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Hélène Joy is an Australian/Canadian TV, film and stage actress.

Biography Edit

Hélène Joy was born and raised in Perth, Australia, and didn't think of becoming an actress until an injury occurred in her early teens, and then she decided to try out stage acting. Joy trained at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Her early career began on the stage touring Australia in various roles with the famous Sydney-based Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company. Joy went on to the Melbourne Theatre Company, where she played such classic roles as Juliet, Ophelia and a very young Lady Macbeth. She also found television and film work in her native land with roles in The Man From Snowy River and Water Rats.

After working on the TV movie The Murdoch Mysteries: Under the Dragon’s Tail (2004), Murdoch Mysteries author and creator Maureen Jennings persuaded the producers to cast Joy in the role of Dr. Julia Ogden for the eventual period detective drama Murdoch Mysteries TV series (2008).

Her other TV credits include Durham County, Heartland, and Republic of Doyle. She has gone into voice acting also, as she voiced VP Victoria in the first season of Detentionaire.

Other notable roles include her recurring role as Doc on M.V.P. The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives for ABC & CBC, and An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, where she starred opposite screen legend Jacqueline Bisset. 

In 2014, Hélène Joy was nominated to Canadian Screen Awards - Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role - Murdoch Mysteries ( Crime and Punishment ). Garnering numerous nominations from 2003 to the present, Hélène has won the Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role in 2008 for her role in Durham County and a Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by an Actress in a Feature Length Drama for her role in Desolation Sound (2005).

Hélène Joy calls Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood her home.

As one of the main characters in Murdoch Mysteries, Hélène has been in 105 out of 114 episodes, with Season 9 airing Fall 2015, promising 18 more episodes.

Trivia Edit

  • Refers to the William-Julia Relationship as Jilliam in an interview.
  • Has a delicious, meat-free burger named after her – the “MissJoy” – at Ossington’s favourite burger joint, BQM Burgershoppe    
  • The running joke is that Hélène is not recognized in public because she looks so different from Julia with her hair down, see interview below    
  • Murdoch Mysteries and SickKids Foundation celebrates the 140th Anniversary of The Hospital for Sick Children this holiday season, including a special PSA featuring Hélène Joy. The Hospital will be featured in the upcoming holiday special, A Merry Murdoch Christmas, premiering Mon Dec 21. Visit the special interactive timeline featuring SickKids milestones.    

External Links Edit

Interview: Murdoch Mysteries’ Hélène Joy Lets Her Hair Down:


Murdoch Mysteries Stars and Characters
Yannick Bisson as William MurdochHélène Joy as Julia OgdenThomas Craig as Thomas BrackenreidJonny Harris as George Crabtree

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