Elena Juatco
Actor, Singer
“Elena is dynamite! She is equally mesmerising in dramatic, comic, or musical theatre – with a voice that rocks the house.”
– Tim Fort, Producing Director

Born and raised in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Elena Juatco is an award-winning actor and singer for film, TV, and stage. She plays Dr. Scarlet McWhinnie on the new mystery drama television series Open Heart, airing on YTV (Canada) and Teen Nick (USA). The title single from her debut album Beyond This Line is now available on iTunes and will be followed by a full album release of original songs on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2015.

Elena got her start at the age of 18 on Season 2 of Canadian Idol where she was dubbed “The Little Dynamo From BC” and finished sixth. She was invited back to be the Roving Reporter for Season 4, where she also had the opportunity to do some entertainment reporting for eTalk Daily, all while completing her degree at Queen’s University. She graduated with an Honours B.A. in Drama and Women’s Studies. Elena was also an avid member of the popular on-campus sketch comedy/rock n’ roll troupe Queen’s Players.

Elena has an extensive background in drama and musical theatre. She was recently seen in Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, performing with the Ensemble and understudying the role of Éponine. Her performance as Viola in Twelfth Night helped the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival win their first Rideau Award in Ottawa for Outstanding Production. Elena holds a Best Actress Jessie Award for her performance as Christine Colgate in the Vancouver Playhouse’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and a Dora Award Nomination for her performance as Snow White in Ross Petty’s Christmas panto Snow White and the Group of Seven.

When she is not enjoying having the best job in the world, you can catch Elena cheering for the Vancouver Canucks, knitting socks, playing her ukulele, chasing after dogs on the street, and/or eating poutine.
Follow Elena on Twitter @elenajuatco