Isabelle Huppert studied Russian at Langues O while studying drama. She was noticed from her first appearances in cinema for her role in Les Valseuses by Bertrand Blier, for Aloise by Liliane de Kermadec and for Le Juge et l'assassin by Bertrand Tavernier.
Her bonds with Claude Chabrol allow her to deal with all genres and she has received several awards for her performances under his direction: Interpretation Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Violette Nozière, at the Venice Film Festival for Une affaire de femmes, at the Moscow Film Festival for Madame Bovary, Interpretation Prize at the Venice Film Festival and César for Best Actress for La Cérémonie. In 2005, the Venice Film Festival awarded her a Special Golden Lion of the Jury for her performance in Patrice Chéreau's film Gabrielle and for her entire career. Twice awarded at the Cannes Film Festival with the interpretation prize (the second time for Michael Haneke's La Pianiste), she has been member of the jury, mistress of ceremony, and President of the jury for the 62nd edition of the prestigious festival in 2010.
Parallel to cinema, Isabelle Huppert pursues her career in theatre in France and internationally: she plays under the direction of Bob Wilson, Peter Zadek, Claude Régy; she also plays The Maids by Jean Genet directed by Benedict Andrews with Cate Blanchett. She recently received a Molière of Honour for her career and the XVI Prix Europe for Theatre in Rome.
In 2016, her performance in Paul Verhoeven's Elle earned her a Golden Globe, a Spirit Award and a César, as well as an Oscar nomination. Recently were released: Happy End by Michael Haneke, Eva by Benoit Jacquot, La Caméra de Claire by Hong Sang Soo and Madame Hyde by Serge Bozon, for which she received in Locarno the prize for female interpretation, Greta by Neil Jordan, Une jeunesse dorée by Eva Ionesco, Blanche comme neige by Anne Fontaine, Frankie by Ira Sachs. Soon, she will be starring Luz by Flora Lau, and La Daronne by Jean-Paul Salomé.
Isabelle Huppert was in Les Arcs in 2019 as an ambassador for the second edition of the Talent Village.