Évelyne Brochu (born November 17, 1982) is a Canadian actress. In 2013, she became well known for her English-speaking role as Delphine Cormier, a French scientist on the hit TV series Orphan Black.
Brochu grew up in Pointe-Claire, a suburb of Montréal, Canada. Her native language is French, but she also spoke English from an early age. Growing up she had anglophone friends and learned English at Jean XXIII High School in Dorval, Quebec. She studied drama at the Cégep de Saint-Laurent. In 2005, Brochu graduated from the Conservatoire d'art dramatique in Montreal.
She says a key turning point in learning English was when she became an avid viewer of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as a child. Her father left when she was 1 1/2 years old and, when her father later remarried, she found herself with a step-sister. Brochu has stated that she has a good relationship with her stepmother. Her mother is a violoncello teacher and her father worked as a taxi driver.
While out cycling, she was hit by a truck and was told by her doctors that to keep her knee in good shape she could no longer run or dance. She stopped both and took up yoga and acting.
Some of her most prominent French-speaking roles include: Chloé in Inch'Allah, Rose in Café de Flore, Sara in Tom at the Farm, and Stéphanie in Polytechnique.
In 2013, she became well known for her English-speaking role as Delphine Cormier, a French scientist on the hit TV series Orphan Black.
Brochu has recently finished portraying Aurora Luft in CBC Television's spy thriller X Company.
Brochu also has a successful singing career. She has released a duet with Félix Dyotte entitled "C'est l'été, c'est l'été, c'est l'été", as well as appearing on Dyotte's 2017 album Politesses on the song "Je cours", and has released a solo single entitled "Quoi".
She previously dated Canadian actor François Arnaud, however in a May 2014 interview she stated that they were no longer together. Her cousin is Xarah Dion, a French-Canadian singer.
In February 2015, Brochu stated in an interview that she is a feminist and that she struggled when portraying Aurora Luft in X Company:
There was a moment in Episode 2 when I was with [co-star Dustin Milligan], when I have to give him orders, I don’t want to do that, and he doesn’t want me to do that, and my first instinct, as a woman, was to smooth it out for him. The director was like, no, you’re a sergeant now. You have to give orders. You have authority. I'm a feminist, it’s 2015.
She resides in Montréal, Quebec.
Brochu is fluent in English and French but can also speak Spanish well. She can perform contemporary dance and yoga. Brochu also has musical talents which include being able to play the drums, guitar and piano as well as singing mezzo-soprano and alto.
In June 2018 she confirmed her pregnancy with a picture on her Instagram account with her boyfriend Nicolas Schirmer.
|2008–2012||The Promise (La Promesse)||Mélanie Gauthier||Martin Thibault||Soap opera|
|2009||Admit (Aveux)||Jolianne Laplante||Claude Desrosiers||TV series (12 episodes)|
|2010||Mirador||Mylène Émard||Louis Choquette||TV series (7 episodes)|
|2013–2017||Orphan Black||Delphine Cormier||Graeme Manson
|TV series (28 episodes)|
Recurring cast seasons 1, 4, and 5; Main cast seasons 2 and 3
|2014||The Godmother (La Marraine)||Catherine/Valérie||Alain Desrochers||Séries+ five-part drama|
|2015–2017||X Company||Aurora Luft||Mark Ellis & Stephanie Morgenstern||TV series (Main role)|
|2017||Trop||Isabelle||Marie-Andrée Labbé||TV series (Main role)|
|2008||Father Talk (Dire sur mon père)||Evelyne Beauregard-McClean||Gabrielle Tremblay||Short film|
|2009||Polytechnique||Stéphanie||Denis Villeneuve||Screened at 2009 Cannes Film Festival|
|Master Key (Grande Ourse)||Jézabel Garneau||Patrice Sauvé||Sci-Fi|
|2011||Thrill of the Hills (Frisson des collines)||Hélène Paradis||Richard Roy||Screened at Schlingel Film Festival|
|Café de Flore||Rose||Jean-Marc Vallée||Screened at the 68th Venice International Film Festival|
|2012||The Apartment (L'Appartement)||Michel Lam||Short film alongside Julie Le Breton|
|Inch'Allah||Chloé||Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette||Screened at 2012 Toronto International Film Festival|
Nominated—1st Canadian Screen Awards as Best Lead Actress
|La Trappe||Sophie B. Jacques||Short film|
|2013||Evelyne's World||Evelyne||Benjamin Lebus
Sebastian de Souza
|Short film shot in Hungary|
|UNTTLD Sun||Dominique Loubier||Short Fashion film for Canadian brand UNTTLD S/S 2013|
|Tom at the Farm
(Tom à la ferme)
|Sara||Xavier Dolan||In competition at the 70th Venice International Film Festival|
Screened at 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
Nominated – Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
|Quelqu'un d'extraordinaire||Monia Chokri||Short film alongside Laurence Leboeuf|
|2014||UNTTLD Soul||Dominique Loubier|
|The Nest||Celestine||David Cronenberg||Short film working as a trailer for Cronenberg's book "Consumed"|
|Pawn Sacrifice||Donna||Edward Zwick|
|2015||The Wolves (Les Loups)||Elie||Sophie Deraspe||Shot in Magdalen Islands|
|2016||Miséricorde||Mary Ann||Fulvio Bernasconi||Switzerland-Québec production|
|Le Passé Devant Nous||Alice||Nathalie Teirlinck|
|2006||Uncle's Dream||Farpoukhina||Igor Ovadis||Dubunker|
|2007||Arabian Night||Vanina||Théodor Cristian Popescu||Théâtre de Quat'Sous|
|Sacred family||Mylène||Michel Poirier||Beaumont Theatre St Michel|
|2008||The Lion in Winter||Alix||Daniel Roussel||Jean Duceppe Company|
|2009||Wake up and sing!||Hennie||Luce Pelletier||Théâtre de l'Opsis|
|Room(s)||Évelyne Brochu||Éric Jean||Théâtre de Quat'Sous|
|2011||Tom à la Ferme||Sara||Claude Poissant||Théâtre d'Aujourd'Hui|
|2014||Comment s'occuper de bébé||Donna||Sylvain Bélanger||Théâtre la Licorne|
|2018||L'Idiot||Nastassia Filippovna||Catherine Vidal||Le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde|
Awards and nominations
|2010||Prix Gémeaux||Best Supporting Actress||Aveux||Nominated|
|2012||Prix Gémeaux||Best Actress||La Promesse||Won|
|2013||Canadian Screen Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role||Inch'Allah||Nominated|
|2014||Canadian Screen Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role||Tom at the Farm||Nominated|
|2014||Prix Gémeaux||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role||La Marraine||Nominated|
|2015||Jutra Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role||Tom at the Farm||Nominated|
|2017||Tiburon International Film Festival||Best Actress||Le Passe Devant Nous||Won|
|2017||Hamilton Film Festival||Best Actress||Le Passe Devant Nous||Won|