Caroline Dhavernas (/ˈkærəln dəˈvɜrnə/; born May 15, 1978) is a Canadian actress. Dhavernas is best known in the United States as Jaye from the short-lived television seriesWonderfalls on Fox. She starred as Dr. Lily Brenner in the ABC medical drama Off the Map.

Life and career[edit]Edit

Dhavernas was born in MontrealQuebec, the daughter of the Québécois actors Sébastien Dhavernas and Michèle Deslauriers. Her first name is pronounced kah-ro-Lean because of her French-Canadian heritage. Her last name is roughly pronounced dah-vair-NAH. Her sister Gabrielle Dhavernas is also an actress and specialises in dubbing. The voice timbre of both actresses is very similar, so similar that Gabrielle can dub the voice of Caroline. She learned English at a very young age, as her parents sent her to an English-speaking elementary schoolcalled The Priory School.

She began her career at the age of 8, dubbing voices for television productions such as Babar. At the age of 12 she began her acting career in the film Comme un Voleur (1990).

Dhavernas portrayed swimmer Marilyn Bell in the made-for-television movie Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story (1999). She trained for 2 months with the Pointe-Claire Swim Club to convincingly portray Marilyn Bell who was the first to cross 32-mile Lake Ontario in 1954. Other notable films have included a leading role in Edge of Madness (2002), and supporting roles in Out Cold (2001) and Lost and Delirious (2001). She also had a notable role on Law & Order as a closetedgay teenager who killed her girlfriend in the episode "Girl Most Likely" (12x17).

Her highest-profile work to date is the portrayal of Jaye Tyler, the central character in Wonderfalls. Jaye is an over-educated underachiever from a wealthy family, who lives in a trailer park and works at the Wonderfalls Gift Emporium, a Niagara Falls gift shop. The show's premise is that Jaye is spoken to by inanimate objects, which encourage her to help others. Dhavernas has described the show as being like "Touched by an Angel on acid". The show received widespread critical praise, but Fox cancelled the show after only four episodes aired. Millions of fans signed an on-line petition with the hope that Fox would continue the show, and as a result 20th Century Fox released the DVD with all 13 completed episodes. She did her own voice-overs for the French translation of Wonderfalls.

Since the cancellation of Wonderfalls, Dhavernas has continued to appear in Canadian-made features, such as Niagara Motel and These Girls. She also appears in Hollywoodland (2006) about the death of actor George Reeves, as well as Breach (2007).

Dhavernas also took the lead role in Surviving My Mother (which went under the working title of The Yellow Woman), a movie directed by Émile Gaudreault which premiered at the Festival des films du monde of Montreal on 28 August 2007. The wider theatrical release was 2 November 2007. In 2008 Dhavernas starred in Passchendaele, a film written and directed by Paul Gross about the Battle of PasschendaelePasschendaele accounted for half of 2008's box office revenue from made-in-Canada anglophone films and as of 2009 is the most expensive film in Canadian history.

It's a beautiful film and I'm really, really happy to be part of it. It's about Battle of Passchendaele, which was a very important battle for Canadians and it's a big part of our history. It was just so amazing to be privileged to live a little part of that history.

Recent projects include The Cry of the Owl, a movie adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel of the same name, and the popular Quebec comedy De père en flic. She also appeared in the first and last episodes of HBO's miniseries The Pacific, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, and a guest role on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, where she played Maya in the episode "Love Sick" in May 2010.

In 2012, audiences saw her in Martin Villeneuve's Mars et Avril, a science fiction film based on the graphic novels of the same name.

She has been cast as the female lead, Dr. Alana Bloom in Hannibal, which reunites her with Wonderfalls creator Bryan Fuller.

Awards and nominations[edit]Edit


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Cap Tourmente Valerie Huot
1996 L'oreille de Joé Short film
1999 L'île de sable Manou
1999 Running Home Jessica
2001 Lost and Delirious Kara
2001 Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story Marilyn Bell
2001 Out Cold Anna
2002 Les moutons de Jacob Caroline
2002 Edge of Madness Annie Herron
2002 The Baroness and the Pig Emily
2003 The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story Passion Hockmeister
2003 The Tulse Looper Suitcases: Antwerp Passion Hockmeister
2003 Red Nose Nathalie Lachance
2005 These Girls Keira St. George
2006 Niagara Motel Loretta
2006 Mr. Average Claire
2006 Hollywoodland Kit Holliday
2006 The Beautiful Beast Isabelle-Marie
2007 Breach Juliana O'Neill
2007 Surviving My Mother Bianca
2008 Passchendaele Sarah Mann
2009 The Cry of the Owl Nickie Grace
2009 Father and Guns Geneviève
2010 One Last Dance Young Norma Short film
2010 The Switch Pauline
2010 Devil Elsa Nahai
2010 Wrecked Woman
2012 Mars et Avril Avril
2013 Goodbye World Becky Post-production

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Les filles de Caleb Rose Pronovost age 8-11 Episode: "17"
1991 Marilyn Abeille TV series
1993 Zap Isabelle Daigneault TV series
1996 Urgence Josianne Villeneuve TV series
1997 Lobby TV series
1998 Réseaux Christine TV series
1999 Le polock Camille Langlois TV series
2000 Tag Stéphanie TV series
2000 The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne Angelique Dore Episode: "The Golem"
2002 Law & Order Alicia Milford Episode: "Girl Most Likely"
2004 Wonderfalls Jaye Tyler Lead role (14 episodes)
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Maya Sills Episode: "Love Sick"
2010 The Pacific Vera Keller TV miniseries
2011 Over/Under Vicky Harmon-Castle Episode: "Pilot"
2011 Off the Map Dr. Lily Brenner 13 episodes
2013–present Hannibal Dr. Alana Bloom Main role
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