Claudia Karvan

Claudia Karvan


5/19/1972, Sydney Australia

Birth Name

Claudia Karvan


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Claudia was born in Sydney Australia on May 19th 1972. Her name derives from her Greek stepfather and it was originally Karvaniardos. However, his family changed the name to Karvan when they immigrated to Australia. Her natural father is English. She grew up in a rather bohemian life…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Claudia gave birth to her son, her second child with partner Jeremy Sparks, on May 18th, 2006. The baby weighed in at 8 lbs, 7oz.

    • When she was a child, Claudia met Brett Whiteley and the Stray Cats when they visited her parent's nightclub in Sydney.

    • Claudia's favourite scene from The Secret Life of Us is where Richie sits in the 'wet patch' in an episode entitled The Dance.

    • Claudia won an Australian Film Critic's Circle award in 1993 for Best Actress for her role in The Heartbreak Kid.The film was adapted into the television series Heartbreak High starring Caludia's The Secret Life Of Us co-star Abi Tucker.

    • The Australian press was embarrassed in May 2006 when they announced the name of Claudia's new born child was Thomas. He is in fact called Albie.

    • Claudia can be contacted through her agents:
      c/o RGM Associates
      PO Box 128,
      Surry Hills, NSW, 2010,

    • In 2001, Claudia was ranked 74th in FHM poll of Australia's 100 Sexiest Women.

    • Since 1987, Claudia has been nominated thirteen times by the Australian Film Institute in the categories of Best Actress and Best Actress in a Television Drama Series. The nominations have been for eleven different performances. She has won twice.

    • Claudia directed numerous episodes of the drama series The Secret Life Of Us.

    • At the age of 16, Claudia was offered a role in Australia's soap opera Home and Away. She declined the role and starred in a film called High Tide instead.

    • Claudia's first appearance in a film was at the age of nine when a friend of her father cast her in a film called Molly.

    • In her spare time Claudia does yoga.

    • In August 2001, Claudia took part in a live webchat on the Channel 4 website where she discussed her role of Alex in The Secret Life Of Us and the other cast members.

    • Claudia frequently speaks publicly about her aversion to the Australian Government's treatment of asylum seekers. She is also a patron for A Just Australia, a group that promotes the rights of refugees.

    • Claudia's parents ran the fashionable Arthur's nightclub in Sydney's Kings Cross when she was growing up during the 1980s.

    • Claudia both co-produced and starred Love My Way.

    • One of Claudia's first appearances on screen was when she starred in Gillian Armstrong's High Tide at the age of fourteen with Oscar nominated actress Judy Davis.

    • In 2005, Karvan won in the category of Best Lead Actress at the Australian Film Institute Awards for her performance as Frankie Page in Love My Way.

    • Claudia has two children with her partner Jeremy Sparks called Audrey and Albie. She also has a step daughter, Hollie.

    • Claudia played Sola Naberrie, Padmé's elder sister, in the 2005 film, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.

    • In 2003, Claudia won a Silver Logie Award for her portrayal of Alex Chiristensen, the repressed doctor, in The Secret Life Of Us

  • Quotes

    • Claudia: (On Spirited) We've got a wonderfully talented cast together and we're happy to be the first cab off the rank in the W channel's plans for original drama.

    • Claudia: I think Spirited is like The Ghost and Mrs Muir meets The Odd Couple, it's playful, romantic and a little absurd.

    • Claudia: 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.

    • Claudia: 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 vulnerable.

    • Claudia: (On not moving to the USA in pursuit of her acting career) I think shared experiences are certainly my lifeline. 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 that I've inherited. That defines who I am.

    • Claudia: (On her surfing skills) I'm a crappy surfer but I love getting out there.

    • Claudia: ( On her strong aversion to auditions) 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.

    • Claudia: (On her childhood) I was always loyal to my parents, but I was a Saffy from Ab Fab. I watched that show and thought, 'Oh yeah, I can relate to that daughter.' My mother was, you know, the whole range of La Prairie, you know, sheep cells and caviar on your face, and designer clothes and out till six in the morning. But mum was also a big reader and a big thinker and passionate about issues.

    • Claudia: (On her childhood memories, living in Bali with her mother and brothers for a year.) It is a land of live volcanoes.I used to lie in bed at night, thinking a whole river of lava was going to come through my bedroom. It is very religious...We would be trekking through rice paddies in the middle of the night to see go and see trance dances and Kecak dances and all this magical stuff.