Alice Evans

Active - 1999 - 2012  |   Born - Aug 2, 1971 in Summit, New Jersey, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Comedy Drama, Romance, Thriller

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When British actress Alice Evans launched her screen career, she placed particularly heavy emphasis on audience-pleasing comedic roles in both English and U.S. films that typically cast her as a svelte young lass or a sexy romantic interest. Evans made her first real impression among American audiences with a gentle, amiable turn as a dog-loving parole officer in the Disney comedy 102 Dalmatians. She "went period" -- 18th century to be exact -- as a kidnapping victim in The Abduction Club (2002), appeared as Vince Vaughn's suggestively clad paramour in the farce National Lampoon's Blackball (2003), and played a sinister vamp harboring vampiric secrets and ambitions in the potboiler Fascination (2004). Evans had two small, but pivotal, recurring roles on television series. In 2009, she played the younger version of Eloise Hawking in three episodes of Lost. In 2011, she began a run on The Vampire Diaries, playing Original Witch Esther.

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  • Born in New Jersey but raised in Bristol, England.
  • Studied acting in Paris at Cours Florent and appeared in French TV series and films.
  • Enjoyed "It Girl" status in France while living with boyfriend Olivier Picasso, the grandson of artist Pablo Picasso.
  • Breakthrough role came in 1998 as a French student in the Italian miniseries Le ragazze di Piazza di Spagna.
  • Feature-film debut was in Monsieur Naphtali in 1999.
  • Made her U.S. film debut in 2000's 102 Dalmatians; met husband Ioan Gruffudd on the set.
  • Best known in the U.S. for her roles on Lost and The Vampire Diaries.
  • Speaks fluent French and Italian.