Joely began her career with dramatic studies at The Vancouver Youth Theatre, then at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London England. At the age of 22, she was named Canada’s ‘Best Leading Actress’ winning a Gemini Award (Canada’s Emmy) for her role as Rachael Langston on the highly acclaimed television series Madison (1994). Following Madison and several film and television roles, she was cast in the recurring starring role of Christine Wren, in the award winning series Cold Squad (1998). In 2004 she starred in the feature film The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess, by director Bruce McDonald, which opened at the Toronto International Film Festival and received rave reviews at the Berlin International Film Festival. Her work earned her an Artistic Merit Award from The Women in Film and Video at the Vancouver International Film Festival and a Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for ‘Best Actress in a Canadian Film’.
With the desire to tell her own stories, Joely formed Wunderkind Productions in 1997 where she produced, directed, wrote and starred in her first production, Summer Love: The Documentary, a one-hour, award winning, feature length documentary about rave culture that debuted on Canada’s Much Music. In 2006, Joely executive produced and co-starred in the romantic comedy Almost Heaven, a Canadian, Scottish co-production featuring Donal Logue and Tom Conti. This was her first time collaborating with her musician father Phil, who wrote the theme song for the film.
In 2009, Joely co-founded StoryLab Productions and produced the feature film Becoming Redwood, a quirky, heart-warming story about how a young boy survives his parents’ divorce. It became an instant hit on the festival circuit, winning several awards, including ‘Best Canadian Film’ at the Edmonton International Film Festival and was chosen as the ‘Most Popular Canadian Film’ at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Now, Joely has established Million Faces Productions, and its newest project is the series Coded.
With Million Faces, Joely is actively developing and producing films, television series and digital media projects. She is passionate about creating bigger and more challenging roles for women in film, on both sides of the lens.