Smurfit in 2016
31 March 1974|
|Residence||Santa Monica, California, United States|
|Spouse(s)||Douglas Baxter (2000–2015)|
Victoria Smurfit is part of the Smurfit family, one of the richest in Ireland, through the Smurfit Kappa Group. The family, headed by Victoria's uncle Michael Smurfit, sponsors a number of sporting events including the Smurfit European Open and the Champion Hurdle. The family is also associated with Smurfit Business School in University College Dublin (UCD). She was educated at two Anglican schools, Saint Columba's College, Dublin and St. George's School, Ascot, England. She did an A level in theatre studies and then went to the Bristol Old Vic theatre school.
Smurfit gained fame for her role as Orla O'Connell in the BBC television series Ballykissangel from 1998–99. From 2003–09, she played the lead role of DCI Roisin Connor in Trial & Retribution. She also guest starred in the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi. In 2011, Smurfit appeared in the Agatha Christie's Marple television episode "The Mirror Cracked From Side to Side".
In 2013, Smurfit costarred as Lady Jane Wetherby in the NBC television period drama Dracula. In 2014, Smurfit began playing the recurring guest role of villainess Cruella de Vil on ABC's Once Upon a Time.
Smurfit married advertising executive Douglas Baxter on 29 July 2000 in Surrey, England. She gave birth to their first child, daughter Evie Dorothy Baxter in Dublin, Ireland on 2 November 2004. A second daughter, Ridley Belle Baxter was born in May 2007. Their third child, a boy, was born in November 2008 and named Flynn Alexander Baxter.
She writes an opinion blog for The Dubliner, which often features anecdotes from her personal life and is a patron of the children's charity World Vision Ireland.
|1998||Berkeley Square||Hannah Randall||TV series|
|1998||Ballykissangel||Orla O'Connell||TV series, 1998–1999|
|2000||The Wedding Tackle||Clodagh||Feature film|
|2000||The Beach||Weather girl||Feature film|
|2000||North Square||Dr. Helen Ferryhough||TV series, 10 episodes|
|2000||Cold Feet||Jane Fitzpatrick||TV series, recurring role, 2000–2001|
|2002||About a Boy||Suzie||Feature film|
|2003||Bulletproof Monk||Nina||Feature film|
|2003||Trial & Retribution||DCI Roisin Connor||TV series, 2003–2009|
|2006||The Shell Seekers||Olivia Keeling||Mini-series|
|2009||The Clinic||Dr. Edel Swift||TV Series|
|2011||Agatha Christie's Marple||Ella Blunt||TV series, 1 episode ("The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side")|
|2013||Dracula||Lady Jayne Wetherby||TV series|
|2014||The Mentalist||Monica Giraldi||TV series|
|2014–present||Once Upon a Time||Cruella de Vil|| Recurring role (Season 4 & 5): |
- Sunday Independent 4 May 2008
- Irish Times Magazine, page 10, 10 January 2009
- "14 years on, but Ballykissangel fans still stop Victoria Smurfit in the street". evoke.ie. 31 August 2015.
- Hall, Eva (4 February 2013). "Victoria Smurfit To Sink Teeth Into Jonathan Rhys Meyers' Dracula". IFTN. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- "Once Upon a Time: Victoria Smurfit Talks Cruella de Ville, and Season 4". collider.com. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
- "'Once Upon a Time': Victoria Smurfit set to return as Cruella". ew.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
- Butler, Laura. "Putting divorce aside, actress Victoria Smurfit lines up role after role". Evoke.ie. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
- "'Cannes-do' Irish go networking - Independent.ie".
- "Exclusive Victoria Smurfit interview: 'It's me, three kids, two dogs and a cup of tea now' - Independent.ie".
- "Victoria Smurfit & husband Doug Baxter split after 15 years of marriage". evoke.ie. 20 February 2015.
- "The Dubliner Magazine: Victoria Smurfit".
- "World Vision Ireland".