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Claudia Karvan 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
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Claudia Karvan at the 2012 AACTA Awards
Years active1983–present
Partner(s)Jeremy Sparks

Karvan was inducted into the Australian Film Walk of Fame in 2007 in acknowledgment of her contributions to the Australian film and television industry.[1] 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.[2]

When she was 17 years old Karvan secured a leading role in the Australian comedy/caper film The Big Steal.

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.[2]

Karvan's plaque at the Australian Film Walk of Fame, Ritz Cinema, Randwick, Sydney

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[citation needed] and Long Weekend.[clarification needed][citation 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".[3] She won the award again in 2005 and 2007 for her role as Frankie Paige in the television series Love My Way.[3] As a producer of Love My Way, Karvan received further AFI awards in 2005, 2006 and 2007 for Best Television Drama Series.[3]

Karvan has won Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress three times. First in 2003 for The Secret Life of Us, then in 2006 for Love My Way, and again in 2010 for Saved.[4]

In August 2010, Karvan co-created, produced and started in the Australian series Spirited.[5] She plays a Sydney dentist, Suzy Darling, who has left her husband and moved into a penthouse 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.[6] 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.

In 2016 Karvan starred opposite Guy Pearce in Jack Irish, for ABC TV, as character Sarah Longmore, while in 2017 she starred as lead character Josephine Newton in Newton's Law, once again for ABC TV.


Karvan has also appeared on stage in a production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Her surname comes from her stepfather, who was a Greek immigrant and whose surname was originally Karvouniares before angliscizing it to Karvan.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Molly Maxie Ireland
1987 Echoes of Paradise Julie
1987 High Tide Ally
1990 The Big Steal Joanna Johnson
1991 Holidays on the River Yarra Elsa
1993 Touch Me Christine Short
1993 Flynn Penelope Watts
1993 Broken Highway Catherine
1993 The Heartbreak Kid Christina Papadopoulos
1994 Exile Jean
1994 Redheads Lucy
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
1999 Strange Planet Judy
2000 Risk Louise Roncoli
2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Sola Naberrie
2006 Aquamarine Ginny Rogers
2006 Footy Legends Alison Berry
2008 $9.99 Michelle (voice)
2008 Long Weekend Carla
2009 Daybreakers Audrey Bennett
2011 33 Postcards Barbara
2012 Scratch Holly Short


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Princess Kate Amanda TV film
1995 Natural Justice Asta Cadell TV series
1996 Twisted Tales 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


  1. ^ "Australian Film Festival Walk of Fame". Chic Traveller. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Claudia Karvan Filmography". Archived from the original on 5 September 2004. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Television Award Winners 1986-2010" (PDF). Australian Film Institute. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Entertainment - News Just In news - Nine News -". Archived from the original on 28 October 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 October 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ No Cookies | Daily Telegraph
  7. ^ "Staging a comeback". The Age. Melbourne. 24 September 2011.
  8. ^
  9. ^ Denton, Andrew (17 March 2003). "ENOUGH ROPE with Andrew Denton - episode 1: Claudia Karvan". Enough Rope with Andrew Denton. ABC Australia. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Me and my Guy: our latest fling". NewsComAu. Retrieved 22 January 2018.

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