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Alexandra Tydings

Alexandra Tydings Luzzatto (born Alexandra Huntingdon Tydings on December 15, 1972 in Washington DC) is an American actress, best known for her role as the Greek goddess Aphrodite on the popular TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and on its spin-off Xena: Warrior Princess.


Early life

She first began her career at the age of 11 at the Royal Ballet's production of Isadora at the Kennedy Center playing the role of a student. Her previous jobs besides acting include script reader, dog walker, receptionist at a dance studio, coordinator of a university's women's center, women's peer counselor, model, waitress, punk clothing store sales person, video store clerk, demolition, and singer and bassist of bands Annabelle Kickbox and She's Seen You Naked. She is a graduate of the private high school Sidwell Friends and Brown University with a degree in film and critical theory. She has four sisters and one brother.

Personal life

She is married to Ben Luzzatto. They have two daughters: Ruby (born June 17, 2004) and Emerson (born June 4, 2006). As of 2006 she is living back in her home town of Washington, DC teaching Rock-and-Roll Yoga She may have now left the acting business.

Alexandra is the granddaughter of Millard Tydings, former United States Senator from Maryland


Starring Roles

Year Title Role Other Notes
1994 Red Shoe Diaries 9: Hotline Cecelia, correspondent
1996 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" Aphrodite (1996-1999) TV Series
1996 The Sunchaser Victoria Reynolds A cancer patient kidnaps his doctor on a hunt for a cure. Alexandra plays Woody Harrelson's worried wife.
1997 Red Shoe Diaries 7: Burning Up Lynn Video
1998 Hercules and Xena - The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus Aphrodite (voice) Video - The Titans try to supplant the gods... Aphrodite gets turned into a cow.
1999 Dodge's City Cricket TV - Pilot episode (segment "Love at First Sight")

Guest-starring Roles

Year Title Role Episode
1993 "Red Shoe Diaries" 2.5 "Burning Up"
1993 "Red Shoe Diaries" 2.10 "Love at First Sight"
1995 "Vanishing Son" Tina 2.10 "Win, Place or Dead"
1997 "Xena: Warrior Princess" Aphrodite 2.16 "For Him the Bell Tolls" - Aphrodite casts a spell on Joxer to turn him into a hero whenever a bell rings.
1997 "Party of Five" Kerry 4.3 "Handicaps" - Charlie, in a string of bad-luck dates, tries to impress Kerry, who he finds out at the end of the date has two little boys.
1998 Hotel Del Sol Nina Pilot episode
1998 "Xena: Warrior Princess" Aphrodite 3.10 "The Quill Is Mightier than the Sword" - Aphrodite makes everything that Gabrielle writes in her scroll come true.
1998 "Xena: Warrior Princess" Aphrodite 3.18 "Fins, Femmes and Gems" - Aphrodite gives Xena, Gabrielle, and Joxer obsessions to keep them from messing up her plans to steal a diamond.
1999 "Xena: Warrior Princess" Aphrodite 4.12 "If the Shoe Fits..." - Xena, Gabrielle, Aphrodite, and Joxer all try to help a little girl who's run away from home, mostly by telling their own versions of Cinderella.
1999 "Xena: Warrior Princess" Aphrodite 5.8 "Little Problems" - Aphrodite puts Xena's soul into a little girl's body.
2000 "Xena: Warrior Princess" Aphrodite 5.11 "Punch Lines" - Aphrodite tries to help Gabrielle overcome her writer's block.
2000 "Xena: Warrior Princess" Aphrodite/Crabella 5.15 "Married with Fishsticks" - In a Gabrielle dream-trip, "Jersey Girls" Aphrodite and Discord plot against Gabrielle (all mermaids) to win the hand of Joxer.
2000 "Xena: Warrior Princess" Aphrodite 5.22 "Motherhood" - The Gods of Olympus, led by Athena attack Xena with the intent to slay her daughter, Eve. But thanks to the Archangel Michael, Eve's presence gives her the power to kill gods. Aphrodite is the only Olympian God spared in the end because of her friendship with Gabrielle.
2001 "Xena: Warrior Princess" Aphrodite 6.12 "The God You Know" - Aphrodite has become a wacked-out pet of the Roman emperor Caligula.
2001 "Xena: Warrior Princess" Aphrodite 6.13 "You Are There" - Aphrodite is one of the ones caught in the plot when a reporter chases Xena and Gabrielle's actions.
2001 "Xena: Warrior Princess" Aphrodite 6.19 "Many Happy Returns" - Aphrodite joins Xena and Gabrielle as they teach an ex-sacrificial virgin about the ways of the world.
2001 "Sheena" Elena 2.6 "Treasure of Sienna Mende" - The thiefly Elena kinda-helps Sheena to find hidden treasure that will save a village.

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