James Van Der Beek Is a Proud Father of Five and a Loving Husband — Meet His Large Family
“Dawson’s Creek” star James Van Der Beek is not only blessed with a successful career but a beautiful family with five children.
James Van Der Beek played the titular character in “Dawson’s Creek” and starred in many hit films, including “Varsity Blues” and “Texas Rangers.”
Among his many successes and achievements, he takes the most pride in being a father to five amazing children and a husband to Kimberly Brook. Here’s a look at his family.
In 2010, Van Der Beek, who was previously married to Heather McComb, tied the knot with Brook in Tel Aviv, Israel,
Brook is a producer, most known for the documentary “Teenage Paparazzo,” and a business consultant, who has connections with celebrities in Hollywood.
She and her husband share five children, Olivia, Joshua, Annabel, Emilia, and Gwendolyn, although they could have had more had she not suffered not one, but four miscarriages.
During the announcement of their pregnancy last year, Van Der Beek spoke of the heartbreaking and challenging experience they went through.
“I have been through three of those first appointments to discover either no heartbeat or no baby. Miscarriage (a word that needs replacement -- nobody failed to “carry,” these things sometimes just happen) is something that people rarely talk about, and often go through in secret.”
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Thrilled beyond belief to announce that another little bundle of joy has picked us to be their family. We chose to have our first ultrasound on camera with our #DWTS crew capturing the result - something I NEVER thought we’d ever do... but @vanderkimberly and I have been through three of those first appointments to discover either no heartbeat, or no baby, and she wanted to share this moment. Miscarriage (a word that needs a replacement - nobody failed to “carry”, these things sometimes just happen) is something that people rarely talk about, and often go through in secret. But there needs to be zero shame around it, or around giving yourself the time and space to grieve. We decided to put ourselves out there - not knowing what we’d find - in an effort to chip away at any senseless stigma around this experience and to encourage people who might be going through it to open themselves up to love & support from friends and family when they need it most. Happily, for us - this time- we walked out with tears of joy. #AndThenIDancedAQuickStep. • Pic by @jilliangoulding
“The soul we thought we were going to welcome into our family in April… has taken a short cut to whatever lies beyond this life.”
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Wrecked. Devastated. In shock. That’s how we’re feeling right now after the soul we thought were going to welcome into our family in April... has taken a short cut to whatever lies beyond this life. We’ve been through this before, but never this late in the pregnancy, and never accompanied by such a scary, horrific threat to @vanderkimberly and her well-being. Grateful that she’s now recovering, but we’ve only just begun unpacking the layers of this one. Thank you to all of our friends and co-workers (and dance partners) who have shown up for us so beautifully during this time. As many of you have said, “There are no words...” and it’s true. Which is why in a time like this it’s enough to know that you’re there. Grieving AND counting our blessings today.
OLIVIA VAN DER BEEK
The eldest of the Van Der Beek siblings is Olivia, born on September 25, 2010, came out weighing seven lbs., two oz., and 19.5 inches long.
Being the firstborn made her parents proud to take on a new role as father and mother for the first time. Through the years, Olivia was taught to value honesty, no matter the situation, by her father.
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Nine years old today. My oldest. My conscience. My heart. I don’t think I could ever teach her anywhere near as much as she’s taught me. Thank you for choosing us, my love... Every member of our family is the beneficiary of your grace, your fire, your patience, compassion and your sage advice. This one came out parent-proof. ❤️
During her ninth birthday, Olivia received a touching tribute from Van Der Beek, thanking the child of how much she has taught him in life.
JOSHUA VAN DER BEEK
On March 13, 2012, two years after Olivia was born, the Van Der Beek’s welcomed their first and only son Joshua. His coming brought smiles to the couple who both shared their happiness on social media.
Although Joshua and his siblings are still young, the Van Der Beeks don’t deem it necessary to have a nanny and instead get help from a housekeeper and a babysitter.
Joshua, like his sisters, is homeschooled but has a class with other kids his age a few times a week. His parents try to maintain a close relationship by having routines that involve bonding and interaction.
ANNABEL VAN DER BEEK
On January 25, 2014, Van Der Beek and Brook welcomed another daughter, Annabel Leah, who recently started attending school.
The proud parents announced the pregnancy in August, after initially wanting to keep it a secret. Van Der Beek said after knowing of the pregnancy:
“There are moments where we will be dealing with the two, it will be a handful, and I’ll think, Well, this is about to get even trickier.”
EMILIA VAN DER BEEK
Emilia Van Der Beek, the fourth addition to the family, was born on March 23, 2017. The father-of-five proudly posted a photo with his child with the caption:
“Lifetime supply of joy in a 33.5 pound bag.”
GWENDOLYN VAN DER BEEK
The youngest of the Van Der Beek siblings is baby Gwendolyn, who was born on July 15, 2018, at the family’s home.
Although the happy family already has a lot of children, they are still positive about another addition coming anytime soon.