Nova Scotia Actors/Actresses

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Ellen Page
Actress, Inception
Ellen Philpotts-Page was born on February 21, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer. Page wanted to start acting at an early age and attended the Neptune Theater School. She began her career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television series Pit Pony...
Stephanie Belding
Actress, Watchmen
Stephanie was born in Montreal, Quebec and spent 5 years growing up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 8 years old she entered herself into the Dartmouth Natal Day Talent Show, where she won third prize with her rendition of Kenny Rogers' The Gambler. Her theatre career began with the role of Peggy in a production of The Children's Hour at the Theatre Arts Guild in Purcell's Cove...
Rhys Bevan-John
Actor, Roaming
Rhys was born and raised in Nova Scotia. Whether working on stage or screen Rhys is known for bringing his unique vision, rare honesty and incredible sense of humor to every project he works on. Rhys spent his childhood training at the Neptune Theatre school and has been working as a professional actor...
Wayne Burns
Wayne Burns, born in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada, is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada's prestigious acting program and continues to act in theatre, film and television. Wayne made his screen debut in Jason Buxton's multi-award-winning film Blackbird opposite Connor Jessup and Alex Ozerov...
Bill Carr
Carr was born in Nova Scotia and raised on Prince Edward Island, graduating from Colonel Gray High School. He went on to Acadia University where he studied English and Theatre. While at Acadia, he met Evelyn Garbary, who offered him a role as the lead in Hamlet. In addition to his studies in theatre...
Joe Cobden
Joe Cobden (born October 7, 1978 in Canada) found his first taste of acting while as an 11-year-old child busker on the street. As a busker, Joe toured all over Europe and America before deciding to focus on finishing out his education. He attended Concordia University's renowned Theatre Performance Program in Montreal and worked extensively across several Canadian stages...
Mary-Colin Chisholm
Actress, Cloudburst
Mary-Colin is an actor, writer, director and co-AD of two theatre companies LunaSea Theatre and Frankie Prod.. She has performed leads in over seventy plays, many of them original works in every province except Saskatchewan. She grew up in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and returns in good weather to sit on the beach at Jimtown...
John Dunsworth
John Dunsworth was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, not far from the sea where he now spends most of his time on his yacht when he's not working.  John is one of Halifax's most venerable and revered actors.  He has appeared in countless CBC radio dramas and has held leading roles in over 25 Neptune Theatre productions.  In 1970...
Derek Filiatrault
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, The Industry
Derek was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, and started out as a musician and an actor. He began a career "behind" the camera in 1994 and has since been involved in many film and television productions. Since 2012, he has been working as a Director for shows such as HBO Canada's "Call Me Fitz", CBC's "You & Me" and "The Moblees".
Luke Fisher
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Tideland
Carrie Anne Fleming
She attended Mount Douglas Senior Secondary in Victoria B.C. and studied drama at the Kalidoscope Theatre and dance at Kidco theatre dance group. Kidco traveled all over dancing for schools and at sporting events. After graduating Carrie Ann began modelling to help support her family. Holding down odd job and doing extra work wasn't paying the bills...
J.D. Fortune
Jason Dean Fortune or better known as J.D. Fortune, the winner of the 2005 CBS reality series, Rockstar: INXS was born on September 1, 1973 in Missisauga, Ontario. J.D. was raised as a kid in Salt Springs, Pictou County by his mother. That eventually led him to carry his mother's maiden name, Fortune. His birth name is Jason Dean Benninson, Benninson being his estranged father's family name...
Darcy Fraser
Camera and Electrical Department, Hobo with a Shotgun
Danso Gordon
In the tradition of his fellow Canadian born stars, such as: Keanu Reeves, Celine Deon, Jim Carrey, Michael J. Fox, and Mike Myers, Toronto born Danso Gordon is making his contribution to the Canadian invasion in entertainment. With more than a decade as an actor in Film and Television, Danso's immense acting skill...
Glen Gould
Glen was born on June 6, 1971 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada as Glen Anthony Gould. Glen is an award-winning actor who has appeared in a numerous amount of television shows and can be seen on APTN's Cashing In, Blackstone & Mohawk Girls. He has recently completed shooting the mini-series Klondike in Ireland & Murdoch Mysteries...
Art Hindle
Born in Halifax to a Canadian Navy father, Art's mother soon had him back in their home town of Toronto, Ontario. He grew up in the "Beaches" of Toronto a big fan of Elvis Presley and rock n' roll. Although shy as a child, he grew to be a rebellious and independent teenager. This lead him to much traveling...
Leslie Hope
Actress, Crimson Peak
Leslie Hope was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada as Leslie Ann Hope. She is an actress, director, and producer. As an actor she is known for Never Back Down (2008), 24 (2001) and Talk Radio (1988). She directed and wrote 'Gaykeith' and produced and directed the award-winning documentary 'What I See When I Close My Eyes'...
Ruby Keeler
Ruby Keeler started as a dancer on Broadway. After her marriage to Al Jolson she moved to Hollywood and become a star in Warners musicals opposite Dick Powell. After her divorce from Jolson she retired for almost 30 years, until she appeared in "No No Nanette" on Broadway in 1971 under the direction of Busby Berkeley.
Amy Kerr
Halifax native, Amy Kerr, began her career as a model at the age of fifteen. A multiple award winner at myriad modeling and acting competitions, as well as beauty pageants, Amy has booked many Internet, print and billboard campaigns including Kameleon Jewelry, uMame Maternity, Metrin Skincare, Bodog...
Diego Klattenhoff
Diego Klattenhoff (born 1979) is best known for his role as Mike Faber in the TV series Homeland. He plays the role of a Marine captain whose best friend returns to the US after disappearing in Iraq seven years earlier. Klattenhoff was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. As a kid, he always wanted to be a professional baseball player...
Steve Lund
Actor, Bitten
A proud native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Steve was inspired at an early age to pursue a passion for performance after taking part in an elementary school production of the Lion King. A play where, according to his account, he "stole the show". However, like many kids from his part of the world, playing hockey took precedent over all and he began a lengthy affair with the sport...
Daniel MacIvor
Daniel MacIvor was born in Sydney, Cape Breton in 1962. His post-secondary education was at Dalhousie University in Halifax and at George Brown College in Toronto. He has written, directed, and acted in many plays. Although it's his work in theatre that he is primarily recognized for, he has also starred in a few movies...
Forbes March
Actor, Mutant X
Forbes was born in England but was brought up in Halifax, Nova Scotia He was the son of a professor of Philosophy and a school teacher, who attended the prestigious Lee Strasberg Acting Institute on a full scholarship. He was a model appearing in campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Armani and Marlboro Clothing...
Ryan McDonell
Ryan McDonell was born in Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada. He started acting at West Kings High School with his role of "Ponyboy" in The Outsiders. He has grown up with music being a consistent theme in his life with his father as a musician. His parents are Hughie and Colleen and is a proud older brother of Tyler and Caleigh.
Kelly-Ruth Mercier
Kelly-Ruth Mercier is from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She holds a BA-Acting from Dalhousie University and an MFA-Directing from the University of British Columbia. K-R has worked in theatre, film, television and in music; she's bridged both fiction and documentary; she moves easily between comedy and drama; she is a sought-after instructor and acting coach; she works as an actor...
Gardiner Millar
Actor, Godzilla
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Gardiner has been a professional actor in Vancouver since 1997, he has appeared in many science fiction series, including recurring roles in Stargate-SG1 and Flash Gordon. A former black belt in Uechi-Ryu karate, he also placed second in the 1987 heavyweight division...
Sonja O'Hara
Actress, Ovum
Sonja O'Hara was raised in Williamswood, Nova Scotia. Starting at the age of ten, she began performing in local theatre and she knew immediately it was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. By the age of 11, she was enrolled in professional acting classes and was performing in Shakespearean productions in summer theater camp where she was signed by her first agent...
Craig Anthony Olejnik
Craig Olejnik was born in Halifax, Canada. He graduated from High School in Nova Scotia. His father was in the Canadian military. His grandfather was a soldier and POW in a concentration camp for five years in Poland during WW2. Later after his release, his grandparents immigrated to Canada from Poland...
Gharrett Patrick Paon
Actor, Deep End
Gharrett Patrick Paon is a Métis-Canadian actor who was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In grade eleven, at the Halifax Grammar School, he auditioned on a whim for a part in the high school musical, Bye Bye Birdie. Surprisingly he was cast in the comedic role of Hugo Peabody. As soon as he...
Rick Ravanello
Actor, The Cave
Rick Ravanello started his acting career back in 1996. Rick immediately started to earn many television and film roles which eventually lead to an audition that landed in the hands of Steven Spielberg of Dreamworks SKG. Mr. Spielberg quickly had Rick flown to Los Angeles where he met with Tom Hanks and Tony To...
John Reardon
Studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, as well as Improv at The Second City in Los Angeles and Toronto. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, John Reardon is one of three children, and is part of a large extended family of over 300 cousins living in Canada's Maritimes. During his school years...
Harold Russell
Harold John Russell was born in Nova Scotia in 1914. His family moved to Cambridge Massachusetts when his father died in 1919. He was training paratroopers at Camp MacKall NC on June 6, 1944 when some TNT he was using exploded in his hands. He lost both hands. After receiving hooks, and training on them...
Mike Smith
Mike Smith was born and raised in Thorburn, Nova Scotia. He started playing hockey at the age of four but showed early signs of musical genius when he learned to play guitar at the age of seven. Continuing with both hobbies for the majority of his life, Mike eventually gave up hockey to concentrate on being a musician...
Nick Smyth
As a teenager, Nick Smyth was cast as a regular on the long-running CBC television series "Street Cents" in his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia. A show that was known for launching the careers of fellow Halifax natives Jonathan Torrens and Mike Clattenburg (Creator of the "Trailer Park Boys"); he stayed with the show for two seasons...
Sarah Smyth
Actress, 50/50
Lisa Rose Snow
Lisa Rose Snow is an award-winning filmmaker and performer originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. As a performer she is known for her comedic roles, but has also played leading roles in dramas and genre films, including spots on Haven, Trailer Park Boys and All the Wrong Reasons. Her short films have won awards around the world...
Hal Tatlidil
Actor, Sanguine
With over ten years of professional performing experience under his belt, Hal has been driven by his ardent need for artistic expression that propels him in his acting career. His passion for film, inspired by the magic of affecting people's hearts in movie theatres, has been the main force that fuels his journey as an artist...
Shelley Thompson
Actress, Labyrinth
Canadian actor/writer/director Shelley Thompson is best known in Canada for her work as Barb Lahey in Trailer Park Boys but favourites have included Rita King in 63 eps of Mike and Angelo, and as the Stepmum in Labyrinth. Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. Work in the UK included television...
Jim Thorburn
Jim was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and raised in Calgary, Alberta. With his quiet demeanor, strong work ethic and exemplary talent this actor has proven to be a longstanding player in the entertainment industry, with a multidimensional career spanning over a decade. Growing up close to the Rocky Mountains...
Matt Tolton
Actor, Mr. D
Matthew Robert Tolton was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on December 10th, 1998, to Angela and Jim Tolton. Matt is the youngest of three boys. From the time he was a young boy, Matt always wanted to be an actor. He initially started by taking theatre classes at both Neptune Theatre and Unicorn Theatre...
William Vaughan
Actor, If I Stay
William C. Vaughan was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in a hospital that has since been demolished. Some would say it's because William broke the mold, but that's impossible to confirm. He took to acting at a young age, playing the role of the ethereal Santa Claus in his Grade Primary Christmas Concert...
Robb Wells
Robb Wells was born on October 28, 1971 in Moncton, New Brunswick and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia since the age of 8. His father was a Forensic Expert with The RCMP. Robb later went to high school with Mike Clattenberg and John Paul Tremblay. The three were always pulling practical jokes on people and getting into trouble...
Allan Yates
Born Allan Wessel Jr. on November 20 1983 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. First born and older brother of two sisters (Kaitlyn and Carrie). The name Yates came when his mother re-married Ian Yates. With his step dad being in the RCMP, his family was required to move all over Canada. Even with all the moving Allan spent his youth like most young Canadian boys...
Joshua Young
Born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, Joshua's first acting gig was in children's theatre at the local Decoste Theatre. In his teen years he landed his first big role as a Principle character in the CBS Movie of the Week, "Bluemoon". During his early successes he moved behind the camera and also began writing...
Peter Donat
Actor, The Game
The Cando-American actor Peter Donat had a 50-year-long career in TV, motion pictures and theater. So respected was Donat, that Francis Ford Coppola considered casting him in the role of Tom Hagen in The Godfather that went to Robert Duvall. The nephew of Oscar-winning actor Robert Donat, Peter was born Pierre Collingwood Donat on January 20...
Sam Humphreys
Sam Humphreys was born October 26, 2000, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, to Stan and Toby Humphreys. He has a brother Max Humphreys. Sam wanted to work in the acting industry since he could talk and one day he got the opportunity to audition in a short film for a local film school, Center for Arts and Technology...
Ron James
Writer, Blackfly
Ron James' unique brand of physical comedy is balanced with intelligent and informative observations on everything from the mosquito driven torment of a Canadian camping trip to the sheer terror of being in a traffic jam with your bladder about to explode. His kinetic energy and comic style have been seen on CBC...
Glen Matthews
Growing up, Glen Matthews always knew what he was going to be - a professional wrestler. Once that dream dissipated and his passionate showmanship remained, he began to pursue a career as an actor instead. Starting out at nineteen, Matthews spent five years in Halifax, working in the industry and honing his craft...