Alice Jane Evans (born 2 August 1971) is an U.S.-born British actress. Evans is the daughter of educators and the granddaughter of a coal miner, was born in New Jersey to British parents, but raised in Bristol, England. She graduated from University College London, and is fluent in French and Italian. She’s best known for her role as Ester in The Vampire Diaries and the 1999, Disney movie the 102 Dalmatians were she was casted alongside Glenn Close, Gérard Depardieu and Ioan Gruffudd (her future husband). They married on 14 September 2007 in Mexico. The couple reside in West Hollywood, Los Angeles. In 2009, Evans gave birth to the couple’s first child.