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Alice Evans was born in 1971 to David Evans, a professor of Applied Mathematics at Bristol University and Janet Evans, a teacher of English literature. Alice gained a degree in French and Italian from University College, London, and then moved to Paris where she studied acting at the Cours Florent. She briefly began to work, mainly in French television but also in the very successful Italian mini-series “Ragazze di Piazza di Spagna, Le” (1998) as Nathalie, a French student who is forced to come to grips with the realities of life when she finds out she is pregnant by a man she is not supposed to be with. This was particularly challenging as Alice played the role in Italian, but had to loop the total film later on considering that her own accent in Italian sounded way too British and not French enough! Her very first big break came when her first feature, Monsieur Naphtali (1999) was brought to the attention of Oscar-winning director Claude Lelouch, who invited her to audition for a film he was writing, Une pour toutes (1999) and after three callbacks cast her in one of the three lead roles. Alice played Macha, one of three actresses who after a failed production of Chekov’s Three Sisters invent a scheme to swindle wealthy men out of money and eventually end up making the film of the story of their lives. the film was a critical, if not commercial success. Anne Parillaud and Marianne Denicourt co-starred.

Alice in fact didn’t act in her mother tongue, English, until 1999 when Disney cast her as the lead in 102 Dalmatians (2000) alongside Glenn Close, ‘Gerard Depardieu’ and Ioan Gruffudd. This was a enormous break for Alice but it was marred by tragedy. Her beloved mother, Janet, suffered a fatal heart attack whilst out walking her dog, significantly less than 24 hours before Alice’s final screen test for the role. The story goes that she will not told her mother about the test and was hoping to surprise her if she won the role. Janet was only 59. In a strange twist, the actor she first met only hours after losing her mother was to become her closest friend. Alice became very close to Ioan Gruffudd during the shoot and they became a couple in late 2000. They got engaged in 2005.

In 2000 Alice shot “Best of Both Worlds” (2001) for the BBC, in which she played Diane, an air stewardess who is a wife and mother, who begins a relationship with a man in Italy, where she flies three instances a week and eventually marries him and embarks on a double life. The series was written by acclaimed writer Paul Abbott and Alice received glowing reviews for her performance.

In 2002 she was cast by Mel Smith as the lead in Blackball (2003) alongside ‘James Cromwell’ and Vince Vaughn. The film was a commercial and critical flop and other commercially unsuccessful British and European films followed. Perhaps because of this Alice moved to Los Angeles in 2003. In the United States she has worked in both film, Four Corners of Suburbia (2005) and television “CSI: Miami” (2002), “The Chris Isaak Show” (2001) although she still continues to work in the UK, most recently alongside Alistair McGowan in a refreshing series for BBC1 and with ‘Billy Boyd’ and Eva Birthistle in the Independent feature _Save Angel Hope (2006)_
She lives in West Hollywood with her fiancé, actor Ioan Gruffudd.

NameAlice Evans
Height5' 7½"
Date of BirthAugust 2, 1971
Place of BirthSummit, New Jersey, USA
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