Born: 17 April 1971
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
Best known as: Superspy Sydney Bristow in TV's Alias
Jennifer Garner made her name as the lean, athletic star of the action-adventure television series Alias (2001-06), in which she played American superspy Sydney Bristow. Jennifer Garner began her acting career in New York in the mid-1990s, then moved to Los Angeles and won small roles in various TV productions. Her regular appearances on the college-angst series Felicity (1998) led to movie roles, including the comedy Dude, Where's My Car? (2000, with Ashton Kutcher) and the big-budget action flick Pearl Harbor (2001, starring Kate Beckinsale). More importantly, Felicity creator J.J. Abrams tapped Garner for the lead role in Alias (2001, co-starring Bradley Cooper), the hit show that made her a star. She made her way into feature films, including a small role in Catch Me If You Can (2002, starring Leonardo DiCaprio), and as comic-book heroine Elektra in the films Daredevil (2003, starring Ben Affleck) and Elektra (2005). After marrying Affleck in 2005, Garner became less visible as she took time to raise their three children, but she remained a reliable Hollywood star, mostly in romantic comedies. Her other films include 13 Going on 30 (2004, with Mark Ruffalo), Juno (2007, starring Ellen Page), Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009, starring Matthew McConaughey), Valentine's Day (2010, with Patrick Dempsey), the 2011 remake of Arthur (with Russell Brand in the title role), Dallas Buyers Club (2013) and the musical dramedy Danny Collins (2015).
Jennifer Garner married her Felicity co-star, Scott Foley, in 2000. They split up in 2003 and she was then romantically linked to her Alias co-star, Michael Vartan. Jennifer Garner began dating Ben Affleck, her co-star in Daredevil, in 2004, and on 29 June 2005 the two were married. They have two daughters — Violet (b. December 2005) and Seraphina (b. January 2009) — and a son, Samuel (b. February 2012). The couple announced in 2015, a day after their 10th wedding anniversary, that they would divorce.
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