Claudia Karvan (born 19 May 1972) is an Australian actress, best known for her roles in the television series The Secret Life of Us, Newton's Law and Love My Way. She was also a producer and writer on Love My Way.
Claudia Karvan at the 2012 AACTA Awards
|Born||19 May 1972|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Karvan was inducted into the Australian Film Walk of Fame in 2007 in acknowledgment of her contributions to the Australian film and television industry. From 2010 to 2011, she starred in the drama series Spirited. She appeared as Judy Vickers in Puberty Blues.
Karvan began screen acting in 1983 when she appeared in the film Molly. In 1987, she went on to appear in Phillip Noyce's Echoes of Paradise and appeared alongside Judy Davis in Gillian Armstrong's High Tide that same year.
In 1993, Karvan won an FCCA (Film Critics Circle of Australia) Award for Best Actress for her role in The Heartbreak Kid. She has starred alongside fellow Australian actors such as Guy Pearce in Flynn (1991) (playing the young fiancee of Errol Flynn) and Dating the Enemy (1996), Ben Mendelsohn in The Big Steal (1990) and Hugh Jackman in Paperback Hero (1999). She was nominated for an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actress in the 1999 film Passion.
In 2006, she had a role in Footy Legends, a film about rugby league. She also played the role of Hailey's (Joanna Levesque) mother in the American film Aquamarine. That year, Karvan appeared in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith as Sola Naberrie, the older sister of Padmé Amidala. She also filmed scenes for Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, but her scenes were cut and appear only on the DVD release.
She also co-starred with Jim Caviezel in Nature's Grave, directed by Jamie Blanks in 2008. In 2009, she voiced in the film $9.99. She appeared in the 2009 film Daybreakers, a vampire thriller co-starring Ethan Hawke and Sam Neill and filmed on the Gold Coast. She also starred in 33 Postcards, released in 2011 and Long Weekend.[clarification needed]
In 1996, Karvan was awarded her first Australian Film Institute award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama for the GP episode titled "Sing Me a Lullaby". She won the award again in 2005 and 2007 for her role as Frankie Paige in the television series Love My Way. As a producer of Love My Way, Karvan received further AFI awards in 2005, 2006 and 2007 for Best Television Drama Series.
In August 2010, a new Australian series starring Karvan was launched, Spirited. Karvan is a co-creator and producer of the series. She plays the dentist, Suzy Darling, who has left her husband and moved into a flat in a building which she discovers is haunted by the ghost of a 1980s British rock musician, Henry (Matt King).
Karvan was cast in the first eight-part season of Puberty Blues, a television series shown on Channel Ten in Australia in 2012. It is an updated version of the 1981 film Puberty Blues. In 2014, she returned to season two of the show. In 2013, Karvan starred in the ABC miniseries The Time Of Our Lives as Caroline.
Karvan was born in Sydney, Australia, and attended SCEGGS Darlinghurst. Her surname comes from her stepfather, who was a Greek immigrant and whose surname was originally Karvouniares before angliscizing it to Karvan.  When she was 8 she lived in Bali for a year with her mother and brothers. After returning from Bali, Karvan's family moved to King's Cross where her father owned the nightspot Arthur's.
Karvan's partner is Jeremy Sparks. They have two children, a daughter Audrey (born in 2001), and a son Albie (born on 18 May 2006). She is also stepmother to singer Holiday Sidewinder, Sparks' daughter from a previous relationship with Australian actress Loene Carmen.
|1987||Echoes of Paradise||Julie|
|1990||The Big Steal||Joanna Johnson|
|1991||Holidays on the River Yarra||Elsa|
|1993||The Heartbreak Kid||Christina Papadopoulos|
|1996||Lust and Revenge||Georgina Oliphant|
|1996||Dating the Enemy||Tash|
|1996||Natural Justice: Heat||Asta Cadell|
|1998||Two Girls and a Baby||Catherine||Short|
|1999||Paperback Hero||Ruby Vale|
|1999||Passion||Alfhild de Luce|
|2005||Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith||Sola Naberrie|
|2006||Footy Legends||Alison Berry|
|1988||Princess Kate||Amanda||TV film|
|1995||Natural Justice||Asta Cadell||TV series|
|1996||Twisted||Cassie||"One Way Ticket"|
|1996||G.P.||Jessica Travis||"Sing Me a Lullaby"|
|1997||Fallen Angels||Yvonne||"Baby It's You"|
|1998||The Violent Earth||Jeanne||TV miniseries|
|1998||Never Tell Me Never||Janine Shepherd||TV film|
|2000||The Lost World||Catherine Reilly||"Time After Time"|
|2000||Farscape||Natira||"Liars, Guns and Money: Parts 1, 2 & 3"|
|2001||My Brother Jack||Cressida Morley||TV film|
|2001–2003||The Secret Life of Us||Dr. Alex Christensen||Main role (series 1-3)|
|2004||Small Claims||Jo Collins||TV film|
|2004–2007||Love My Way||Francesca 'Frankie' Paige||Main role|
|2005||Small Claims: White Wedding||Jo Collins||TV film|
|2006||Small Claims: The Reunion||Jo Collins||TV film|
|2009||Saved||Julia Weston||TV film|
|2010–11||Spirited||Suzy Darling||Main role|
|2012–2014||Puberty Blues||Judy Vickers||Main role|
|2013||Better Man||Bernadette McMahon||"The Last Dance", "A Lost Lamb"|
|2013||The Broken Shore||Helen Castleman||TV film|
|2013–14||The Time of Our Lives||Caroline Tivolli||Main role|
|2014||Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell||Rupert Murdoch||"3.6"|
|2016||Jack Irish||Sarah Longmore||Main role|
|2017||Newton's Law||Josephine Newton||Main role|
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