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Who is Gaelle Pietri, the partner of late actor Gaspard Ulliel?

Bruno Cooke January 19, 2022
Who is Gaelle Pietri, the partner of late actor Gaspard Ulliel?
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French actor Gaspard Ulliel, known as the face of Bleu de Chanel, has died age 37 – who is his wife, or partner, and the mother of his son Orso, Gaëlle Piétri?

Who is Gaëlle Piétri, besides being the partner of French actor Gaspard Ulliel?

Born and raised in Corsica, Gaëlle Piétri is a French model and singer. She and Gaspard Ulliel first started dating in 2013.

Two years later, on 9 November 2015, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child. Ulliel was 31 at the time. 

As a model, Piétri has represented Nivea, Farnier and Bourjois, although, per Gala’s report on the birth of her son Orso, she “prefers discretion” to attending large scale social events.

“I was always told that it was better to meet people, to get better known,” the outlet quotes her as saying. “But I never went to the trendy places in Paris a lot, which didn’t stop me from having a nice career” (translated by Google).

They welcomed their son Orso the following year. He regularly appears in his mother’s Instagram uploads – most recently, she posted a video of him skiing, on his birthday.

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How old is Gaëlle Piétri and Gaspard Ulliel’s son Orso?

Born in early 2016, Orso is six years old – per WWD’s report on the death of Gaspard Ulliel.

Ulliel was 37 when he died on Wednesday, 19 January 2022. 

He sustained serious injuries while skiing the day before, and was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Grenoble “following a collision with another skier” at the La Rosière ski resort.

Ulliel served as the face of the men’s fragrance Bleu de Chanel for several years. He also appeared in Longchamp’s advertising campaign featuring Kate Moss, in 2008. Most recently, he appeared in the new Disney series Moon Knight.

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Piétri is also an actress

Metropolitan Models represents Gaëlle Piétri, and has done for some time. It lists her height as 5ft 7in (170cm) and eye colour as blue.

But she also has three acting credits to her name, most recently The Smurfs 2 (2013), in which she voiced Pregnant Model. 

Before that, she played Hélène Brunel in King Guillaume (2009) and Véro in an episode of Duval And Moretti (2008).

Following Ulliel’s death, numerous friends and fans have taken to Twitter to offer their condolences to his partner, Gaëlle Piétri, and their son Orso.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.