Matthieu Charneau was born in Châteauroux, France on November 23, 1988.
Charneau did his first photoshoot in 2010 after being spotted by a photographer during a visit to Paris. He was 21 when he began modeling for different artists until Nicola Formichetti chose him as the lead of his fashion film Brothers of Arcadia produced for the MUGLER Campaign in 2011.
Matthieu moved to Paris in late 2011 where he attended the prestigious European Acting School Cours Florent.
In 2012, he worked with the famous French artists Pierre & Gilles and posed in three of their photographs entitled Johnny Guitar, Narcissus and Ohé Matelot which are being shown in many exhibitions all around the world.
Matthieu further developed his interest in cinema and started to write film reviews online which gained him a huge following. That same year, Matthieu was chosen as part of the jury for the French Film Festival Chéries-Chéries together with Spanish actress Rossy de Palma and French writer and screen writer Philippe Besson.
After modeling for various publications including the magazines Yearbook, Les Inrockuptibles and Schön Magazine, Matthieu began his acting career in early 2013 starring in several short films. He landed the role of Samson in Coup de Grâce directed by Justin Wu – a contemporary adaptation of Delilah Myth from the Bible. The film has been selected for the San Jose International Film Festival 2013 in California as well as the Fashion Film Festival ASVOFF 2013 at the Georges Pompidou Center Art Museum in Paris.
In 2014, while traveling to Los Angeles and New York, Matthieu was featured as one of the 'OUT 100' in the prestigious OUT Magazine.
Back in Paris, Matthieu appeared in Arnaud fait son 2ème Film, the second feature film of the French director Arnaud Viard after Clara et Moi in 2003. He also played the lead role in the short film I am Cornered directed by Nicolas Goergen which screened at the Nikon Film Festival.
In 2015, a week after wrapping up the Belgium film And Sunday, The Deluge directed by Brian Windelickx in which he played the lead role, Matthieu joined Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer and Katey Sagal in Kurt Sutter's new Series The Bastard Executioner as recurring character Frenchie. The series premiered on September 15, 2015.
Only a month after wrapping up the final episode of The Bastard Executioner in Cardiff, Charneau headed to the South of France where he played the lead role in the psycho-drama Les Nouvelles Folies Française - directed by director, actor and writer Thomas Blanchard. Following that, Portuguese director Carlos Conceição, Cannes Film Festival participant chose Matthieu to star in his film Coelho Mau which filmed in April 2016 in Lisbon and Sintra.