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Perth, Western Australia
|Known for||Durham County, Murdoch Mysteries|
Hélène Joy is an Australian-Canadian television, stage and film actress originally from Perth, Western Australia. She is best known for her work in television series Durham County and Murdoch Mysteries.
Joy was born in Perth and raised in Australia. She began acting in Kewdale Senior High School in her native Australia. She subsequently toured Europe with a youth theatre company. She spent a year as a theatre major at Curtin University 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.
Television and film
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). After three years, at the urging of her then boyfriend, she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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) which was a 2003 Gemini Award nominee for Best Ensemble Performance Comedy Series/Program. In 2005 she appeared in the feature film Desolation Sound.
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).
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.
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. As a result, Joy was hired for the part and has played this continuing character in the period detective drama Murdoch Mysteries since 2008.
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. She made her Canadian theatrical debut in 2012 in Australian playwright Andrew Bovell's Speaking in Tongues at The Company Theatre in Toronto.
She supplied the voice of Yolky in The Eggs (2004), Gabi and Polly in Faireez (2005), Patsy and Mrs. Berton in The Secret World of Og (2006), Opal in Pearlie (2009), and Vice Principal Victoria in Detentionaire (2012).
Awards and nominations
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. 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.
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.
Joy left Australia and followed her boyfriend to his native Vancouver. Joy trained and is licensed as a real estate agent in Australia. She has been a vegan and enjoys travelling all over the world during her time off. Joy trained and is licensed as a real estate agent in Australia.: she has subsequently taken up property development.
|1997||The Beneficiary||Helen Desareé||Short film|
|2005||Desolation Sound||Laurel Elliott|
|Feed||Young Phillip's Mother|
|2011||At the Bottom of the Hill||Alice||Short film|
|2012||100 Musicians||DJ Collingwood (voice)|
|2016||Sadie's Last Days on Earth||Hope Mitchell|
|2021||Woman in Car||Anne|
|1996||The Man from Snowy River||Agnes Windsor||"The Claimant"|
|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"|
|1998||Blue Heelers||Marina Armstrong||"Little Monsters"|
|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|
|First Wave||Dr. Victoria Kelly||"Comes a Horseman"|
|2001||The Outer Limits||Dr. Louisa Kennedy||"In the Blood"|
|Night Visions||Linda||"Hate Puppet"|
|2002||The Chris Isaak Show||Dr. Darcy||"The Hidden Mommy"|
|The Twilight Zone||Linda||"Mr. Motivation"|
|2002-03||An 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||The Collector||Constance||"The Ripper"|
|Million Dollar Murder||Grace||TV film|
|Beautiful People||Miss Patel||"Dark, Room, Chemicals"|
|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"|
|The Secret World of Og||Patsy / Mrs. Berton|
|2007||The Secret of the Nutcracker||Mom||TV film|
|2007-10||Durham County||Audrey Sweeney||Main role|
|An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving||Mary Bassett||TV film|
|2008–||Murdoch Mysteries||Dr. Julia Ogden||Main role|
|2010||A Heartland Christmas||Joanna Hawke||TV film|
|2011||Murdoch Mysteries: The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs||Dr. Julia Ogden||TV series|
|Rookie Blue||Giselle Armstrong||"God's Good Grace"|
|2012||Detentionaire||Vice Principal Victoria (voice)||Regular role|
|The L.A. Complex||Connor's Mother||"Other Side of the Doctor"|
|Republic of Doyle||Tamara||"Rusted Steele"|
|Murdoch Mysteries: The Murdoch Effect||Dr. Julia Ogden|
|2013||Murdoch Mysteries: Nightmare on Queen Street|
|2014-15||Heartland||Joanna Hawke||"The Pike River Cull", "The Heart of a River"|
|2017||Air Farce Canada 150||Ronnie the Friend Gun Girl||guest appearance|
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