Bryce Dallas Howard is an American actress and director. She is the eldest daughter of actor and filmmaker Ron Howard. Born in Los Angeles, Howard attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, initially leaving in 1999 to take roles on Broadway, but officially graduated in 2020. While portraying Rosalind in a 2003 production of As You Like It, Howard caught the attention of director M. Night Shyamalan, who cast her in the psychological thriller The Village (2004) as the blind daughter of a local chief. It proved to be her breakout role, and she subsequently starred in the title role of Shyamalan's fantasy thriller Lady in the Water (2006), playing a naiad who escapes from a fantasy world. Her performance in Kenneth Branagh's As You Like It (2006) earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination, and she appeared as Gwen Stacy in Sam Raimi's superhero film Spider-Man 3 (2007). Howard went on to appear as Kate Connor in the action film Terminator Salvation (2009) and Victoria in the fantasy film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), both of which were financially successful but garnered mixed reviews from critics. Howard had supporting roles as a "fair-weather" girlfriend and a racist socialite acclaimed 2011 comedy-dramas 50/50 and The Help. She gained wider recognition for starring as Claire Dearing in the adventure film Jurassic World (2015) and its sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), which rank as her most financially successful films. She also voiced a forest ranger in the adventure film Pete's Dragon (2016) and portrayed Sheila Dwight, Elton John's mother, in the biopic Rocketman (2019). Howard's directorial ventures include a segment of the television drama film Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013), the documentary Dads (2019), and episodes of the Disney+ science fiction series The Mandalorian (2019–2020). She is married to the actor Seth Gabel, with whom she has two children.