An athletic, dimpled girl-next-door beauty, Jennifer Garner first captured the public's attention playing Scott Foley's on-screen love interest on the television drama Felicity
. The role brought her both personal and professional successes. Off-screen, she became romantically involved with Foley, and the two eventually wed. Also impressed with her was Felicity
co-creator J.J. Abrams, who cast her as tough spy Sydney Bristow on his ABC series Alias
. When the show debuted in 2001, its popularity made Garner a household name. As her career heated up, her marriage to Foley cooled off and she was briefly linked with her Alias
costar Michael Vartan. A supporting role as Elektra in the 2003 film Daredevil
led to her own starring vehicle (2005's Elektra
), and introduced her to costar Ben Affleck. In 2005, she and Affleck tied the knot and welcomed the birth of their first child. When Alias ended its five-season run in 2006, she switched her career focus to films with the release 2007's Catch and Release
. She continued to charm audiences with likeable roles in the 2009 romantic comedies The Invention of Lying
and Ghost of Girlfriends Past
. Garner splits her time these days among raising her two children with Affleck, starring in action films and romantic comedies, and working on behalf of charitable initiatives. Jennifer Garner Fast Facts:
- Studied ballet for nine years.
- Was an understudy for the Broadway revival of A Month in the Country, starring Helen Mirren, in 1996; her Broadway debut did not occur until 2007, when she starred in Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Kevin Kline.
- Costarred with future husband Ben Affleck in 2001's Pearl Harbor and 2003's Daredevil.
- Was featured in a 2004 CIA recruitment video on the agency's web site.
- Directed the Alias episode "In Dreams," which aired in May 2005.
- Created her own production company named Vandalia Films.
- Became a Save the Children artist ambassador in 2009, lobbying Congress for funding of early-childhood education.
- Jennifer Garner Relationships:
- Samuel Garner Affleck - Son
- Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck - Daughter
- Ben Affleck - Husband
- Susannah Garner - Sister
- Bill Garner - Father
- Scott Foley - Ex-husband
- Melissa Garner - Sister
- Pat Garner - Mother
- Violet Anne Affleck - Daughter
- Michael Vartan - Ex-significant Other
- Jennifer Garner Awards:
- 2003 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
- 2002 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
- 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
- 2004 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
- 2003 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
- 2004 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
- 2002 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama - Winner
- 2005 Golden Globe: Actress in a Television Series - Nominee
- 2006 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Female TV Performer - Winner
- 2005 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Hair - Winner
- 2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
- 2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
- 2005 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
- 2006 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Female Action Star - Winner
- Denison University, Granville, OH (BFA in Theater Performance, 1994)