Canadian Women

A random list of living women BORN (not just currently living) in Canada.
Some of these women don't live in Canada anymore, they are included.
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Sarah Carter
Fresh out of Canada, Sarah Carter's career in Hollywood took off quickly, landing a string of series regular roles such as "Madeleine Poe", opposite James Woods, on CBS' Shark, and "Maggie", on TNT's Steven Spielberg-produced Falling Skies. With an education in fine arts and a background in musical theater...
 
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A.J. Cook
Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, to Michael and Sandra Cook, Andrea Joy Cook began acting at the age of 17. She has appeared in nearly a dozen films and several TV shows before the age of 25. Before taking up acting, she was a dancer, having started dancing competitively at age 4 in the styles of tap...
 
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Gina Holden
Gina was born in the small mountain town of Smithers, British Columbia, where her first performance took place at a figure skating exhibition at age five. She has been at home on center stage ever since. As a precocious and outgoing child Gina performed in all her school plays and talent shows. Through most of these early years...
 
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Lynda Boyd
Lynda Boyd has been an actress for over 20 years. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is a versatile performer with an extensive stage, television, film, animation and radio career. She is the mom in the Disney sequel Angels in the Endzone. She was the voice of Viv the bunny on the Fox cartoon series Littlest Pet Shop...
 
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Emmanuelle Chriqui
Emmanuelle Chriqui was born in Montreal, Quebec, to Moroccan Jewish immigrants, Liliane (Benisty) and Albert Chriqui. Her family moved to Toronto when she was two years old. At the age of 10, Chriqui appeared in a McDonald's commercial. She moved to Vancouver, guest-starring in series such as Are You Afraid of the Dark?...
 
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Emmanuelle Vaugier
Actress, Saw II
Emmanuelle Vaugier is a Canadian actress, singer, and model. She began acting in grade school, after she was cast as an understudy in a play and had to fill in when the lead actor became ill. She modeled in Japan for three years. She made her acting debut in the 1995 made-for-TV movie drama, A Family Divided...
 
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Alexz Johnson
Born in 1986, Alexz Spencer Johnson grew up in a family full of talent; five older siblings, most of whom were already involved in the acting or entertainment industry. Alexz first got her start singing for local shows and radio stations and, by the time she was 12, she landed the lead role of "Annie Thelen" on Disney Channel's original series...
 
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Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada on September 27, 1984, to Judith-Rosanne (Loshaw) and Jean-Claude Joseph Lavigne. She is of French-Canadian (father) and English, Scottish, and German (mother) descent. At 16, she moved to Manhattan and began work on her debut album. She dropped out of high school after the 11th grade when she secured a record deal...
 
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Kathleen Robertson
Kathleen Robertson was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and launched her career in nearby Toronto, in the George Lucas-produced Maniac Mansion and continues to work with prolific producers. She transitioned from David E. Kelley's acclaimed Girls Club into Farhad Safinia's Golden Globe-winning Starz political drama Boss with Kelsey Grammer...
 
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Chelan Simmons
Chelan Simmons was born in Vancouver, Canada. One of three children (one older brother and an older sister), she has been a natural performer since the age of 2. Her first movie role was as the title creature's first victim, Laurie Ann Winterbarger, in Stephen King's It. Her most recognizable roles are in Final Destination 3 as Ashley Freund...
 
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Crystal Lowe
Actress, Insomnia
Crystal Lowe was born on 20th January 1981 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. At a young age, Crystal and her family moved to Hong Kong where she grew up a few years of her life and is now fluent in Cantonese. Because of her natural beauty, Crystal then entered such modeling competitions including "Miss Teen Oriental." She has also been a sunshine calendar girl...
 
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Polly Shannon
Actress, Lie with Me
Polly Shannon grew up in Aylmer, Quebec, with her mother (a Canadian Script-Writer for children's television) and her father (Director-General of Health Canada). She was given a deadline of the age of 25 to make it or break it as an actress, and she's more then met that quota. In 1999, alone, she's...
 
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Rachel McAdams
Rachel Anne McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada, to Sandra Kay (Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover. She is of English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish descent. Rachel became involved with acting as a teenager and by the age of 13 was...
 
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Lindy Booth
Lindy Booth was born on April 2, 1979, in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. She played "Riley Grant" on the Disney Channel series, The Famous Jett Jackson (and "Agent Hawk" in the show-within-a-show, "Silverstone"). Other credits include guest-starring as different characters in two different episodes of the A&E Network series...
 
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Keegan Connor Tracy
Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Tracy attended Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where she orginally studied business. She later switched to psychology. She spent a year in Europe working in Dublin, Paris and Nice, where she was supposed to be completing her 4th year of study...
 
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Amanda Crew
Actress, Sex Drive
Amanda Crew was born in Langley, British Columbia. Her mother is a legal secretary and her father is a telecom worker. Amanda attended Brookswood Secondary School in Langley. She began her acting career when she was cast in the musical Dragon Tales during her fourth grade in elementary school. Three agents contacted her...
 
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Carly Pope
Actress, Elysium
Carly graduated from high school in Vancouver in 1998. She made her American screen debut in I've Been Waiting for You. Her most noticeable roles to date are "Molly White" in Trapped in a Purple Haze, and "Sam McPherson" in TV's Popular. She auditioned for roles on Roswell before she landed the role of "Sam McPherson".
 
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Nicole de Boer
Actress, Cube
Nicole de Boer began her acting career as a child in her hometown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A shy child, she one day came home and, to the astonishment of her family, told them she had gotten the lead in the play "The Wizard of Oz". With the blessing of her parents, her grandmother helped her to find an agent and shortly afterward...
 
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Jessica Paré
Jessica Pare first turned heads in Stardom, broke our hearts in Lost and Delirious, played the catalyst for karmic intervention in Bollywood/Hollywood and, somehow, pulled off being a secret villain in Posers. She then went onto made-for-TV movies, starting with a small role in Bonanno: A Godfather's Story...
 
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Tatiana Maslany
Actress, Orphan Black
Tatiana Gabrielle Maslany was born September 22, 1985 in Regina, Saskatchewan, to Renate, a translator, and Dan, a woodworker. She graduated from Dr. Martin LeBoldus High school in 2003. She was a well respected student, and participated as often as possible in school productions. She is well known for her participation in the Canadian Improv Games...
 
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Lexa Doig
Actress, Andromeda
Toronto native Alexandra Doig was born on June 8th, 1973, to Filipina mother Gloria and Irish-Scottish father David. Her parents held season tickets to their local theater, and Lexa was inspired to begin acting after seeing a production of "Porgy and Bess" at the age of nine. She dropped out of high school in grade 13...
 
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Kristi Angus
Actress, White Chicks
Kristi Angus was born in Kelowna, British Columbia. She attended Simon Fraser University where she studied biology and psychology. After spending some years in Europe she eventually began taking acting classes in Vancouver, B.C. at the Gastown Actors Studio. She has also studied with David Rotenberg and Michele Lonsdale Smith. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
 
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Lisa Ryder
Actress, Andromeda
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Lisa Ryder started performing as a child through dance, attending the Edmonton Studio of Ballet. She never considered acting as a career until she attended the University of Toronto. There she took Drama as an option and was bitten by the acting bug. After graduation...
 
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Stana Katic
Actress, Castle
Stana Katic just completed 8 seasons as Kate Beckett on Castle. The ABC hit series brought in over 10 million viewers weekly and is in the top five syndicated series in Spain, France, the UK, Italy, and Germany. In 2015, Stana completed two feature films - The Rendezvous directed by Amin Matalqa and Sister Cities based on the play by Colette Freedman...
 
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Kristin Kreuk
Actress, Smallville
Kristin Kreuk was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Deanna Che, who is of Chinese ancestry, and Peter Kreuk, who is of Dutch descent. Her parents are landscape architects. She attended and graduated from Eric Hamber High School. Although she did some stage work in school, she focused more on her studies. She described herself as shy and boring...
 
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Laura Vandervoort
Actress, Ted
Laura Vandervoort is a Canadian actress who has become popular from her roles as Kara (Supergirl) on "Smallville", Lisa on the new "V" series, and Sadie on "Instant Star". She has a second degree black belt in karate. Besides karate, she was even more athletic growing up, taking part in football, baseball...
 
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Karen Cliche
Actress, Saw VI
 
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Mercedes McNab
Actress, Hatchet
Mercedes McNab has been acting professionally since she was 10 years old. Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, she moved with her parents to Los Angeles at age nine where she had a desire to become an actress and soon landed an agent. Her first role, at age 10, is probably the one where she is most widely recognized for in a bit part as the young girl scout in the hit film...
 
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Victoria Pratt
Actress, Mutant X
She graduated summa cum laude from York University in Toronto and went on to work at the University in its Human Performance Lab, testing such elite professional athletes as the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets and San Jose Sharks. She was also offered a scholarship to the master's program in physiotherapy at the University of Toronto but declined...
 
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Vanessa Lengies
Actress, Stick It
Vanessa Brittany Lengies, born July 21, 1985, Canadian actress, dancer and singer. She is best known for her role on American Dreams and she had a recurring role as Sugar Motta on Glee. Lengies was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to a German father and an Egyptian mother. She speaks French, English and some Arabic. Lengies graduated from Hudson High School in 2002.
 
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Missy Peregrym
Actress, Rookie Blue
Born in Montréal, Québec, Missy lived most of her life in Surrey, British Columbia, with her father, a minister; her mother; and two sisters. She began her career in front of the camera at age 18, when she started modeling. The print advertisements soon turned into commercials for Mercedes Benz, Sprint Canada, and the Olympics. It wasn't long before Hollywood came calling...
 
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Meghan Ory
Meghan Ory is a Canadian actress, she was born in Victoria, British Columbia. She Started acting in theater before her teens, but was prohibited by her mother-a drama teacher-from auditioning for film and TV roles until she could pay for her own head shots. She also made film debut in The Darklings...
 
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Meredith Henderson
Meredith lived in Quebec until she was 12. Her father and siblings were members of the band Tangleroot, and her mother was the group's manager. She started taking acting classes when she was 5 years old, and was offered her first role as Aurora in the Showtime production The Song Spinner. Later, she appeared as a guest star in the TV series Goosebumps, playing Cara in the episode Vampire Breath...
 
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Evangeline Lilly
Actress, Lost
Evangeline Lilly, born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta in 1979, was discovered on the streets of Kelowna, British Columbia by the famous Ford modeling agency. Although she initially decided to pass on a modeling career, she went ahead and signed with Ford anyway, to help pay for her University of British Columbia tuition and expenses.
 
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Sarah Chalke
Actress, Scrubs
Sarah Chalke was born on 27 August 1976 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Her parents are Angie Chalke and Doug Chalke. She is the middle child, having one older sister, Natasha Chalke, and one younger, Piper Chalke. Sarah made her acting debut in a made-for-TV movie, City Boy. In 1993, after her first film...
 
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Kelly Rowan
Actress, The O.C.
Kelly Rowan is best known for playing "Kirsten Cohen" on The O.C. for which she won a Prism award for best actress. She recently starred in and executive-produced The Good Times Are Killing Me with Rupert Graves. Her recent indie film credits include Jack and Jill vs. the World and Mount Pleasant (for which she was nominated for best supporting actress at the Vancouver Film Festival)...
 
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Reagan Pasternak
Actress, Being Erica
The youngest of four siblings, Reagan Pasternak is an actress and singer who has won numerous awards and scholarships for her music. In 2003 she was nominated for a Gemini (the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy award) for her performance as writer F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda Fitzgerald, in "Hemingway VS. Callaghan."
 
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Katheryn Winnick
Actress, Vikings
Canadian actress Katheryn Winnick stars in the critically acclaimed, Emmy award-winning television series Vikings. produced by MGM and The History Channel. Entertainment Weekly declared that her role as "Lagertha" may be the most exciting feminist character on TV." Her portrayal of the fierce...
 
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Erica Durance
Actress, Smallville
Erica Durance was born on June 21, 1978 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is an actress and producer, known for Smallville (2001) and Saving Hope (2012). She grew up with an older brother and sister on a turkey farm in Three Hills. After school, she moved to Vancouver to start her acting career. Durance started her career in commercials and guest-starring roles on different television series...
 
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Jessica Lowndes
Actress, 90210
Jessica Lowndes (pronounced Lounds) stars on the CW's hit drama "90210" and is working with top music producers across the globe to complete her first album. Lowndes completed her first EP when she was age 16 and living in Vancouver, Canada where she was discovered by the producers of Showtime's series "Masters of Horror" in 2005...
 
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Michelle Morgan
Actress, Heartland
Michelle is the fourth of six children from a Chilean-Canadian family. She was born in Calgary and grew up moving between Toronto and Vancouver. She studied Theatre and Classical Literature at the University of Toronto. Her first professional acting job was playing a showgirl in the British farce "Shady Business"...
 
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Molly Parker
Actress, The Road
Molly Parker, the extremely talented and versatile Canadian actress is best known in the United States for playing the Western widow "Alma Garret" on the cable-TV series Deadwood. Raised on a commune, she described as "a hippie farm" in Pitt Meadows, B.C., Parker got the acting bug when she was 16 years old...
 
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Ashley Leggat
Ashley Leggat, a twice Gemini nominated actress, was born into a large family in Hamilton, Ontario. She joined her parents, Roy (a car dealer) and Patty (a former Secondary School teacher) and four older brothers -Rob, Brett, and twins Todd and Bram. Ashley's four brothers, all very athletic, played hockey in the winters and baseball in the summers...
 
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Tara Yelland
Actress, RED
 
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Rachelle Lefevre
Rachelle Lefevre was born in Canada. While waiting tables, Lefevre was discovered by a Canadian film producer who, in turn, helped the aspiring actress land her first acting gig. Lefevre then moved to Los Angeles and earned a recurring role on the television show What About Brian. When Lefevre was working at a Montreal sushi restaurant as a teen...
 
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Sarah Lind
Actress, Edgemont
 
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Anna Paquin
Actress, The Piano
Anna Paquin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1982, to Mary (Brophy), an English teacher from Wellington, New Zealand, and Brian Paquin, a Canadian phys-ed teacher of part French-Canadian descent. Anna moved to her mother's native country when she was four years old. Her first acting job ever was at age nine in the film The Piano...
“ An example of a canadian not living in canada anymore. In this case, New Zealand. ” - oligiman187
 
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Miriam McDonald
Miriam McDonald was born on July 26, 1987 in Oakville, Ontario. She is a Canadian actress known for playing the role of "Emma Nelson", the main character on Degrassi: The Next Generation. In August 2007, Miriam appeared, alongside Amanda Stepto and Stefan Brogren, on the Canadian edition of "Reader's Digest". She has also appeared on the cover of TV guide and Fashion 18 magazine...
 
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Andrea Drepaul
Actress, Damien
Canadian born stunner Andrea Drepaul's acting chops can be viewed on film and television in over 80 different countries all over the world. She is of Portuguese and Guyanese descent. She is most known for her guest starring roles on US-based TV series, Beauty and the Beast , Covert Affairs .Drepaul can also be seen in the upcoming film...
 
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Andrea Brooks
Andrea Brooks is a Canadian actress who began her acting career at age fifteen after being spotted at an open casting call for figure skaters for the Disney film Ice Princess. Some of her recent television credits include roles on Supernatural, iZombie, and UnREAL. She can also be seen in feature films such as What Goes Up...
 
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Alison Pill
Alison is a Canadian born TV, film and theater actress. She was born in Toronto, Ontario. Her father, who is Estonian, is a financier. She attended Vaughan Road Academy, and decided she wanted to be an actor when she was age 10. She was a member of the Toronto Children's Chorus and was chosen to narrate one of their performances. From there, she gained a job narrating children's audio books...
 
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Mia Kirshner
Actress, The L Word
Mia Kirshner was born in Toronto, Ontario on January 25, 1975, to Etti, a teacher, and Sheldon Kirshner, a journalist. Her father is of Polish Jewish descent and her mother is a Bulgarian Jewish immigrant. Mia had a middle class upbringing and graduated from the prestigious McGill University with a degree in English Literature...
 
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Sarah Polley
Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her sensitive portraits of wounded and conflicted young women in independent films...
 
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Catherine O'Hara
Born March 4, 1954 in Ontario, Canada. Attended Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Institute. Began career with starring on television series SCTV. Notable films roles include: the over-dramatic and self-centered Delia Deetz in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, Kate McCallister, Macaulay Culkin's on-screen mother in Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York...
 
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Rachel Blanchard
Actress, Clueless
Rachel attended Havergal college, an all girls school in Toronto. After high school she went on to attend Queens university in Kingston, Ontario Canada. To prepare for her role as Cher in the Clueless TV series, Rachel actually did go to some high schools in L.A. where she was surprised to find out that the scene was somewhat like the movie portrayed...
 
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Tamara Taylor
Actress, Bones
Tamara Taylor's career took off when she landed a series regular role on Fox's Party of Five. Since then she has appeared in Steven Bochco's City of Angels, Hidden Hills, Lost, Numb3rs, CSI: Miami, NCIS, and Fox's hit Bones. She also had a role in Serenity...
 
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Nastassia Markiewicz
Actress, Cyberbully
Nastassia was born in Toronto, Ontario. She's the daughter of filmmaker Andrzej Markiewicz (Dreams Beyond Memory). She began acting at a young age in her father's projects. Aside from being an actress, Nastassia dabbles in all kinds of art forms, including: drawing, painting, writing, music, clothing design and artistic makeup...
 
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Megan Follows
Actress, Reign
Megan Elizabeth Follows was the last child born to parents, Ted Follows and Dawn Greenhalgh in Ontario, Canada. Her parents were part of the founding members of Canada's summer theatre culture and Megan began acting as a toddler with her siblings Edwina Follows, Laurence Follows, and Samantha Follows...
 
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Cassie Steele
Toronto native Cassie Steele joins the cast of THE L.A. COMPLEX as Abby. The aspiring Canadian actress is best known for her role as Manny Santos on 10 seasons of the internationally acclaimed drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Cassie was a 2003 nominee and the 2002 winner of a Young Artist Award for Best Ensemble Actor in a TV Series for her portrayal of Manny Santos...
 
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Jenn Proske
Actress, Vampires Suck
In late 2009, after graduating from Boston University, Jenn moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming an actor. Only four months later, she landed her first role, the starring role in Vampires Suck, a big-budget FOX & New Regency movie. She led the film to gross nearly $100 million worldwide and she was awarded Best New Actress by the Beverly Hills Film and TV Festival...
 
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Aislinn Paul
Actress, Heroes Reborn
Aislinn Paul was born on March 5, 1994 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Aislinn is best-known for her role as "Clare Edwards" on Degrassi: The Next Generation. She was a recurring character in seasons 6-7, becoming a regular character in season 8 up to season 14. Most recently seen in NBC's mini series event Heroes Reborn as Phoebe...
 
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Leah Gibson
Leah Diane Gibson grew up in Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada. She began dancing at the age of four, marking the beginning to her many years of training and performance in such dance forms as ballet, modern, contemporary/lyrical, jazz and broadway jazz. She discovered musical theatre through her early years of dancing and singing performance...
 
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Chelah Horsdal
Chelah grew up in the Vancouver community of Kitsilano. At eighteen, by-way of modeling, Chelah appeared in a couple of locally shot TV shows and commercials before packing her bags and moving to the Caribbean for a year. Upon returning home to Canada, Chelah took the long route back to acting...restaurant management...
 
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Sonja Bennett
Actress, YPF
 
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Carla Collins
Carla Collins is an award-winning comedian, actress, television host and writer. A gifted stand-up, she has been hailed by the press as "Canada's Tina Fey" and the "Queen of Comedy". Carla performs across North America and is currently a regular at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles and on tour with the renowned "Hot Tamales"...
 
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Shannon Tweed
Born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, Shannon Tweed rose to stardom as Miss November 1981 for Playboy magazine. In 1982, she began her movie career and also appeared in the soap opera Falcon Crest. She became Playmate of the Year in 1982. She was briefly involved with Playboy magazine founder...
“ Sister of Tracy Tweed ” - oligiman187
 
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“ Sister of Shannon Tweed ” - oligiman187