Born in Châteauroux, France, Matthieu Charneau moved to Paris after high school and started modelling.
Soon thereafter he collaborated with renowned photographers such as Pierre & Gilles, Ricardo Gomes, Laurent Humbert… and quickly gained notoriety, being featured in numerous editorials for publications
such as V Magazine, i-D, Out Magazine, Citizen K, Yearbook, Les Inrockuptibles and Schön Magazine, as well as for being the lead in Mugler’s Fashion film Brothers Of Arcadia, directed by Nicola Formichetti. This collaboration evoked Matthieu’s acting spirit and he applied and was accepted into the prestigious Cours Florent, a legendary French acting school.
After his graduation, a string of successful short-films followed, most notably Coup de Grâce, directed by Justin Wu, which was selected for the International Film Festival of San Jose, as well as for the Fashion Film Festival ASVOFF at the Centre Georges Pompidou.
In 2015, Charneau joins Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer and Katey Sagal in Kurt Sutter's new Series The Bastard Executioner and in 2016, he plays in Les Nouvelles Folies Françaises, directed by Thomas Blanchard.
Portuguese Director, Carlos Conceição’s Bad Bunny, featuring Matthieu Charneau in a leading role, premiered at the 70th Cannes Films Festival in May 2017 and has been selected at the 40th Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival in February 2018.
In 2017, Matthieu worked with British-Nigerian director Joseph a. Adesunloye on his second feature film Faces; a follow up to his much acclaimed White Colour Black. Faces is a multi-narrative feature film set in London. The film which features international stars Terry Pheto & Shingai Shoniwa sees Matthieu playing a leading role of Gaspard.
He has reunited with Portuguese Director Carlos Conceição and is currently in development on Carlos’s second feature film set in Portugal centered around the exploits of a serial killer.