Joelle Carter

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Joelle Carter
Joelle Carter - April 2015 (cropped).jpg
Carter in April 2015
Born Joelle Marie Carter
(1972-10-10) October 10, 1972 (age 45)[1]
Thomasville, Georgia, U.S.
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality United States Citizen
Alma mater Augusta State University
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Andy Bates
Children 1 (adopted)

Joelle Marie Carter (born October 10, 1972) is an American actress and producer. She is known for playing Ava Crowder in the FX series Justified.

Early life[edit]

Carter was born in Thomasville, Georgia, and she was an army brat. Her father, Jimmy,[2] was in the U.S. Army and the family moved often throughout the United States. She attended high school in Albany, Georgia, and enrolled at Augusta State University on a full athletic scholarship for swimming and cross-country.

Acting career[edit]

She has been featured on many movies, most notably the opening scene in American Pie 2. She also has an extensive resume of television bit parts, appearing on shows and in films including High Fidelity, Inconceivable, and Cold Storage.[3] From 2010 to 2015, she played Ava Crowder in the television series Justified on FX. She also appeared in Kevin Greutert's 2014 horror-thriller film Jessabelle.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She lives and works in New York City with her husband Andy Bates—an editor, producer and cinematographer. In July 2010, they adopted a daughter, Luna Rose Bates. The couple have formed a film production company named Blarma.[2]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Horse Whisperer Office Worker #1
Just One Time Amy Short film
1999 Suits Heidi Wilson
Just One Time Amy
2000 It Had to Be You Claire Parker
Swimming Josee
High Fidelity Penny Hardwick
Famous Brenda
2001 American Pie 2 Natalie
2002 Crazy Little Thing Kate
2004 When Will I Be Loved Sam
2005 Nick and Stacey Stacey Short film
2006 Room 314 Stacey
2008 Jumping In Laura Short film
Remarkable Power Reporter
A Girl and a Gun Girl Short film
2009 Cold Storage Cathy
2010 To Be Friends Her
Eyes to See Grace Short film
2012 Lost Angeles Jamie
2013 It's Not You, It's Me Carrie
Red Wing Vera Sexton
A Perfect Man Lynn
2014 Jessabelle Kate
The Living Angela
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Law & Order Donna Richland Episode: "Girlfriends"
2000 Wonderland Heather Miles 3 episodes
Quarantine President's Daughter TV movie
2001 Final Jeopardy Sandra Bonventre TV movie
2002 The Job Sharon Episode: "Gina"
Third Watch Tori Episode: "Judgment Day: Part 1"
2003 Third Watch Toni Episode: "Castles of Sand"
Episode: "Snow Blind"
2004 The Jury Cassandra Nichols Episode: "Memories"
Tempting Adam Lauren TV movie
2005 Inconceivable Patrice Locicero Episode: "Sex, Lies and Sonograms"
2006 Justice Amber Wilson Episode: "Addicts"
CSI: Miami Abby Biggs Episode: "If Looks Could Kill"
2007 Cold Case Kylie Cramer '89 Episode: "Thick as Thieves"
2009 Monk Barbara O'Keefe Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to Group Therapy"
Three Rivers Barbara Harris Episode: "The Luckiest Man"
2010–15 Justified Ava Crowder 78 episodes
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2015)
2011 Body of Proof Andrea Davidson Episode: "Love Thy Neighbor"
Prime Suspect Louise Giordano Episode: "Great Guy, Yet: Dead"
Grey's Anatomy Mary Episode: "Poker Face"
2013 Castle Maggie Ingram Episode: "Like Father, Like Daughter"
2014 Constantine Jasmine Fell Episode: "The Devil's Vinyl"
2016 Scandal Vanessa Moss 3 episodes
2016 Chicago P.D. Laura Nagel Episode: "Justice"
2017 Chicago Justice Laura Nagel Series Regular


  1. ^ Joelle Carter the beautiful actress from, retrieved 11 June 2014
  2. ^ a b Joelle Carter the beautiful actress from, retrieved 11 June 2014
  3. ^ Trailer and DVD Art for Cold Storage, retrieved 11 June 2014
  4. ^ Jessabelle

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