Garcelle Beauvais

Garcelle Beauvais

Born: November 26, 1966
Age: 57
Birthplace: St. Marc, Haiti
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Garcelle Beauvais (: born November 26, 1966) is a Haitian-American 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.


Early life

Beauvais was born in Haiti, to Marie-Claire Beauvais, a nurse, and Axel Jean Pierre, a lawyer. 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, and 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 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 a very well received pictorial.

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 video for "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)" in 1996, as the wife of "Mr. Big" 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 she 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.


  • 2013 MPAH Haiti Movie Awards Honorary Award * Motion Picture Association of Haiti

Other ventures

In 2008, Garcelle launched her children's jewelry line called Petit Bijou. In 2013, she published a children's book, I am Mixed, which was about diversity and race.

Personal life

She was married to producer Daniel Saunders, their marriage ended in divorce. They had a son, Oliver Saunders, born in 2000.

Beauvais married Mike Nilon, an Agent for the Creative Artists Agency, on May 12, 2001. Their twin sons, Jax Joseph and Jaid Thomas Nilon, were born on October 18, 2007, after a five-year struggle with infertility. In April 2010, it was reported that Beauvais had discovered a five-year extramarital affair by Nilon. She reportedly outed him by sending his co-workers an email, the contents of which were leaked to the New York Post. Beauvais issued a statement on April 9, 2010, explaining that her "focus at this time is on my kids and healing the pain". Beauvais filed for divorce from Nilon on May 10, 2010, seeking joint custody of their sons. The couple's divorce was finalized on April 1, 2011.



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Coming to America Rose bearer
1999 Wild Wild West Belle
2001 Double Take Chloe
2002 Bad Company Nicole
2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Loretta
2005 American Gun Sarah
2007 I Know Who Killed Me Agent Julie Bascome
2009 Women in Trouble Maggie
2010 Eyes to See Marie Short film
2012 Flight Deana Coleman
2013 White House Down Alison Sawyer
2013 And Then There Was You Natalie Gilbert
2014 Small Time Linda Completed


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Miami Vice Gabriella Episode: "The Maze"
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 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe 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 Wayans Bros., TheThe Wayans Bros. Rachel Episode: "Fatal Subtraction"
1995 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Herself Episode: "For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll"
1995 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Sandra Episode: "Not, I Barbeque"
1996 Family Matters Nicole Moses Episode: "A Ham Is Born"
1996-2001 Jamie Foxx Show, TheThe 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 Bernie Mac Show, TheThe 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 Cure, TheThe 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 Exes, TheThe 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"
2015 Grimm Henrietta 3 episodes
2016 Hollywood Today Live Co-host

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