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Emilie de Ravin
General Information
Gender: Female
Nicknames: Em
Birthday: December 27, 1981
Age: 39
Birthplace: Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia
Nationality: Australian
Social Networks: Twitter
Other Information
Height: 5'2"
Occupation(s): Actress
Education: Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art
Australian Ballet School
Prime Time Actors Studio in Los Angeles
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Vera Audrey de Ravin-Bilitch (daughter)
Unnamed 2 older sisters
Unnamed paternal great-great-grandparents
Friends: Maggie Grace
Dominic Monaghan
Relationships: Josh Janowicz (ex-husband)
Eric Bilitch (boyfriend)
Pet(s): Bella (dog)
Mabel (Mini Beagle)
Series Information
Character: Belle French / Belle Gold / Belle / Lacey
First appearance: Skin Deep
Last appearance: Leaving Storybrooke

Emilie de Ravin is an Australian-American actress. She starred as Tess Harding on Roswell (2000–2002), Claire Littleton on the ABC drama Lost (2004–2008, 2010), and as Belle on the ABC drama Once Upon a Time (2011–2018). De Ravin's film credits include Santa's Slay (2005), The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and Ball Don't Lie (2008). She starred as Emily, the heroin-addicted ex-girlfriend of Brendan Frye, in the neo-noir film Brick (2005). She had a cameo in Public Enemies (2009) and starred as Ally in Remember Me (2010). De Ravin has been included on Maxim's Hot 100 list three times: in 2005 (No. 47), 2006 (No. 65), and 2008 (No. 68).

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Early life

De Ravin was born in Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia, an outer southeastern suburb of Melbourne. Having studied ballet since the age of nine at Christa Cameron School of Ballet in Melbourne, and being home schooled by her mother, she was accepted into the Australian Ballet School at fifteen, where she performed in productions with The Australian Ballet as well as Danceworld 301.

She studied acting at Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art, and with the Prime Time Actors Studio in Los Angeles.


De Ravin's first major role was a recurring part as Curupira in the TV series Beastmaster. She went on to appear as alien/human hybrid Tess Harding in the teen television series, Roswell. She landed this role one month after moving to Los Angeles at the age of 18.

In 2004, De Ravin was cast to portray Claire Littleton on the hit ABC drama Lost. Speaking about the success of Lost, she said: "It's sort of hard to say. You read something and have a good feeling about it, it sounds great, ties nicely together and then shooting something, editing it, the music, the actors involved, everything sort of plays a huge part. Everyone involved had a great feeling towards it, but you never really know." She was a series regular for the first four seasons and the sixth and final season. She was not a regular in season five but was under a holding contract with ABC Network.

In 2005, De Ravin was cast to portray Emily Kostich, the heroin-addicted ex-girlfriend of Brendan Frye (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), in the neo-noir film Brick. In an interview about the film, Ravin told that she was attracted by the script because it was original and the teens in the film are very deep and emotional for their age.

A year later, De Ravin had a lead role and was cast as Brenda Carter in the remake of The Hills Have Eyes. The film performed well at the box office. In 2007, Variety reported that she would be starring in the film Ball Don't Lie, which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, which arrived in cinemas early 2009. De Ravin appeared in William Dear's The Perfect Game, and appeared in the 2009 film Public Enemies as a bank teller named Barbara Patzke.

De Ravin was cast in the movie adaption of the video game Onimusha, but due to producer Samuel Hadida's other project The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and star Heath Ledger's death, Hadida was forced to push back the release date of the film. Onimusha is postponed for an unknown amount of time and there is not any confirmation if De Ravin will continue the project. De Ravin filmed Remember Me in the summer of 2009. The film received its wide release on 12 March 2010.

In 2012 she guest-starred as Belle on the ABC fantasy drama, Once Upon a Time. After sporadic appearances in the first season, she was promoted to a series regular in the second. In May 2017, it was announced that De Ravin would be departing the series after six seasons along with her co-stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Jared S. Gilmore and Rebecca Mader. Two months later, it was reported that De Ravin would be guest-starring in at least one episode of the series' seventh season. That episode turned out to be the season's fourth, "Beauty". De Ravin also returned as Belle for the series finale, "Leaving Storybrooke".

She was to star as Anthony LaPaglia's character's daughter in the new drama series Americana in 2012, but ABC passed on the pilot. She starred in the 2015 indie film The Submarine Kid.

Other projects

De Ravin has graced the covers of numerous international fashion magazines, including US' Entertainment Weekly, FHM, InStyle Weddings, 944, Life, Where, LA Baby and Giant; Finland's Demi; Belgium's Ciné Télé Revue; Australia's Sunday and People; and UK's Fabric. She has also modeled for CosmoGirl, Stuff and BPM Culture. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for JCPenney and Hanes. In 2005, she ranked #47, #65 in 2006 and #68 in 2008 on Maxim's Hot 100 list.

Personal life

After three years of dating, actor Josh Janowicz proposed to De Ravin on New Year's Day 2003 in Melbourne, which she said "was very impromptu and very sweet". She 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.

The couple married 19 June 2003 (not 2006, when they had a public celebration) in Melbourne, Australia. They separated six months after they married, and then reconciled. In June 2009, it was reported that they were living separately and had filed for divorce. In October 2009, she called off the divorce after a trip to Japan with her husband. On 8 July 2014, de Ravin filed for divorce from Janowicz. According to court documents, the pair wed on 19 June 2003, despite their wedding ceremony on 26 June 2006; the documents further confirm that the couple separated on 1 November 2013.

On 3 October 2015, de Ravin announced via Twitter that she was expecting her first child with her boyfriend Eric Bilitch. In 2016, she gave birth to a daughter. The couple announced their engagement on 6 July 2016. On 29 June 2018, de Ravin announced her pregnancy with the couple's second child, a son, via social media. He was born in December 2018.

On 18 January 2018, Bilitch tweeted that de Ravin had become an American citizen.



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Brick Emily
Santa's Slay Mary "Mac" Mackenzie
2006 The Hills Have Eyes Brenda Carter
2008 Ball Don't Lie Baby

The Perfect Game

Frankie Stevens
Public Enemies Barbara Patzke
2010 Remember Me Ally Craig
The Chameleon Kathy Jansen
Operation: Endgame Hierophant
2012 Love and Other Troubles Sara
2015 The Submarine Kid Alice


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2000 BeastMaster The Demon Curupira Recurring role (seasons 1–2), 8 episodes
2000–2002 Roswell Tess Harding Recurring role (season 1); main role (season 2); guest role (season 3)
2002 Carrie Chris Hargensen Television film
2003 NCIS Nancy Episode: "Seadog"
2003–2004 The Handler Gina Episodes: "Dirty White Collar", "Acts of Congress"
2004–2008, 2010 Lost Claire Littleton Main role (seasons 1–4, 6)
97 episodes
2004 CSI: Miami Venus Robinson Episode: "Legal"

High Noon

Lt. Phoebe McNamara Television film
2012 Americana Francesca Soulter Unsold TV pilot
2012–2018 Once Upon a Time Belle Recurring role (season 1); main role (seasons 2–6); guest role (season 7)
118 episodes
2013 Hollywood Game Night Herself Panelist; episode: "Portrait of a Killer Party"
Air Force One Is Down Francesca Romero Miniseries
2019 A Lover Scorned Brooke Television film

Video game

  • Lost: Via Domus (2008), as Claire Littleton


  • Emilie studied ballet since the age of 9 and at the age of 15, she was accepted into the highly selective Australian Ballet School. She performed in productions of the Australian Ballet Company as well as Danceworld 301.
  • Did a workshop at the prestigious Australian drama school, NIDA.
  • In Roswell (1999) she played an alien who gets pregnant and leaves the earth before the pregnancy is visible. In Lost (2004) she plays girl who is near the end of her pregnancy. In Brick (2005) she plays a girl murdered in her third month of her pregnancy.
  • Named #47 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
  • Named #65 on Maxim magazines "Hot 100" list of 2006.
  • Her paternal great-great-grandparents were French. They immigrated to Australia. "De Ravin" means "from (the) ravine" in French.
  • Her wedding dress was designed by Monique Lhuillier.
  • Has starred in two remakes, Carrie (2002) and The Hills Have Eyes (2006).
  • Ranked #68 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
  • Enjoys gardening and hiking when she isn't working.
  • Is allergic to peanuts.
  • Her American accent in Brick (2005) was so fluent that many critics believed she was really American and that her natural Australian accent on Lost (2004) was fake.
  • She decided to take up acting a year after attending ballet school in Melbourne.
  • She was married to Josh Janowicz from 2003 to 2014. In March 2016, she and her boyfriend, Eric Bilitch, welcomed a daughter named Vera. They became engaged later that year. In December 2018, they welcomed a son named Theodore.