(m. 1991; div. 2000)
(m. 2001; div. 2011)
Garcelle Beauvais (French pronunciation: [gaʁsɛl bovɛ], formerly Beauvais-Nilon; born November 26, 1966) is a Haitian-American actress, television personality, author, and former fashion model. She is best known for her starring roles in the sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show and the crime drama series NYPD Blue. She also appeared in the films Coming to America (1988) and its sequel (2021), White House Down (2013), and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). In 2020, Beauvais became a main cast member of the reality television series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She also co-hosted the daytime talk show The Real alongside Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, and Jeannie Mai from 2020 to 2022 for its final two seasons.
Beauvais was born in Saint-Marc, Haiti, to Marie-Claire Beauvais, a nurse, and Axel Jean Pierre, a lawyer. After her parents divorced when she was just three years old, she moved with her mother to the United States at age seven along with her six elder siblings, and settled in Peabody, Massachusetts where she enrolled in elementary school. Upon her arrival to the United States, Beauvais originally only spoke French and Creole, but learned English from watching Sesame Street on television.
Beauvais moved to Miami at 16 in an attempt to pursue a career in modeling. After driving down from Massachusetts, Beauvais hoped to interview for a modeling agency without an appointment. She was approached at a red light while putting on lipstick by the very owner of the agency she sought to see. After modeling with this agency for about a year, Beauvais, at 17, went to New York City to pursue a career as a fashion model, after signing with the Ford agency living with Eileen Ford and later modeled with Irene Marie Models. She modeled print ads for Avon, Mary Kay, and Clairol and in catalogs for Lerner New York Clothing Line, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom and walked the runway for Calvin Klein and Isaac Mizrahi and also shot TV commercials for Burdines.
Beauvais has appeared on the covers of numerous luxury lifestyle and fashion magazines such as CVLUX, Harper's Bazaar, Sheen Magazine, VIVmag, Essence, Ebony, Jet, Playboy, Vibe and Hype Hair. In 2017, she was featured on five different magazine covers.
She first appeared in the television series Miami Vice in episode 18.
Beauvais portrayed her first acting role in the romantic comedy film Coming to America at age 19. In 1994, she rose to prominence as an actress for her portrayal of Cynthia Nichols in the primetime Aaron Spelling soap opera Models Inc. From 1996 to 2001, she co-starred in The Jamie Foxx Show as hotel employee Francesca "Fancy" Monroe and the love interest of Jamie Foxx's character, Jamie King. From 2001 to 2004, she played Assistant District Attorney Valerie Heywood and the love interest of Detective Baldwin Jones, played by Henry Simmons on NYPD Blue. In 2011 and 2012, Beauvais played Hanna Linden on the TNT law drama Franklin & Bash. In 2013, Beauvais portrayed the First Lady opposite Foxx as the President in the action thriller film White House Down. In 2017, she played the role of Doris Toomes, wife of Michael Keaton's character, Adrian Toomes, in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
She starred in R. Kelly's music video for "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)", as the wife of Ronald Isley and the lover of R. Kelly, delivering the title line as inducement for an affair. In 2001, after the Jamie Foxx Show ended its run, Beauvais appeared in Luther Vandross' music video, "Take You Out," playing Vandross' girlfriend. She also appeared on some episodes of Grimm as Henrietta. In 2016, Beauvais was named as one of the co-hosts of the syndicated infotainment discussion series Hollywood Today Live after a month-long period of guest hosting the show.
Beauvais recurred as Veronica Garland, the Wicked Stepmother character from Cinderella, on the second season of the web television series Tell Me a Story. She also portrayed Dennis Quaid's love interest in the web television series Merry Happy Whatever. Beauvais joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as the series' first black cast member during its tenth season, which premiered in April 2020. She began co-hosting the daytime talk show The Real for its seventh season in September 2020. Beauvais reprised her role as a rose bearer in the sequel to the romantic comedy film Coming to America, titled Coming 2 America.
In 2022, Beauvais signed a first-look development deal with NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, via her production company Garcelle Beauvais Productions.
In 2008, Beauvais launched a children's jewelry line called Petit Bijou. In 2013, she published a children's book titled I Am Mixed, which tells the story of twins exploring "the thoughts and emotions of being of mixed ethnicities." She hosts the weekly late-night talk show podcast Going to Bed with Garcelle, in which she discusses dating, sex, and relationships with guests.
She was married to producer Daniel Saunders; their marriage ended in divorce. They have a son, Oliver Saunders, born in 1991. Beauvais married Mike Nilon, a talent agent with Creative Artists Agency, in May 2001. Their twin sons, Jax Joseph and Jaid Thomas Nilon, were born on October 18, 2007. They had dealt with treatment over five years for infertility. In April 2010, Beauvais publicly accused Nilon of infidelity after he admitted he had been having an affair for five years. Beauvais filed for divorce on May 10, 2010, seeking joint custody of their sons.
|1986||Manhunter||Young Woman Housebuyer|
|1988||Coming to America||Rose Bearer|
|1994||Every Breath||Woman #2|
|1999||Wild Wild West||Girl In Water Tower|
|Second String||Larissa Fullerton||Television film|
|2004||Barbershop 2: Back in Business||Loretta|
|2007||I Know Who Killed Me||Agent Julie Bascome|
|The Cure||Trudie Ericson||Television film|
|2009||Women in Trouble||Maggie|
|2010||Eyes to See||Marie||Short film|
|2012||David E. Talbert's Suddenly Single||Samantha Stone|
|2013||White House Down||Alison Sawyer|
|Someone to Love||Natalie Gilbert|
|Girlfriends' Getaway||Vicki Holmes||TV One television film|
|2015||Back to School Mom||Dee Riley|
|A Girl Like Grace||Lisa|
|Girlfriends Getaway 2||Vicki Holmes||TV One television film|
|2016||7 Days||Herself||Short film|
|2017||You Get Me||Principal|
|Spider-Man: Homecoming||Doris Toomes|
|2018||Lalo's House||Sister Francine||Short film|
|2021||Coming 2 America||Grace|
|2022||Caught in His Web||Detective Holland||Lifetime television film|
|1984-85||Miami Vice||Waitress/Gabriella||Episode: "Give a Little, Take a Little" & "The Maze"|
|1986||The Cosby Show||Nurse||Episode: "An Early Spring"|
|1991||Family Matters||Lulu||Episode: "Old and Alone"|
|1992||Down the Shore||Liat||Episode: "Schwing Time"|
|Dream On||Danica||Episode: "Red All Over"|
|The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Veronica||Episode: "That's No Lady, That's My Cousin"|
|1993||Hangin' with Mr. Cooper||Keeler||Episode: "Boy Don't Leave"|
|Where I Live||Terry||Episode: "Married... with Children"|
|Family Matters||Garcelle||Episode: "Scenes from a Mall"|
|1994||Dead at 21||Officer||Episode: "In Through the Out Door"|
|Family Matters||Young Mother Winslow||Episode: "To Be or Not to Be: Part 2"|
|1994–95||Models Inc.||Cynthia Nichols||Main cast; 25 episodes|
|1995||The Wayans Bros.||Rachel||Episode: "Fatal Subtraction"|
|The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Sandra||Episode: "Not, I Barbecue" & "For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll"|
|1996||Family Matters||Nicole Moses||Episode: "A Ham Is Born"|
|1996–01||The Jamie Foxx Show||Francesca "Fancy" Monroe||Main cast; 100 episodes|
|1999||Arli$$||-||Episode: "The Cult of Celebrity"|
|2000||Opposite Sex||Ms. Maya Bradley||Recurring cast|
|2001||Titans||Tina||Episode: "She Stoops to Conquer"|
|2001–04||NYPD Blue||A.D.A. Valerie Heywood||Main cast: Season 8–11|
|2003||The Bernie Mac Show||Vicki||Episode: "Bernie Mac Rope-a-Dope"|
|2004||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Renee||Episode: "The Surrogate"|
|Life with Bonnie||Dr. Gamz||Episode: "Therabeautic"|
|2005||Eyes||Nora Gage||Main cast|
|2006||10.5: Apocalypse||Natalie Warner||Episode: "Episode #1.1 & #1.2"|
|CSI: Miami||Katrina Iverson||Episode: "Death Pool 100"|
|Women in Law||-||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2009||Maneater||Suzee Saunders||Episode: "Part 1 & 2"|
|Crash||Connie||Episode: "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline"|
|2010||Human Target||Vivian Cox||Episode: "Lockdown"|
|2011||State of Georgia||Gwen Dressel||Episode: "Foot in the Door"|
|2011–12||Franklin & Bash||Hanna Linden||Main Cast: Season 1–2|
|2012||The Exes||Kendra||Episode: "Shall We Dance"|
|2013||Psych||Miranda Sherrod||Episode: "Dead Air"|
|Arrested Development||Ophelia Love||Episode: "Off the Hook"|
|Necessary Roughness||Lana Langer||Episode: "Swimming with Sharks"|
|2014||Playing House||Dr. Jay||Episode: "Let's Have a Baby"|
|The Mentalist||Danitra Cass||Recurring Cast: Season 7|
|2015||Grimm||Henrietta||Recurring Cast: Season 4|
|2016||Hell's Kitchen||Herself||Episode: "10 Chef's Compete"|
|2016–19||The Magicians||Our Lady Underground||Recurring cast: Season 1, Guest: Season 2–4|
|2017–18||Chicago Med||Lyla Dempsey||Episode: "Ctrl Alt" & "Over Troubled Water"|
|2018||RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars||Herself||Episode: "My Best Squirrelfriend's Dragsmaids Wedding Trip"|
|The Arrangement||Mason||Recurring cast: 3 episodes|
|Power||Linda||Episode: "Are We On The Same Team?"|
|2019||Siren||Susan Bishop||Recurring cast: 9 episodes|
|Middle School Moguls||Mrs. Pierre||Episodes: "Mogulize, and a Side of Fries" and "Mogul on a Mission"|
|Merry Happy Whatever||Nancy||Recurring cast; 6 episodes|
|2019–20||Tell Me a Story||Vernoica Garland||Recurring cast: 9 episodes|
|2020||Carol's Second Act||Tina||Episode: "Plus One"|
|Sugar Rush||Herself||Guest Judge; Episode: "Tropical Vacation"|
|2020–||The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills||Herself||Main cast: 64 episodes (Season 10–present)|
|2020–22||The Real||Herself||Co-host: 342 episodes (Season 7–8)|
|2021||The Prince||Herself (voice)||Episode: "Beverly Hills" and "The Flummery Tart"|
I had my first son, Oliver, when I was very young. I was modeling in New York when I met his dad. We immediately fell in love and got married after only two months. ... Two years later, Oliver appeared on the scene. ...Oliver is now 21 years old [as of June 2012] and an up-and-coming rapper. (His stage name is Jayson Rose.) ... [O]n Oct. 18, 2007, I had a c-section and got to meet my yummy boys, Jax and Jaid. ... [T]hey're fraternal twins...)
Her husband is an agent for Creative Artists Agency. The couple wed in a private ceremony in Los Angeles in May 2001.