Hélène Joy

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Hélène Joy
Helene Joy.jpg
Born Perth, Australia
Nationality Australian-Canadian
Occupation actress
Years active 1990s–present
Known for Durham County, Murdoch Mysteries

Hélène Joy is an Australian Canadian television, stage and film actress from Perth, Australia. She is best known for her work in the television series Durham County and Murdoch Mysteries.

Biography[edit]

Joy was born in Perth and raised in Australia. She began acting in Kewdale Senior High School[1] in her native Australia. She subsequently toured Europe with a youth theatre company.[2] She spent a year as a theatre major at Curtin University[1] before winning a place at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth where she obtained an acting diploma. She won the Academy’s Leslie Anderson Award for Best Performer.[3]

Career[edit]

Television and film[edit]

She had minor roles in Australian television series such as: Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (1996), Water Rats (1996–97), Big Sky (1997), and Stingers (1999).[2] After three years, at the urging of her then boyfriend, she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[4]

After arriving in Vancouver, Joy found work on shows such as First Wave (2000), The Outer Limits (2001), The Chris Isaak Show (2002), and The Twilight Zone (2002). In 2003, she landed the lead role of Judy Surgick in the short-lived CBC TV sitcom An American in Canada (2003–04)[2] which was a 2003 Gemini Award nominee for Best Ensemble Performance Comedy Series/Program.[5] In 2005 she appeared in the feature film Desolation Sound.[2]

While still in Vancouver, Joy began landing roles in Toronto, including a supporting role in the TV movie The Murdoch Mysteries:Under the Dragon’s Tail (2004). After moving to Toronto, she played recurring roles in TV series such as This Is Wonderland (2005–06) and ReGenesis (2006). She then starred in Durham County between 2007 and 2010, and appeared as Doc in the primetime soap opera MVP: The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives (2008).[2]

In Christmas 2007, Joy appeared in the fantastical musical film version of the Nutcracker ballet, The Secret of the Nutcracker starring opposite Brian Cox for the CBC. Joy starred in An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving with Jacqueline Bisset for Hallmark in 2008.[3]

Joy has made guest appearances on Heartland, Rookie Blue (2011), Republic of Doyle (2012) and The L.A. Complex (2012) among other programs.[5]

Although she played a different character in Under the Dragon's Tail, the third made-for-television film about William Murdoch and his unique ways of doing detective work, the book's author, Maureen Jennings, was so impressed with Joy's acting ability that she successfully pressed the TV show's producers to select her for the role of Dr. Julia Ogden.[6] As a result, Joy was hired for the part and has played this continuing character in the period detective drama Murdoch Mysteries since 2008.

Theatre[edit]

Joy's theatrical career began in Australia with roles in the Shakespeare Program at the Bell Shakespeare Company. She then played a number of roles at the Melbourne Theatre Company: Ophelia in Hamlet, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.[5] She made her Canadian theatrical debut in 2012 in Australian playwright Andrew Bovell's Speaking in Tongues at The Company Theatre in Toronto.[2]

Voice acting[edit]

She supplied the voice of Gabi and Polly in the Australian–Canadian animated TV series Yolky in The Eggs (2004), Faireez (2005), The Secret World of Og (2006), Pearlie (2008), and Detentionaire (2012).[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2006, Joy was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for her work in the TV movie The Murdoch Mysteries: Under the Dragon’s Tail as well as being nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role Dramatic Series for ReGenesis.[7] In 2011, and again in 2012, she was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her work in Murdoch Mysteries by the Monte-Carlo TV Festival Awards.[5]

She won a Leo Award in 2005 for Best Lead Performance by an Actress in a Feature Length Drama for her role in Desolation Sound. [8]

She won the Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role in 2008 for her role in Durham County.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Joy left Australia and followed her boyfriend to his native Vancouver.[10] Joy trained and is licensed as a real estate agent in Australia.[1] She is a vegetarian,[11] resides in Toronto, and enjoys travelling all over the world during her time off.[3] She has numerous property developments on the go.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Beneficiary, TheThe Beneficiary Helen Desareé Short film
2005 Desolation Sound Laurel Elliott
2005 Feed Young Phillip's Mother
2011 At the Bottom of the Hill Alice Short film
2012 100 Musicians DJ Collingwood (voice) Short film
???? Sadie's Last Days on Earth Grace Collins Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Man from Snowy River, TheThe Man from Snowy River Agnes Windsor "The Claimant"
1996 G.P. Sasha Smith "Sleeping Beauty"
1996-97 Water Rats Lucy White / Gina Downie "The Shaft", "Sex Games"
1997 Big Sky Kate Vernon "Simple Twist of Fate"
1997 Fable Shelley TV film
1998 Blue Heelers Marina Armstrong "Little Monsters"
1998 Never Tell Me Never Nancy TV film
1999 Stingers Anna De Groot "Lunatic Fringe: Part 1 & 2"
2000 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Mary Riley TV film
2000 First Wave Dr. Victoria Kelly "Comes a Horseman"
2001 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Dr. Louisa Kennedy "In the Blood"
2001 Night Visions Linda "Hate Puppet"
2002 Chris Isaak Show, TheThe Chris Isaak Show Dr. Darcy "The Hidden Mommy"
2002 Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone Linda "Mr. Motivation"
2002-03 American in Canada, AnAn American in Canada Judy Surgick Main role
2003 Andromeda Alien Queen "Vault of the Heavens"
2004 Puppets Who Kill Hazel "Dan and the Necrophiliac"
2005 Collector, TheThe Collector Constance "The Ripper"
2005 Million Dollar Murder Grace TV film
2005 Beautiful People Miss Patel "Dark, Room, Chemicals"
2005 Murdoch Mysteries Maud Pedlow "Under the Dragon's Tail"
2005-06 This Is Wonderland Erica Taft "3.2", "3.12"
2006 ReGenesis Audrey Graves "China", "Escape Mutant", "The Cocktail"
2006 Secret World of Og, TheThe Secret World of Og Patsy / Mrs. Berton TV series
2007 Secret of the Nutcracker, TheThe Secret of the Nutcracker Mom TV film
2007-10 Durham County Audrey Sweeney Main role
2008 MVP Doc Main role
2008 Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving, AnAn Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Mary Bassett TV film
2008– Murdoch Mysteries Dr. Julia Ogden Main role
2009-10 Pearlie Opal Recurring role
2010 Heartland Christmas, AA Heartland Christmas Joanna Hawke TV film
2011 Murdoch Mysteries: The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs]] Dr. Julia Ogden TV series
2011 Rookie Blue Giselle Armstrong "God's Good Grace"
2012 Detentionaire Vice Principal Victoria (voice) Regular role
2012 L.A. Complex, TheThe L.A. Complex Connor's Mother "Other Side of the Doctor"
2012 Republic of Doyle Tamara "Rusted Steele"
2012 Murdoch Mysteries: The Murdoch Effect Dr. Julia Ogden TV series
2013 Murdoch Mysteries: Nightmare on Queen Street Dr. Julia Ogden TV series
2014-15 Heartland Joanna Hawke "The Pike River Cull", "The Heart of a River"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Canada wins Aussie Joy". yau.news.yahoo.com. Yahoo. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Hélène Joy Biography". the canadianencyclopedia.ca. The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Joy Biography". cbc.ca. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Greg Quill, "Hélène Joy: Successful – and ignored", Toronto Star, 10 January 2009.
  5. ^ a b c d "Helene Joy C.V.". garygoddardagency.com. Gary Goddard Agency. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Whether It's "Murdoch Mysteries"...". zoiksonline.com. Jason Zoiks. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Gemini Awards 2006". awardsandwinners.com. Awards and Winners. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Leo Awards 2005". leoawards.com. Leo Awards. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Gemini Awards 2008". awardsandwinners.com. Awards and Winners. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  10. ^ Théault, Nathalie (2015). "Murdoch Mysteries, France 3: Five things to know about Hélène Joy, aka Julia Ogden". Tele Star. 
  11. ^ Siddiqi, Maryam (2010). "On the town with Helene Joy". The Globe and Mail. 
  12. ^ Mohan, Keerthi. "Interview: 'Murdoch Mysteries' star Helene Joy is rooting for a baby for William and Julia in Season 10". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 

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