GASPARD ULLIEL

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Date of Birth
25 November 1984, Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France

Height
5' 10¾" (1.80 m)



Gaspard Ulliel's dream has always been to direct a movie, and after completing his studies at the lycée (French high school), he majored in cinema at the University of Saint-Denis. However, fate had other plans, and he is currently pursuing an acting career. It began when Ulliel was 12 years old when he appeared in the TV film "Une femme en blanc" (1997). During the following years, Ulliel continued working on TV and was cast in short films such as Alias (1999). He played a young shepherd who was injured by The Beast in Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001), and was then discovered by director Michel Blanc, who offered him a part in Embrassez qui vous voudrez (2002) which also starred veteran actress Charlotte Rampling. Ulliel then took summer stages at Les Cours Florent and was asked by director André Téchiné to star in Strayed (2003) as Emmanuelle Béart's lover. His role as Manech opposite Audrey Tautou in A Very Long Engagement (2004) brought him to stardom. He has been nominated thrice for Most Promising Male Newcomer at the César Awards (the equivalent of the Oscars in France) in 2003, 2004 and 2005 he won the last one. Ulliel's lead roles include The Last Day (2004), Jacquou le croquant (2007) and Hannibal Rising (2007), his first major English-language film.

Trivia:
&bull Mother is a runway show producer and father is a fashion designer.
&bull His scar on his left cheek is the result of a doberman's attack when Gaspard was 6.
&bull Speaks fluent English.
&bull French citizen.
&bull Voted #12 in Elle (France) Magazine's "15 Sexiest Men" poll (June 2007).
&bull His favourite directors are: Tarkowski, Truffaut, Godard, Rohmer, Chris Marker, João César Monteiro, Gregg Araki and Michael Cimino.
&bull He enjoys listening to: Reggae, Rap, Soul, Jazz, Rock, Kanye West, Herbie Hancock, The Temptations, Nick Drake, The Stones and Prince.
&bull Ex companion of Cecile Cassel.
&bull The current face of Longchamp, a French leather and luxury goods company, along with Kate Moss. [2009]
&bull Attended the University of Saint-Denis, where he studied cinema.
&bull Shares birthday with Guns N'and Roses Ron Thal, Christina Applegate, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr., Augusto Pinochet, Joe DiMaggio, Leon Zitrone, Roelof Frankot, pope John XXIII.
&bull In 2007, he appeared on the cover of the January-issue of French Vogue with Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes.
&bull Is a fan of Sufjan Stevens and Prince.
&bull Some of the books he likes are Henry Miller's "Sexus" and Robert Frank's "The Lines of my Hand".
&bull Owns a Vespa and a Triumph Bonneville Thruxton motorbike.
&bull Current companion is design-student-turned-model Jordane Crantelle.
&bull He's close friends with actress Audrey Tautou.

Personal Quotes
I began at twelve years old, but in fact I began really by chance. It was a friend of a friend of my mother's who was opening an agency, and she was looking for young kids. And so I entered the agency, but more by curiosity than real passion. And at first I had some small parts in TV movies - in fact my parents didn't want me to miss school, so I was working just once or twice a year. And I had a really regular progression - and this is really pleasant, I think - because I had small parts in TV movies, then bigger parts in TV movies, and then small parts in films. And I think this allows you to get...experience of the set and to get familiar with [the process]. And as I had a really slow progression, I think it really helped me to stay lucid and not get carried away.



Gaspard Ulliel, whose face graces the Chanel Blue male scent ad campaign, will play the couturier in a new film
There are have been a number of documentary films about arguably the most famous fashion designer of all time -- Yves Saint Laurent, or YSL, as he's become known. But now there will be a biopic, to be directed by Bertrand Bonello in France, starring French actor model Gaspard Ulliel, Women's Wear Daily reports.

The film, called Saint Laurent, will start shooting spring 2013. French writer Thomas Bidegain, who worked on Rust and Bone and A Prophet with director Jacques Audiard, is also working on Saint Laurent.

Ulliel is a much bigger star in France than the U.S., but you might recognize his handsome scruffy face: His visage graces the ads for Chanel Blue, a mens' fragrance advertised everywhere, and he's been in the campaign for more than one year and a half -- and he starred in Hannibal Rising as the young Hannibal Lector, and last year's French historical drama The Princess of Montpensier. Ulliel is actually as much a model as an actor at this point he also appeared in a campaign for Longchamp alongside Kate Moss.

There's a lot of interest on the Saint Laurent brand right now first, it being renamed "Saint Laurent" from the former YSL by new creative director Hedi Slimane. Then, there's the first collection by Slimane -- spring 2013, which was shown in Paris in October. Loved by many, dismissed by some. Its fate will be decided by retail when it hits the stores in February and March. We've got to wonder who'll design the clothes/costumes for the film they will no doubt be on-the-money copies of famed original YSL collections.



As the only child of a stylist father and a mother who produced runway exhibitions, French actor Gaspard Ulliel came of age in the shadow of the Parisian fashion world. Ulliel undertook an early foray into drama, when an adult friend of the family sought to establish an agency for child actors and -- impressed by Ulliel's visage and natural ability -- asked the then 11-year-old actor to join. Ulliel instantly agreed, and debuted with roles in numerous French telemovies.

Ulliel's first taste of international exposure arrived in 2001, when the 17-year-old actor appeared as Louis in Christophe Gans and Pascal Laugier's fantasy and martial arts epic Brotherhood of the Wolf (aka La Pacte des Loups). Derived from a legendary series of events in French history, the picture weaves the tale of a strange, rhinoceros-like beast that prowls the countryside and devours hundreds of victims, but is countered by a team of local warriors. Although the role of Louis was a relatively small part, Ulliel's work caught the eye of the brilliant French director André Téchiné, who cast the teenager opposite the luminous French actress Emmanuelle Béart in his WWII drama Strayed (aka Les Égarés, 2003). As Yves, a rough-hewn, working-class Frenchman who helps lead Béart's widow and her children to safety in an isolated, rural cabin (and subsequently conducts an affair with Béart), Ulliel impressed everyone with his haunting presence. As one journalist observed, this role finally "made critics take notice."

Ulliel continued his history of pairing up with French screen goddesses when director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (of Delicatessenand Amélie fame) enlisted him as the missing soldier lover and fiancé of Audrey Tautou's Mathilde in the 2004 wartime romance A Very Long Engagement (aka Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles). The picture swept away the hearts of critics and the public when it premiered in late 2004 and received two Academy Award nominations. And although Ulliel's character is, by the very nature of the story, offscreen for much of the film, he made an enduring impression and continued his career ascent.

Ulliel received premier onscreen billing for the first occasion in 2005, as Simon, a young man en route to spend Christmas with his über-dysfunctional French family, in Rodolphe Marconi's disturbingly intimate drama The Last Day (aka La Dernier Jour). That same year, Ulliel joined the massive ensemble cast of Richard Dembo's La Maison de Nina, and shot "Marais,"Gus Van Sant's contribution to the film-a-sketch Paris, Je t'Aime (2007), while gearing up for his American debut.



That debut (a natural for Ulliel, who speaks fluent English) arrived in the form of Peter Webber's 2007 horror pictureHannibal Rising -- the Dino de Laurentiis Company's fifth installment in the ongoing series of films about Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter, the psychopathic madman who devours his victims. In the film, Ulliel plays Lecter at a young age. The story finds him watching helplessly, and driven over the edge into insane fury, as his family is slaughtered by a bunch of crazed soldiers he then ultimately enrolls in medical school to learn how to extract brutal anatomical revenge on the war criminals responsible for extinguishing his clan. He went on to appear in The Third Part of the World, Inside Ring, The Vintner's Luck and The Princess of Montpensier. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi