Karine Vanasse

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Karine Vanasse
Born (1983-11-24) 24 November 1983 (age 30)
Drummondville, Quebec, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Partner(s) Maxime Rémillard (2006–present)

Karine Vanasse (born 24 November 1983) is a French Canadian actress, most famous in Quebec for her award winning roles in films such as Polytechnique, Séraphin: Heart of Stone and Emporte-moi. Internationally she is best known for her roles as Colette Valois in Pan Am and Margaux LeMarchal in Revenge, both US television series.

Life and career[edit]

Vanasse was born in Drummondville, Quebec, the daughter of Conrad Vanasse, a council worker, and Renée (née Gamache), who was her manager at the beginning of her career. At the age of nine, Vanasse expressed her desire to sing or to act and she fulfilled that wish when she appeared in the teen show Club des 100 watts after winning a "lip sync" competition. It was then, with the help of her mother, that she began to audition for, and take part in, TV commercials and to play minor and supporting roles in various French Canadian TV movies.

In 1998, the production company now known as Motion International asked Vanasse to co-host a Québec-based children's science show, Les Débrouillards. Producer Lorraine Richard and director Léa Pool spotted her there, and offered Vanasse her first big break in the role of Hanna in Emporte-moi (1999), a story of a teenager trying to find her identity in a tormented family environment. The film was presented at forty festivals, and shown in twenty countries. Her performance was highly acclaimed both nationally and internationally and earned her the 2000 Best Actress Jutra Award.[citation needed]

Vanasse then played Lucie (the teenage love interest of Benoit Langlais's main character, Zac) in the controversial Québec TV series Deux Frères (1999). Her character became much prominent in 2000–2001, and the debate stirred by the violent realism led her to become, together with Langlais, a spokesperson for the government-funded TV program Parler, c'est grandir, a broadcast aimed at youngsters from unstable backgrounds. In 2001, she applied for the ITHAKA program and took a six-month break in Greece to devote herself to travel and academics, after which she played Donalda in Charles Binamé's epic, Séraphin: Heart of Stone (2002). She was cast as an FLQ terrorist in the 2006 miniseries October 1970 on CBC's English network. Vanasse appeared in such Canadian productions as Sans Elle, Ma fille, mon ange, and the Canadian/American/British mini-series Killer Wave.

In 2009, Vanasse was a producer and a cast member of the film Polytechnique, which portrays the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montréal.[1][2] She won the Genie Award for Best Actress for her performance.[3]

In 2011 Vanasse was cast as the French stewardess, Colette Valois in the American-produced television series Pan Am, which was later cancelled after one season.[4]

In January 2013 she began a 60 episode stretch in the popular Quebec television series 30 Vies, which ended in April 2013.[5] In July 2013 Deadline.com announced that Vanasse has joined the cast of ABC's Revenge as French businesswoman Margaux LeMarchal in the third season of the popular drama.[6] During 2012 and 2013, Vanasse filmed the movies All The Wrong Reasons, Buddha's Little Finger and En solitaire, all due for release in late 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Vanasse's partner since 2006 is Quebec businessman Maxime Rémillard.[7]


List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Le souper Short film
1999 2 frères Lucie Chaput
  • TV series
  • Nominated – Prix Gémeaux for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
  • Nominated – MetroStar Award for Favorite Actress in a Series (2001,2002)
1999 Set Me Free Hanna
2001 Mon meilleur ennemi Franny Anderson (Jeune) TV series
2002 Games of the Heart Alice
2002 Séraphin: Heart of Stone Donalda Laloge
2004 Head in the Clouds Lisette
2006 Un homme mort Kim Blanchard TV series
2006 Without Her Camille
2006 October 1970 Christine
  • 8 episodes
  • Nominated – ACTRA Award for Outstanding Female Performance
2006 Marie-Antoinette Marie-Antoinette TV movie of Francis Leclerc and Yves Simoneau
2007 Killer Wave Sophie Marleau Episode: "1.1"
Episode: "1.2"
2007 My Daughter, My Angel Nathalie Dagenais Nominated – Jutra Award for Best Actress
2009 Polytechnique Valérie
2009 Emma Fire Young Woman Short film
2010 Rhonda's Party Amy Short film
2010 Child Prodigy, TheThe Child Prodigy Camillette Mathieu
2011 Trauma Fannie Comtois Episode: "Plaisir et douleur"
2011 Angle mort Stéphanie
2011 Midnight in Paris Chloe
2011 French Immersion Julie Tremblay
2011 Parenthood Karen
2011 Switch Sophie Malaterre
2011 I'm Yours Daphne
2011 Pan Am Colette Valois TV series, part of lead ensemble
2012 Scruples TV series, Valentine O'Neill Pilot
2013 All The Wrong Reasons Kate Ascher Post-Production
2013 Buddha's Little Finger Anna Post-Production
2013 En Solitaire Mag Post-Production
2013 30 Vies Maxime Bouchard TV series, lead
2013–present Revenge Margaux LeMarchal TV series, recurring role (Season 3, 19 episodes)
regular role (Season 4–present)
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Nurse


  1. ^ Lupick, Travis (16 March 2009). "Polytechnique an intense journey for Karine Vanasse". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Wilner, Norman (17 March 2009). "Q&A: Karine Vanasse". NOW. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Polytechnique sweeps Genie Awards". Toronto Star, 12 April 2010.
  4. ^ Harnick, Chris (20 June 2012). "'Pan Am' Canceled: ABC Series Officially Grounded". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Dumas, Hugo (22 November 2012). "Karine Vanasse atterrit dans 30 vies". La Presse. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Karine Vanasse joins cast of 'Revenge', deadline.com; accessed 10 February 2014.
  7. ^ Chevalier, Manon (17 December 2010). "Rencontre avec Karine Vanasse". Elle Quebec. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 

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