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Emilie de Ravin
Emilie de Ravin
First seen
Last seen
Seen in
Episode count
Guest Starring (S1)
Starring (S2 - S6)
Emilie de Ravin
Date of birth
December 27, 1981
Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia
S1 - S2 - S3 - OW - S4 - S5 - S6

Emilie de Ravin is one of the main actors of Once Upon a Time, potraying the role of Belle Gold/Belle.


De Ravin is an French-Australian actress born and raised in Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia. She was home schooled by her mother, and had studied ballet since the age of nine at the Christa Cameron School of Ballet in Melbourne. In 1997, De Ravin was enrolled into the Australian Ballet School for a three year term where she performed in productions with the Australian Ballet and Danceworld 301. However, De Ravin quit after her first year.[1]

After dropping out of ballet school, De Ravin took a six week acting course at Swimburne University's Prahran campus in Melbourne, and was also taught by Australian producer and director, John Gauci. Afterwards, she was entrolled into Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art at the University of New South Wales in Sydney in 1999. The following year, De Ravin left Australia and moved to Los Angeles, California and where she began studying at the Prime Time Actors Studio.

De Ravin's first major role was her recurring role as Demon Curupira in the Canadian television series BeastMaster. She went on to appear as alien/human hybrid, Tess Harding on Roswell. De Ravin had landed the role one month after moving to Los Angeles. She was promoted to series regular and starred on Roswell until it's cancellation in 2002. After Roswell's cancellation, De Ravin appeared in the made for television film Carrie and guest starred on CSI: Miami, NCIS and The Handler.

In 2004, De Ravin auditioned for the role of Shannon Rutherford speaking her dialogue with an American accent for ABC's hit drama, Lost. Instead, she was offered the role of Claire Littleton. De Ravin accepted the part without reading the script assuming it would be a recurring role.

De Ravin has also appeared in the films; Ball Don't Lie, Brick and The Hills Have Eyes. In 2008, after starring on four seasons of Lost, De Ravin was demoted to a holding contract due to Claire's absence on the show. De Ravin left the cast and did not appear in the series's fifth season. After her departure from Lost, De Ravin appeared in the films, Remember Me and Public Enemies. Afterwards, De Ravin reprised her role as Claire for the sixth and final season of Lost.

In November 2011, De Ravin was cast as Belle on Adam Horowitz and Kitsis's Once Upon a Time. She had previously worked with the duo on Lost.[2] De Ravin appeared in three episodes during the first season and was promoted to series regular in season 2.

In July 2014, it was announced that De Ravin and her on and off husband Joshua Janowicz had filed for divorce. According to court documents, the couple married on June 19, 2003 and seperated on November 1, 2013. Janowicz cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their divorce. Around the time of their divorce they were said to have remained on good terms while living separately. Though court documents say they wed in 2003, their weeding ceremony took place on June 23, 2006. After years of dating, Janowicz had proposed to De Ravin on New Years Day 2005 in Melbourne, Australia which she said "was very impromptu and very sweet". De Ravin met Janowicz in Los Angeles, and said that "our life together always comes before work. You can't buy love or family." While filming Lost, de Ravin flew to and from Hawaii "once or twice a week" to return to her home in Burbank, California, which she shared with Janowicz and their poodle, Bella. They separated 6 months after they married, and got back together. In June 2009, it was reported that they have been living separately and have filed for divorce. In October 2009, she called off the divorce after a trip to Japan with her husband. Their divorce was finalized in 2014.[3]

On October 2, 2015, De Ravin announced her pregnancy on Twitter, and film maker, Eric Bilitch is the father.[4] A baby girl, Vera Audrey de Ravin-Bilitch, was born on March 12, 2016.[5] On July 6, 2016, De Ravin further announced, via a picture of wearing a diamond ring, her engagement to Bilitch.[6]


Gallery of behind the scene stills released to promote the actor.

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