Karine Vanasse

Karine Vanasse
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Born (1983-11-24) 24 November 1983 (age 39)
Years active1999–present

Karine Vanasse (born 24 November 1983) is a French-Canadian actress, who had roles in the films Polytechnique, Séraphin: Heart of Stone (Séraphin: un homme et son péché), Switch and Set Me Free (Emporte-moi). Internationally she is best known for her roles as Colette Valois in Pan Am, Margaux LeMarchal in Revenge and Lise Delorme in Cardinal.

Life and career

Vanasse was born in Drummondville, Quebec, the daughter of Conrad Vanasse, a council worker, and Renée (née Gamache), who was her manager at the beginning of her career. At the age of nine, Vanasse expressed her desire to sing or to act and she fulfilled that wish when she appeared in the teen show Club des 100 watts after winning a "lip sync" competition. It was then, with the help of her mother, that Vanasse began to audition for, and take part in, TV commercials and to play minor and supporting roles in various French Canadian TV movies.

In 1998, the production company now known as Motion International asked Vanasse to co-host a Québec-based children's science show, Les Débrouillards. Producer Lorraine Richard and director Léa Pool spotted her there, and offered Vanasse her first big break in the role of Hanna in Set Me Free (Emporte-moi) (1999), a story of a teenager trying to find her identity in a tormented family environment. The film was presented at forty festivals, and shown in twenty countries. Her performance was highly acclaimed both nationally and internationally and earned her the 2000 Best Actress Jutra Award.[citation needed]

Vanasse then played Lucie (the teenage love interest of Benoit Langlais's main character, Zac) in the controversial Québec TV series Deux frères (fr) (1999). Her character became very prominent in 2000–2001, and the debate stirred by the violent realism led her to become, together with Langlais, a spokesperson for the government-funded TV program Parler, c'est grandir, a broadcast aimed at youngsters from unstable backgrounds. In 2001, she applied for the ITHAKA program and took a six-month break in Greece to devote herself to travel and academics, after which she played Donalda in Charles Binamé's epic, Séraphin: Heart of Stone (Séraphin: un homme et son péché) (2002). She was cast as an FLQ terrorist in the 2006 miniseries October 1970 on CBC's English network. Vanasse appeared in such Canadian productions as Sans Elle, Ma fille, mon ange, and the Canadian/American/British mini-series Killer Wave.

In 2009, Vanasse was a producer and a cast member of the film Polytechnique, directed by Denis Villeneuve, which portrays the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre in Montréal. She won the Genie Award for Best Actress for her performance.

In 2011, Vanasse was cast as the French stewardess, Colette Valois, in the American-produced television series Pan Am, which was later cancelled after one season.

From January to April 2013, Vanasse was cast on the Quebec television series 30 Vies. In July 2013, Deadline Hollywood announced that Vanasse had joined the cast of ABC's Revenge as French businesswoman Margaux LeMarchal in the third season of the popular drama. During 2012 and 2013, Vanasse filmed the movies All the Wrong Reasons, Buddha's Little Finger and En solitaire.

From 2017 to 2020, Vanasse starred in the television series Cardinal, as detective Lise Delorme. It was the first time she had played a Québécoise character on English-language TV, rather than a character from France. At the 7th Canadian Screen Awards she won the award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Program or Limited Series.

Personal life

She was in a relationship with Remstar CEO Maxime Rémillard from 2006 to 2014.

On 21 April 2018, Vanasse announced via Instagram that she had given birth to her first child, a boy, with her ex-boyfriend Hugues Harvey.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Set Me Free (Emporte-moi) Hanna
2001 Games of the Heart Alice
2002 Séraphin: Heart of Stone (Séraphin: un homme et son péché) Donalda Laloge
2004 Head in the Clouds Lisette
2006 Without Her (Sans elle) Camille
2007 My Daughter, My Angel (Ma fille, mon ange) Nathalie Dagenais
2009 Polytechnique Valérie
2010 The Child Prodigy (L'Enfant prodige) Camillette Mathieu
2010 Rhonda's Party Amy Short film
2011 Angle mort Stephanie
2011 Midnight in Paris Belle Époque Couple
2011 Switch Sophie Malaterre
2011 I'm Yours Daphne
2011 French Immersion Julie Tremblay
2013 Scarlet Narrator Short film
2013 Turning Tide Mag Embling
2013 All the Wrong Reasons Kate Ascher
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past French Emergency Nurse
2015 Buddha's Little Finger Anna
2015 The Forbidden Room Florence Labadie
2015 Paul à Québec Nathalie Rouleau Also producer
2017 Father and Guns 2 (De père en flic 2) Alice
2017 Worst Case, We Get Married (Et au pire, on se mariera) Isabelle Saint-Pierre
2017 Trench 11 Veronique
2021 Felix and the Treasure of Morgäa (Félix et le trésor de Morgäa) Morgäa English and French versions
2022 Family Game (Arsenault et fils) Émilie
2022 Bones of Crows Sister Ruth



Title Role Notes
1999 2 frères Lucie Chaput TV series
2001 Mon meilleur ennemi Franny Anderson TV series
2006 Un homme mort Kim Blanchard TV series
2006 October 1970 Christine TV miniseries
2006 Marie-Antoinette Marie Antoinette TV film
2008 Fred's Head Fabienne Lajoie (voice) French version
2011 Trauma Fannie Comtois Episode: "Plaisir et douleur"
2011 Killer Wave Sophie Marleau TV miniseries
2011–2012 Pan Am Colette Valois Main role (14 episodes)
2012 Scruples Valentine O'Neill TV film
2013–2015 Revenge Margaux LeMarchal Recurring role (season 3)
Series regular (season 4)
2016–2018 Blue Moon Justine Laurier Main role
2017–2020 Cardinal Lise Delorme Main Role
2019 God Friended Me Audrey Grenelle Recurring, season 2
2023 Plan B Evelyn Landry

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