Bright and beautiful, Joely Collins
is one of Canada's top actresses.
the talented Collins has taken a major step in her career,
acting as Executive Producer for Almost Heaven. It’s
a romantic comedy filmed in Canada and Scotland about
fly-fishing, starring Collins, Donal Logue and the legendary
Tom Conti. Scheduled for release in the spring of 2008,
the movie is an exciting project for Joely, as she will
work for the first time with her father Phil, who has
written the theme song for the film.
began her acting career with dramatic studies at The
Vancouver Youth Theatre, then at the prestigious Royal
Academy of Dramatic Arts in London England. She was
cast as Rachael Langston in the highly acclaimed television
series Madison (1994). At the young age of 22, she was
named Canada's "Best Leading Actress", earning
a Gemini Award for her work.
Madison and several television movie roles, she was
cast in the recurring starring role of Christine Wren,
in the award winning series Cold Squad (1998), Canada's
longest running hour-long drama. Her work in Cold Squad
earned her a Leo Award nomination in the “Best
Supporting Actress” category.
2004 she starred as Gillian Guess in the feature film
The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess, by director Bruce
McDonald. Joely’s performance made a splash at
the Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals,
and went on to earn her an Artistic Merit Award (2004)
from The Women in Film and Video at the Vancouver International
Film Festival. She also received a Vancouver Film Critics
Circle Award for “Best Actress in a Canadian Film”
for her role as Gillian Guess.
other notable film roles Joely plays a futuristic tattoo
artist in the Robin Williams feature The Final Cut (2004).
She appeared as a small town girl in Ill Fated (2004)
with Peter Outerbridge, and as a mysterious force in
Corey Lee's indie feature, Defining Edward (2003), a
dark psychological thriller.
formed Wunderkind Productions Inc. in 1997 and the company's
first production was Summer Love: The Documentary (1999),
which she produced, directed, wrote and starred in.
The one-hour feature length documentary debuted on Much
Music and earned two Leo Award nominations. This ABC-guide
to rave culture also screened at the Chicago Underground
Film Festival, won the "Audience Choice Pick"
at the Oshawa Durham Film Festival and played to a "turn
away" audience at Vancouver's Celluloid Social
in Vancouver, raised on Canada's west coast and in England,
she is the daughter of environmental activist Andrea
Collins and musician Phil Collins. She is active in
developing independent film and documentary projects
while pursuing her acting career.
various and diverse passions include music and photography,
fashion and design, film and fitness, architecture and
travel. She is an advocate for gay and human rights
and the ethical treatment of animals. A devout Buddhist,
she is a young women's leader for the Soka Gakkai International