Garcelle Beauvais

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Garcelle Beauvais
Beauvais in April 2022
Born (1966-11-26) November 26, 1966 (age 57)
Other namesGarcelle Beauvais-Nilon
  • Actress
  • television personality
  • interior designer
  • former model
Years active1984–present
Daniel Saunders
(m. 1991; div. 2000)
Mike Nilon
(m. 2001; div. 2011)

Garcelle Beauvais (French pronunciation: [gaʁsɛl bovɛ], formerly Beauvais-Nilon; born November 26, 1966)[1] is a Haitian actress and television personality. 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) and its sequel (2021), White House Down (2013), and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).

In 2020, Beauvais became a part of the main cast on the reality television series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She also co-hosted the daytime talk show The Real (2020–2022) alongside Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, and Jeannie Mai for its final two seasons.

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 3 years old,[2] she moved with her mother to the United States at age 7 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.[3]



Beauvais walking the runway at 2011 The Heart Truth fashion show in New York City

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.[3] After modeling with this agency for about a year, Beauvais, at 17,[4] 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.[5]

Beauvais has appeared on the covers of numerous luxury lifestyle and fashion magazines such as CVLUX,[6] Harper's Bazaar,[7] Sheen Magazine,[8] People's Health issue,[9][10] VIVmag, Essence, Ebony, Jet, Playboy,[11] Vibe and Hype Hair.[12] In 2017, she was featured on five different magazine covers.[12] In June 2019, she appeared in an editorial for Vogue Italia.[13]

Film and television[edit]

In 1984, she made her first television appearance in the crime drama series Miami Vice, in the episode "Give a Little, Take a Little". Beauvais portrayed Rose Bearer in the romantic comedy film Coming to America (1988) at age 19.[14] In 1994, she rose to prominence as an actress for her portrayal of Cynthia Nichols in Aaron Spelling's prime time 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.[15]

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.[16] In 2017, she played the role of Doris Toomes, wife of Michael Keaton's character, Adrian Toomes, in Spider-Man: Homecoming.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

Beauvais recurred as Veronica Garland, the Wicked Stepmother character from Cinderella, on the second season of the web television series Tell Me a Story.[20] She also portrayed Dennis Quaid's love interest in the web television series Merry Happy Whatever.[21] 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.[22][23] She began co-hosting the daytime talk show The Real for its seventh season in September 2020.[24] Beauvais reprised her role as a rose bearer in the sequel to the romantic comedy film Coming to America, titled Coming 2 America.[25]

In 2022, Beauvais signed a first-look development deal with NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, via her production company Garcelle Beauvais Productions.[26] That same year, she was cast in the Hulu mystery thriller series The Other Black Girl, a television adaptation of the 2021 novel by Zakiya Dalila Harris.[27] In addition, she starred in TV movies Caught in His Web and Black Girl Missing on Lifetime.

Other ventures[edit]

In 2008, Beauvais launched a children's jewelry line called Petit Bijou.[11] 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."[28] She hosts the weekly late-night talk show podcast Going to Bed with Garcelle, in which she discusses dating, sex, and relationships with guests.[29]

Her memoir, Love Me As I Am was published by Amistad on April 12, 2022.[30][31]

Interior design[edit]

On July 13, 2022, Beauvais launched a home collection, "Garcelle at Home" on HSN.[32] The collection, inspired by her Haitian heritage, includes comforter sets, lamps, pillows, doormats and other accessories.[33]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to producer Daniel Saunders; their marriage ended in divorce. They have a son, Oliver Saunders, born in 1991.[34][35] 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.[35][36][37] In April 2010, Beauvais publicly accused Nilon of infidelity after he admitted he had been having an affair for five years.[38][39] Beauvais filed for divorce on May 10, 2010, seeking joint custody of their sons.[40]

Beauvais is Catholic.



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Manhunter Young Woman Housebuyer
1988 Coming to America Rose Bearer
1994 Every Breath Woman #2
1999 Wild Wild West Girl In Water Tower
2001 Double Take Chloe
2002 Bad Company Nicole
Second String Larissa Fullerton TV movie
2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Loretta
2005 American Gun Sarah
2007 I Know Who Killed Me Agent Julie Bascome
The Cure Trudie Ericson TV movie
2009 Women in Trouble Maggie
2010 Eyes to See Marie Short
2012 David E. Talbert's Suddenly Single Samantha Stone Video
Flight Deana Coleman
2013 White House Down Alison Sawyer
Someone to Love Natalie Gilbert
2014 Small Time Linda
Girlfriends' Getaway Vicki Holmes TV movie
2015 Back to School Mom Dee Riley
A Girl Like Grace Lisa
Girlfriends Getaway 2 Vicki Holmes TV movie
2016 7 Days Herself Short film
2017 You Get Me Principal
Spider-Man: Homecoming Doris Toomes
2018 Lalo's House Sister Francine Short
2021 Coming 2 America Grace
2022 Caught in His Web Detective Holland TV movie
2023 Black Girl Missing Cheryl TV movie


Year Title Role Notes
1984–85 Miami Vice Waitress/Gabriella Episode: "Give a Little, Take a Little" & "The Maze"
1986 The Cosby Show Nurse Episode: "An Early Spring"
1991–96 Family Matters Various Roles Guest Cast: Seasons 3 & 5-7
1992 Down the Shore Liat Episode: "Schwing Time"
Dream On Danica Episode: "Red All Over"
1992–95 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Various Roles Guest Cast: Seasons 3 & 5-6
1993 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Keeler Episode: "Boy Don't Leave"
Where I Live Terry Episode: "Married... with Children"
1994 Dead at 21 Officer Episode: "In Through the Out Door"
1994–95 Models Inc. Cynthia Nichols Main Cast
1995 The Wayans Bros. Rachel Episode: "Fatal Subtraction"
1996–01 The Jamie Foxx Show Francesca "Fancy" Monroe Main Cast
1999 Arli$$ Episode: "The Cult of Celebrity"
2000 Opposite Sex Ms. Maya Bradley Recurring Cast
2001 Titans Tina Episode: "She Stoops to Conquer"
2001–04 NYPD Blue A.D.A. Valerie Heywood Main Cast: Seasons 8–11
2002 Journeys in Black Herself Episode: "Luther Vandross"
2003 I Love the '70s Herself Episode: "1970"
The Bernie Mac Show Vicki Episode: "Bernie Mac Rope-a-Dope"
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Renee Episode: "The Surrogate"
Life with Bonnie Dr. Gamz Episode: "Therabeautic"
2005 TV Land's Top Ten Herself Episode: "Sexiest Men"
Eyes Nora Gage Main Cast
2006 10.5: Apocalypse Natalie Warner Episode: "Part 1 & 2"
CSI: Miami Katrina Iverson Episode: "Death Pool 100"
2009 Maneater Suzee Saunders Episode: "Part 1 & 2"
Crash Connie Episode: "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline"
2010 Harry Loves Lisa Herself Episode: "Belle Gray Party"
Human Target Vivian Cox Episode: "Lockdown"
2011 State of Georgia Gwen Dressel Episode: "Foot in the Door"
2011–12 Franklin & Bash Hanna Linden Main Cast: Seasons 1–2
2012 The Exes Kendra Episode: "Shall We Dance"
2013 Kris Herself/Co-Host Episode: "Episode #1.8"
Psych Miranda Sherrod Episode: "Dead Air"
Arrested Development Ophelia Love Episode: "Off the Hook"
Necessary Roughness Lana Langer Episode: "Swimming with Sharks"
2014 Playing House Dr. Jay Episode: "Let's Have a Baby"
The Mentalist Danitra Cass Recurring Cast: Season 7
2015 The Meredith Vieira Show Herself/Panelist Episode: "Episode #1.173"
The View Herself/Guest Co-Host Guest Co-Host: Season 18
Grimm Henrietta Recurring Cast: Season 4
2015–17 Hollywood Today Live Herself/Co-Host Main Co-Host
2016 The Doctors Herself/Guest Co-Host Episode: "Episode #9.19"
Hell's Kitchen Herself/Restaurant Patron Episode: "10 Chef's Compete"
Window Warriors Herself/Host Main Host
2016–19 The Magicians Our Lady Underground Recurring Cast: Season 1, Guest: Seasons 2–4
2017–18 Chicago Med Lyla Dempsey Guest Cast: Seasons 2–3
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Herself/Guest Judge Episode: "My Best Squirrelfriend's Dragsmaids Wedding Trip"
Steve Herself/Panelist Recurring Panelist: Season 1
The Arrangement Mason Recurring Cast: Season 2
Power Linda Episode: "Are We On The Same Team?"
2019 Siren Susan Bishop Recurring Cast: Season 2
Middle School Moguls Mrs. Pierre (voice) Recurring Cast
Merry Happy Whatever Nancy Recurring Cast
2019–20 Tell Me a Story Veronica Garland Recurring Cast: Season 2
2020 Celebrity Family Feud Herself Episode: "Episode #7.2"
Sugar Rush Herself/Guest Judge Episode: "Tropical Vacation"
Carol's Second Act Tina Episode: "Plus One"
2020–22 The Real Herself/Co-Host/Producer Main Co-Host: (Seasons 7–8)
2020– The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Herself Main Cast: Season 10–
2021 25 Words or Less Herself Recurring Guest
Beat Shazam Herself/Celebrity Player Episode: "Beat Shazam Celebrity Challenge!"
The Prince Herself (voice) Episodes: "Beverly Hills" and "The Flummery Tart"
2022 Uncensored Herself Episode: "Garcelle Beauvais"
2023 Vanderpump Rules Herself Episode: "Mistress in Distress"
See It Loud: The History of Black Television Herself Episode: "Laughing Out Loud"
Hell's Kitchen Herself/Restaurant Patron Episode: "The Dream Begins"
Survival of the Thickest Natasha Karina Recurring Cast
Miracle Workers Margaret Episode: "Olympus"
The Other Black Girl Diana Gordon Recurring Cast

Music Videos[edit]

Year Song Artist
1987 "Luv's Passion And You" Chad
1996 "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)" R. Kelly featuring The Isley Brothers
1998 "Come with Me" Puff Daddy featuring Jimmy Page
2001 "Take You Out" Luther Vandross
2003 "Dance with My Father"

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations received by Garcelle Beauvais
Year Ceremony Award Work Result
2019 Los Angeles Mission Gala Legacy of Vision Award[41] Herself Won
2021 Angels for Humanity Distinguished Humanitarian Award[42] Herself Won
2022 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) –Individual or Ensemble (shared with Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai Jenkins) The Real Nominated
2022 People's Choice Awards The Reality TV Star of 2022[43][44] The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Nominated
2022 TV Scoop Awards Favorite Reality Star[45][46] The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Nominated
2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Reality On-Screen Team (shared with Sutton Stracke) The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Nominated
2023 Black Reel TV Awards Outstanding TV Movie/Limited Series (shared with Chet Fenster, Jason Egenberg, Robin Conly, Richard Foster, Gordon Gilbertson, Timothy O. Johnson, Kale Futterman, Stacy Mandelberg) Black Girl Missing Nominated
2023 Banff World Media Festival (Banff Rockies Gala) The Inclusion Award[47][48] Herself Won
2024 People's Choice Awards The Reality TV Star of the Year[49] The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Pending

See also[edit]


  • Beauvais, Garcelle. Love Me As I Am. Amistad (2022)


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