A gifted actress drawn to challenging projects, Suzanne Clément specialized in bringing out the humanity in her frequently quirky and unconventional characters. Born in 1968, Suzanne Clément went from the teen-powered series "Watatatow" (Radio-Canada, 1991-2005) to a Gémeaux-nominated performance on the revamped version of the soap opera "Sous le signe du lion" (Radio-Canada, 1997-2001). She earned Genie and Jutra Award nominations for her work as the pregnant, frustrated girlfriend of a blue-collar aspiring actor (Luc Picard) in "L'audition" (2005) and another Gémeaux nomination for the quirky sitcom "Cover Girl" (Radio-Canada, 2005), but many critics singled out her Best Actress Jutra-nominated turn as the shrewd, manipulative mother of a trouble boy (Antoine L'Écuyer) in the internationally acclaimed "C'est pas moi, je le jure!" ("It's Not Me, I Swear!") (2008). Clément's star shone even brighter when she landed her own series, playing the titular character in "Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin" (Radio-Canada, 2006-09), a rising professional who must balance the ups and downs of life and love with her demanding career. Bringing warmth and intelligence to the role, the actress charmed audiences and critics alike, and won two Best Actress Gémeaux Awards for her iconic turn. When the series ended, Clément earned a Best Actress Jutra nomination for "Tromper le silence" (2010) and won a special acting award from the Cannes Film Festival for her sensitive portrayal of a woman whose fiancé wants a sex-change operation in Xavier Dolan's "Laurence Anyways" (2012).
By Jonathan Riggs