dob & age
21 September 1970 & 45 years old
Vincent Valiencourt and Annette Waitte were not going to raise an unexceptional child. Waiting well into their late thirties to have their one and only offspring, they had already seen the world and fully lived by the time Alette-Marie was brought into the world as the result of many rounds of failure. There's something to be said about knowing that you were a meticulously planned and wanted child. In a way, Alette has always known she has expectations to meet, legacies to live up to. By the time she could walk, she was enrolled in dance classes and the traditionalists in her parents pushed her towards ballet with the vigor of stage parents nearly foaming at the mouth. Their appetites seemed only to be sated when preternaturally-pretty Alette was noticed by a talent agent who insisted she start modeling immediately. Ever eager to please mom and dad, Letty agreed, and soon she was all over kid-fashion rags and department store catalogs, modeling the latest in haute couture for tots. Where most kids in this scenario would rebel immediately, Alette found that she actually liked the attention, she liked the camera flash and the fussing, the makeup, the costume changes, she liked being surrounded by adults eager to praise her for her good work. When she landed her first commercial for a UK brand of candy, she was hooked. She knew what she wanted, and she wanted to be an actress.
Despite her privileged and coddled upbringing, Alette learned quickly that the fastest way to get what you want was to work hard for it, and so she worked. A RADA graduate, she landed her first role in 1988, which gave her a remarkable confidence, and from there and several well-regarded stage productions, she managed to land herself a coveted role as Ophelia in Kenneth Branagh's unedited film adaptation of Hamlet. This was perhaps the role that put her through her paces, but similarly proved her ability to work alongside seasoned actors who played these roles like they had lived and breathed them all their lives. She was straining, scraping along, but she was doing the work, and that was what mattered to her. When she landed the role of Estella in Great Expectations, Letty knew she was doing something remarkable. She was making a living.
In 2007, at an industry event, Letty met James Elkin, a man who would prove to be both wonderful and terrible for her all at once. Everything with him was a whirlwind. He charmed her and gave her everything and she was drunk on the idea of being so intoxicating to someone. He treated her well, he presented no challenges, and Alette imagined that this, maybe, was love. Or as close to it as humans were allowed to come. They married too quickly and Letty took another hiatus from working to enjoy being a wife. They traveled the world together, they shared secrets, they built intimacies. When James sat down to tell her that he had been cheating on her with another woman, Letty was completely blind sided. She saw none of the signs. Wounded and upset, she demanded an immediate divorce and in perhaps a childish move, refused all contact with him except through her legal team. For the first time in her life, the tabloids were covering not just what she was wearing and what film set she was on this week, but the dissolution of what she imagined would be the rest of her life. Her divorce was a scandal, an A-list couple torn apart by cheating. She was humiliated. And her resentment and anger and humiliation all got channeled into her performance in Theo Shiel's Black Swan. The tabloids liked to imagine that Theo had a hand in breaking them up, but in reality, Theo's only role in the entire affair was to deal with a nightmare of a woman on set every day during filming.
From there, Alette recommitted to work. It was around this time that she met a young actor, Clarence Locke, a couple of years her junior, through a mutual friend. While unsure about making time for another relationship in her life, and feeling particularly defensive in terms of self-preservation, she began seeing him. The media didn't necessarily consider this newsworthy until Locke made his debut as BBC's Sherlock, and then it was a field day. Neither Alette nor Clarence ever publicly confirmed their relationship, but it wasn't necessarily a secret. Attending events together, being snapped at lunch or around London together seemed to be enough for the internet to properly confirm that they were an item, and an A-list one at that. Their two year relationship consisted of much camera dodging and discussion about what they were and weren't willing to confirm, sacrifice or commit to. Managing a relationship during Clarence's meteoric rise to fame, and Alette's steady, solid workload proved to be more emotionally taxing work than either of them imagined. They parted ways, after deciding that their relationship could either progress to marriage, or end. They both agreed it ought to end. It seemed evident that work was the only thing that was ever going to satisfy her and remain steady and reliable. Some time later, they reunited, both of them having grown up and discovered that work and one's personal life is a delicate balance. They currently live together in Shoreditch, with two dogs, Blitz and Aloysius.