Justina Vail

Justina Vail

Birth name: Justina Vail
Born: August 20, 1963
Age: 55
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Biography

Justina Vail Evans (née Vail, previously credited as Justina Vail) (born 20 August 1963) is a British actress, life coach, author and hypnotherapist.[1]

Vail was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1963 to British parents. She acquired her first acting role in Hong Kong where a British television show was filming.[2]

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Career

Professionally, Vail's most notable role was as a Russian scientist Dr. Olga Vukavitch in the late 1990s and early 2000s UPN science fiction television series Seven Days. Vail received positive reviews for her performance on the show.[3] In 2000, she won a Saturn Award for best supporting actress, winning out over Stargate SG-1's Amanda Tapping.[4] In 2001, however, there were reports of dissatisfaction on set. Co-star Don Franklin expressed his dissatisfaction with the show,[5] and Vail was reported to have left the show entirely[6] (according to some show sources over a dispute with Seven Days co-star Jonathan LaPaglia[7]), only to later return and finish the third season.[5]

Vail also guest-starred in an episode of Highlander: The Series. The episode (along with several others like it) were attempts to pilot female immortal leads for the short-lived Highlander: The Raven. Reviews of the episode were mixed, offering criticism of Vail's character, but not her performance. Ultimately, Vail's character was not the one chosen for the new show.[8]

Personal life

Vail is married to Jeff Evans, a doctor, leadership development consultant and best-selling author based in Los Angeles, California.[9] Vail is also an author. She is a recurring columnist for Backstage magazine,[10] and she has published the book How to be a Happy Actor in a Challenging Business: A Guide to Thriving Through it All. It was awarded the top prize of the "How To" category for the 2012 Hollywood Book Festival.[11]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Yellowthread Street Caroline (TV series, 1 episode: "Slicing the Dragon")
1990 Shadow of China Caroline
1991 Super Force Hostess (TV series, 1 episode: "Come Under the Way: Part 2")
1991 The Adventures of Superboy Dr. Winger's Assistant (TV series, 2 episodes)
1991 The Commish Anna Trentino (TV series, 1 episode: "Sleep of the Just")
1992 The Adventures of Superboy Dr. Odessa Vexman (TV series, 2 episodes)
1993 Journey to the Center of the Earth Devin Television movie
1994 The X-Files The Unholy Spirit (TV series, 1 episode: "3")
1995 Marker Irina (TV series, 1 episode: "From Russia Without Love")
1996 Naked Souls Amelia
1996 Seinfeld Amanda (TV series, 1 episode: "The Bizarro Jerry")
1996 Carnosaur 3: Primal Species Proudfoot
1996 Jerry Maguire Former Girlfriend
1997 Pacific Blue Maggie Garrity (TV series, 1 episode: "Runaway")
1997 Highlander: The Series Katya (TV series, 1 episode: "Justice")
1997 Suddenly Susan Gina (TV series, 1 episode: "Where the Wild Things Aren't")
1997 Kiss the Girls Beautiful Girl
1998 Conan Zotana (TV series, 1 episode: "The Crystal Arrow")
1998-2001 Seven Days Dr. Olga Vukovitch (TV series, 66 episodes)
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
2009 General Hospital Dr. Ingrid Hensen (TV series, 6 episodes)
2010 Cold Case Zelda Panay '71 (TV series, 1 episode: "Metamorphosis")

Bibliography

  • How to Be a Happy Actor in a Challenging Business: A Guide to Thriving Through It All, CreateSpace, 2012, ISBN 978-1-47752-221-9

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