Évelyne Brochu

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Évelyne Brochu
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Evelyne Brochu
Born Évelyne Marie Léa Cassandre Brochu
(1983-11-17) November 17, 1983 (age 33)
Montreal, Quebec
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Évelyne Marie Léa Cassandre Brochu (born November 17, 1983)[1] is a Canadian film, television and theatre actress. Some of her most prominent French-speaking roles include: Chloé in Inch'Allah, Rose in Café de Flore, Sara in Tom at the Farm, Stéphanie in Polytechnique and Alice in Le Passe Devant Nous.

In 2013, she became well known for her English-speaking role as Delphine Cormier, a French scientist on the hit TV series Orphan Black. Brochu portrayed Aurora Luft in CBC Television's spy thriller X Company.

Early life[edit]

Brochu was born Évelyne Marie Léa Cassandre Brochu. She grew up in Pointe-Claire, a suburb of Montreal, Canada. Her native language is French, but she also spoke English from an early age. Growing up she had anglophone friends and learned English at Jean XXIII High School in Dorval, Quebec.[2] She studied drama at the Cégep de Saint-Laurent . In 2005, Brochu graduated from the Conservatoire d'art dramatique in Montreal.[3]

She says a key turning point in learning English was when she became an avid viewer of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air as a child.[4] Her father left when she was 1 1/2 years old and, when her father later remarried, she found herself with a step-sister. Brochu has stated that she has a good relationship with her stepmother.[citation needed] Her mother is a violoncello teacher and her father worked as a taxi driver.[citation needed]

While out cycling, she was hit by a truck and was told by her doctors that to keep her knee in good shape she could no longer run or dance. She stopped both and took up yoga and acting.[5]

Career[edit]

Brochu in 2013

Some of her most prominent French-speaking roles include: Chloé in Inch'Allah,[6] Rose in Café de Flore,[7] Sara in Tom at the Farm,[8] and Stéphanie in Polytechnique.[9]

In 2013, she became well known for her English-speaking role as Delphine Cormier, a French scientist on the hit TV series Orphan Black.[10]

Brochu has recently finished portraying Aurora Luft in CBC Television's spy thriller X Company.[10]

Brochu also has a successful singing career. She has released a duet with Félix Dyotte entitled 'C'est l'été, c'est l'été, c'est l'été' as well as a single entitled 'Quoi'.

Personal life[edit]

She dated Canadian actor Francois Arnaud but in a May 2014 interview she stated that they were no longer together.[11] Her cousin is Xarah Dion, a French-Canadian singer.[12]

In February 2015, Brochu stated in an interview that she is a feminist and that she struggled when portraying Aurora Luft in X Company:

There was a moment in Episode 2 when I was with [co-star Dustin Milligan], when I have to give him orders, I don’t want to do that, and he doesn’t want me to do that, and my first instinct, as a woman, was to smooth it out for him. The director was like, no, you’re a sergeant now. You have to give orders. You have authority. I'm a feminist, it’s 2015.[13]

She resides in Montreal, Quebec.[14]

Brochu is fluent in English and French but can also speak Spanish well. She can perform contemporary dance and yoga as well as being able to play the drums, guitar and piano and can sing mezzo soprano and alto.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Creator Notes
2008–2012 The Promise (La Promesse) Mélanie Gauthier Martin Thibault Soap opera
2009 Admit (Aveux) Jolianne Laplante Claude Desrosiers TV series (12 episodes)
2010 Mirador Mylène Émard Louis Choquette TV series (7 episodes)
2013–2017 Orphan Black Delphine Cormier Graeme Manson
John Fawcett
TV series (23 episodes)
Recurring cast seasons 1, 4, and 5; Main cast seasons 2 and 3
2014 The Godmother (La Marraine) Catherine/Valérie Alain Desrochers Séries+ five-part drama[16]
2015–2017 X Company Aurora Luft Mark Ellis & Stephanie Morgenstern TV series (Main role)
2017 Trop Isabelle Marie-Andrée Labbé TV series (Main role)

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2006 Cheech Pharmacist Patrice Sauvé
2008 Father Talk (Dire sur mon père) Evelyne Beauregard-McClean Gabrielle Tremblay Short film
2009 Polytechnique Stéphanie Denis Villeneuve Screened at 2009 Cannes Film Festival
Master Key (Grande Ourse) Jézabel Garneau Patrice Sauvé Sci-Fi
2011 Thrill of the Hills (Frisson des collines) Hélène Paradis Richard Roy Screened at Schlingel Film Festival
Café de Flore Rose Jean-Marc Vallée Screened at the 68th Venice International Film Festival
2012 The Apartment (L'Appartement) Michel Lam Short film alongside Julie Le Breton
Inch'Allah Chloé Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette Screened at 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
Nominated—1st Canadian Screen Awards as Best Lead Actress[17]
La Trappe Sophie B. Jacques Short film
2013 Evelyne's World Evelyne Benjamin Lebus
Sebastian de Souza
Short film shot in Hungary[18]
UNTTLD Sun Dominique Loubier Short Fashion film for Canadian brand UNTTLD S/S 2013[19]
Tom at the Farm
(Tom à la ferme)
Sara Xavier Dolan In competition at the 70th Venice International Film Festival[20]
Screened at 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
Nominated – Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Quelqu'un d'extraordinaire Monia Chokri Short film alongside Laurence Leboeuf
2014 UNTTLD Soul Dominique Loubier
The Nest Celestine David Cronenberg Short film working as a trailer for Cronenberg's book "Consumed"
Pawn Sacrifice Donna Edward Zwick
2015 The Wolves (Les Loups) Elie Sophie Deraspe Shot in Magdalen Islands[21]
2016 Miséricorde Mary Ann Nicolas Comeau Switzerland-Québec production
Le Passé Devant Nous Alice Nathalie Teirlinck
Rememory Wendy Mark Palansky

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Director Theatre
2006 Uncle's Dream Farpoukhina Igor Ovadis Dubunker
2007 Arabian Night Vanina Théodor Cristian Popescu Théâtre de Quat'Sous
Sacred family Mylène Michel Poirier Beaumont Theatre St Michel
2008 The Lion in Winter Alix Daniel Roussel Jean Duceppe Company
2009 Wake up and sing! Hennie Luce Pelletier Théâtre de l'Opsis
Room(s) Évelyne Brochu Éric Jean Théâtre de Quat'Sous
2011 Tom à la Ferme Sara Claude Poissant Théâtre d'Aujourd'Hui
2014 Comment s'occuper de bébé Donna Sylvain Bélanger Théâtre la Licorne

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Prix Gémeaux Best Supporting Actress[22] Aveux Nominated
2012 Prix Gémeaux Best Actress[23] La Promesse Won
2013 Canadian Screen Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Inch'Allah Nominated
2014 Canadian Screen Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Tom at the Farm Nominated
2014 Prix Gémeaux Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role La Marraine Nominated
2015 Jutra Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Tom at the Farm Nominated
2017 Tiburon International Film Festival Best Actress Le Passe Devant Nous Won

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Evelyne Brochu expands her acting horizons". montrealgazette.com. The Montreal Gazette. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Conservatoir d'art dramatique". pro.imdb. Retrieved 28 Aug 2012. 
  4. ^ "A new star bursts onto big screen". canada.com. The Gazette. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Evelyne Brochu: 5 Things You Should Know About The 'Orphan Black' And 'X Company' Star". fashionnstyle.com. Fashion & Style. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Inch’Allah: despair instead of naiveté in the West Bank". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Virtuosity and passion in 'Café de Flore' - Macleans.ca". Macleans.ca. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Five Minutes With: Evelyne Brochu of Tom At The Farm - Flare". Flare. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Polytechnique: Silent witness | Toronto Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Evelyne Brochu on Clone Chemistry in "Orphan Black"". Maxim. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Five Minutes With: Evelyne Brochu of Tom At The Farm". Flare. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Évelyne Brochu is the queen of Best of MTL". Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  13. ^ http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/02/18/going-undercover-with-the-cast-of-x-company/#__federated=1
  14. ^ "Évelyne Brochu is the queen of Best of MTL". Cult MTL. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  15. ^ Talents, Film. "Film Talents". www.filmtalents.com. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  16. ^ "La Marraine: une nouvelle minisérie québécoise à Séries+". tvqc. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 12 Dec 2013. 
  17. ^ "Nominees Announced for 1st Canadian Screen Awards". Alliance for Arts and Culture. 16 Jan 2013. Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 
  18. ^ Lebus, Benjamin. "Evelyne's World". vimeo. Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 
  19. ^ Morin, Isabelle (12 Jul 2013). "UNTTLD: boulimiques de mode". La Presse (in French). Retrieved 4 Aug 2013. 
  20. ^ "Venezia 70: Line Up". La Biennale. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  21. ^ Parent, Marie-Joëlle (7 Jan 2013). "Évelyne Brochu dans le prochain film de Sophie Déraspe". Journal de Montral (in French). Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 
  22. ^ Khoi Do, Anh (17 Jan 2010). "Nominees for the 2010 Gémeaux Awards". The Cultural Post. Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 
  23. ^ "27es Prix Gémeaux: Liste des Gagnants" (PDF). The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (in French). 16 Sep 2012. p. 5. Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 

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