Gaspard Ulliel

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Gaspard Ulliel
Gaspard Ulliel César 2018.jpg
Ulliel in 2018
Born (1984-11-25) 25 November 1984 (age 36)
Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
OccupationActor, model
Years active1997–present
Partner(s)Gaëlle Piétri (2013–present)

Gaspard Ulliel (French pronunciation: ​[ɡaspaʁ yljɛl]; born 25 November 1984) is a French actor and model. He is best known for portraying serial killer Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal Rising (2007) and fashion mogul Yves Saint Laurent in the biopic Saint Laurent (2014), and for being the face of the Chanel men's fragrance Bleu de Chanel.

Ulliel was nominated for a César Award for the category of Most Promising Actor in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, he won that award for his role in A Very Long Engagement, which co-starred Audrey Tautou.[1] In 2017, he won the César Award for Best Actor for his role in It's Only the End of the World.

Life and career[edit]

Ulliel was born in Boulogne-Billancourt (a suburb of Paris), to Christine, a runway show producer, and Serge Ulliel, a stylist.[2][3][4] He has a scar on his left cheek as a result of an attack from a doberman when he attempted to ride the dog like a horse at the age of six. He quipped that the scar increases his emotional acting abilities because it looks like a dimple.[5]

Ulliel attended the University of Saint-Denis, where he studied cinema. He began acting while he was still at school, appearing in Une Femme En Blanc, a film for French television. He also performed at the Cours Florent, where he was discovered by Les égarés director André Téchiné.

He began appearing in made-for-television films during the late 1990s and early 2000s, and then began to be known as a film actor in France, as well as starring in the title role in the movie Hannibal Rising, his first English-language film.

In 2004, he starred in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement and won a César Award for Most Promising Actor for his performance.

In 2007, he appeared on the cover of the January issue of French Vogue with supermodel Doutzen Kroes. Ulliel later was chosen as the face of Chanel for its new men's fragrance, Bleu de Chanel. The film for the campaign was directed by Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese and debuted in August 2010.[6]

He portrayed French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in the 2014 biopic film Saint Laurent, which earned him a Lumières Award for Best Actor and a César Award for Best Actor nomination.[7]

In 2016, he appeared in two films: the lead role in Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World;[8] and in Stephanie Di Giusto's The Dancer, an unconventional biopic of American dancer Loie Fuller.[9] He will also star in Guillaume Nicloux's Les Confins du Monde, opposite Gérard Depardieu.[10]

In 2017, he was nominated for the Jury Prize for Best Actor at the Riviera International Film Festival for his role in Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World alongside co-star Vincent Cassel. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture as well.

Ulliel is the current face of Longchamp, a French leather and luxury goods company, along with Kate Moss.

Personal life[edit]

Ulliel dated French actress Cécile Cassel from 2005 to 2007.[11][12] Had a brief relationship with Charlotte Casiraghi in 2007[13] and dated Jordane Crantelle from 2008 to 2013.[14]

Since 2013, Ulliel has been in a relationship with French model-singer Gaëlle Piétri. On November 9, 2015, it was announced that the couple were expecting their first child together.[15][16] The birth of the couple's son was announced on February 9, 2016.[17][18]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Alias Nicolas Trajet Short film
2001 Brotherhood of the Wolf Louis
2002 Summer Things Loïc Lumières Award for Most Promising Actor
Nominated—César Award for Most Promising Actor
2003 Strayed Yvan Étoiles d'Or for Best Male Newcomer
Nominated—César Award for Most Promising Actor
2004 The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea Leon
A Very Long Engagement Manech Langonnet César Award for Most Promising Actor
Le Dernier jour Simon
2005 La Maison de Nina Izik
2006 Paris, je t'aime Gaspard
2007 Jacquou le Croquant Jacquou
Hannibal Rising Hannibal Lecter
L'Inconnu Short film
2008 La Troisième partie du monde François
The Sea Wall Joseph
2009 Le Premier Cercle Anton Malakian
A Heavenly Vintage The Vintner's Luck
Ultimatum Nathanaël
2010 The Princess of Montpensier Henri de Guise
2011 The Art of Love William
2012 Mes amours décomposé(s) Corps Short film
Tu honoreras ta mère et ta mère Balthazar
Rise of the Guardians Jack Frost Animated film; French voice
2014 Saint Laurent Yves Saint Laurent Lumières Award for Best Actor
Nominated—César Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
2016 It's Only the End of the World Louis César Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Riviera International Film Festival - Best Actor
The Dancer Louis
2017 Ordeal Jean Short film
2018 Eva Bertrand Valade
To the Ends of the World Robert Tassen
9 Fingers The doctor
One Nation, One King Basile
2019 Sibyl Igor


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Mission protection rapprochée Olivier Rousseau 1 episode
1998 Bonnes vacances Joël TV movie
1999 Le Refuge Quentin 1 episode
La Bascule Olivier Baron TV movie
Juliette Nicolas Dastier TV movie
2000 Julien l'apprenti Julien at 14 TV movie
L'Oiseau rare Gaspard TV movie
2004 Navarro Thierry Morlaas 1 episode
2009 Myster Mocky présente Various 1 episode
2016 Vadim Mister Cool Récitant / Narrator (voice) TV movie
2018 Il était une seconde fois Vincent Dauda


Year Title Author Director Notes
2012 Entertaining Mr Sloane Joe Orton Michel Fau
2015 Démons Lars Norén Marcial Di Fonzo Bo



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  2. ^ Murnick, Carolyn (December 2004). "Gaspard Ulliel: heating up movies and heading for the front lines". FindArticles. Retrieved 2007-02-05.
  3. ^ Figaro, Madame (Sep 18, 2014). "Le père de Dorothée Bis s'est éteint". Madame Figaro. Retrieved Feb 15, 2020.
  4. ^ "Cafeyn". Retrieved Feb 15, 2020.
  5. ^ Murray, Rebecca (2007-02-05). "Gaspard Ulliel Talks About Playing Hannibal Lecter in "Hannibal Rising"". Retrieved 2007-02-05.
  6. ^ Naughton, Julie (Feb 16, 2010). "Scorsese Directs Chanel TV Campaign". Retrieved Feb 15, 2020.
  7. ^ Sowray, Bibby (2012-11-05). "London Fashion Week". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  8. ^ "Gaspard Ulliel au coeur du prochain Dolan" (in French). April 30, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "Gaspard Ulliel, Melanie Thierry Join Period Drama 'Dancer'". Variety. September 11, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "Gérard Depardieu et Gaspard Ulliel dans le prochain film de Guillaume Nicloux !" (in French). June 16, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  11. ^ "Gaspard Ulliel & Cécile Cassel @ Spider-Man 3" (in French). April 30, 2007. Archived from the original on May 2, 2007. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  12. ^ "Gaspard Ulliel et Cécile Cassel : c'est fini !" (in French). July 25, 2007. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  13. ^ "Avant Charlotte Casiraghi, Gaspard Ulliel a charmé Cécile Cassel" (in French). February 23, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  14. ^ "Gaspard Ulliel a une nouvelle copine" (in French). November 28, 2008. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  15. ^ "Gaspard Ulliel bientôt papa" (in French). November 9, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  16. ^ "Gaspard Ulliel et Gaëlle Pietri attendent un enfant" (in French). November 10, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  17. ^ "EXCLU PARIS MATCH - Gaspard Ulliel papa pour la première fois" (in French). Paris Match. February 9, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  18. ^ "Gaspard Ulliel est papa d'un petit garçon" (in French). February 10, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
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