Garcelle Beauvais

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Garcelle Beauvais
Garcelle Beauvais at Heart Truth 2011.jpg
Beauvais at the Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection 2011
Born (1966-11-26) November 26, 1966 (age 54)
  • Actress
  • television personality
  • author
Years active1984–present
Daniel Saunders
(m. 1991; div. 2000)

Mike Nilon
(m. 2001; div. 2011)

Garcelle Beauvais (French pronunciation: ​[gaʁsɛl bovɛ]: born November 26, 1966)[1] is a Haitian-American actress, television personality, author, and former fashion model. She is best known for her starring roles in the sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show and the crime drama series NYPD Blue. She also appeared in the films Coming to America (1988), White House Down (2013), and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). In 2020, Beauvais became a main cast member of the reality television series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She also co-hosts the daytime talk show The Real alongside Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, and Jeannie Mai.

Early life[edit]

Beauvais was born in Saint-Marc, Haiti,[1] to Marie-Claire Beauvais, a nurse, and Axel Jean Pierre, a lawyer. After her parents divorced when she was a child, she moved with her mother to the United States at age seven along with her six elder siblings, and settled in Peabody, Massachusetts where she enrolled in elementary school. Upon her arrival to the United States, Beauvais originally only spoke French and Creole, but learned English from watching Sesame Street on television.[2]



Beauvais moved to Miami at 16 in an attempt to pursue a career in modeling. After driving down from Massachusetts, Beauvais hoped to interview for a modeling agency without an appointment. She was approached at a red light while putting on lipstick by the very owner of the agency she sought to see.[2] After modeling with this agency for about a year, Beauvais, now seventeen,[3] went to New York City to pursue a career as a fashion model, after signing with the Ford agency living with Eileen Ford and later modeled with Irene Marie Models. She modeled print ads for Avon, Mary Kay, and Clairol and in catalogs for Lerner New York Clothing Line, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom and walked the runway for Calvin Klein and Isaac Mizrahi and also shot TV commercials for Burdines.[4]

Beauvais has appeared on the covers of numerous magazines such as CV Lux,[5] Harper's Bazaar,[6] VIVmag, Essence, Ebony, Jet, Playboy,[7] Vibe and Hype Hair.[8] In 2017, she was featured on five different magazine covers.[8]

Film and television[edit]

Beauvais portrayed her first acting role in the romantic comedy film Coming to America at age 19.[9] In 1994, she rose to prominence as an actress for her portrayal of Cynthia Nichols in the primetime Aaron Spelling soap opera Models Inc.. From 1996 to 2001, she co-starred in The Jamie Foxx Show as hotel employee Francesca "Fancy" Monroe and the love interest of Jamie Foxx's character, Jamie King.[10] From 2001 to 2004, she played Assistant District Attorney Valerie Heywood and the love interest of Detective Baldwin Jones, played by Henry Simmons on NYPD Blue. In 2011 and 2012, Beauvais played Hanna Linden on the TNT law drama Franklin & Bash. In 2013, Beauvais portrayed the First Lady opposite Foxx as the President in the action thriller film White House Down.[11] In 2017, she played the role of Doris Toomes, wife of Michael Keaton's character, Adrian Toomes, in Spider-Man: Homecoming.[12]

Beauvais at the premiere for Race to Witch Mountain (2009) in Hollywood, California.

She starred in R. Kelly's music video for "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)", as the wife of Ronald Isley and the lover of R. Kelly, delivering the title line as inducement for an affair. In 2001, after the Jamie Foxx Show ended its run, Beauvais appeared in Luther Vandross' music video, "Take You Out," playing Vandross' girlfriend.[13] She also appeared on some episodes of Grimm as Henrietta. In 2016, Beauvais was named as one of the co-hosts of the syndicated infotainment discussion series Hollywood Today Live after a month-long period of guest hosting the show.[14]

Beauvais recurred as Veronica Garland, the Wicked Stepmother character from Cinderella, on the second season of the web television series Tell Me a Story.[15] She also portrayed Dennis Quaid's love interest in the web television series Merry Happy Whatever.[16] Beauvais joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as the series' first black cast member during its tenth season, which premiered in April 2020.[17][18] She began co-hosting the daytime talk show The Real for its seventh season in September 2020.[19] Beauvais will reprise her role as a rose bearer in the sequel to the romantic comedy film Coming to America, titled Coming 2 America.[20]

Other ventures[edit]

In 2008, Beauvais launched a children's jewelry line called Petit Bijou.[7] In 2013, she published a children's book titled I Am Mixed, which tells the story of twins exploring "the thoughts and emotions of being of mixed ethnicities."[21] She hosts the weekly late-night talk show podcast Going to Bed with Garcelle, in which she discusses dating, sex, and relationships with guests.[22]


Personal life[edit]

She was married to producer Daniel Saunders; their marriage ended in divorce. They have a son, Oliver Saunders, born in 1991.[23][24] Beauvais married Mike Nilon, a talent agent with Creative Artists Agency, in May 2001. Their twin sons, Jax Joseph and Jaid Thomas Nilon, were born on October 18, 2007. They had dealt with treatment over five years for infertility.[24][25][26] In April 2010, Beauvais publicly accused Nilon of infidelity after he admitted he had been having an affair for 5 years.[27][28] Beauvais filed for divorce on May 10, 2010, seeking joint custody of their sons.[29]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Manhunter Young woman housebuyer
1988 Coming to America Rose bearer
1999 Wild Wild West Belle
2001 Double Take Chloe
2002 Bad Company Nicole
2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Loretta
2005 American Gun Sarah
2007 I Know Who Killed Me Agent Julie Bascome
2009 Women in Trouble Maggie
2010 Eyes to See Marie Short film
2012 Flight Deana Coleman
2012 David E. Talbert's Suddenly Single Samantha Stone
2013 White House Down Alison Sawyer
2013 And Then There Was You Natalie Gilbert
2014 Small Time Linda
2015 A Girl Like Grace Lisa
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Doris Toomes
2021 Coming 2 America Rose bearer Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1984–1985 Miami Vice Gabriella/Waitress Episodes: "The Maze", "Give a Little, Take a Little"
1991 Family Matters Lulu Episode: "Old and Alone"
1992 Down the Shore Liat Episode: "Schwing Time"
1992 Dream On Danica Episode: "Red All Over"
1992 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Veronica Episode: "That's No Lady, That's My Cousin"
1993 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Keeler Episode: "Boy Don't Leave"
1993 Where I Live Terry Episode: "Married... with Children"
1993 Family Matters Garcelle Episode: "Scenes from a Mall"
1994 Family Matters Young Estelle "Mother" Winslow Episode: "To Be or Not to Be; Part 2"
1994–1995 Models Inc. Cynthia Nichols Main role (25 episodes)
1995 The Wayans Bros. Rachel Episode: "Fatal Subtraction"
1995 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Herself Episode: "For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll"
1995 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Sandra Episode: "Not, I Barbeque"
1996 Family Matters Nicole Moses Episode: "A Ham Is Born"
1996–2001 The Jamie Foxx Show Francesca "Fancy" Monroe Main role (100 episodes)
2000 Opposite Sex Ms. Maya Bradley Regular role (6 episodes)
2001 Titans Tina Episode: "She Stoops to Conquer"
2001–2004 NYPD Blue A.D.A. Valerie Heywood Regular role (81 episodes)
2002 Second String Larissa Fullerton TV film
2003 The Bernie Mac Show Vicki Episode: "Bernie Mac Rope-a-Dope"
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Renee Episode: "The Surrogate"
2004 Life with Bonnie Dr. Gamz Episode: "Therabeautic"
2005–2007 Eyes Nora Gage Main role (12 episodes)
2006 10.5: Apocalypse Natalie Warner TV miniseries
2006 CSI: Miami Katrina Iverson Episode: "Death Pool 100"
2007 The Cure Trudie Ericson TV film
2009 Maneater Suzee Saunders TV miniseries
2009 Crash Connie Episode: "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline"
2010 Human Target Vivian Cox Episode: "Lockdown"
2011 State of Georgia Gwen Dressel Episode: "Foot in the Door"
2012 The Exes Kendra Episode: "Shall We Dance"
2011–2012 Franklin & Bash Hanna Linden Main role, 20 episodes
2013 Psych Miranda Sherrod Episode: "Dead Air"
2013 Arrested Development Ophelia Love Episode: "Off the Hook"
2013 Necessary Roughness Lana Langer Episode: "Swimming with Sharks"
2013 Playing House Dr. Jay Episode: "Let's Have a Baby"
2014 The Mentalist Danitra Cass Episode: "The Greybar Hotel" and "Orange Blossom Ice Cream"
2015 Grimm Henrietta 5 episodes
2016 Hell's Kitchen Herself Episode: "10 Chef's Compete"
2016 Hollywood Today Live Co-host
2016–2019 The Magicians Our Lady Underground 6 episodes
2017–2018 Chicago Med Lyla Dempsey Episodes: "Ctrl Alt", "Over Troubled Water"
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Herself Episode: "My Best Squirrelfriend's Dragsmaids Wedding Trip"
2018 The Arrangement Mason Episodes: "The Long Game", "Surface Tension", "The Sessions"
2018 Power Linda Episode: "Are We On The Same Team?"
2018–2019 Siren Susan Bishop 9 episodes
2019 Merry Happy Whatever Nancy Recurring role, 6 episodes
2019 Middle School Moguls Mrs. Pierre Episode: "Mogulize, and a Side of Fries"
2019–2020 Tell Me a Story Vernoica Garland Recurring role, 9 episodes
2020–present The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Herself Main Cast (Season 10–present)
2020 Carol's Second Act Tina Episode: "Plus One"
2020 Sugar Rush Herself Episode: "Tropical Vacation"
2020-present The Real Herself Co-host

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Al-Jamie, Anthony, ed. (March 13, 2015). "Model/Actress Garcelle Beauvais". Tokyo Journal. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
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  7. ^ a b "Garcelle Beauvais Nilon and Her Petit Bijoux" Archived February 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine,, November 17, 2008.
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  11. ^ Nededog, Jethro (June 26, 2013). "'White House Down' First Lady Garcelle Beauvais Signs on to Indie Film 'Loose' (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  12. ^ Brown, Tracy; Woerner, Meredith (July 18, 2017). "Your guide to the familiar faces of 'Spider-Man: Homecoming': A dream team from indie movies and TV". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
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  14. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (February 2, 2016). "TV News Roundup: 'Hollywood Today Live' Renewed, Garcelle Beauvais Named Co-Host". Variety. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (August 28, 2019). "'Tell Me A Story': Garcelle Beauvais To Recur In Season 2 Of CBS All Access Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
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  18. ^ Yap, Audrey Cleo (July 8, 2020). "Garcelle Beauvais Says Her White Counterparts Get Paid More Despite Her 20-Year Hollywood Career". Variety. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  19. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (August 24, 2020). "Garcelle Beauvais Joins 'The Real' as Co-Host". Variety. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  20. ^ Kit, Borys (August 22, 2019). "Nomzamo Mbatha and Garcelle Beauvais Join Eddie Murphy in 'Coming 2 America' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
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  22. ^ Petski, Denise (April 27, 2020). "Garcelle Beauvais To Host 'Going To Bed With Garcelle' Late-Night Talk Show Podcast For MGM". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  23. ^ Staff (July 5, 2013). "Celebrity Pregnancies". Us Weekly. Archived from the original on September 1, 2019. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  24. ^ a b Beauvais, Garcelle (June 19, 2012). "Garcelle Beauvais's Blog: Meet Me and My Boys!". People. Archived from the original on September 1, 2019. Retrieved September 1, 2019. I had my first son, Oliver, when I was very young. I was modeling in New York when I met his dad. We immediately fell in love and got married after only two months. ... Two years later, Oliver appeared on the scene. ...Oliver is now 21 years old [as of June 2012] and an up-and-coming rapper. (His stage name is Jayson Rose.) ... [O]n Oct. 18, 2007, I had a c-section and got to meet my yummy boys, Jax and Jaid. ... [T]hey’re fraternal twins...)
  25. ^ "Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon Welcomes Twins". People. October 22, 2007. Retrieved June 2, 2010. Her husband is an agent for Creative Artists Agency. The couple wed in a private ceremony in Los Angeles in May 2001.
  26. ^ "A Double Blessing". People. January 21, 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  27. ^ Staff (April 9, 2010). "Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon Accuses Husband of Cheating in Mass Email". Us Weekly. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  28. ^ "NYPD Blue's Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon: "My Focus Is on My Kids & Healing the Pain"". E! News. April 9, 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  29. ^ "Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon Files for Divorce". People. June 2, 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2010.

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