Born in 1981 in Australia, Emilie de Ravin trained as a ballerina before shifting her focus to acting. Her first onscreen role was as one of the leads on the syndicated TV version of The Beastmaster in 1999. But the stint proved shortlived when de Ravin accepted a starring spot on a network series, the cult-hit sci-fi show Roswell. After that series bowed in 2002, de Ravin could be seen in a few TV guest roles and in a made-for-TV remake of Carrie. But in 2004, she landed the part that would elevate her to the next level of stardom when she was cast as the young single mother Claire Littleton on ABC's hit mindbender Lost. While appearing on Lost, de Ravin also began to pursue a career on the big screen with roles in such prominent films as the horror remake The Hills Have Eyes and the acclaimed indie noir homage Brick. The actress remained a popular character on Lost and worked on the show until its conclusion in 2010. The same year she co-starred in Operation: Endgame, a comedy thriller following two groups of elite assassins as they fight amongst themselves. In 2012, she guest-starred on the first season of Once Upon a Time as Belle, and was upped to a series regular the following season.
Biography by Matthew Tobey
- Began studying dance at age 9 and performed with the Australia Ballet Company.
- Played a demon during her first professional acting gig on BeastMaster.
- Landed a regular role on Smallville within one month of moving to Los Angeles from Australia.
- Made her debut on the Maxim Hot 100 list in 2005 and has appeared several other times in subsequent years.