Sophie Nélisse (born March 27, 2000) is a Canadian actress. She is of French-Canadian descent. Her mother, Pauline Belhumeur, left her job as a schoolteacher in 2013 to act as a talent manager for both Sophie and her younger sister, actress Isabelle Nélisse. Nélisse is fluent in both French and English. Her family moved to Montreal, Quebec when she was four. She is known for her Genie Award–winning performance in Monsieur Lazhar, and as Liesel Meminger in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel The Book Thief written by Markus Zusak. Her sister Isabelle Nélisse (born December 3, 2003) is also an actress, best known for her roles in Mama (for which she received multiple award nominations) and HBO's controversial film The Tale; the sisters also played together in Mirador, Wait Till Helen Comes and Worst Case, We Get Married. Nélisse was born in Windsor, Ontario, on March 27, 2000. Besides her Genie Award for Monsieur Lazhar, she won a Jutra Award for her performance and a Young Artist Award nomination as Best Leading Young Actress in an International Feature Film. She held a recurring role the Québec sitcom Les Parent and she also starred in the title role of the 2015 film The Great Gilly Hopkins. In May 2016, Nélisse was present on the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival for the first time to present Canadian thriller movie Mean Dreams.
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