Gaspard Ulliel Biography

French actor (1984–2022)

Gaspard Ulliel (French pronunciation::​; 25 November 1984:– 19 January 2022) was a French actor. He is known for having portrayed the young 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. He was cast as Anton Mogart / Midnight Man in the upcoming Disney+ series Moon Knight (2022).

Ulliel was nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, he won that award for his role in A Very Long Engagement. In 2017, he won the César Award for Best Actor for his role in It's Only the End of the World. He was named a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in France in 2015.

Ulliel died on 19 January 2022, following a skiing accident at La Rosière resort in Savoie, France.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Death
  • 5 Filmography
    • 5.1 Film
    • 5.2 Television
    • 5.3 Theatre
  • 6 Decorations
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Early life

Ulliel was born in the Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt to Christine, a runway show producer, and Serge Ulliel, a stylist. He had 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 once quipped that the scar increased his emotional acting abilities because it looked like a dimple, and his obituary in the French newspaper Libération described him as having the "most famous scar in French cinema".

Ulliel attended the University of Saint-Denis, where he studied cinema.


Ulliel 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.

Ulliel at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival

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

In 2004, he starred in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's World War I drama A Very Long Engagement, which co-starred Audrey Tautou, and won a César Award for Most Promising Actor for his performance as soldier Manech Langonnet, the fiancé of Tautou's character.

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

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 nominations for the César and Globe de Cristal Best Actor awards. In 2016, he appeared in two films: the lead role in Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World; and in Stéphanie Di Giusto's The Dancer, an unconventional biopic of American dancer Loie Fuller.

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 C*el; the film was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture as well as earning Ulliel a second César Award, for Best Actor, and second nominations for Best Actor in both the Lumières and Globe de Cristal awards (the latter with C*el also nominated).

In 2018, he portrayed French soldier Robert T*en in Guillaume Nicloux's First Indochina War drama To the Ends of the World, opposite Gérard Depardieu.

In July 2021, Ulliel joined the cast of the Disney+ superhero streaming series Moon Knight, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and slated to be released in 2022. He portrayed Anton Mogart / Midnight Man.

Personal life

Ulliel dated actress Cécile C*el from 2005 to 2007. He had a brief relationship with Charlotte Casiraghi in 2007, and dated Jordane Crantelle from 2008 to 2013.

Ulliel was in a relationship with French model and singer Gaëlle Pietri from 2013. Their son was born in 2016.


On 18 January 2022, Ulliel was critically injured while skiing at the La Rosière resort in Savoie, France, when he collided with another skier at an intersection between two slopes and suffered serious brain trauma. He was not wearing a helmet. Ulliel was airlifted by helicopter to the trauma unit of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Grenoble Alpes in nearby La Tronche, where he died the following day at the age of 37.






  • Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (2015)


    External links

    • Gaspard Ulliel at IMDb
    • Gaspard Ulliel at AllMovie
    • Gaspard Ulliel at Rotten Tomatoes
    • Gaspard Ulliel at TV Guide
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