Garcelle Beauvais

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Garcelle Beauvais
Beauvais at Race to Witch Mountain premiere in March 2009
Born (1966-11-26) November 26, 1966 (age 52)
OccupationActress, model
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 actress and former fashion model. She is best known for her roles as Francesca "Fancy" Monroe on The WB television sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show, which ran from 1996 to 2001, and as Valerie Heywood on the ABC crime drama, NYPD Blue.

Early life[edit]

Beauvais was born in Saint-Marc, Haiti,[1] to Marie-Claire Beauvais, a nurse, and Axel Jean Pierre, a lawyer. She is of Afro-Haitian descent. After her parents divorced, Garcelle and her six elder siblings moved with their mother to the United States, first to Massachusetts and later to Miami.[2][3][4]


At age seventeen, Beauvais went to New York City to pursue a career as a fashion model, after she was signed with Ford Models and Irene Marie Models in Miami. She modeled print ads for Avon, Mary Kay, and Clairol. Beauvais also modeled in catalogs for Lerner New York Clothing Line, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom; and walked the catwalk for Calvin Klein and Isaac Mizrahi, as well as shooting TV commercials for Burdines. She has appeared in Essence and Ebony, and is the cover model for the Jet June 6, 2011 issue.[citation needed] She also posed for Playboy's August 2007 issue.[5]

In 1994, Beauvais first gained national attention as an actress playing the role 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. From 2001 to 2004, she played Assistant District Attorney Valerie Heywood and the love interest of Detective Baldwin Jones (Henry Simmons) on NYPD Blue. In 2011 and 2012, Beauvais played a character on the TNT law drama Franklin & Bash. In 2013 Beauvais once again played the love interest to Jamie Foxx, playing the First Lady while he played the President in White House Down.

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.[4]

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.[6]

In 2019, Bravo announced that Beauvais will join the cast of the reality-television series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for its 10th season, which is scheduled to premiere in 2020.[7]


Other ventures[edit]

In 2008, Garcelle launched her children's jewelry line called Petit Bijou.[5] In 2013, she published a children's book, I Am Mixed, which was about diversity and race.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to producer Daniel Saunders; their marriage ended in divorce. They have a son, Oliver Saunders, born in 1991.[8][9] 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.[9][10][11] In April 2010, Beauvais publicly accused Nilon of infidelity.[12][13] Beauvais filed for divorce on May 10, 2010, seeking joint custody of their sons.[14]



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
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
2020 Coming 2 America 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 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"
2015 Grimm Henrietta 3 episodes
2016 Hell's Kitchen Herself Episode: "10 Chef's Compete"
2016 Hollywood Today Live Co-host
2016 The Magicians Our Lady Underground 3 episodes
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (season 3) Herself Episode: "A Jury of Their Queers"
2018 Power Linda Ep.3: "Are We On The Same Team?"
2018–present Siren Susan Bishop Ep.10: “Aftermath”(voiced Season 1, recurring Season 2)
2020 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Herself Main Cast (Season 10-Present)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Garcelle Beauvais". Archived from the original on May 9, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  2. ^ "Dream Builders, Dream Killers". Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Actress Garcelle Beauvais signs deal for children's books". Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b Garcelle Beauvais pics Archived 2007-01-28 at the Wayback Machine,[dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Garcelle Beauvais Nilon and Her Petit Bijoux",, 17 November 2008.
  6. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (2 February 2016). "TV News Roundup: 'Hollywood Today Live' Renewed, Garcelle Beauvais Named Co-Host". Variety. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  7. ^ Rosenfeld, Laura (August 29, 2019). "Garcelle Beauvais and Sutton Stracke Join The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for Season 10". Bravo. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  8. ^ Staff (July 5, 2013). "Celebrity Pregnancies". Us Weekly. Archived from the original on September 1, 2019. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Beauvais, Garcelle (June 19, 2012). "Garcelle Beauvais's Blog: Meet Me and My Boys!". 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...)
  10. ^ "Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon Welcomes Twins". People. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2010-06-02. Her husband is an agent for Creative Artists Agency. The couple wed in a private ceremony in Los Angeles in May 2001.
  11. ^ "A Double Blessing". People. 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  12. ^ Staff (April 9, 2010). "Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon Accuses Husband of Cheating in Mass Email". Us Weekly. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  13. ^ "NYPD Blue's Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon: "My Focus Is on My Kids & Healing the Pain"". E! News. 2010-04-09. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  14. ^ "Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon Files for Divorce". People. 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2010-06-02.

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