Joelle Carter is an American actress best known for her role as Ava Crowder in the television series "Justified". She was born on October 10, 1972, in Thomasville, Georgia, and grew up in Albany, Georgia. Carter studied at Augusta State University before transferring to the University of Richmond, where she earned a degree in International Studies.
Carter's acting career began in the late 1990s, with appearances in several independent films and small television roles. Her breakthrough role came in 2002, when she appeared in the film "American Pie 2". She continued to work steadily in film and television, with notable roles in "Inconceivable", "High Fidelity", and "CSI: Miami".
However, it was her role as Ava Crowder in the critically acclaimed series "Justified" that brought Carter widespread recognition. She played the character throughout the show's six-season run, earning praise for her nuanced and complex portrayal of a woman caught up in the criminal underworld of rural Kentucky.
In addition to her work in film and television, Carter has also appeared on stage, including productions of "The Playboy of the Western World" and "The Memorandum". She has also lent her voice to several video games, including "L.A. Noire" and "Batman: Arkham Origins".
Carter has been married twice and has one child. She is also an advocate for several charitable organizations, including the International Rescue Committee and Autism Speaks.