Dhavernas at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival
May 15, 1978 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Caroline Dhavernas (/ /; born May 15, 1978) is a Canadian actress. Dhavernas is best known in the United States as Jaye from the short-lived television series Wonderfalls on Fox. She starred as Dr. Lily Brenner in the ABC medical drama Off the Map.
Life and career 
Dhavernas was born in Montreal, Quebec, the daughter of the Québécois actors Sébastien Dhavernas and Michèle Deslauriers. Her first name is pronounced kah-ro-LYN because of her French-Canadian heritage. Her last name is roughly pronounced dah-vair-NAH. Her sister Gabrielle Dhavernas is also an actress and specialises in dubbing. The voice timbre of both actresses is very similar, so similar that Gabrielle can dub the voice of Caroline. She learned English at a very young age, as her parents sent her to an English-speaking elementary school called The Priory School.
Dhavernas portrayed swimmer Marilyn Bell in the made-for-television movie Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story (1999). She trained for 2 months with the Pointe-Claire Swim Club to convincingly portray Marilyn Bell who was the first to cross 32-mile Lake Ontario in 1954. Other notable films have included a leading role in Edge of Madness (2002), and supporting roles in Out Cold (2001) and Lost and Delirious (2001). She also had a notable role on Law & Order as a closeted, gay teenager who killed her girlfriend in the episode "Girl Most Likely" (12x17).
Her highest-profile work to date is the portrayal of Jaye Tyler, the central character in Wonderfalls. Jaye is an over-educated underachiever from a wealthy family, who lives in a trailer park and works at the Wonderfalls Gift Emporium, a Niagara Falls gift shop. The show's premise is that Jaye is spoken to by inanimate objects, which encourage her to help others. Dhavernas has described the show as being like "Touched by an Angel on acid". The show received widespread critical praise, but Fox cancelled the show after only four episodes aired. Millions of fans signed an on-line petition with the hope that Fox would continue the show, and as a result 20th Century Fox released the DVD with all 13 completed episodes. She did her own voice-overs for the French translation of Wonderfalls.
Since the cancellation of Wonderfalls, Dhavernas has continued to appear in Canadian-made features, such as Niagara Motel and These Girls. She also appears in Hollywoodland (2006) about the death of actor George Reeves, as well as Breach (2007).
Dhavernas also took the lead role in Surviving My Mother (which went under the working title of The Yellow Woman), a movie directed by Émile Gaudreault which premiered at the Festival des films du monde of Montreal on 28 August 2007. The wider theatrical release was 2 November 2007. In 2008 Dhavernas starred in Passchendaele, a film written and directed by Paul Gross about the Battle of Passchendaele. Passchendaele accounted for half of 2008's box office revenue from made-in-Canada anglophone films and as of 2009 is the most expensive film in Canadian history.
It's a beautiful film and I'm really, really happy to be part of it. It's about Battle of Passchendaele, which was a very important battle for Canadians and it's a big part of our history. It was just so amazing to be privileged to live a little part of that history.
Recent projects include The Cry of the Owl, a movie adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel of the same name, and the popular Quebec comedy De père en flic. She also appeared in the first and last episodes of HBO's miniseries The Pacific, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, and a guest role on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, where she played Maya in the episode "Love Sick" in May 2010.
Awards and nominations 
- Nominated for a Genie at the Genie Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Niagara Motel (2006)
- Nominated for a Genie at the Genie Awards for Best Achievement in Music - Original Song for La belle bête (2006) shared with Patrick Watson for the song Trace-Moi
|1993||Cap Tourmente||Valerie Huot|
|1996||L'oreille de Joé||Short film|
|1999||L'île de sable||Manou|
|2001||Lost and Delirious||Kara|
|2001||Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story||Marilyn Bell|
|2002||Les moutons de Jacob||Caroline|
|2002||Edge of Madness||Annie Herron|
|2002||The Baroness and the Pig||Emily|
|2003||The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story||Passion Hockmeister|
|2003||The Tulse Looper Suitcases: Antwerp||Passion Hockmeister|
|2003||Red Nose||Nathalie Lachance|
|2005||These Girls||Keira St. George|
|2006||The Beautiful Beast||Isabelle-Marie|
|2007||Surviving My Mother||Bianca|
|2009||The Cry of the Owl||Nickie Grace|
|2009||Father and Guns||Geneviève|
|2010||One Last Dance||Young Norma||Short film|
|2012||Mars et Avril||Avril|
|1990||Les filles de Caleb||Rose Pronovost age 8-11||Episode: "17"|
|1993||Zap||Isabelle Daigneault||TV series|
|1996||Urgence||Josianne Villeneuve||TV series|
|1999||Le polock||Camille Langlois||TV series|
|2000||The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne||Angelique Dore||Episode: "The Golem"|
|2002||Law & Order||Alicia Milford||Episode: "Girl Most Likely"|
|2004||Wonderfalls||Jaye Tyler||Lead role (14 episodes)|
|2010||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Maya Sills||Episode: "Love Sick"|
|2010||The Pacific||Vera Keller||TV miniseries|
|2011||Over/Under||Vicky Harmon-Castle||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2011||Off the Map||Dr. Lily Brenner||13 episodes|
|2013||Hannibal||Dr. Alana Bloom||Main role (13 episodes)|
- Brodsky, Katherine. "Interview with Caroline Dhavernas "Bianca" in SURVIVING MY MOTHER". First Weekend Club. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
- Hitchhike a ride on Martin Villeneuve’s future, review from The Gazette, October 11, 2012
- Mars and April // Mars & Avril, review from Variety, July 16, 2012
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