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I always liked her open-mindedness and she’s probably the least judgmental character I’ve ever played, which can be to her detriment at times, obviously. But just such an honest, open soul that she’s never really had or probably doesn’t know how to have an ulterior motive to what she does. I think that alone is such a wonderful quality to have, along with having street smarts.
—Emilie de Ravin on Belle's charactersrc

Emilie de Ravin is the Australian actress who portrays Belle on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Emilie de Ravin was born on December 27, 1981 in the Melbourne suburb of Mount Eliza, Victoria.[1] Her father is of French ancestry.[2] She has two older half-sisters.[3] Studying ballet since nine years old, she was accepted to the renowned Australian Ballet School at fifteen. As a student, Emilie performed in several school productions and at the dance training institute Danceworld 301.[4]

In 1999, Emilie decided to get into more of the theatrical side of performance art[5] and gave herself two months to try out acting.[6] From this, she procured her first professional acting part was the recurring role of a scantily-clad villainess on the campy Australian television series BeastMaster series.[7] In December of the same year, she, with the support of her parents and sisters, went to Hollywood to seek out an agent. After having done so, she returned home and received a call from a 20-Century casting director, who had seen her on Beastmaster and requested she show up for an audition.[6] Moving to Los Angeles in February, Emilie actively looked for work while studying with Prime Time Actors Studio. In her first week of auditions, she landed the part of Tess Harding on the science fiction television series Roswell.[5]

After the series ended, Emilie tackled television guest spots before signing on to Lost as a pregnant, plane-wrecked beauty. While it was tough to get screen time on the sprawling ensemble show, she was a frequent focal point. But she also made the most of her hiatuses, appearing in several movies, including the critically acclaimed indie Brick, the remake of The Hills Have Eyes and the romantic drama Remember Me.[7]

She met American actor Josh Janowicz in Los Angeles during 2002, and after dating for three years, he proposed her on New Year's Day in Melbourne in 2005.[3] They married in 2005 and later divorced in 2014.[8] Emilie and her boyfriend, Eric Bilitch, have one daughter, Vera Audrey de Ravin-Bilitch. She was born on March 12, 2016.[9]

On May 12, 2017, it was announced that Emilie would be exiting the series for its seventh season.[10] However, in July 2017, it was revealed that she would return for at least one episode in the seventh season.[11]


From my first day on this magical set 7yrs ago, I fell in love with this incredible cast & crew, & shortly after with our incredibly devoted & loving fans #oncers. Thank you to everyone for having me along for the ride of a lifetime, & to @adamhorowitzla & @jollychan4 for creating this special version of Belle for me. So much love, Em xoxo #Belles #rumbelle #onceuponatime #robertcarlyle #firstbelleselfie #firstrumbellepic[20]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Brick Emily Kostich Movie
2005 Santa's Slay Mary "Mac" Mackenzie Movie
2006 The Hills Have Eyes Brenda Carter Movie
2008 Ball Don't Lie Baby Movie
2009 The Perfect Game Frankie Stevens Movie
2009 Public Enemies Barbara Patzke Movie
2010 Remember Me Ally Craig Movie
2010 The Chameleon Kathy Jansen Movie
2010 Operation: Endgame Heirophant Movie
2012 Love and Other Troubles Sara Movie
2015 The Submarine Kid Alice Movie
Year Title Role Notes
1999–2000 BeastMaster The Demon Curupira 8 Episodes
2000–2002 Roswell Tess Harding 28 episodes
2002 Carrie Christine "Chris" Hargensen TV movie
2003 NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service Nancy 1 episode
2003–2004 The Handler Gina 2 episodes
2004 CSI: Miami Venus Robinson 1 episode
2004–2010 Lost Claire Littleton 93 episodes
2009 High Noon Lt. Phoebe McNamara TV movie
2012 Americana Francesca Soutler Pilot episode
2012–2017, 2018 Once Upon a Time Belle Starring (Season 2-6), Recurring (Season 1), Guest (Season 7)
2013 Air Force One is Down Romero 2 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Lost: Via Domus Claire Litteton Video game (Voice credit)


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

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  5. 5.0 5.1 - New Zealand TV Guide
  6. 6.0 6.1 - Gist Magazine
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  17. 17.0 17.1 Interview with Emilie de Ravin from Once Upon A Time
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