Garcelle Beauvais (French pronunciation: [gaʁsɛl bovɛ]: born November 26, 1966) is a Haitian actress and former fashion model. She is best known for her roles as Francesca "Fancy" Monroe on The WB television sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show, which ran from 1996 to 2001, and as Valerie Heywood on the ABC crime drama, NYPD Blue.
Beauvais at Race to Witch Mountain premiere in March 2009
(m. 1991; div. 2000)
(m. 2001; div. 2011)
Beauvais was born in Saint-Marc, Haiti, to Marie-Claire Beauvais, a nurse, and Axel Jean Pierre, a lawyer. She is of Afro-Haitian descent. After her parents divorced, Garcelle and her six elder siblings moved with their mother to the United States, first to Massachusetts and later to Miami.
At age seventeen, Beauvais went to New York City to pursue a career as a fashion model, after she was signed with Ford Models and Irene Marie Models in Miami. She modeled print ads for Avon, Mary Kay, and Clairol. Beauvais also modeled in catalogs for Lerner New York Clothing Line, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom; and walked the catwalk for Calvin Klein and Isaac Mizrahi, as well as shooting TV commercials for Burdines. She has appeared in Essence and Ebony, and is the cover model for the Jet June 6, 2011 issue. She also posed for Playboy's August 2007 issue.
In 1994, Beauvais first gained national attention as an actress playing the role 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 (Henry Simmons) on NYPD Blue. In 2011 and 2012, Beauvais played a character on the TNT law drama Franklin & Bash. In 2013 Beauvais once again played the love interest to Jamie Foxx, playing the First Lady while he played the President in White House Down.
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.
- 2013 MPAH Haiti Movie Awards - Honorary Award from the Motion Picture Association of Haiti
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. 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|
|1999||Wild Wild West||Belle|
|2004||Barbershop 2: Back in Business||Loretta|
|2007||I Know Who Killed Me||Agent Julie Bascome|
|2009||Women in Trouble||Maggie|
|2010||Eyes to See||Marie||Short film|
|2013||White House Down||Alison Sawyer|
|2013||And Then There Was You||Natalie Gilbert|
|2015||A Girl Like Grace||Lisa|
|2017||Spider-Man: Homecoming||Doris Toomes|
|2020||Coming 2 America||Filming|
|1984–1985||Miami Vice||Gabriella/Waitress||Episodes: "The Maze", "Give a Little, Take a Little"|
|1991||Family Matters||Lulu||Episode: "Old and Alone"|
|1992||Down the Shore||Liat||Episode: "Schwing Time"|
|1992||Dream On||Danica||Episode: "Red All Over"|
|1992||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"|
|1993||Where I Live||Terry||Episode: "Married... with Children"|
|1993||Family Matters||Garcelle||Episode: "Scenes from a Mall"|
|1994||Family Matters||Young Mother Winslow||Episode: "To Be or Not to Be; Part 2"|
|1994–1995||Models Inc.||Cynthia Nichols||Main role (25 episodes)|
|1995||The Wayans Bros.||Rachel||Episode: "Fatal Subtraction"|
|1995||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Herself||Episode: "For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll"|
|1995||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Sandra||Episode: "Not, I Barbeque"|
|1996||Family Matters||Nicole Moses||Episode: "A Ham Is Born"|
|1996–2001||The Jamie Foxx Show||Francesca "Fancy" Monroe||Main role (100 episodes)|
|2000||Opposite Sex||Ms. Maya Bradley||Regular role (6 episodes)|
|2001||Titans||Tina||Episode: "She Stoops to Conquer"|
|2001–2004||NYPD Blue||A.D.A. Valerie Heywood||Regular role (81 episodes)|
|2002||Second String||Larissa Fullerton||TV film|
|2003||The Bernie Mac Show||Vicki||Episode: "Bernie Mac Rope-a-Dope"|
|2004||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Renee||Episode: "The Surrogate"|
|2004||Life with Bonnie||Dr. Gamz||Episode: "Therabeautic"|
|2005–2007||Eyes||Nora Gage||Main role (12 episodes)|
|2006||10.5: Apocalypse||Natalie Warner||TV miniseries|
|2006||CSI: Miami||Katrina Iverson||Episode: "Death Pool 100"|
|2007||The Cure||Trudie Ericson||TV film|
|2009||Maneater||Suzee Saunders||TV miniseries|
|2009||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"|
|2012||The Exes||Kendra||Episode: "Shall We Dance"|
|2011–2012||Franklin & Bash||Hanna Linden||Main role (20 episodes)|
|2013||Psych||Miranda Sherrod||Episode: "Dead Air"|
|2013||Arrested Development||Ophelia Love||Episode: "Off the Hook"|
|2013||Necessary Roughness||Lana Langer||Episode: "Swimming with Sharks"|
|2013||Playing House||Dr. Jay||Episode: "Let's Have a Baby"|
|2016||Hell's Kitchen||Herself||Episode: "10 Chef's Compete"|
|2016||Hollywood Today Live||Co-host|
|2016||The Magicians||Our Lady Underground||3 episodes|
|2018||RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (season 3)||Herself||Episode: "A Jury of Their Queers"|
|2018||Power||Linda||Ep.3: "Are We On The Same Team?"|
|2018–present||Siren||Susan Bishop||Ep.10: “Aftermath”(voiced Season 1, recurring Season 2)|
|2020||The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills||Herself||Main Cast (Season 10-Present)|
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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...)
- "Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon Welcomes Twins". People. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
Her husband is an agent for Creative Artists Agency. The couple wed in a private ceremony in Los Angeles in May 2001.
- "A Double Blessing". People. 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
- Staff (April 9, 2010). "Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon Accuses Husband of Cheating in Mass Email". Us Weekly. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
- "NYPD Blue's Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon: "My Focus Is on My Kids & Healing the Pain"". E! News. 2010-04-09. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
- "Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon Files for Divorce". People. 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2010-06-02.