Who is Joanne Kelly?
Joanne M. Kelly was born in Bay d’Espoir, Newfoundland, Canada, on 22 December 1978 – her zodiac sign is Capricorn and she holds Canadian nationality. She’s an actress who’s probably still known best for her portrayal of one of the lead characters, Sasha in the 2004 romantic comedy movie “Going the Distance”, written by Eric Goodman and Kelly Senecal, directed by Mark Griffiths, and which also starred Christopher Jacot and Shawn Roberts. It follows two teenage friends who have taken their third friend Jim on a road trip to try and stop him from asking his girlfriend to marry him – the movie won Ryan Belleville a nomination for a Canadian Comedy Award for Film – Pretty Funny Performance – Male.
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Early life and education
Joanne was raised in Bay d’Espoir alongside her older brother, by their parents who prefer to stay away from the media’s attention, however, it’s believed that their father’s a theatre actor, and that their mother’s a college professor.
Joanne’s interest in acting was born while she was attending a local high school and was offered by her drama teacher to appear in a school’s play. She then practiced her acting skills at a community theatre and upon matriculating in 1996, Joanne moved to Nova Scotia and enrolled at Arcadia University from which she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in English and drama in 2000.
Roles in movies
Joanne has been credited with appearing in close to 50 movies and TV series while we’re about to mention some of her other most notable performances in this article.
She made her debut movie appearance in the 2001 short drama “Slug” which failed to attract any attention, and the following years saw her play supporting characters in the 2002 drama “The Bay of Love and Sorrows”, the 2003 romantic crime drama “Mafia Doctor”, and the 2003 action crime comedy “Crime Spree”. She gained recognition in 2006 with her portrayal of Laurie Dwyer, one of the lead characters in the fantasy drama “Heyday!” written and directed by Gordon Pinsent, and which also starred Adam Butcher and Peter MacNeill. The movie follows the 16 year-old boy Terry, who has imagined an entire new world after his mother becomes terminally ill – it won one of the 11 awards for which it was nominated.
The year 2008 saw Joanne star alongside Nicholas Turturro and Christina Murphy in the comedy “Remembering Phil”, and in 2013, she played a supporting character in the action thriller “Extraction” which follows a US Black Ops team who have infiltrated the Chechen underground jail to find the ‘brain of terrorism’.
Perhaps the most popular movie in which Joanne has appeared was the 2015 fantasy mystery drama “Closet Monster”, written and directed by Stephen Dunn and which also starred Aaron Abrams and Jack Fulton. It follows a teenager who’s dreaming about leaving his hometown; the movie won 10 of the 21 awards for which it was nominated.
Two of Joanne’s most recent film roles have been in the 2016 drama “Away from Everywhere”, and the 2018 mystery thriller drama “Prescription for Danger”.
Roles in TV series
She made her debut TV series appearance in 2002, with her portrayal of Mata Hari in the episode “Secrets and Lies” of the family science fiction drama “Mentors”. The following years saw Joanne appear in an episode or two of various series, including the action adventure “Mutant X” and the action crime adventure “Largo Winch”.
She gained recognition in 2003 with her portrayal of Liberty ‘Libby’ Kaufman in the action science fiction drama “Jeremiah”, created by J. Micahel Straczynski, and which starred Luke Perry, Peter Stebbings and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. It follows a deadly virus which has killed everyone who hasn’t yet reached puberty; the series was nominated for an Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award for Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series.
In 2005, Joanne played the supporting character Sarah in the critically acclaimed comedy “Slings and Arrows”, and in 2006 she starred as Sara Collins alongside John Allen Nelson and Margarita Levieva in the mystery thriller drama “Vanished”, which follows the disappearance of a senator’s wife. Some of Joanne’s following roles were in the action fantasy adventure mini-series “Jack Hunter and the Lost Treasure of Ugarit”, the mystery crime drama “CSI: Miami”, and the mystery comedy “Warehouse 13: Grand Designs” (voice role).
From 2009 to 2014, she played Myka Bering, one of the lead characters in the science fiction mystery drama “Warehouse 13”, created by D. Brent Mote and Jane Espenson, and which also starred Eddie McClintock and Saul Rubinek.
It follows two US Secret Service agents who have just begun working at Warehouse 13 in South Dakota; the series was nominated for three awards including a Primetime Emmy.
Three of Joanne’s most recent TV series roles have been in all six episodes of the mini-series “The Disappearance” in 2017, the 2018 episode “Lost Love” of the drama “The Resident”, and three episodes of the crime drama “Godfather of Harlem” in 2019.
She featured in four documentaries about the series “Warehouse 13” in 2010, and the same year saw her appear in the reality action sports series “WWE Raw”.
In 2017, Joanne was featured in the TV special “CTV’s Big Fall Preview”, and in 2020, she made a guest appearance in the episode “Black Loyalists” of the historical drama “Who Are You With?”
In 2020, Joanne wrote the episodes “Quid Pro Quo” and “Iterum Nata” of the mystery crime series “Absentia”.
Awards and nominations
Joanne has been nominated for two Gemini Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series: one in 2006 for the romantic comedy movie “Playing House”, and the other in 2009 for the drama movie “Diamonds”.
Love life and husband
Joanne’s amongst the most secretive of actresses, as she hasn’t spoken of any men (or women) whom she has perhaps been with, however, there are rumors circulating the internet concerning both her relationship status and her sexual orientation.
It’s widely believed that she was once in a relationship with Roddy Colmer, a singer-songwriter from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who’s probably known best for having been the frontman of the reggae band Rebel Emergency. The two were apparently together for a year before splitting ways. Joanne has also been linked to Eddie McClintock, alongside whom she starred in the series “Warehouse 13”, but the rumors haven’t been confirmed.
Some of her fans believe her to be a lesbian, mostly because she hasn’t spoken of the men whom she has perhaps dated, but this hasn’t been confirmed either.
As of April 2021, Joanne appears to be single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Joanne was physically very active and was an athlete during her teenage years, as she played badminton, volleyball and basketball, and also ran track. She was once interested in becoming a professional hockey player, and a figure skater.
She’s a dog-lover, and her pet dog can be seen featured in many of her Instagram pictures.
Joanne likes to read, and often uploads pictures of favorite quotes onto her Instagram account.
She’s keen on travelling, and has been to various Canadian cities, while her acting career has taken her to a couple of US states, including New York and California, and Joanne has also been to England and France in Europe.
In her spare time which is usually late at night, she enjoys watching movies starring her favorite actor and actress – Mel Gibson and Natalie Portman – such as “Braveheart”, “Mad Max” and “Leon: The Professional”.
Age, height and tattoo
Joanne’s age is 42. She has long brown hair and green eyes, her height is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) and she weighs around 140lbs (64kgs). She has a tattoo of the infinity symbol on her right ankle, and the writing ‘Simply the thing I am shall make me live’ on her left ankle.
As of April 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $5 million.