Alexandra Tydings

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Alexandra Tydings
Born Alexandra Huntingdon Tydings
(1972-12-15) December 15, 1972 (age 43)
Washington, D.C., USA
Occupation Actress
Yoga instructor
Years active 1993 – 2008
Spouse(s) Ben Luzzatto (? - present)
2 children

Alexandra Tydings Luzzatto (born Alexandra Huntingdon Tydings on December 15, 1972) is an American actress, best known for her role as Greek goddess Aphrodite on the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and its spin-off, Xena: Warrior Princess.

Personal life[edit]

Tydings was born December 15, 1972, in Washington, D.C. She has four sisters and one brother, and is the granddaughter of former Maryland senator Millard Tydings. She is a graduate of Sidwell Friends School and Brown University, with a degree in film and critical theory.[1] Her mother is Terry Huntingdon Miss USA 1959.

Tydings counts Katharine Hepburn and Kevin Spacey among her favorite actors, and most enjoys the research and collaborating process of acting; auditioning is her least favorite.[2] She competed in Irish dancing as a child,[1] and dance led to performance of all kinds; in addition to acting, she was the singer and bassist of bands Annabelle Kickbox and She's Seen You Naked.

Tydings was a vegetarian for fourteen years, and she enjoys gardening.[3]

Tydings is married to Ben Luzzatto, and they have two daughters; Ruby (born June 17, 2004) and Emerson (born June 4, 2006).


After graduating from Brown University, Tydings moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. She starred in several indie films (Alice, Angst), and eventually landed a recurring role on New Zealand television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, amongst guest roles on several television series.

Currently, Tydings lives in Washington, D.C., where she has been teaching rock'n'roll yoga since 2005. She began as a student in the 1990s, and received the idea of playing loud rock music during class from a former instructor in Los Angeles.[4]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Alice Alice
1993 Angst Rebel Girl
1993 Queerbait Arial
1993 Walking on Sunshine TV pilot
1993 Red Shoe Diaries Cecelia
Episode: "Love at First Sight"
Episode: "Burning Up"
1995 Vanishing Son Tina Episode: "Win, Place or Dead"
1996 Sunchaser Victoria Reynolds
1996-1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Aphrodite 9 episodes
1997 Party of Five Kerry Episode: "Handicaps"
1997-2001 Xena: Warrior Princess Aphrodite 11 episodes
1998 Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus Aphrodite (voice) Video
1998 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Katherine (voice) Episode: "Porkules"
1998 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Katherine Episode: "One Fowl Day"
1998 Hotel del Sol Nina TV pilot
1999 Dodge's City Cricket TV pilot
2001 Sheena Elena Episode: "The Treasure of Sienna Mende"
2002 Another Pretty Face Jill Trent TV movie
2008 Wire, TheThe Wire Arts Editor Episode: "React Quotes"


  1. ^ a b Rudnick, Bret Ryan (February 1, 1998). "An Interview with Alexandra Tydings". Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ Murphy, Amy (October 1, 2001). "Inside the Head of Alexandra Tydings". Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Murphy, Amy (August 1, 2003). "Inside the Head of Alexandra Tydings: Third Time's the Charm". Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ Beckman, Rachel (December 18, 2005). "Rock-and-Roll Yoga Instructor". Retrieved September 13, 2012. 

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