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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 19 May 1972Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Claudia Karvan is one of Australia's most recognized actresses, having achieved popular success and critical acclaim through her work in film and television.

Having begun work at 14, Karvan has an extensive filmography. She first appeared in Gillian Armstrong's High Tide (1987) with Judy Davis, then in Phillip Noyce's Echoes of Paradise (1987). Since this time Karvan has captivated audiences with her remarkable talent and beauty.

Although celebrated for her dramatic prowess, Karvan first exhibited her gift for comedy in The Big Steal (1990). Then - amongst other projects - she appeared in the romantic-drama The Heartbreak Kid (1993), for which she won an Australian Film Critics Circle award for Best Actress. In 1996 Karvan starred in the film that she is probably best known for, Dating the Enemy (1996), opposite Guy Pearce. Karvan delighted audiences in this romantic-comedy with her charming portrayal of a man trapped in a woman's body. She later went on to star in another romantic comedy, with another Australian favorite



Karvan's other features include Broken Highway (1993) (official selection for the 1994 Cannes International Film Festival), Exile (1994), Lust and Revenge (1996), Strange Planet (1999) with Naomi Watts and Hugo Weaving, and _Risk_ with Bryan Brown. But it was her part as Dr Alex Christensen on the popular Australian television series The Secret Life of Us (2001) that was the most significant turning point in her career. Karvan has credited this role, as well as her occasional turn in the director's chair, with allowing her to gain more control of her work - something for which she has always strived.

In 2004, Claudia began work on the highly popular Foxtel/Southern Star series, Love My Way (2004), as creator, producer and star and in 2007, she has just completed filming the show's third series. Love My Way (2004) has won the Silver Logie Award for Most Outstanding Drama Series and the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Television Drama Series for the past two years. Claudia has won the 2005 AFI Award for Best Lead Actress in Television and the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series two years running for her role in the show.

Between 1987 and 2004 Karvan was nominated for twelve more Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, winning her category - Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama - in 1996 for her role in G.P. (1989). In 1998 she received The Palm Springs Short Film Festival Audience Favourite Award for Two Girls and a Baby (1998).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: EA

Trivia (9)

Her daughter, Audrey, was born in October 2001. She also has a step-daughter, Hollie - her partner's daughter from a previous relationship - who was born in 1991.
She met her partner, film construction manager Jeremy Sparks, when she was 22. Valentine's Day 2004 marked the couple's ten year anniversary.
Her surname, Karvan, comes from her step-father who is Greek. His original name was Karvaniardos, but he changed it to Karvan upon migrating to Australia. Immigrants were treated poorly and so often changed their names in order to disguise their origins.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002) and Magnolia (1999) are among Claudia's favourite films. She has said that she's interested in these stories because they deal with loners - and lonely people - finding love.
She champions many human rights issues in Australia, and has been a patron of A Just Australia - a campaign for refugee programs - since September 2002. She has spoken publicly to challenge the Australian government's line on asylum seekers.
She has been devoted to yoga for many years, and has called it "a life defining influence". She practices both Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga.
Claudia lived in Bali, with her mother and brothers, for a year when she was 8.
Daughter Audrey was born in October 2001.
Gave birth to her son, her second child with partner Jeremy Sparks, on May 18th, 2006. The baby weighed in at 8 lbs, 7 oz and was named Albee.

Personal Quotes (5)

"Most of my decisions are based on relationships. It's one of the reasons I never went to America and tried to carve out a career over there. I've been in love with my partner since I was 22, I've been a stepmother since I was 22, I've had a daughter for the past three years, I've got close ties with my family and the other families I've inherited. That defines who I am".
"I don't know what it is about working overseas. Whether I'm too afraid or maybe I don't like it over there. I don't think it's something that's essential for me to do at this stage. But it is something people expect of Australian actors now: it seems like the inevitable thing to do".
"I need a stiff Vodka just to settle my nerves - I find it a very difficult process. It's exciting once you're in there, but the build up is the killer, not to mention the horrible wait". - on auditioning.
"I was always loyal to my parents, but I was a Saffy from Ab Fab (BBC television series Absolutely Fabulous (1992)). I watched that show and thought, 'Oh yeah, I can relate to that daughter'". - on her upbringing with parents who owned a trendy nightclub in Kings Cross, Sydney.
"Peope are always going, 'How do you do sex scenes? How do you kiss people that you don't know?' Crying in front of people is a lot harder and a lot more confronting...You feel a lot more vunerable".

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