Paul is an actor from Wales, UK. After leaving LAMDA he went to work with several prestigious theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. On arriving in Canada Paul spent a couple of years with the Stratford Festival Of Canada, since then he has developed an impressive resume of TV credits. Having worked on several projects including Combat Hospital, Warehouse 13, Degrassi goes to Hollywood, Mudpit, She's the Mayor, Casualty (BBC) and two indie features Nexus and Long Gone Day. Paul is best known for his recurring characters Dr. Roberts in the Murdoch Mysteries and Vex in the Showcase/Syfy hit Lost Girl.
Originally from Calgary, Shannon last hit the big screen performing the lead role in her first American Action-Thriller, Hybrid. Shannon also recently wrote, produced and starred in her first short film for BRAVO entitled Boyfriend Latte. Based on a sketch she wrote for her troupe The Sketchersons, the film has now played in over 20 festivals worldwide and has won awards in Houston, Los Angeles and Denver as an audience favourite. Shannon was also a lead in the Canadian ensemble feature Eating Buccaneers for which she was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female Performance. Other credits include a series lead role in the ensemble Comedy Network series Punched Up, The Jane Show and completed two seasons playing the loveable legal assistant Daphne on the hit, Gemini-nominated Showcase comedy, Billable Hours. Over the years she's also performed in countless U.S and Canadian national television commercials and several MOWs including Charms For the Easy Life, with Gena Rowlands. Shannon wither husband and one-year-old son, Sam.
Katie Boland, chosen by Elle Canada as one of the three Canadians to watch, is one of the most promising young actresses of today. With over 25 starring roles so far, the ingenue shows no sign of slowing down, splitting her time between Toronto and Los Angeles. In the past year, Katie’s high profile projects include Oscar winner Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman. She appeared on stage in Sam Shepard’s sold out Fool For Love. She starred in the films Where are the Dolls, Ferocious and the upcoming Looking is the Original Sin. Katie also had guest starring roles on The Listener, Murdoch Mysteries, and SyFy’s Lost Girl. Boland is a writer, and contributes to various blogs. In fall 2012, her literary debut, a collection of short stories, “Eat Your Heart Out” will be released across Canada. She has written and directed two short films: Fateful premiered in 2010 at Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival; and Figurative Reality. Katie was selected as one of the 2011 TIFF Rising Stars, and has recently wrapped her web series called Long Story, Short, which she created and produced.
Kristin's feature film credits include Toronto International Film Festival film selections Defendor, Young People Fucking (ACTRA Award nomination) and This Beautiful City; as well as the heist thriller Foolproof opposite Ryan Reynolds, On the Line, Detroit Rock City, Gossip, Cruel Intentions 2 and Kardia. For her work in Young People Fucking, Kristin was awarded the 2009 Genie Award. Regenesis entitled “Spare Parts”. She received her second Gemini Award nomination for her portrayal of “Connie Lewis”, in the new CBC series, MVP, which also aired on ABC Soapnet. Other television includes the 8-part mini-series The Kennedys where she played Ethel Kennedy alongside Greg Kinnear, Tom Wilkinson, Katie Holmes and Barry Pepper; An American Wife, TNT’s six part mini-series The Company, opposite Chris O’Donnell and Alessandro Nivola, Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story, Kaw, Burn: The Robert Wraight Story, The Salem With Trials, The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, A Tale of Two Bunnies, Jewel and Sleep Murder opposite Jason Priestley. She has also had lead roles in the series Supernatural, The Newsroom, and Daring and Grace. She guest-starred on Rookie Blue, Flashpoint (third Gemini nomination) and The Listener. She also starred in the independent Canadian features, At Home by Myself… With You for which she was nominated for a 2010 ACTRA award, and Cloudburst, starring opposite Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker. Kristin also voices the lead character in the animated series, Producing Parker (4th Gemini nomination).
In 1987 Jay won the Pittsburgh Press Award for Best Actor of the Year and ever since then he's been reminding audience everywhere why he deserves it. Having won six Jessie Awards in a theatrical career that spans from Hairspray to Death of a Salesman and Urinetown, Jay has also kept busy in television having appeared on shows such as The West Wing, X Files, and a Gemini nominated performance in Stargate. For the silver screen his career highlights include Canadian classics such as Gunless, Kissed and his Leo Award winning performance in Fathers & Sons, in addition to Best In Show, Little Women, Double Jeopardy, Insomnia, and Watchmen to name a few. Jay currently lives in Vancouver, B.C.
Hailing from Montreal Quebec, Amanda Brugel made her film debut alongside Christopher Walken in 1999's Vendetta. Since then, she has been featured in the company of numerous box office legends. In 2001, Brugel co-starred with Vanessa L. Williams in A Diva's Christmas Carol, following up with the uber-horror picture Jason X. In 2004, Brugel tackled Category Six opposite Academy Award Winner Dianne Wiest and then the Guillermo del Toro produced Splice in 2008. In 2013, Amanda will be seen in the upcoming features, The Boy Who Smells Like Fish. Poised to become another one of Canada's most celebrated comedic entertainment exports, Amanda has also left her mark on the international television landscape; in Hollywood Brugel quickly landed several pilots including a CBS sitcom, helmed by celebrated director James Burrows. In Hollywood North, Brugel has starred in a variety of provocative television series including CBC's hockey-drama MVP, all the while, making an endless number of Guest Star appearances on acclaimed series such as The Newsroom, This Is Wonderland, The Ron James Show, InSecurity, Warehouse 13, The Firm, Flashpoint, and Saving Hope. She is currently starring in the new series Seed.
Ennis Esmer came to Toronto from Ankara, Turkey at the age of 3. He trained in theatre at York University and sketch/improv at Second City, while paying his dues at comedy clubs around the city. Aside from his work on The Listener, for which he received his second Canadian Comedy Award nomination this year, his most recent credits include co-host and writer on Wipeout Canada, as well as recurring roles on L.A. Complex for CW and MuchMusic, and Covert Affairs for USA Network. Past credits include a CCA nominated performance in Young People Fucking, and roles on Good Dog, The Border, Murdoch Mysteries and Billable Hours (which earned a Gemini nomination for ensemble cast). Past credits include the television movie Snowglobe and the film The Rocker. Before that, he was the host of The Toronto Show on SunTV, and played terrorist Mohammed Salameh in the ABC miniseries The Path to 9/11. Additional credits include the sci-fi spoof Decoys; The Comedy Network's Cream Of Comedy Special with sketch troupe Calcu-Lator & The Oral Presentation; and the Canadian indie film Your Beautiful Cul de Sac Home. Ennis has hosted Telefilm's Pitch This! Competition at TIFF four years running, and in the last couple of years has also hosted and written for The Gemini Awards industry nights and The 9th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto. He has also been performing stand up again for the first time in 5 years, and he co-writes a humour column for The Grid magazine called #Harshtags, with comedian Chris Locke.
Kate is an actor and television writer. Her acting credits include: The L.A. Complex, Still Life, Republic of Doyle, Flashpoint, Murdoch Mysteries, Jesus Henry Christ, Psych and InSecurity, as well as a recurring role as Jeannie Miller on Stargate Atlantis. Kate played the title role in the CBC comedy pilot Fancy (nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for best series.) Theatre credits include: Assassins (Birdland), The Swearing Jar (Bridge Theatre New York), Unity 1918 (GCTC) and Noble Parasites (Theatre Passe Muraille.) In 2010, Kate wrote and starred in the BravoFACT She Said Lenny, which was the recipient of the Worldwide Short Film Festival's screenplay giveaway in 2009. As a playwright, Kate's credits include The Swearing Jar (PTE), Humans Anonymous (Bridge Theatre New York), Malus Domestica and A Life in the Day (Luminato/Soulpepper). TV writing credits include Peter Mitchell's Hemlock, The L.A. Complex and season two of InSecurity. Kate was a member of the 2007 Tarragon Playwrights’ Unit. She is a graduate of Queen’s University, the National Theatre School of Canada (Acting Program) and the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time Television Programme.
Kris Holden-Ried trained as an actor with Uta Hagen’s Master Class Scene Study and Janine Manatis of The Actor’s Studio before going on to amass an impressive résumé of work on the big and small screens. Playing the cool shape-shifting Fae and detective, “Dyson” on Showcase’s drama series, Lost Girl, Holden-Ried’s most memorable lead roles include “Giles” in A Touch of Pink and “Jack” in A Stone's Throw, and he supported in Gossip with Kate Hudson, K-19: The Widow Maker, and as Wayne Gretzky in Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story. Other roles have included Emotional Arithmetic, starring Susan Sarandon and Gabriel Byrne; Never Forget, a mystery thriller featuring Lou Diamond-Phillips, A Broken Life, a drama with Tom Sizemore; plus Public Domain; Niagara Motel; Going To Kansas City and Textuality. Most recently, Holden-Ried starred alongside Kate Beckinsale in the big-screen blockbuster, Underworld 4 and can be seen in the upcoming feature films: Three Days in Havana, Four Saints and Retornado. Kris also features prominently on television as Sir William Compton on the historical drama, The Tudors, and recently in the major co-production by BBC, CBC and ABC of Ben Hur. Other significant roles include his recurring characters on CTV’s The Bridge and Degrassi: The Next Generation, and he has recently guest starred on several episodes of The Listener. Other recent productions have included the movie Binky, with Janeane Garofalo; the award-winning Diamonds for CBC, and a recurring role in the series MVP. After a series of supporting roles in the The Defenders (Showtime) and Forget Me Never (CBS) he gained attention for playing bassist “Noel Redding” in Hendrix (Showtime’s biopic on Jimi Hendrix). He also appeared on the gritty Street Time (Showtime), and the TV movies Icebound, starring Susan Sarandon, Shaftesbury’s Hemingway vs. Callaghan; A Killing Spring, The Many Trials Of One Jane Doe. He is also an accomplished athlete. As a World Cup equestrian, fencer and swimmer, Holden-Ried earned himself a spot on the Canadian National Pentathlon Team and was a Silver Medalist at both the Pan-Am and Pan-Pacific Championships.
Christine Horne is an actor and indie theatre producer hailing from Aurora, Ontario. Recent stage credits include Andromache (Necessary Angel/Luminato), Romeo and Juliet (Canadian Stage), The Turn of The Screw (DVxT Theatre – Dora Award), Miss Julie: Sheh’mah (KICK Theatre – Dora nomination), Underneath (Praxis/Summerworks), Twelfth Night (Resurgence), Bluebeard (GromKat/Toronto Fringe), The Seagull (Wordsmyth), and Gorey Story, which she also co-created (Thistle Project – 4 Dora nominations). Film and television credits include The Stone Angel (VFCC and MethodFest nominations), The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard, Othello, Little Films About Big Moments, Flashpoint, Republic of Doyle, Rookie Blue, Befriend & Betray, and King. Christine is the Artistic Co-Director of The Thistle Project, Artistic Producer of KICK Theatre, and a graduate of the Acting Program at York University.
Born and raised in Montreal, Peter studied acting at John Abbott College and Concordia University. He then concentrated on classical theatre with a diploma from The London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art in England and a degree from York University in Toronto. He went on to become a company member of The Second City, as well as the Stratford and Shaw Festivals. In the late eighties, Peter joined up with Steve Smith and co-wrote and starred in sixty episodes of the Gemini award winning, The Comedy Mill. From there, Peter brought the character of Ranger Gord to The Red Green Show for 14 seasons. When Peter moved to Los Angeles in 1991, he landed guest starring roles in some of television’s most popular series including Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, and Cheers. He spent 2 months on ABC’s General Hospital as Barry Durbin. Back in Canada in the mid-nineties, he created the role of Jim Walcott with Ken Finkleman for The Newsroom, which won an International Emmy. From there, Rick Mercer asked him to join the cast of Made In Canada as Alan Roy, where enjoyed a very successful five year run. Peter had a continuing role on Showcase's Slings And Arrows as Mark McKinney's nemesis Mr. Archer. A busy voice over artist, Peter can be heard on dozens of radio commercials and in animation series nationwide including the overblown announcer on the YTV series Captain Flamingo. He is also the voice of Scardey Bat (for which he was nominated for an ACTRA Award in 2007 and a Gemini in 2008) in the cartoon series Ruby Gloom, Dad in Willa's Wildlife and Blake in Producing Parker. Peter is an eighteen time Gemini Award nominee and a five-time winner in the category of Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series for his roles as the self-absorbed Jim Walcott in The Newsroom, and the vain and vociferous Alan Roy in Made In Canada. In 2011 Peter won best performance in a comedy series for playing Ben in 18 To Life. After a 12-year absence, Peter returned to the stage to tremendous reviews in late 2005 in the one-man show Fully Committed. He was a semi regular in the Showcase series Billable Hours and has a continuing guest role on Murdoch Mysteries. In 2009-2012 Peter was seen in five Canadian feature films: Eating Buccanneers, The Bend, Cooper's Camera, Gravytrain, and Leslie, My Name Is Evil and the short film PMO. Peter recently appeared in CBC’s Sunshine Sketches of a Small Town airing February 12, 2012. Along with his partner Leah he wrote, starred and produced Love Letters For Canada, a CBC Valentine's Day special. He recently shot a recurring role on the The Ron James Show, The Rick Mercer Report as well as Republic Of Doyle. Peter also hosted the CBC feature documentary The War Of 1812; Been There Won That. Peter has been called “…the funniest man in Canadian television…” The Toronto Star (January 2003), as well as one of the eight “Cutting edge performers of Hollywood North”, Razor Magazine Feb. 03 and in Apr. 03, Peter was voted one of the “Top Ten Funniest People In Canada”, by Star TV. Peter was also nominated twice for a Canadian Comedy Award and for an Actra Award for his role on The Newsroom. Peter is the recipient of the Actra Award of Excellence for 2009. Peter currently resides in Toronto with his partner Leah Pinsent.
Mary Krohnert is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School and has acted in a diverse array of award-winning theatre, commercial, television and film productions. She regularly receives mentions as Outstanding Performer from the critics of NOW Magazine for her theatre work, and has been nominated for a Dora Award in the category of best actress. On camera, Mary has been described as a powerhouse, crafting performances that are both highly moving and enjoyable to watch. Mary has played a number of guest roles on the small screen including appearances in Warehouse 13 (SyFy), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Flashpoint (CBS/CTV), Little Mosque on the Prairie (CBC), and will be playing opposite Neve Campbell as her sister in law in Lifetime’s upcoming pilot, Sworn to Silence. Her film work has included roles in The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard (IndustryWorks), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Miramax) and Bruce McDonald’s Fort Goof (Bravo).
She is one of Canada’s most highly regarded actors; Mimi Kuzyk is well known to both film and television audiences. Some of her film credits include Camille opposite Siena Miller and James Franco, Miramax’ The Human Stain based on the novel by Philip Roth, and starring Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris and Gary Sinise; the sci-fi thrillers Final Cut with Robin Williams, Jim Caveziel and Mira Sorvino, and The Day After Tomorrow featuring Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhal; The Last Sign, which was shot in Montreal and stars Andie MacDowell; and A Different Loyalty, a romantic drama starring Sharon Stone and Rupert Everett. Her extensive body of film work also Chris Philpott’s independent feature, Fairytales And Pornography; Bryan Goeres’ Phase IV, opposite Dean Cain; Lea Pool’s Lost And Delirious, which earned Ms. Kuzyk a Genie nomination for Best Supporting Actress; The Defenders with Beau Bridges; Waking The Dead with Hal Holbrook; Cruel Justice with A. Martinez; Strange Justice with Mandy Patinken; and, one of her personal favorites, My Date With The President’s Daughter, in which she played the first lady to Dabney Coleman’s president. On Television Ms. Kuzyk has been seen in guest-starring roles on such hit shows as CBS’ Ghost Whisperer, Cold Case and NCIS as well as ABC’s Castle. In Canada her guest spots include Insecurity and The Listener. She is well recognized for her role as “Detective Patsy Mayo” on Hill Street Blues, and as Jimmy Smits’ potential love interest on L.A. Law. She is also well known to Canadian audiences for her regular roles in CBC sitcoms Sophie and Our Hero. Her performances as “Rita Kapeli” in the CBC drama Little Criminals, and as “Deputy Chief Kay Barrow” in Blue Murder earned her Gemini nominations for Best Supporting Actress. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native also performed recurring roles in Global TV’s Traders as well as guest-starring roles on The Chris Isaak Show and The L Word.
Zoie Palmer has appeared in an array of television productions, notably starring as Ronald Reagan's daughter, Patti, in The Reagans, the critically-acclaimed MOW that was nominated for a slate of Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. She also appeared in the Emmy Award-winning TV movie, Out of the Ashes, co-starring alongside Christine Lahti and Beau Bridges. One of Zoie’s best-known roles is as Goth musician Patsy in the hit CTV series Instant Star. Palmer also garnered notice for her role as Coast Guard rescue swimmer Carly Grieg in the Global series, The Guard. She has guest starred on such shows as The Listener, Call Me Fitz, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, Murdoch Mysteries, King and Nikita. Currently, she can be seen playing the role of Dr. Lauren Lewis, in the second season Showcases's Top rated series Lost Girl. She has starred in two acclaimed short films: Snapshots for Henry, which was nominated for a Genie Award as Best Live Action Short Drama, and was honoured with the Best Actor Award at the Baja California Film Festival for her performance in Terminal Venus, by Alexandre Franchi. In 2010 she landed a supporting role in M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller Devil and starred in The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard, for which she was nominated for an ACTRA award. She was recently reunited with her co-star from The Guard, Ryan Robbins, in the crime thriller Cold Blooded.
It is impossible to imagine a Canada without Gordon Pinsent. The indelible characters that Gordon Pinsent has created in popular culture have woven themselves into the fabric of our nation’s consciousness. For television - the title role of Quentin Durgens, MP, the stuffed-shirt Member of Parliament; Edgar Sturgess, the scarlet-coated militiaman in the TV series, A Gift to Last, written by Pinsent; Sgt. Bob Fraser Sr. in Due South; and his GEMINI award winning performance as Duff in Powerplay. Most recently, he has been seen as Corky Dillems in Corner Gas and the recurring character of Maurice Becker in Republic of Doyle. Gordon also played the long running character of Hap Shaughnessey in The Red Green Show; and Warren Wentworth in the television film Fallen Angel (CBS). In 2006 Gordon embarked on one of his most memorable projects to date. He wrote, directed and acted in the made-for-television film Heyday, (a period piece set during the end of World War II), in co-ordination with Triptych Media Inc./Pope Productions. Recently, Gordon conquered the internet thanks to his appearances on This Hour Has 22 Minutes with hilarious segments reading the memoirs of Justin Bieber that instantly went viral, as well as paying homage to his Newfoundlander roots with a memorable turn as “The Codfather”. Other notable TV appearances over the years include Banacek, Young Prosecutors, Harold Vickers in Street Legal and It Takes A Thief. Selected credits for feature films include Jamie in The Thomas Crown Affair ; The President of the United States in the cult movie: Colossus: The Forbin Project; Will Cole in The Rowdyman, a sort of Tom Jones let loose in Newfoundland; John in John and the Missus; Swiftwater, the Card shark in Klondike Fever; John Fredrickson in Silence of the North; charming Dame Judi Dench as Billy Pretty in the feature film, The Shipping News; Father Fitzpatrick in Saint Ralph for Alliance Atlantis, and a critically lauded performance as Grant Andersen in Sarah Polley’s Away From Her (2008 Gemini Award – Best Actor). Born in Newfoundland, Gordon began his career at the Manitoba Theatre Centre, which led to roles at the Stratford Festival. This was followed by Prospero in the The Tempest at the Vancouver Playhouse, and the title role of Cyrano at the Stephenville Theatre Festival. He returned to the Stratford Festival to star in Trumpets and Drums. Gordon Pinsent is revered internationally not only as an actor, but also a writer. His novels, “The Rowdyman” and “John and the Missus” were both turned into feature films, with Gordon directing the latter. He co-starred with his wife, Charmion King, in two of his plays - Easy Down Easy and Brass Rubbings, and in Love Letters. Gordon wrote and starred in the CBC Movie of the Week, Win Again, for which he won a GEMINI for his script. His memoirs, “By the Way”, were published in 1994. In 2012, a new side of Gordon emerged to the public – that of a lyricist and poet. Along with Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo), and Travis Good (The Sadies), he released a double album “Down and Out in Upalong.” Gordon has received two ACTRA awards for his television work; four GENIE awards for achievements in Canadian film; five GEMINI awards, a DORA award for the stage, as well as honorary doctorates at Queen's University; the University of Prince Edward Island; Memorial University of Newfoundland; Lakehead University; the University of Windsor and an honorary degree from Humber College. He was made Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979, and promoted to Companion within the Order in 1998. In 2012, Gordon received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. As the CBC’s George Strombolopolous wrote "If you had to pick on person to symbolize acting in this country, Gordon Pinsent might be it.”
Mark Robinson started acting later in life and has made great strides in a short period of time. He has appeared in numerous feature films Wide Awake, Domino Effect, and Shades of Blue. He has also appeared in TV series The Firm, Warehouse 13, The Listener, The Line, and Canadian Made to name a few others. In his very first role, Mark co-starred in the short film The Getaway, which was nominated for Best Comedy at the Los Angeles FAIF Film Festival and was a Top 10 pick at the Washington DC Shorts Film Festival. No stranger to behind the scenes, he co-created the story for the film Harmonic Convergence, which made the rounds through several film festivals including the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Born and raised in Toronto, Mark is fiercely proud of his Canadian roots and Jamaican heritage. Having his family been affected by mental illness and suffering through Depression in his earlier life, Mark is a fierce advocate for the awareness of Mental Health.
David has flourished through his sense of balance. He has balanced the dramatic, opposite Hugh Dillon in Flashpoint (CBS) and Domenick Lombardozzi in Breakout Kings (A&E), with the comedic, two years with Second City's National Touring Company. He has balanced acting with directing (Tape, Proof, Point No Point, Something Red, Sexual Perversity in Chicago) and teaching (Meisner Technique with John Riven). Selected theatre: Peter in Petrichor (Kitchenband), Shane in Dyad (Praxis), Skinny in Mojo (DropShip), Cordella in An Experiment in Elizabethan Comedy (PLS), Terry in Moon Bath Girl (Passe Mureille), and Adam in The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) (WST). David created the show Panic, Everyone’s Doing It with The Second City Touring Company. Feature films: The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard, The Shrine, Due Process, Dawgs Playing Poker, An Insignificant Harvey and The Ache. For television: Breakout Kings (A&E), Flashpoint (CBS), Murdoch Mysteries (CityTV), Trapped! and Mayday (Natl. Geo.) and The Jon Dore Show (Comedy Network). David is co-creator/performer of the award-winning web series Making Funny Stuff.