Janene Carleton was born on April 14, 1978 in Kelowna, Canada. A well-rounded athlete, she participated in a wide range of sports and dance, but her main focus was competitive horseback riding where she competed at a national level in show jumping and three day eventing.
Janene shifted her focus from the competitive horse circuit to attend college in Victoria BC, where she studied Biology and English. She also became a personal trainer, fitness model and began to dabble in mixed martial arts. However, it was Janene’s experience with training animals and horses that helped her transition into stunts as a career in 2005. Her first jobs in the industry included he training movie horses, giving actors riding lessons, and eventually doubling actors for their horse work.
Her experience as a well-rounded athlete soon launched her into a full-fledged career as a well-rounded stuntwoman. She has since doubled many of Hollywood’s biggest action stars including Angelina Jolie, Jessica Biel, Paula Patton and Carla Gugino. Some of the blockbuster films to her credit include Dark Phoenix (2019), Salt (2010), Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol (2011), Total Recall (2012), Watchmen (2009), Twilight Breaking Dawn (2011 & 2012) and Xmen: The Last Stand (2006), to name a few.
Janene’s favorite activities include yoga, snowboarding, hiking with her dogs an exploring the mountains with her horses. Family, music and world travel have her heart. She loves immersing herself in the experience of different people, cultures and cuisine, and believes in giving back from the grassroots. She is also an avid supporter of “The Earth Charter” and organizations educating 3rd world countries in a sustainable way of living. Locally, she supports charities by sharing her horses and her time with Equine Theraputic Farms helping children with Autism and other disabilities.
Janene Carleton continues to stay busy doubling action stars and performing stunts in major motion pictures and television, although she aspires to get more involved behind the camera as well. A highlight in Janene’s stunt career was being recognized by her stunt peers in 2011, winning a World Taurus Stunt Award for ‘Best Overall Stunt Performed by a Woman’ for her action doubling Angelina Jolie in Salt (2010).