Janaya Stephens

Acting Portfolio
 
 

Janaya grew up in a small town just outside of London Ontario. Prior to acting her greatest passion was for sports, especially soccer. She also loved the outdoors and she worked on a farm for 5 summers where she learned how drive a tractor.

Janaya attended Laurentian University and studied English and Drama while playing for the country's second best basketball team at the time, The Laurentian Lady Vee's.

The turning point from the court to the stage happened in her second year when she landed the role of Juliet for the University's contemporary rendition of the Bard's classic. The rest, as they say, is history.

Janaya moved on to study acting at George Brown Theatre School, where she then soon fell in love with working in front of the camera.

Janaya landed her first lead role in the feature film, "Left Behind", and has also starred in the sequels, "Left Behind: Tribulation Force", and "Left Behind: World at War".

Janaya was voted by the fans as “Best actress in a leading role” for her work in Tribulation force in 2003.

Her biggest claim to fame may still be her performance as Marie Osmond in the ABC MOW, "Inside the Osmonds", that aired in 2001 starring Bruce McGill and Veronica Cartwright.

One of her favourite roles had been for CBS as the young Lydia Blessings in the movie of the week, "Blessings", starring Mary Tyler Moore as Lydia Blessings.

She has also starred for CBS with Sela Ward in Suburban Madness, with Kirstie Alley in "While I was gone", and with Thomas Gibson in "Category 6:Day of Destruction". Other movies include, "The Hunt for the B.T.K. Killer", "Celeste in the City", and "C-7" where she had the opportunity to work with Tom Skerrit.

Janaya has also guest starred on "Leap Years", "Twice in a Lifetime", "Mutant X", "Sue Thomas F.B. I." and "Missing".

Landing a recurring role on "Kevin Hill" gave Janaya the chance to work with Taye Diggs and she then went on to a series regular role in "Beach Girls" for the Lifetime Network. The series starred Julia Ormond and Rob Lowe.

Janaya also has a recurring role on "Beautiful People" starring Daphne Zuniga and had the chance to work with Joseph Gordon Levitt and Jeff Daniels in the Disney feature, "The Lookout" which was in theatres March 2007.

Janaya's biggest roles to date were playing Sophie Lane for 5 seasons on the award winning CTV series Flashpoint and opposite Jason Statham in The Feature Film Deathrace.

Janaya has just filmed an episode of Saving Hope Season 4 that will be aired over Christmas 2015.

 

"Sweet Girl Next Door" — Ex-Londoner Janaya Stephens had no trouble playing the wholesome Marie Osmond" - read the article in the February 5, 2001 edition of London Free Press.

"Gonna Make it After All" — read the article in the October 5, 2003 edition of the Toronto Star.

"The Strain" Principal FX / J. Miles Dale TV Series 2015
"Saving Hope" Principal CTV / Peter Wellington TV Series 2015
"Damien" Principal F21TVS / Lifetime / Shekhar Kapur TV Series 2015
"Quantico" Principal ABC / Thor Freudenthal TV Series 2015
"Hemlock Grove" Large Principal Netflix Original Series 2014
"Siren" Lead Bravofact Short Film 2014
"Death Race" Large Principal Universal Pictures / Paul W.S. Anderson Feature Film 2008
"Flashpoint" Series Regular CTV / CBS TV Series 2008
"Beautiful People" Recurring ABC Family TV Series 2006
"The Lookout" Principal Disney Pictures Feature Film 2006
"Left Behind III" Supporting Cloud Ten Pictures Feature Film 2005
"Kevin Hill" Reocurring Guest Star UPN Network TV Series 2005
"Beach Girls" Supporting Lifetime Network TV Series 2005
"Filthy Gorgeous" Large Principal Showtime / Robert Allen Ackerman Pilot 2005
"Category 7: The End Of the World" Principal CBS / Dick Lowry Mini Series 2005
"The Hunt for The BTK Killer" Principal CBS / Stephen T. Kay TV Movie 2005
"Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye"Episode 219 "Skin Deep" Guest Star PAX / Stephan Fanfara / Episode #219 Skin Deep TV Series 2004
"Mutant X"Season 3 Episode 321 Guest Star Jonathan Hackett TV Series 2004
"Suburban Madness" Supporting CBS / Robert Dornhelm TV Movie 2004
"Missing" Guest Star Lifetime Network/Michael Rohl TV Series 2004
"While I Was Gone" Supporting CBS / Mike Robe TV Movie 2004
"Category 6: Day of Destruction" Supporting CBS / Dick Lowry Mini-Series 2004
"Blessings" Supporting CBS / Arving Brown TV Movie 2003
"Celeste in the City" Principal ABC / Larry Shaw TV Movie 2003
"The Relic Hunter" Actor Rysher Entertainment / Paolo Barzman TV Series 2002
"Tribulation Force: Left Behind II" Lead Cloud Ten Pictures / BillCorcoran Movie 2002
"Inside the Osmonds" Lead ABC / Neill Fearnley TV Movie 2001
"Manchester Prep" Actor Fox / Roger Kumble Movie 2000
"Lexx" Principal Salter Sentryeet Films TV Series 2000
"Left Behind" Lead Cloud Ten Pictures / Vic Sarin Movie 2000
"Twice in a Lifetime" Guest Lead PebbleHut / Pax - TV / Holly Dale TV Series 2000
"Twice in a Lifetime" Principal Pebblehut / Pax-TV TV Series 1999
"Leap Years" Guest Star Showtine / Showcase TV Series