Birthdate: March 2, 1981
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Best known as Claire Dearing in the Jurassic World franchise, and the co-star of Jurassic World Dominion (2022), Bryce Dallas Howard has periodically appeared in other blockbuster series, including Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 (2007), Terminator Salvation (2009), and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010). Nevertheless, Howard started acting in the theater, including The Public Theatre and the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Discovered by writer-director M. Night Shyamalan, Howard—daughter of filmmaker Ron Howard (who had cast in mostly uncredited walk-on roles since she was an adolescent)—was cast in a lead role in The Village (2004), with Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, and William Hurt. Following her second movie role as the lead in Lars von Trier’s sequel to his Dogville (2003), Manderlay (2005), with Willem Dafoe, Danny Glover, and Udo Kier, Howard had sealed her reputation as a serious film actor operating at the top of the field.
Bryce Dallas Howard continued to work with Shyamalan on the box-office and critical failure, Lady in the Water (2006), and Kenneth Branagh’s version of Shakespeare’s As You Like It (2006), with Alfred Molina, Kevin Kline, David Oyelowo, and Janet McTeer. Howard’s movie choices shifted to a decidedly more commercial direction from this point on, starting in 2007 with Spider-Man 3, with Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and J.K. Simmons; Terminator Salvation, with Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, and Common; and, in her darkest role to date, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
Howard gained awards recognition (along with her ensemble) in Tate Taylor’s acclaimed The Help (2011), with Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Jessica Chastain, and collaborated closely with filmmaker Gus Van Sant on his Restless (2011), which premiered to an indifferent reaction at the Cannes Film Festival.
2015 marked a fundamental swing in Bryce Dallas Howard’s career when she was cast in Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, a new generation reboot of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park property, with Chris Pratt and Vincent D’Onofrio. The movie’s $1.6 billion box office ensured a steady franchise, which established Howard as one of the faces of a key Hollywood tentpole.
This continues with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), again with Pratt and Toby Jones, which grossed $1.3 billion worldwide, and Jurassic World Dominion, co-starring Pratt and a reunion of Jurassic Park co-stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum. She co-starred with Henry Cavill, Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston, Samuel L. Jackson, and Ariana DeBose in Matthew Vaughn’s spy adventure, Argylle (2022).
Bryce Dallas Howard, following in her father Ron’s footsteps of taking her acting talents behind the camera, is shifting into film directing, having directed the documentary, Dads (2019), and helmed episodes of Disney +’s Star Wars off-shoots, The Mandalorian (2019-2020) and The Book of Boba Fett (2022). In 2022, she made her feature debut as director of the remake of the 1986 adventure of the same title.
Los Angeles-born Bryce Dallas Howard was raised by her father, director Ron Howard, and her mother, Cheryl. She and her siblings were raised in Westchester County, New York, and in Greenwich, Connecticut. Her siblings include younger twins Paige and Jocelyn, and younger brother Reed.
She belongs to an acting family: Her sister is actor Paige Howard, her uncle is actor Clint Howard, her paternal grandparents are actors Rance and Jean Speegle Howard, and her godfather is actor Henry Winkler, who co-stars with Ron Howard on the hit 1970s sitcom, Happy Days. Bryce Dallas Howard schooled at Greenwich Country Day School and Byram Hills High School and then attended Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (only to leave the school for work, and ultimately earn her degree in 2020).
Her acting training included the performing arts camp Stagedoor Manor, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, the training school at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, New York’s Actors Center, the Experimental Theatre Wing, and Amsterdam-based International Theatre Workshop. Howard was also a member of the New York Theatre Workshop’s Theater Mitu. She has been married to actor Seth Gabel since 2006; the couple has two children, Theodore and Beatrice. Her height is 5’ 7”.
TV-Free: Although her father Ron Howard co-starred in two long-running TV comedy series (The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days), Bryce Dallas Howard and her siblings grew up without television.
Vegan: Howard turned vegan after watching a documentary on the treatment of animals.
Stand-In: Bryce Dallas Howard has replaced fellow actors in their roles in three movies: first, Nicole Kidman for the lead role in Manderlay, then Claire Danes in the role of Kate Connor in Terminator Salvation, and then Rachelle Lefevre in the role of Victoria in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.