Alice Evans

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Alice Evans
Alice Evans and Peter Jason, DOD crop.jpg
Evans during a tour of the Pentagon in 2006
Born Alice Jane Evans
(1971-08-02) 2 August 1971 (age 43)[disputed ]
Bristol, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Ioan Gruffudd (2007–present); 2 daughters

Alice Jane Evans (born 2 August 1971)[disputed ] is a British actress.[1][2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Evans, the daughter of educators and the granddaughter of a coal miner, was born in New Jersey to British parents, David and Janet. She was raised in Bristol, England, along with her two British born brothers, Anthony and Philip.[5] She graduated from University College London with a 2:1 in French and Italian.[5]


After graduation, she moved to Paris Cours Florent. She gained work in French television, with her breakthrough role as French student Susan in the popular French sitcom "Elisa Top Modele," which ran for a year and a half. The following year she went to Italy to portray Nathalie, in the successful 1998 Italian mini-series Le ragazze di Piazza di Spagna for RAI DUE. Her very first English speaking role was in the Highlander episode 'Patient Number 7'. After making her first film Monsieur Naphtali 1999 with the highly talented late Elie Kakou and eclectic French cast including Gilbert Melki and Jean-Marie Lamour, Oscar-winning director Claude Lelouch cast Evans as Macha in Une pour toutes (1999), alongside Sami Naceri and Anne Parillaud.

In 1999, Disney cast her alongside Glenn Close, Gérard Depardieu and Ioan Gruffudd (her future husband) in 102 Dalmatians. Evans' mother died at age 59 the day before Evans's final screen test for the role, which introduced her to British viewers. After appearing alongside James Cromwell and Vince Vaughn in Blackball, which was a critical success but commercial failure, she moved to Los Angeles in 2003. She has since appeared in both television and film, from The Christmas Card as Faith to The Mentalist and Brothers and Sisters, as well as LOST, Grimm, and a turn as the villain Esther on The Vampire Diaries.

Personal life[edit]

Evans first met actor Ioan Gruffudd during the filming of 102 Dalmatians, while she was in her eight-year relationship with Olivier Widmaier Picasso, a grandson of painter Pablo Picasso.[6] She lived with Picasso in Paris, and they became engaged but later broke up.[7]

Gruffudd stated on the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson that he and Evans became engaged on New Year's Day 2006 after Evans gave him an ultimatum, declaring that after 7 years together she wasn't going to hang around any longer unless she was his wife.[8] They married on 14 September 2007 in Mexico.[9] Gruffudd later removed his funding and support of his largest fansite due to comments made about Evans on the site which angered her, which resulted in the website being closed by its owner because nobody else was prepared to pay for the site. Estimates say the web host was paid as much as $2,000 per month by the couple, substantially more than other fansites.[10]

The couple resides in West Hollywood, Los Angeles. On 6 September 2009, Evans gave birth to the couple's first child, Ella Betsi Janet Evans Gruffudd.[11] On 13 September 2013, Evans gave birth to the couple's second daughter, Elsie Marigold.



Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Originals Esther Mikaelson
2012 Grimm Mia Gaudot
2011–2012 The Vampire Diaries Esther Mikaelson 7 episodes
2009 Lost Younger Eloise Hawking
2006 The Christmas Card Faith Spelman
2003 CSI: Miami Leslie Warner
2001 Best of Both Worlds Diane Sullivan
1998 Au cœur de la loi – En vert et contre tous Muriel Highsmith
1998 H – Une belle maman Sabri's Girlfriend
1998 Ragazze di Piazza di Spagna, Le Nathalie
1997 Highlander: The SeriesPatient Number 7 Kyra
1996 Elisa top modèle aka Elisa, un roman photo (France: informal alternative title)
1996 Strangers- Crash Charlotte

Other Media[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 MegaRace_2 - Videogame Ditsy co-host of the racing show called Megarace. Her name was different each time it was mentioned.


  1. ^ Sky Showbiz profile
  2. ^ Fugice Evans[dead link]
  3. ^ Catwalk Queen: Oscar frock horrors. (27 February 2007).
  4. ^ "Alice's ribbons miss the mark". (18 October 2011).
  5. ^ a b "Meet La Belle Anglaise" By Anna Pursglove Evening Standard 15.12.00
  6. ^ website[dead link]
  7. ^ Interview, ''The Telegraph''. The Daily Telegraph.
  8. ^ Ioan Gruffudd, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 21 February 2007
  9. ^ Margaret, Mary. (15 September 2007) Fantastic Four Star Ioan Gruffudd Gets Married. People.
  10. ^ "Gruff tough after Alice blast", ''WalesOnline''.
  11. ^ ''Hello'' magazine coverage of Evans/Gruffudd. Hello. (10 September 2009).

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