Joelle Carter as Ava Crowder | Justified on FX

Joelle Carter

Ava Crowder

After spending last seasons in prison, Ava negotiated her release by agreeing to serve as Raylan's confidential information against her own fiancé, Boyd. Pinned between the two men, Ava finds herself playing both sides in order to survive. 

Career Highlights

Throughout Carter’s versatile career, she has appeared in landmark television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Third Watch and the controversial series Wonderland created by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights). Her most recent guest-starring roles include work on Prime Suspect and Body of Proof

This past year, moviegoers saw Carter in vastly different roles. In Kevin Greutert’s horror film Jessabelle, Carter portrayed a tormented mother opposite Sarah Snook and Mark Webber. In the independent film The Living, a dramatic thriller structured as two separate but interlinking stories and a favorite at the 2014 Austin Film Festival, she starred alongside Kenny Wormald. In Red Wing, based on the novel The Country Waif by George Sands, Carter joined Luke Perry, Frances Fisher and Bill Paxton in telling a thought provoking and stirring love story. In the romantic comedy feature It’s Not You, It’s Me, Carter starred opposite Ross McCall. The story centers on a 30-something commitment-phobe, who breaks up with the love of his life thanks to conflicting advice from his outrageous inner voices.

Her celebrated work in film also includes starring in Phedon Papamichael’s Lost Angeles and To Be Friends directed by Jim Eckhart and executive produced by Aaron Eckhart. Prior to that, she starred in such feature cult favorites as High Fidelity and American Pie 2, and indies Swimming and Lisa Picard is Famous

In addition to acting in television and film, Carter has taken her turn behind the camera as a co-producer of the award-winning documentary Altered By Elvis, about lives changed by the King of Rock ‘n Roll. Carter went on to co-produce and star in the short A Girl and a Gun, which won Best Original Short at the 2008 Washougal International Film Festival. She was honored to attend the 2008 Cannes Film Festival with the film, Jumping In, in which she starred.

A Georgia native and Augusta College alumnus, Carter began her modeling career shortly after before moving to New York City which led her to appear on fashion runways around the world. Falling in love with acting, she began her theatrical studies in New York City and immediately appeared on stage and screen.

Carter currently resides in Los Angeles, with her husband and daughter.

Nick Searcy

as Art Mullen

Raylan's boss and old friend in the Lexington office, Chief Deputy Art Mullen often indulges Raylan's effective but reckless methods.