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Bryce Dallas Howard

Bryce Howard at WonderCon 2009
Born March 2, 1981 (1981-03-02) (age 29)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Seth Gabel (2006-present) 1 child

Bryce Dallas Howard (born March 2, 1981) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the films The Village, Manderlay, Spider-Man 3, Terminator Salvation, and The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond.


Early life

Conceived in Dallas, Texas – the source of her middle name – Howard was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Cheryl (née Alley), a writer, and Hollywood actor-director Ron Howard. Her paternal grandparents were actors Jean Speegle Howard and Rance Howard and her uncle is actor Clint Howard; her godfather is actor Henry Winkler, who co-starred on Happy Days (1974) with her father.

Howard and her younger sisters, twins Jocelyn and Paige (b. 1985), and their younger brother, Reed (b. 1987), were raised away from the world of showbusiness. Their parents didn't allow them access to television and instead encouraged reading, outside play, and hobbies. Nevertheless, all four Howard children can be seen as extras in some of their father's films, such as in 1999's EDtv.

She was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she graduated from Greenwich Country Day School in 1996. When she was in ninth grade at Greenwich Country Day School, she performed as Miss Adelaide in the musical Guys and Dolls, and in a variety show with her own unique version of Leiber and Stoller's "I Am A Woman." She later attended Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York, where she performed in a number of shows on their stage, and graduated in 1999. Howard also attended Stagedoor Manor, a performing arts camp in upstate New York, with one of her good friends: actress Natalie Portman. After graduating from high school, Howard studied at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for three years, during which time she also attended the Stella Adler Conservatory, The Experimental Wing, and International Theatre Wing in Amsterdam.[1] During her schooling, Bryce took part in the concept recording of the Broadway-bound musical A Tale of Two Cities.[2] She graduated with her BFA in Drama in 2003. Howard is also an alumna of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's prestigious School at Steppenwolf in Chicago, and of The Actors Center in New York City.[1] During her time in New York, Howard was also a member of downtown theater company Theater Mitu, in residence at New York Theatre Workshop, who are known for their daring and stunning exploration of theatrical forms.


Howard at the Spider-Man 3 (2007) premiere

She appeared in several of her father's (Ron Howard) films as an extra before her feature film début came in director Alan Brown's 2004 drama, Book of Love. She also appeared in numerous productions on the New York stage, but her breakthrough role came in M. Night Shyamalan's The Village, which she was cast in without having to audition after Shyamalan saw her in a Broadway show. Following that, Howard was cast by Lars Von Trier to replace Nicole Kidman as Grace in Manderlay (2005). She collaborated again with Shyamalan in the 2006 release Lady in the Water, in which she plays Story, a type of water nymph called a "narf".

In 2006, she starred as Rosalind in Kenneth Branagh's film version of Shakespeare's As You Like It, opposite David Oyelowo as Orlando. The film, which also starred Kevin Kline, Alfred Molina, and Romola Garai, played theatres in Europe before going directly to cable in the United States.[3] Despite the fact that the film was not actually made for television, Ms. Howard was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance.[4]

In May 2007, she appeared as Peter Parker's new love interest Gwen Stacy in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. She dyed her naturally red hair blonde for the role (ironically, leading lady Kirsten Dunst's naturally blonde hair was dyed red for the role of Mary Jane Watson). Howard beat out Elisha Cuthbert and Sienna Miller for the part.[citation needed] However, there has been no word of her character appearing for Spider-Man 4, which is set for a May 6, 2011 release. It was later confirmed on January 12, 2010 that the film had been cancelled in favor of a reboot, which is slated for release in 2012.

She will play the lead role in her upcoming film, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, co-starring Chris Evans, Ellen Burstyn, Ann-Margret, and David Strathairn. She landed the role after Lindsay Lohan dropped out.[5] The film is based on a 1957 screenplay by Tennessee Williams.

She also plays the role of Kate Connor in the 2009 movie Terminator Salvation.

She wrote and directed a short film, Orchids, starring Alfred Molina, as part of Glamour magazine's "Reel Moments" series funded by Cartier and FilmAid International.[6]

She has been confirmed to play the role of Victoria in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, replacing Rachelle Lefevre. The filming is scheduled to start August 2009 in Vancouver.[7] This would mark the third time, following Manderlay and Terminator Salvation, that she replaced another actress in a sequel. (Nicole Kidman played Grace in Dogville; Claire Danes played Kate Brewster in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.) In December 2009, she was cast in Clint Eastwood's upcoming film Hereafter.[8]

Personal life

Howard and M. Night Shyamalan (2005)

On June 17, 2006, Howard married Seth Gabel. They met at New York University and dated for five years. They currently live in Hollywood, California. Howard and Gabel welcomed their first child, a son named Theodore Norman Howard Gabel, nicknamed Theo,[9] on February 16, 2007.[10]

Until recently, she had been a devoted vegan since Joaquin Phoenix, her The Village co-star, showed her a documentary on animal cruelty called Earthlings, for which he had provided the narration at the request of Nation Earth.[11] However, in August 2006, Howard announced that she had switched her diet from vegan to vegetarian in order to help her boost her amino acid levels in preparation for pregnancy.[12]

She is close friends with Kirsten Dunst (her co-star in Spider-Man 3), Natalie Portman, and Jake Gyllenhaal.[11]

Awards and nominations


  • Golden Globe 2008 Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: As You Like It (HBO)[13]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Surprised Who
2004 The Village Ivy Walker
Book of Love Heather
2005 Manderlay Grace Margaret Mulligan
2006 As You Like It Rosalind Golden Globe nomination
Lady in the Water Story
2007 Spider-Man 3 Gwen Stacy
2009 The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Fisher Willow
Terminator Salvation Kate Connor
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Victoria post-production
Hereafter filming


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