Bryce Dallas Howard was born on 2nd March 1981 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Cheryl (Alley), a writer, and Hollywood actor-director Ron Howard. Her paternal grandparents were actors Jean (Speegle) Howard and Rance Howard and her uncle is actor Clint Howard; her godfather is actor Henry Winkler, who co-starred on Happy Days with her father.

Bryce and her younger sisters, twins Jocelyn and Paige (b. 1985), and their younger brother (b. 1987), Reed, were raised away from the world of show business. Their parents didn’t allow them access to television and instead encouraged reading, outside play, and hobbies. Nevertheless, all four Howard children can be seen as extras in some of their father’s films, including Parenthood and Apollo 13.

She was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she graduated from Greenwich Country Day School in 1996. When she was in ninth grade at Greenwich Country Day School, she performed as Miss Adelaide in the musical Guys and Dolls, and in a variety show with her own unique version of Leiber and Stoller’s “I Am A Woman.” She later attended Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York, where she performed in a number of shows on their stage, and graduated in 1999. Howard also attended Stagedoor Manor, a performing arts camp in upstate New York, with one of her good friends, Natalie Portman.

After graduating from high school, Howard studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for three years, during which time she also attended the Stella Adler Conservatory, The Experimental Wing, and International Theatre Wing in Amsterdam. During her schooling, Bryce took part in the concept recording of the Broadway-bound musical A Tale of Two Cities. She graduated with her BFA in Drama in 2003. Howard is also an alumna of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s prestigious School at Steppenwolf in Chicago, and of The Actors Center in New York City. During her time in New York, Howard was also a member of downtown theater company Theater Mitu, in residence at New York Theatre Workshop, who are known for their daring and stunning exploration of theatrical forms.

Bryce appeared in several of her father’s films as an extra before her feature film début came in director Alan Brown’s 2004 drama, Book of Love. She also appeared in numerous productions on the New York stage, but her breakthrough role came in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village, which she was cast in without having to audition after Shyamalan saw her in a Broadway show. Following that, Howard was cast by Lars Von Trier to replace Nicole Kidman as Grace in Manderlay, in which did her first nude scene.

In 2006 she collaborated again with Shyamalan for “Lady in the Water”. Also that year she starred as Rosalind in Kenneth Branagh’s film version of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, opposite David Oyelowo as Orlando. The film played theatres in Europe, but went directly to cable. Bryce was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance.

Later in 2006, Bryce married Seth Gabel in Hollywood, Florida, whom she had met at New York University and dated for five years. They currently live in Hollywood. Bryce and Seth Gabel welcomed their first child, a son named Theodore Norman Howard Gabel, nicknamed Theo on February 16, 2007. In May, Howard introduced her son by sharing a photo of him on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

In May 2007 she appeared as Peter Parker’s new love interest Gwen Stacy in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. She dyed her naturally red hair blonde for the role (while the naturally blonde Dunst’s hair is dyed red for the role of Mary Jane Watson). Howard won the role and beat out Elisha Cuthbert and Sienna Miller for the part. This is the first role Bryce took home a $1million pay check.

Until recently, she had been a devoted vegan since Joaquin Phoenix, her The Village co-star, showed her a documentary on animal cruelty called Earthlings, for which he had provided the narration at the request of Nation Earth. However, in August 2006, Howard announced that she had switched her diet from vegan to vegetarian in order to help her boost her amino acid levels in preparation for pregnancy.

Bryce starred in the lead role in the 2009 film, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, co-starring Chris Evans, Ellen Burstyn and David Strathairn. She landed the role after Lindsay Lohan dropped out. Bryce later played the role of Kate Connor in 2009’s Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. In 2009, Bryce landed the role of Victoria in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and was released in 2010. She considered Victoria to be an “incredible character” and was a fan of the book series beforehand.

In late 2009, Bryce was cast in Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter, released in 2010. When Bryce first read the Hereafter script, she was “hooked on it.” “It’s personal for me because a lot of my family members actually have that ability. It’s kind of wild.”

In January 2011, Bryce became the celebrity ambassador for designer Kate Spade. She starred in the 2011 film, The Help, and received critical acclaim for her performance. Bryce was nominated for many Best Supporting Actress Awards and won awards that were shared with the entire cast. Bryce later teamed up with her father to help produce Gus Van Sant’s Restless. In 2011, she had a supporting role opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the dramedy, 50/50. The film was based on a true story and Bryce stated about 50/50‘s take on its heavy subject matter, “it’s viewing that experience through a very truthful lens of humor.” Also in 2011, Bryce announced that she would be directing a film, The Originals. She co-wrote the screenplay with her brother-in-law Dane Charbonneau and this would be her feature directorial debut. Bryce directed the short film When You Find Me, a social film that was developed through a collaboration with Canon.

Bryce recently starred as Claire in the 2015 American science fiction adventure film, Jurassic World. She has been praised for her performance in the film. Bryce is now currently filming the upcoming 2016 film, Gold, with Matthew McConaughey. She will also be starring as Grace in Pete’s Dragon (2016).

In her free time, Bryce loves to write. In 2006 she wrote and directed a short film, Orchids, starring Alfred Molina as part of Glamour magazine’s “Reel Moments” series funded by Cartier and FilmAid International.



    • The Swans of Fifth Avenue (TBA) … Babe Paley
    • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) … Claire Dearing
    • Black Mirror (2016) … Lacie Pound
    • Gold (2016) … Kay
    • Pete’s Dragon (2016) … Grace
    • Jurassic World (2015) … Claire Dearing
    • 50/50 (2010) … Rachel
    • The Help (2011) … Hilly Holbrook
    • Hereafter (2010) … Melanie
    • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) … Victoria
    • Terminator Salvation (2009) … Kate Connor
    • The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008) … Fisher
    • Spider-Man 3 (2007) … Gwen Stacy
    • As You Like It (2006) … Rosalind
    • Lady in the Water (2006) … Story
    • Manderlay (2005) … Grace Margaret Mulligan
    • The Village (2004) … Ivy Walker
    • Book of Love (2004) … Heather



    • Pant Suits (2015) … Karen Petraske
    • Solemates (2015) … Woman
    • The Lion’s Mouth Opens (2014) … As Herself
    • The Hug (2014) … Susanna
    • Despair (2010) … Main Actress
    • Good Dick (2008) … Kissing Woman



    • Talk To Me (Web Series) (2016) … Herself
    • A Beautiful Mind (2001) … Extra
    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) … Surprised Who
    • Apollo 13 (1995) … Girl in Yellow Dress
    • Parenthood (1989) … Redheaded Audience Girl



    • Sorta Like a Rock Star (TBA)
    • Solemates (short) (2015)
    • Vanity Fair: Decades (TV Mini-Series short) (2013)
    • Claudia Lewis (Video short)
    • Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (TV Movie – segment “Lucy”) (2013)
    • When You Find Me (short) (2011)
    • Orchids (short) (2006)



    • Solemates (short) (2015)
    • Orchids (short) (2006)



    • The Swans of Fifth Avenue (TBA)
    • Restless (2011)



      • Tartuffe (2003) … Mariane
        • [Roundabout Theatre Company]
      • Our Town (2002) … Emily Webb
        • [Bay Street Theater]
      • Tale of Two Cities (2004) … Ensemble
        • [The Little Shubert Theatre]
      • As You Like It (2003) … Rosalind
        • [The Public Theater]
      • House/Garden (2002) … Sally Platt
        • [Manhattan Theater Club]
      • Four Saints in Mexico (2002) … The Woman
        • [Theater Mitu (NYU)]
      • The Marriage of Bette and Boo (2001) … Bette
        • [Steppenwolf Theatre Company]
      • Hamlet Machine (2000) … Ophelia
        • [Theater Mitu (NYU)]
      • Cloud 9 (200?) … Lin
        • [NYU]
      • Midsummer Night’s Dream (1996)
        • [Stagedoor Manor]



      • No Exit (200?)
      • This Is Our Youth (200?)



    • Daughter of actor-director Ron Howard.
    • Daughter of Cheryl Howard.
    • Niece of actor Clint Howard.
    • Granddaughter of actor Rance Howard and Jean Speegle Howard.
    • Has two younger twin sisters, Jocelyn Carlyle Howard and Paige Howard, and a younger brother, Reed Cross Howard. All 4 were named after places in which they were conceived.
    • She has German, English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, with remote French and Dutch roots.
    • Her godfather is Henry Winkler, who co-starred on “Happy Days” (1974) with her father, Ron Howard.


    • Is 5′ 7″ (1.7 m) tall.
    • Graduated from Greenwich Country Day School (a school that carries grades Kindergarten through 9th) in Greenwich, Connecticut in June 1996.
    • Later graduated from Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York in June 1999.
    • Graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama.
    • Attended Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts camp with Natalie Portman.
    • During rehearsals at the Manhattan Theater Club, she was billing herself as “Bryce Dallas” but later had second thoughts because the name made her sound like a porn star.
    • Was a vegan for three and a half years (2003-2006).
    • Gave birth to her first child at age 25, a son Theodore Norman Howard Gabel on February 16, 2007. Child’s father is her husband, Seth Gabel.
    • Gave birth to her second child at age 30, a daughter Beatrice Jean Howard Gabel on January 19, 2012. Child’s father is her husband, Seth Gabel. Baby weighed 8lbs 6oz.
    • Godfather of her son Theodore is Josh Gad, who was a high school classmate of her husband Seth Gabel.
    • Often mistaken for Jessica Chastain.


    • Worked as a PA on the set of Apollo 13 (1995).
    • Was cast in The Village (2004) without having an audition after M. Night Shyamalan saw her in a Broadway show.
    • Along with the rest of the cast of The Village (2004) she was put through a 19th century “boot camp” in order for them to get a good feel for the time period.
    • Dyed her hair blonde for Spider-Man 3 (2007).
    • The actor who plays the photographer during the crane accident scene in Spider-Man 3 (2007) performed magic for her at a birthday party when she was in the second grade.
    • Performed her own stunts during the crane accident scene in Spider-Man 3 (2007), unaware that she was pregnant at the time of filming.
    • Was 5 months pregnant with her son Theo when she completed filming Spider-Man 3 (2007).
    • Returned to work 6 months after giving birth to her son Theo in order to begin filming The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008).
    • Learned how to play the piano for her part in The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008).
    • Became the first celebrity face of Kate Spade New York for their 2011 ad campaign.
    • Has frequently been called upon to replace other actresses unable to reprise their roles in sequels to successful film series. She replaced Nicole Kidman in Manderlay (2005), the sequel to Dogville (2003); Claire Danes (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)) in Terminator Salvation (2009); and ‘Rachelle LeFevre’ (Twilight (2008) and The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)) in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)). Only once so far has she been the actress who was replaced: She played Gwen Stacey in Spider-Man 3 (2007)), but was replaced in the reboot The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) by Emma Stone, with whom she appeared in The Help (2011).

Awards & Nomination

Saturn Awards – 2016
Best Supporting Actress
Gold (2016)SAG Awards – 2017
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Black Mirror (2016)

Hollywood Film Awards – 2016
Ensemble of the Year
Gold (2016)

STARmeter Award – 2016

CinemaCon Awards – 2016
Excellence In Acting

Critics Choice Awards – 2016
Best Actress in an Action Movie
Jurassic World (2015)

Teen Choice Awards – 2015
Choice Summer Movie Star: Female, Choice Movie: Hissy Fit
Jurassic World (2015)

Central Florida Film Festival – 2012
Best Dramatic Short
When You Find Me (2011)

Screen Actors Guild Awards – 2012
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Help (2011)

Image Awards – 2012
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
The Help (2011)

Central Ohio Film Critics Association – 2012
Best Ensemble
The Help (2011)

MTV Movie Awards – 2012
Best On-Screen Dirtbag, Best Gut-Wrenching Performance
The Help (2011)

Satellite Awards – 2011
Best Ensemble, Motion Picture
The Help (2011)

Women Film Critics Circle Awards – 2011
Women’s Work/Best Ensemble
The Help (2011)

Black Film Critics Circle Awards – 2011
Best Ensemble
The Help (2011)

Southeastern Film Critics Circle Awards – 2011
Best Ensemble
The Help (2011)

Hollywood Film Awards – 2011
Ensemble of the Year
The Help (2011)

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards – 2011
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The Help (2011)

National Board of Review, USA – 2011
Best Acting by an Ensemble
The Help (2011)

MTV Movie Awards – 2011
Best Fight
The Twilight Sage: Eclipse (2010)

Teen Choice Awards – 2011
Choice Movie Villain
The Twilight Sage: Eclipse (2010)

Golden Globes, USA – 2008
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
As You Like It (2006)

Robert Festival – 2006
Best Actress
Manderlay (2005)

Empire Awards, UK – 2005
Best Actress, Best Newcomer
The Village (2004)

MTV Movie Awards – 2005
Breakthrough Female
The Village (2004)

Online Film & Television Association – 2005
Best Breakthrough Performance – Female
The Village (2004)

Online Film Critics Society Awards – 2005
Best Breakthrough Performance
The Village (2004)

Palm Springs International Film Festival – 2005
Rising Star Award

Teen Choice Awards – 2005
Choice Movie Scary Scene
The Village (2004)