Victoria Smurfit
General Information
Gender: Female
Birthday: March 31, 1974
Age: 46
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Social Networks: Twitter
Other Information
Height: 5'8"
Occupation(s): Actress
Education: Saint Columba's College, Dublin
St. George's School, Ascot, England
Bristol Old Vic theatre school
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Michael Smurfit (uncle)
Evie Dorothy Baxter (daughter)
Ridley Belle Baxter (daughter)
Flynn Alexander Baxter (son)
Relationships: Douglas Baxter (ex-husband)
Series Information
Character: Cruella De Vil
First appearance: Heroes and Villains
Last appearance: Homecoming

Victoria Smurfit is an Irish actress. She is known for playing Orla O'Connell in the BBC television series Ballykissangel and Detective Chief Inspector Roisin Connor in the ITV police procedural Trial & Retribution.

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Early life

Victoria Smurfit is part of the Smurfit family, one of the richest in Ireland, through the Smurfit Kappa Group. The family, headed by Victoria's uncle Michael Smurfit, sponsors a number of sporting events including the Smurfit European Open and the Champion Hurdle. The family is also associated with Smurfit Business School in University College Dublin (UCD). She was educated at two Anglican schools, Saint Columba's College, Dublin and St. George's School, Ascot, England. She did an A level in theatre studies and then went to the Bristol Old Vic theatre school.


Smurfit gained fame for her role as Orla O'Connell in the BBC television series Ballykissangel from 1998–99. She played Nina in the 2003 movie Bulletproof Monk. From 2003 to 2009, Smurfit portrayed the lead role of Detective Chief Inspector Roisin Connor in the ITV police procedural Trial & Retribution. She also guest starred in the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi. In 2011, Smurfit appeared in the Agatha Christie's Marple television episode "The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side".

In 2013, Smurfit costarred as Lady Jane Wetherby in the NBC television period drama Dracula. In 2014, she began playing the recurring guest role of villainess Cruella de Vil on ABC's Once Upon a Time.

She is currently shooting for her role in Homecoming, a film she has described as a "mean girls for grownups." She plays Nikki, the "head mean girl."

Personal life

Smurfit married advertising executive Douglas Baxter on 29 July 2000 in Surrey, England. She gave birth to their first child, daughter Evie Dorothy Baxter in Dublin, Ireland on 2 November 2004. A second daughter, Ridley Belle Baxter was born in May 2007. Their third child, a boy, was born in November 2008 and named Flynn Alexander Baxter.

In 2012, the family relocated to Santa Monica, California. In February 2015 it was announced that Smurfit and her husband had filed for divorce.

She writes an opinion blog for The Dubliner, which often features anecdotes from her personal life, and is a patron of the children's charity World Vision Ireland.


Year Title Type Role
1995 The Run of the Country Annagh
1996 The Leading Man Annabel
1997 Ivanhoe TV Mini-Series Lady Rowena
1997 So This Is Romance? Helen
1998 Berkeley Square TV Mini-Series Hannah Randall
1998 - 1999 Ballykissangel TV Series Orla O'Connell
2000 The Beach Weathergirl
2000 The Wedding Tackle Clodagh
2000 North Square TV Series Helen Ferryhough
2000 - 2001 Cold Feet TV Series Jane Fitzpatrick
2002 The Last Great Wilderness Claire
2002 About a Boy Suzie
2003 Bulletproof Monk Nina
2003 - 2009 Trial & Retribution TV Series DCI Roisin Connor
2004 The Alan Clark Diaries TV Series Clark's Mistress
2006 The Shell Seekers TV Mini-Series Olivia
2009 The Clinic TV Series Dr. Edel Swift / Edel
2010 Agatha Christie's Marple TV Series Ella Blunt
2011 Honeymoon for One TV Movie Hilary
2011 A Proper Send-Off Short Natalia
2012 Missing TV Series Sloane
2013 - 2014 Dracula TV Series Lady Jayne Wetherby
2014 The Mentalist TV Series Monica Giraldi
2014 Amnesia: Who Are You? Monica
2014 Among Ravens Emma
2014 Rush TV Series Isabel Thoreau
2014 Bait Bex
2014 - 2018 Once Upon a Time TV Series Cruella De Vil
2015 Kowalski TV Series Woman
2016 Tales from the Underworld: A Knight with Cruella Video short Cruella De Vil
2016 Best Fake Friends Nikki
2017 The Lears Diana
2017 The Secret Market Short Dr. Amy McCarthy
2017 Milk (completed) TV Movie Fran
2018 Marcella TV Series Maya Whitman
2019 Strike Back TV Series Lauren Gillespie


  • Her uncle is Michael Smurfit, one of Ireland's richest men and owner of one of the world's largest paper and cardboard makers.
  • (February 20, 2015) Filed for divorce from her husband of 14 years Douglas Baxter.
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