After studying theatre in secondary school, Leïla Bekhti picked up a few bit parts and hoped to break into comedy. Thanks to a gentle nudge from her friends, she got her first part in "Satan", directed by Kim Chapiron and starring Vincent Cassel: she played the role of Yasmine, a pretty brown-haired daring young girl. The industry took note and she then obtained roles in the collection "Paris, I Love You" (2005) and in Roschdy Zem's "Bad Faith" (2006). She was on the actors track from then on, alternating roles for TV and film, notably opposite Gerard Jugnot in "Ali Baba et les 40 voleurs" (TV). In 2008, the young actress entered into two French criminal stories, "Mesrine: Killer Instinct" by Jean-Francois Richet, starring Vincent Cassel, and "A Prophet" by Jacques Audiard, Grand Prix winner at Cannes. As the only female character in the film, she found herself presented to greater audiences while going up the red carpet, much to her fortune. Noticed by Geraldine Nakache, she was brilliant in "Tout ce qui brille", both an audience and critical success, for which the Most Promising Actress was bestowed upon her at the Cabourg Festival 2010. Next on her diary was working with the cast of a first film, a comedy by Anne Depetrini entitled "Il reste du jambon?". Gravitating between big budget and more original filmmaking, Leïla Bekhti is presently involved in a story that takes her back to her North African roots, Radu Mihaileanu's drama "La source des femmes" (2011).