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Actor Gaspard Ulliel – star of Bleu de Chanel adverts, Hannibal Rising and the new Marvel series Moon Knight – dies aged 37 after ski accident in the Alps

  • The French actor was not wearing a helmet when he crashed in Savoie yesterday
  • He collided with another skier on the intersection between two blue runs
  • The father-of-one had starred in Hannibal Rising and Saint Laurent 










French actor Gaspard Ulliel who stars in the upcoming Marvel series Moon Knight has died aged 37 in a skiing accident.

The star, who gained international attention for his portrayal of a young Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal Rising, was hospitalised after Tuesday’s accident in the Alps.

The father-of-one was not wearing a helmet when he crashed into another skier at the intersection of two blue slopes in the Rosiere resort in Savoie.

French actor Gaspard Ulliel who stars in the upcoming Marvel series Moon Knight has died aged 37 in a skiing accident (pictured on a previous skiing holiday)

French actor Gaspard Ulliel who stars in the upcoming Marvel series Moon Knight has died aged 37 in a skiing accident (pictured on a previous skiing holiday)

The star gained international attention for his portrayal of a young Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal Rising (pictured with Rhys Ifans)

The star gained international attention for his portrayal of a young Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal Rising (pictured with Rhys Ifans)

The French actor is also the face of Chanel's male perfume Blue de Chanel (pictured)

The French actor is also the face of Chanel’s male perfume Blue de Chanel (pictured)

The crash happened at the intersection of two blue slopes in the Rosiere resort in Savoie (pictured)

The crash happened at the intersection of two blue slopes in the Rosiere resort in Savoie (pictured)

Ulliel suffered significant head trauma and was immediately hospitalised in Grenoble where he died as a result of his injuries. 

The second skier in the crash did not suffer any major injuries and investigators said the weather conditions at the time were good. 

His family confirmed the death in a statement given to AFP by his agent.

Ulliel won a Cesar – the French equivalent of an Oscar – for best actor in 2017 for It’s Only the End of the World in which he starred alongside Marion Cotillard and Lea Seydoux.

He had already taken home a Cesar in 2004 for most promising actor after appearing in the World War I drama A Very Long Engagement alongside Audrey Tautou. 

Ulliel shares a five-year-old son with model-singer Gaëlle Piétri (pictured together in 2015)

Ulliel shares a five-year-old son with model-singer Gaëlle Piétri (pictured together in 2015)

The actor won a Cesar in 2004 for most promising actor after appearing in the World War I drama A Very Long Engagement (pictured)

The actor won a Cesar in 2004 for most promising actor after appearing in the World War I drama A Very Long Engagement (pictured)

Ulliel, who shares a five-year-old son with model-singer Gaëlle Piétri, was also the face of the Chanel men’s fragrance Bleu de Chanel and played Yves Saint Laurent in a 2014 biopic.  

The mountain police service serving the site of the accident said it has been organizing five or six rescues per day in recent days as the snow has hardened.

In the neighbouring Haute-Savoie region, a five-year-old girl was killed Saturday when a skier crashed into her.

Ulliel suffered significant head trauma and was immediately hospitalised in Grenoble where he died as a result of his injuries

Ulliel suffered significant head trauma and was immediately hospitalised in Grenoble where he died as a result of his injuries

The man was handed preliminary manslaughter charges, according to the Haute-Savoie prosecutor, who cited excessive speed as the likely reason for the accident.

The first trailer for the upcoming TV series Moon Knight was only released on Tuesday, starring Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke.

The show will debut on the Disney Plus streaming service on March 30. 

Ulliel plays the role of Anton Mogart, also known as Midnight Man, in the anticipated Marvel show, based on the comic character created by writer Doug Moench and artist Don Perlin in 1975.

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Actor and singer Paul Nicholas talks about his travels, from seeing Elvis live in Vegas to driving to Hamburg in an old Bedford van










Paul Nicholas checks in to our travel Q&A

Paul Nicholas checks in to our travel Q&A

This week Paul Nicholas checks in to our travel Q&A.

He reveals his most memorable travel experiences, and more…   

EARLIEST HOLIDAY MEMORY?

Staying in Sheerness, on the Isle of Sheppey, when I was five. The highlight was going for a donkey ride. We used to take a coach there from Victoria station in London.

FIRST TRIP ABROAD?

Visiting my Flemish relatives in Bredene, near Ostend, aged ten. A lot of Belgians used to ride bicycles back then, so it was quite safe for a child like me to cycle along the coast on my own.

HOW WAS TOURING IN YOUR POP MUSIC DAYS?

My band, The Savages, supported Screaming Lord Sutch at the Star-Club in Hamburg in the 1960s. But driving there and back in our old Bedford van, without heating, in winter was no joke. We took it in turns to sit over the engine in the middle to keep warm.

FAVOURITE FOREIGN COUNTRY?

I love America because there’s just so much of it, and Portugal. I have a small holiday home on the Algarve that I visit in spring and autumn when it’s not too hot.

DO YOU LIKE PORTUGUESE CUISINE?

Roast beef and Yorkshire pud is about as exotic as it gets for me, food wise.

DO YOU SPEAK PORTUGUESE?

I can say thank you — obrigado — in Portuguese and that’s about it. But I’m always polite.

MOST MEMORABLE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE?

A toss-up between seeing Elvis live in Las Vegas in the 1970s and taking a dip in the thermal waters of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon a few years ago. They say the waters are good for you, so I like to think I went in a septuagenarian and came out a 23-year-old.

Paul has a holiday home in the Algarve in Portugal, which he reveals is his favourite country. Pictured is the Algarve's Cordoama Beach

Paul has a holiday home in the Algarve in Portugal, which he reveals is his favourite country. Pictured is the Algarve’s Cordoama Beach 

ARE YOU A GOOD FLYER?

No. I could fly to my place in Portugal in three hours, but I prefer to get the ferry to Santander in Spain, spend a night in Salamanca, and then drive down to the Algarve, despite it taking three days.

DREAM DESTINATION?

I’d love to visit Australia but can’t face the long flight, so I’m waiting for Richard Branson or Jeff Bezos to launch a rocket that will take me there in three hours. 

  • Paul’s autobiography Musicals, Marigolds & Me (Fantom Publishing) and new album Paul Nicholas Gold (Demon Music Group) are out now.

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