Gaspard Ulliel

Gaspard Ulliel

Born: November 25, 1984
Age: 39
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
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Gaspard Ulliel (born 25 November 1984) is a French actor and model. He is best known for playing the young Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal Rising, for playing Yves Saint Laurent in the 2014 biopic Saint Laurent and for being the face of Chanel's fragrance, Bleu de Chanel.

In 2005, he won a César Award for Most Promising Actor for his performance in A Very Long Engagement.


Life and career

Ulliel was born in Boulogne-Billancourt (a suburb of Paris), to Christine, a runway show producer, and Serge Ulliel, a stylist. 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.

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

Ulliel 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.

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.

In 2016 he has three movies coming up: the lead role in Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World, opposite Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel and Nathalie Baye; will star in Guillaume Nicloux's Les Confins du Monde, opposite Gérard Depardieu and on Stephanie Di Giusto's The Dancer, an unconventional biopic of American dancer Loie Fuller.


Year Title Role Director Notes
1997 Mission protection rapprochée Olivier Rousseau Nicolas Ribowski TV Series (1 Episode)
1998 Bonnes vacances Joël Pierre Badel TV Movie
1999 Le refuge Quentin Christian François TV Series (1 Episode)
La bascule Olivier Baron Marco Pico TV Movie
Juliette Nicolas Dastier Jérôme Foulon TV Movie
Alias Nicolas Trajet Marina de Van Short
2000 Julien l'apprenti Julien at 14 Jacques Otmezguine TV Movie
2001 Brotherhood of the Wolf Louis Christophe Gans
L'oiseau rare Gaspard Didier Albert TV Movie
2002 Summer Things Loïc Michel Blanc Lumières Award for Most Promising Actor
Nominated - César Award for Most Promising Actor
2003 Strayed Yvan André Téchiné 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 Peter Greenaway
A Very Long Engagement Manech Langonnet Jean-Pierre Jeunet César Award for Most Promising Actor
Le dernier jour Simon Rodolphe Marconi
Navarro Thierry Morlaas Patrick Jamain TV Series (1 Episode)
2005 La maison de Nina Izik Richard Dembo
2006 Paris, je t'aime Gaspard Gus Van Sant
2007 Jacquou le Croquant Jacquou Laurent Boutonnat
Hannibal Rising Hannibal Lecter Peter Webber
L'inconnu Aurélien Vernhes-Lermusiaux Short
2008 La troisième partie du monde François Eric Forestier
The Sea Wall Joseph Rithy Panh
2009 Le Premier Cercle Anton Malakian Laurent Tuel
Myster Mocky présente Various Jean-Pierre Mocky TV Series Short (1 Episode)
A Heavenly Vintage The Vintner's Luck Niki Caro
Ultimatum Nathanaël Alain Tasma
2010 The Princess of Montpensier Henri de Guise Bertrand Tavernier
2011 The Art of Love William Emmanuel Mouret
2012 Mes amours décomposé(s) Corps Sacha Barbin Short
Tu honoreras ta mère et ta mère Balthazar Brigitte Roüan
2014 Saint Laurent Yves Saint Laurent Bertrand Bonello 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 Xavier Dolan
The Dancer Louis Stéphanie Di Giusto
Les Confins du monde Guillaume Nicloux


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


Ulliel was nominated for a César Award for the category 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.

Personal life

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

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


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

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