Victoria Smurfit

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Victoria Smurfit
Born (1974-01-07) 7 January 1974 (age 41)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Douglas Baxter (2000–present)
Children 3

Victoria Smurfit (born January 7, 1974) is an Irish actress.

Early life[edit]

Victoria Smurfit is part of the Smurfit family, one of the richest in Ireland. The family, headed by Victoria's uncle Michael Smurfit, sponsors a number of sporting events including the Smurfit European Open and the Champion Hurdle. The family is also associated with Smurfit Business School in University College Dublin (UCD). She was educated at two Anglican schools, Saint Columba's College, Dublin[1] and St. George's School, Ascot, England. She did an A level in theatre studies and then went to the Bristol Old Vic theatre school.[2]


Smurfit gained fame for her role as Orla O'Connell in the BBC television series Ballykissangel. Since 2003, she has taken over from Kate Buffery in the lead role in Trial & Retribution as DCI Roisin Connor. She has also guest starred in the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi. Smurfit appeared in Agatha Christie's Miss Marple TV episode The Mirror Cracked From Side to Side.

She also appeared in a small role in the movie The Beach.

She most recently appeared on the NBC television network drama Dracula as Lady Jane. The show aired in the fall of 2013.[3]

Now she appears on Once Upon a Time as the iconic character known as Cruella de Vil.

Personal life[edit]

Smurfit married advertising executive Douglas Baxter on 29 July 2000, and gave birth to her first child, daughter Evie Dorothy Baxter in Dublin, Ireland on 2 November 2004. A second daughter, Ridley Belle Baxter was born in May 2007.[4] Their third child, a boy, was born in November 2008 and named Flynn Alexander Baxter.[5]

In February 2015 it was announced that Smurfit and her husband had filed for divorce.[6]

She writes an opinion blog for The Dubliner, which often features anecdotes from her personal life.[7] and is a patron of the children's charity World Vision Ireland.[8]

Selected credits[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
1997 Ivanhoe Rowena Television series
1998 Berkeley Square Hannah Randall Television series
1998 Ballykissangel Orla O'Connell 2 series, 1998–1999
2000 The Wedding Tackle Clodagh Feature film
2000 The Beach Weather girl Feature film
2000 North Square Dr. Helen Ferryhough One series, 10 episodes
2000 Cold Feet Jane Fitzpatrick Recurring role, 2000–2001
2002 About a Boy Suzie Feature film
2003 Bulletproof Monk Nina Feature film
2003 Trial & Retribution DCI Roisin Connor 2003–2009
2011 Agatha Christie's Marple Ella Blunt 1 episode ("The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side")
2006 The Shell Seekers Olivia Keeling Mini-series
2009 The Clinic Dr. Edel Swift TV Series
2013 Dracula Lady Jayne Wetherby TV Series
2014 The Mentalist Monica Giraldi TV series
2014 Once Upon a Time Cruella De Vil Recurring role, 2014-2015


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