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Alice Jane Evans

Evans during a tour of the Pentagon in 2006
Born Alice Jane Evans
2 August 1971 (1971-08-02) (age 38)
Bristol, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Ioan Gruffudd (2007 - present)

Alice Jane Evans (born 2 August 1971) is an English actress. She is most widely recognised as the wife of Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd [1][2][3][4]



Evans, the daughter of educators and the granddaughter of a coal miner, was born in Summit, New Jersey, USA[5] but grew up in Bristol, England.[6] She graduated from University College London with a 2:1 in French and Italian.[6]


After graduation, she moved to Paris to study acting at the Cours Florent. She gained work in French television, with her break through role as French student Nathalie, in the successful 1998 Italian mini-series Le ragazze di Piazza di Spagna. After acting in her first film, 1999's Monsieur Naphtali, Oscar-winning director Claude Lelouch cast her as Macha in 1999's Une pour toutes.

Her first English language role was in 1999, when Disney cast her alongside Glenn Close, Gérard Depardieu and Ioan Gruffudd in 102 Dalmatians. Her mother died at the age of 59 the day before Evans' final screen test for the role. The role introduced to her native British audience, and Blackball alongside James Cromwell and Vince Vaughn.

After that film's critical success but commercial failure, she moved to Los Angeles in 2003, and has since starred in both television and film.

Personal life

Evans first met actor Ioan Gruffudd during the filming of 102 Dalmatians, while she was in her eight-year relationship with Olivier Picasso, the grandson of painter Pablo Picasso.[7] She briefly enjoyed It-Girl status whilst living with Picasso in Paris and they became engaged.[8]

After Evans broke up with Picasso, Gruffudd went to see his friend Matthew Rhys who was playing alongside Evans in The Abduction Club. Evans gave an interview revealing their relationship shortly before the premiere of Black Hawk Down. Gruffudd stated on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson that he became engaged to Evans in the early hours of New Year's Day 2006 after Evans gave him an ultimatum.[5] They married on 14 September 2007 in Mexico.[9]

Gruffudd removed his funding and support of his largest fansite, as a result of comments made about Evans on the site which angered her.[10]

The couple are resident in West Hollywood, Los Angeles. On 6 September 2009, Evans and Gruffudd welcomed their first child together, a daughter, named Ella Betsi Janet Gruffudd. [11]



  • Lost (2009) .... Younger Eloise Hawking
  • The Christmas Card (2006) .... Faith Spelman
  • Best of Both Worlds (2001) .... Diane Sullivan
  • Au coeur de la loi - En vert et contre tous (1998).... Muriel Highsmith
  • "H" - Une belle maman (1998) .... Ramzi's Girlfriend
  • Ragazze di Piazza di Spagna, Le (1998).... Nathalie
  • Highlander: The Series - Patient Number 7 (1997) .... Kyra
  • Elisa top modèle (1996) ... aka Elisa, un roman photo (France: informal alternative title)
  • Strangers- Crash (1996) .... Charlotte


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Evans during a tour of the Pentagon in 2006

Alice Jane Evans (born 2 August 1971) is an English actress.


  • I love going out and it is a bit sad when the photographers stop asking you for your picture.
    • "Meet La Belle Anglaise" By Anna Pursglove Evening Standard, 15 December 2000
  • I'd rather have Prada shoes than eat.
    • "She may have lost a Picasso..." The Daily Express, 15 January 2001
  • Good Lord. I’d be lying if I said I’d never Googled myself, but it honestly never occurred to me to add ‘naked’ to my search criteria. Sure enough, there have been five nude ‘episodes’. And I know this is self-destructive but somehow I find myself on a ‘nudescenes’ forum where linus22 is arguing that I have odd-shaped nipples. Do I? Oh God! That thought never occurred to me! One more for the self-esteem list.
    • Alice Evans' May 2007 Glamour Magazine column "Do I Dare to Bare"
  • The British male has no interest in women. You could get all your clothes off and lie on the sofa and go "Come and get me baby" and they go, "Wanna cuppa tea?"
    • John Parry article quoting an Evans interview done for The Sunday Times in The Argus July 2002 "Think of it this way"
  • I fought the director for a week to stay blonde, but, eventually, I had to give in. It's amazing how differently people react to you if you're not a blonde. Shortly after I'd dyed it, I walked past a building site and got no reaction whatsoever, and then I tried to get a cab and not one stopped. Getting a cab in London is difficult at the best of times, but being blonde certainly helps.
    • "She may have lost a Picasso..." The Daily Express, 15 January 2001
  • And I'm amazed at how many guys hit on you when you're brunette. I've had a few occasions where I've found a stray hand on my knee, which never happened when I was an icy blonde. Blokes obviously get drunk and think: 'I might as well try it on a brunette - she'll probably be grateful.'
    • "She may have lost a Picasso..." The Daily Express, 15 January 2001
  • I trust him implicitly but that doesn't stop women coming on to him. It infuriates me when women approach him [Ioan] and kiss him full on the mouth right in front of me. They obviously don't think of me as any competition now that I'm a brunette. I think I might have to go blonde again!
    • "Alice in Wonderland" The Sunday Times Style magazine, 14 July 2002
  • I went brunette for a film called Fascination and I loved it.
    • Alice Evans' March 2007 Glamour Magazine column "Bright Lights, Big Hair"

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