Joy Tanner

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Joy Tanner
Born (1966-03-07) March 7, 1966 (age 52)
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actress
Years active 1980–present
Children 1
Website Joy Tanner profile

Joy Tanner (born March 7, 1966) is an American-born Canadian actress, who is best known for providing the voice of Candy Kong in the animated television series Donkey Kong Country.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Tanner is part Native American, of the Seneca Nation and she is adopted.[citation needed]

Tanner earned an honors B.A. from SUNY Potsdam, worked with Tony Award-winning director Warren Enters at SUNY Buffalo and has her diploma from the British America Drama Academy (London and Oxford, UK).

After moving to Canada, she began her career in film. She augmented her acting career with commercials in Canada and was the star in the Shopper’s Drug Mart and Pharmacy commercials also playing Wonder Woman in a Listerine spot (1998–2000).[1] She was nominated for a Gemini Award in 2007 for her guest role on ReGenesis in the episode "Let It Burn". She also has a recurring role on Degrassi as Mrs. Coyne.[1]

Tanner was pregnant with her son during the filming of the first season of the Family Channel sitcom Life With Derek, in which she portrayed Nora MacDonald. She gave birth in 2005.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Prom Night IV: Deliver Us from Evil Laura
1992 Liar's Edge Ruth
1997 Touch, TheThe Touch Max Short film
2010 Four Sisters Nancy Short film
2011 Balian's Badge Short film
2012 House at the End of the Street Bonnie Reynolds
2012 Neverlake Olga


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Boogies Diner Cheryl Anne Episode: "2.28"
1995 Forever Knight Christie Black Episode: "Strings"
1995 Nancy Drew George Fayne 12 episodes
1996 Goosebumps Sarabeth Episode: "Monster Blood"
1996–2000 Donkey Kong Country Candy Kong (voice) Recurring role
1997 Once a Thief Droog / Shirley Hecht Episode: "Wang Dang Doodle"
1997 PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Lauren Cooke Episode: "House on Garden Street"
1998 Crow: Stairway to Heaven, TheThe Crow: Stairway to Heaven Sonya Scavuolo Episode: "Double Take"
1998 Viper Pearl Episode: "Regarding Catlett"
1998–1999 Cold Squad Jill Stone 4 episodes
1999 Shadow Lake Stephanie Garvey TV movie
1999 Dead Man's Gun Louise Episode: "The Good Chef"
1999 Viper Angela Episode: "Of Course, It's a Miracle"
1999 Earth: Final Conflict Dr. Megan Catlet Episode: "Pad'ar"
1999 PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Sydney Testarossa Episode: "Nocturnal Cabal"
2000 Mythic Warriors Cybele (voice) Episode: "King Midas: The Golden Touch"
2001 Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot Lee Bouvier TV movie
2001 Acceptable Risk TV movie
2001 Mutant X Kendra MacEvoy Episode: "In the Presence of Mine Enemies"
2002 Relic Hunter Gina Episode: "Antianeirai"
2003 Good Fences Binky TV movie
2003 Doc Nicole's Mother Episode: "While You Were Snoring"
2003 Killer Instinct: From the Files of Agent Candice DeLong Kit Geary TV movie
2003 Tarzan Mrs. Bancroft Episode: "Wages of Sin"
2005 Missing Dr. Laurel Bennett Episode: "Fugitive"
2005 Time Warp Trio Emily Roebling (voice) Episode: "Hey Kid, Want to Buy a Bridge?"
2005–2009 Life with Derek Nora MacDonald 70 episodes
2006 Angela's Eyes Maggie Phillips Episode: "Pilot"
2007 ReGenesis Dr. Alex Lowen Episode: "Sleepers"
2008 Border, TheThe Border Nadia Abrams Episode: "Prescriptive Measures"
2008 Two Mr. Kissels, TheThe Two Mr. Kissels Personal Shopper TV movie
2009–2013 Degrassi: The Next Generation Mrs. Laura Coyne Recurring role
2010 Heartland Jennifer Episode: "Eye of the Wolf"
2010 Vacation with Derek Nora MacDonald TV movie
2010 Degrassi Takes Manhattan Mrs. Laura Coyne TV movie
2011 Skins Beth Lucerne Episode: "Tony"
Episode: "Stanley"