Actress Melissa George, and her boyfriend Jean-David Blanc, welcomed their first child on February 11, and have named their son Raphaël. Raphaël Blanc was born at the American Hospital in Paris.
Melissa began modelling in her early teens, and in 1992 was named Western Australia’s Teenage Model of the Year. At the age of 16, she was cast as Angel Parrish on Home and Away, and won two Logies for the role. She had a regular role on the fantasy drama series Roar, opposite Heath Ledger, before moving to Hollywood. Melissa had a number of minor film roles before scoring her first starring role in a feature film in the 2005 version of The Amityville Horror. She has starred in several other films and appeared in television series such as Friends, Charmed, Alias, Monk, Lie to Me and Grey’s Anatomy. In 2012 she appeared in the critically-acclaimed Australian drama series, The Slap. Recently she has had a recurring role in The Good Wife, and stars in Sam Hunter, the follow-up to British spy series The Hunter. Melissa is the inventor of Style Snaps, which alter the hems of pants without sewing, and says that she has earned more money as an inventor than as an actress. Melissa became a naturalised American citizen in 2008.
Jean-David is a French entrepreneur, founder of AlloCiné, which provides information on French cinema and television. He and Melissa began dating in 2012, after meeting at a BAFTA after-party,and live together in France.
Raphaël is a highly popular boy’s name in France, and also very much on trend in Australia.