Pan Am Biography: Karine Vanasse

Actor Name: Karine Vanasse
Pan Am Character Name: Colette Valois
Given Birth Name:
Birth Date: November 24, 1983
Birth Place: Drummondville, Québec, Canada
Star Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Marital Status:
First Pan Am Episode: Pilot
Flimography: Click here! to read about her other roles
Siblings: 2 brothers (Vincent & Alexis) and a sister (Élodie)


  • Won a Jutra award, the Trudis award of the Chlotrudis Awards in Boston, the Bayard d'or for best actress at the Festival du Film Francophone de Namur, the best actress award at the FilmCan Festival and a jury mention at the Toronto International film festival for her role in Emporte-moi (1999)

  • Won a Jutra award and got a Genie nomination for her role of Donalda in Séraphin: un homme et son péché (2003).

  • Was described as the perfect girl by the singer Corneille.


About the character: Colette Valois


STRENGTH: Resilient - Puts things in perspective and doesn’t sweat the small stuff; don’t let her soft exterior fool you.

WEAKNESS: Selfless - Often times thinks of others first and foremost, leaving her vulnerable.

Colette is the best friend you could ever have: empathetic; non-judgmental; tough when she has to be. Having lost her parents in World War II, she’s haunted by a sense of loss, a hole that cannot be filled. Her search for fulfillment sometimes results in bad decisions, notably those of a romantic nature. But when life kicks her down, Colette, the eternal optimist, looks at the bright side; and if you’re having a bad day, Colette will find the light in the darkness.

About the actor:

Award-winning Canadian actress Karine Vanasse has been recognized for her dazzling performances on both TV and film. She may be best known for her role as Valerie in the 2009 Canadian film, “Polytechnique.” Vanasse not only starred in the drama, but was also a co-producer on the film. Last year “Polytechnique” was awarded nine Genie Awards, including “Best Picture,” as well as an award for Vanasse for Best Female Performance.

Vanasse was most recently seen in Woody Allen’s romantic comedy “Midnight in Paris,” as part of the “Belle Epoque” cast, and in the Quebec thriller “Angle mort,” opposite Sebastien Huberdeau. She will next be seen in the French drama “Switch,” to be released internationally later this year. This Fall she is part of the ensemble cast of the Canadian comedy “French Immersion,” co-starring Martha Burns, Gavin Crawford, Jacob Tierney, Marcel Sylvain and Quebec singer Robert Charlebois. Vanasse will also star in the romantic-comedy “I’m Yours” alongside Rossif Sutherland, to be released later in 2011.

At the age of 14, Vanasse was the lead in “Emporte-Moi,” and received much critical acclaim for her performance, including the Chlotrudis Award (USA), the Gala des Jutra Award, the Festival du film Francophone de Namur Award and the Filmcan Festival Award for Best Actress.

Additional credits include the short film “Rhonda’s Party,” which recently won the CBC’s Short Film Face Off, “André Mathieu,” “Ma Fille, Mon Ange” (“My Daughter, My Angel”), “The Child Prodigy,” “Sans Elle” (“Without Her”), “Head in the Clouds,” “Games of the Heart,” “Séraphin: un Homme et Son Péché” and “Du Pic au Coeur.” Vanasse has also appeared in the short films “Le souper” and “Emma Fire.”

No stranger to television, Vanasse starred on the Quebec TV series “2 Frères,” as well as television miniseries “Killer Wave” and “October 1970,” and the TV movie “Marie-Antoinette.”

Vanasse currently resides in Montreal and New York.

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