actor and former American football running back. He is especially famous for playing in the series Ballers.

Cate Blanchett

Australian actress and theatre director. She has received many awards for her work, including two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes.

Salma Hayek

Mexican and American film actress, producer, and former model.

Naomi Campbell

English model, actress, and singer. She was recruited as a model at the age of 15.

Julianne Moore

American actress who has played in many famous and big films in the 2000s. Famous for playing in movies such as Jurassic Park, Kingsman, and many more.

Lupita Nyong’o

Kenyan-Mexican actress. She is the daughter of Kenyan politician Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o.

Michael B. Jordan

American actor who is known for having played in many major movies, such as Fantastic Four and Black Panther.

Sofia Boutella

Algerian dancer, model, and actress. She has played in several famous films.

Toni Garnn

German model. She is most famous for being a Calvin Klein model after having signed an exclusive contract with Calvin Klein.

Jennifer Connelly

American actress.

Mads Mikkelsen

Danish actor. Particularly known for playing the bad guy in James Bond Casino R Royale.

Bella Hadid

American model. Voted as “Model of the Year” for Model.com’s 2016 Awards. 

Despite not being an actress, she is definitely among the top celebrities that have visited the Cannes Film Festival.

Carey Mulligan

English actress and singer. She has played in The Great Gatsby including many others.

Anne Heche

American actress, director, and screenwriter.

Jessica Chastain

American actress and film producer.

Chloe Sevigny

American actress and model.

Paul Dano

American actor, director, screenwriter, producer and musician.

 Zoe Kazan

American actress and playwright. 

Adrien Brody

American actor and producer.

Milla Jovovich

American actress, model and musician.

Adriana Lima

Brazilian model and actress. She is best known as a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 1999. She has also been a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics since 2003.

Vanessa Paradis

French musician, singer, songwriter, actress, and model.

Benicio Del Toro

Puerto Rican actor.


Were you surprised about the celebrities that have visited the Cannes Film Festival? Were there celebrities that you knew have attended and were there celebrities that were big surprises for you? Let us know in the comment section below!

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