Léa Des Garets

actor & playwright
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I am a queer French actor & playwright working between France and the UK. I speak 4 languages (French, English, Spanish and German). After an English Master’s from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, I went on to Cambridge University, where I performed in many stage productions.

FILM: I have won a BEST ACTRESS AWARD for my interpretation of the title role in the film ‘Gisette’. My other screen work includes the leading roles of Déjà in ‘MITA’ (dir. Nina Kramer) and of Kia in ‘Kia & Saffron’ (dir. Vincent Lin).

THEATRE: I have co-founded the international ensemble Night Train Theatre Company. We toured our Arts Council-funded show ‘Maklena’ in the UK and in Ukraine. My other theatre credits include the leading roles of Katherine in ‘Henry V’ (Cambridge Arts Theatre) and Isabelle Azaire in ‘Birdsong’ (ADC Theatre), as well as the part of Lady Angela in ‘Patience’ (Minack Theatre).

VOICE: I am the voice of the podcast “Conte-moi l’aventure” currently running on Chérie FM, France and which has reached A MILLION LISTENS.

I am one of the 10 mentees selected for Projekt Empower 2022, a scheme supporting and championing migrant theatre talent in the UK.

My debut play ‘GEORGE‘ will be headlining the 96 Festival at the Omnibus Theatre for Pride Month this summer from 25 JUNE – 14 JULY.

After an R&D in February 2023 supported by the French Institute, arts depot London and Jermyn Street Theatre, and a West End showcase at the Criterion Theatre in November 2023 as part of the Criterion New Writing programme, the world premiere of GEORGE will be on for 3 weeks in London this summer!  

Through my work, and my company MQT Productions, I aim at giving more visibility to hidden voices from the past and the present, focussing particularly on international voices and the LGBTQIA+ community.





What are we ready to sacrifice to be seen?

Marseille, France. 1839. 

Best-selling author George Sand defies all rules through what she writes, what she wears and who she f*cks.

But when she finds herself at a creative standstill, with an empty wallet, her desperate need for an idea leads her quill to the most intimate and dangerous place she has ever explored: herself.

Embarking on her most daring work yet with her first-ever play Gabriel alongside her lover Marie Dorval, she is caught in a perfect storm between her romances, her queerness and others’ expectations.

How far will she have to bend to make her story heard?


Written and performed by award-winning Léa des Garets, alongside Iniki Mariano and Conor Dumbrell, GEORGE is a queer historical drama inspired by the life of revolutionary 19th century French female writer and queer icon George Sand, and the correspondence shared with her lover Marie Dorval.

Sand subverted the social and literary norms of her time, challenged gender and sexual expectations, fought for women's rights and was a best-selling author... and yet we bet you know less about her than her male contemporaries.

Time for that to change. 

Directed by Rute Costa.
Produced by Anna Oggero.

"George by Léa des Garets is an artistic treasure (...). It confirms that regardless of the era, the illusion of societal norms could never tame the mind of a free soul." Out News Global.

25 JUNE - 14 JULY
More info and tickets here: https://www.omnibus-clapham.org/george-2/



Home studio set-up


  • Neumann TLM 103 microphone
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd generation


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Monologue from ‘My Best Friend’ (Tamsin Oglesby)

Léa des Garets stars in the title role of this multi-award winning short film that gives us a raw and powerful perspective on the Second World War.

Another play about patriarchy? Yep, and it’s called ‘George’. 
Find out more about Léa des Garets’ re-imagining of George Sand’s time and its relevance today! 


irene [at] reddoorvision.co.uk

personal email:
lea.desgarets [at] gmail.com

+44 7742 768 899