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
(1968-08-02) 2 August 1968 (age 46) [1]
New Jersey, USA[2][3][4]
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Ioan Gruffudd (2007–present); 2 daughters

Alice Jane Evans (born 2 August 1968) is a United States-born British actress.[5][6][7]

Early life[edit]

Evans, the daughter of educators and the granddaughter of a coal miner, was born in New Jersey in 1968 to British parents, David and Janet Evans. She was raised in Bristol, England, along with her two British-born brothers, Anthony and Philip.[8] She graduated from University College London with a 2:1 in French and Italian.[8]

Career[edit]

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 18 months. Next, she went to Italy to play "Nathalie", in the 1998 Italian mini-series Le ragazze di Piazza di Spagna.[9] Her first English-speaking role was in the Highlander episode 'Patient Number 7'. After making her first film, Monsieur Naphtali (1999), Oscar-winning director Claude Lelouch cast Evans as Macha in Une pour toutes (1999), alongside Sami Naceri and Anne Parillaud.[9]

In 1999, Disney cast Evans alongside Glenn Close, Gérard Depardieu and her future husband, Ioan Gruffudd, in 102 Dalmatians. Her mother died at age 59, the day before Evans's final screen test for the role, which introduced her to British viewers.

After appearing in Blackball, she moved to Los Angeles in 2003. She has since appeared in both television and film, such as The Mentalist, Brothers & Sisters, Lost, Grimm, and a turn as the villainous Esther on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.[9]

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. She lived with Picasso in Paris, and they became engaged but later broke up.[10]

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.[11] They married on 14 September 2007 in Mexico.[12] Gruffudd later removed his funding and support of his largest fansite due to comments made about Evans on the site which angered her. The website was closed by its owner as nobody else was prepared to pay for the site. Estimates say the web host had been paid as much as $2,000 per month by the couple, substantially more than other fansites.[13]

The couple resides in Los Angeles, California and have two children.[14]

Select filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2014-present The Originals Esther Mikaelson Recurring character
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 Muriel Highsmith Episode: "En vert et contre tous"
1998 H Sabri's Girlfriend Episode: "Une belle maman"
1998 Le Ragazze di Piazza di Spagna Nathalie
1997 Highlander: The Series Kyra Episode: "Patient Number 7"
1996 Elisa top modèle aka Elisa
1996 Strangers Charlotte Episode: "Crash"

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Born in 1968 per Intelius, which gives Evans' age as 46 as of 5 October 2014.
  2. ^ Profile, theoriginalscw.com; accessed 25 September 2014.
  3. ^ Alice Evans' biodata, mtv.com; accessed 25 September 2014.
  4. ^ Profile, encyclo.co.uk; accessed 25 September 2014.
  5. ^ Photo gallery, Showbiz.sky.com; accessed 23 September 2014.
  6. ^ Profile, catwalkqueen.tv; 27 February 2007; accessed 23 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Alice's ribbons miss the mark", Glamourmagazine.co.uk, 18 October 2011; accessed 23 September 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Meet La Belle Anglaise" by Anna Pursglove, Evening Standard, 15 December 2000.
  9. ^ a b c Alice Evans at the Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ Interview, The Daily Telegraph, 22 January 2001; accessed 23 September 2014.
  11. ^ Ioan Gruffudd, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 21 February 2007
  12. ^ "Fantastic Four Star Ioan Gruffudd Gets Married", people.com; 15 September 2007; accessed 23 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Gruff tough after Alice blast", Icwales.icnetwork.co.uk; accessed 23 September 2014.
  14. ^ ''Hello'' magazine coverage of Evans/Gruffudd, hellomagazine.com, 10 September 2009; accessed 23 September 2014.

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