Helen Shaver

Biography: Known for making gutsy career choices, well-respected actor/director Helen Shaver has worked with such influential directors as Sam Peckinpah, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Brian Depalma. Her most celebrated role as a 1950's university professor who falls in love with another woman in the 1985 milestone DESERT HEARTS won Shaver the prestigious Bronze Leopard Award at the Locarno International Film Festival. In 2000, she wowed audiences with her wild and touching portrayal of a drug-addicted prostitute in the independent feature WE ALL FALL DOWN. The film also earned Shaver her second Genie Award, the first being received for yet another sexually daring role in 1978's IN PRAISE OF OLDER WOMEN. And in 2001, with characteristic pioneering spirit, Shaver tackled the dignified, ground-breaking role of a transgendered female in the short-lived television series THE EDUCATION OF MAX BICKFORD.

Helen grew up in a small town near Toronto, Ontario with her five sisters. As a
Known for making gutsy career choices, well-respected actor/director Helen Shaver has worked with such influential directors as Sam Peckinpah, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Brian Depalma. Her most celebrated role as a 1950's university professor who falls in love with another woman in the 1985 milestone DESERT HEARTS won Shaver the prestigious Bronze Leopard Award at the Locarno International Film Festival. In 2000, she wowed audiences with her wild and touching portrayal of a drug-addicted prostitute in the independent feature WE ALL FALL DOWN. The film also earned Shaver her second Genie Award, the first being received for yet another sexually daring role in 1978's IN PRAISE OF OLDER WOMEN. And in 2001, with characteristic pioneering spirit, Shaver tackled the dignified, ground-breaking role of a transgendered female in the short-lived television series THE EDUCATION OF MAX BICKFORD.

Helen grew up in a small town near Toronto, Ontario with her five sisters. As a child, she suffered from rheumatic fever and was forced to spend six months of each year in bed. Shaver says this allowed her to use her imagination which helps her as an actor.

Helen has also carved out a distinguished career for herself as a director with a number of television shows and cable movies to her credit, including THE OUTER LIMITS and THE OC. She made her feature-length directorial debut in 1999 with SUMMER'S END and the film went on to win an Emmy. Most recently, in addition to directing several episodes of JUDGING AMY, she was also one of the show's producers.

Helen Shaver is married to top key grip Steve Smith (whom she met on the set of DESERT HEARTS) and they have a son.
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Helen Shaver's Scores

  • TV
Average career score: 61
Highest Metascore: 81 Vikings: Season 3
Lowest Metascore: 37 Standoff: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
28 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
70 Orphan Black: Season 3 Apr 18, 2015 Director 6.3
81 Vikings: Season 3 Feb 19, 2015 Director 6.8
tbd Person of Interest: Season 4 Sep 23, 2014 Director 8.8
79 Orphan Black: Season 2 Apr 19, 2014 Director 7.5
tbd Elementary: Season 2 Sep 26, 2013 Director 8.1
tbd Revolution: Season 2 Sep 25, 2013 Director 7.9
tbd Person of Interest: Season 3 Sep 24, 2013 Director 9.1
73 Orphan Black: Season 1 Mar 30, 2013 Director 8.2
71 Vikings: Season 1 Mar 3, 2013 Director 7.9
73 Elementary: Season 1 Sep 27, 2012 Director 7.5
tbd Person of Interest: Season 2 Sep 27, 2012 Director 8.7
64 Revolution: Season 1 Sep 17, 2012 Director 5.8
52 The Firm (2012): Season 1 Jan 8, 2012 Director 7.0
66 Person of Interest: Season 1 Sep 22, 2011 Director 8.7
54 Combat Hospital: Season 1 Jun 21, 2011 Director 7.0
tbd Stargate Universe: Season 2 Sep 28, 2010 Director 5.9
tbd Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 12 Sep 22, 2010 Director 9.8
tbd Flashpoint: Season 3 Jul 16, 2010 Director 9.4
65 The Bridge: Season 1 Mar 5, 2010 Director 7.4
61 Stargate Universe: Season 1 Oct 2, 2009 Director 5.9
tbd Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 11 Sep 23, 2009 Director 9.3
tbd Castle: Season 2 Sep 21, 2009 Director 8.4
64 Make It or Break It: Season 1 Jun 22, 2009 Director 8.0
54 Castle: Season 1 Mar 9, 2009 Director 8.4
53 Crusoe: Season 1 Oct 17, 2008 Director 7.3
44 Private Practice: Season 2 Oct 1, 2008 Director 7.6
tbd Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 10 Sep 23, 2008 Director 9.4
50 Flashpoint: Season 1 Jul 11, 2008 Director 8.1
tbd Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 9 Sep 25, 2007 Director 9.1
tbd The Unit: Season 3 Sep 25, 2007 Director 8.7