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
August 2, 1971 (age 45)
New Jersey, USA[1][2]
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Ioan Gruffudd (m. 2007)
Children 2 daughters

Alice Jane Evans (born August 2, 1971) is an American-born British actress.[3][4][5]

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 Evans. She was raised in Bristol, England, along with her two British born brothers, Anthony and Philip.[6] She graduated from University College London with a 2:1 in French and Italian.[6]

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 miniseries Le ragazze di Piazza di Spagna. 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.

In 1999, Disney cast Evans alongside Glenn Close, Gérard Depardieu and her future husband, Ioan Gruffudd, in 102 Dalmatians.[7][8] 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, and Grimm. Evans also had a recurring turn as the villainous Esther on The Vampire Diaries[9] and The Originals.

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] The couple resides in Los Angeles, California, and have two daughters.[13]

Select filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Une pour toutes Macha Desachy
2000 102 Dalmatians Chloe Simon
2001 Ma femme s'appelle Maurice Emmanuelle
2002 The Abduction Club Catherine Kennedy
2003 Blackball Kerry Speight
2004 Fascination Kelly Vance
2006 Hollywood Dreams Vida
2007 Dangerous Parking Etta
2013 Liars All Sandra

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996–99 Elisa Top Modèle Clara 22 episode; aka Elisa
1996 Strangers Charlotte Episode: "Crash"
1997 Highlander: The Series Kyra Episode: "Patient Number 7"
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 [unknown episodes]
2001 Best of Both Worlds Diane Sullivan [unknown episodes]
2003 CSI: Miami Leslie Warner Episode: "Bait"
2006 The Christmas Card Faith Spelman Television film
2009 Lost Younger Eloise Hawking 3 episodes
2011–12 The Vampire Diaries Esther 6 episodes
2012 Grimm Mia Gaudot Episode: "Over My Dead Body"
2014–15 The Originals Esther 3 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 MegaRace 2 Co-host of the racing show MegaRace 2 Her name is different each time it is mentioned.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ | citizenship = United Kingdom, United States Profile, theoriginalscw.com; accessed 25 September 2014.
  2. ^ Alice Evans' biodata, mtv.com; accessed 25 September 2014.
  3. ^ Photo gallery, Showbiz.sky.com; accessed 23 September 2014.
  4. ^ Profile, catwalkqueen.tv; 27 February 2007; accessed 23 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Alice's ribbons miss the mark", Glamourmagazine.co.uk, 18 October 2011; accessed 23 September 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Meet La Belle Anglaise" by Anna Pursglove, Evening Standard, 15 December 2000.
  7. ^ Mia Sulpor (15 November 2000). "Disney lets dogs out". Variety. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "102 Dalmations (2000)". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Shaunna Murphy (9 February 2012). "'The Vampire Diaries': Talk tonight's shocking twist, and find out what's next from producer Julie Plec". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2 June 2016. When Original vampire mama Esther (Alice Evans) returned to Mystic Falls after spending the last millennium six feet under, we knew she’d have some deeply hidden tricks up her sleeve. 
  10. ^ Lucy Cavendish (22 January 2001). "La jeune fille anglaise". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  11. ^ Ioan Gruffudd, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 21 February 2007.
  12. ^ Mary Margaret (15 September 2007). "Fantastic Four Star Ioan Gruffudd Gets Married". People. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Andrew Asare (2 October 2013). "Ioan Gruffudd and Alice Evans welcome second child". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "Alice Evans". Lockerdome. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  15. ^ "MegaRace 2 (DOS)". Moby Games. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 

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