Bluenosers (Nova Scotians)

by NovaBrunswick | created - 19 Dec 2018 | updated - 22 May 2020 | Public

People (actors, musicians, etc.) who were born in and/or raised in, or had family members from the eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

1. Elliot Page

Actor | Juno

Elliot Page was born 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. They began their career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television series Pit Pony (1999), for...

Born and raised in Halifax, NS.

2. Stephen McHattie

Actor | Pontypool

Stephen McHattie was born on February 3, 1947 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is an actor and director, known for Pontypool (2008), Watchmen (2009) and The Fountain (2006). He is married to Lisa Houle. They have three children. He was previously married to Meg Foster.

Born in Antigonish, NS.

3. Denny Doherty

Soundtrack | Girl, Interrupted

Denny Doherty was born and reared in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and began his musical career there in a local rock band, The Hepsters, while working in a pawn shop. He had started singing in public at age 15, on a dare by performing "Love Letters In The Sand" in a skating rink-turned-dance-hall. ...

Born in Halifax, NS. He was famous in his younger years as a part of the band The Mamas & The Papas.

4. Mike Smith

Actor | Trailer Park Boys

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...

Best known as Bubbles in Trailer Park Boys, he was born in Thorburn, near New Glasgow, NS.

5. John Dunsworth

Actor | Trailer Park Boys

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 ...

Born in Bridgewater, NS.

6. Joel Plaskett

Soundtrack | Defendor

Joel Plaskett is a singer-songwriter from Halifax, Nova Scotia whose music and lyrics have a distinctly Canadian flavor.

Joel was a member of the legendary Canadian East Coast band, Thrush Hermit. Formed in 1992, they first came to major attention at the same time as other Halifax acts like Sloan, ...

This folk singer was born in Dartmouth, NS.

7. Donald Sutherland

Actor | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The towering presence of Canadian actor Donald Sutherland is often noticed, as are his legendary contributions to cinema. He has appeared in almost 200 different shows and films. He is also the father of renowned actor Kiefer Sutherland, among others.

Donald McNichol Sutherland was born in Saint ...

Though born in Saint John, NB, he lived some of his childhood in Bridgewater, NS.

8. Sarah McLachlan

Soundtrack | Charlotte's Web

Sarah McLachlan was born on January 28, 1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is an actress and composer, known for Charlotte's Web (2006), Toy Story 2 (1999) and Sarah McLachlan: Sweet Surrender (1997). She was previously married to Ashwin Sood.

Born in the Halifax region, NS.

9. Anne Murray

Soundtrack | Zodiac

Anne Murray is a major recording star. She has won numerous Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, as well as a number of Juno Awards in her native Canada. Anne lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two children. She has sold over 24 million records. She is known for such hits as "Snowbird",...

Born in Springhill, NS.

10. Heather Rankin

Actress | Scotland, PA

Heather Rankin was born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, the eleventh of twelve children. In 1989, after graduating with a BFA in Theatre from Acadia University, Heather and her siblings, John Morris, Raylene, Jimmy and Cookie, recorded their first record The Rankin Family. Over the next ten years The Rankin...

Best known as part of the fiddling family The Rankins, she was born in Mabou, Cape Breton Island, NS.

11. Rita MacNeil

Soundtrack | Last Night

Rita MacNeil was born on May 28, 1944 in Big Pond, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. She was a composer and actress, known for Last Night (1998), Candy Mountain (1987) and Stars in Their Eyes (1990). She died on April 16, 2013 in Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

Born in Big Pond, Cape Breton Island, NS.

12. Stephen Arbuckle

Actor | Todd and the Book of Pure Evil

Stephen Arbuckle is a Canadian born actor who began his performing arts career in theatre in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Growing up in Donkin, a small community sitting on the edge of the Cape Breton Island coastline, he decided early on that a career in fishing was definitely not in the cards (...

Born in the small fishing village of Donkin, Cape Breton, NS.

13. Mike Clattenburg

Writer | Trailer Park Boys

Mike Clattenburg was born in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a writer and director, known for Trailer Park Boys (2001), Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006) and Moving Day (2012).

Born in Cole Harbour, NS.

14. Gerry Dee

Writer | Mr. D

Gerry Dee, the son of Scottish immigrant parents, was born in Scarborough and raised in Toronto. He played Varsity hockey at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and become a high-school physical-education teacher. He was the first Canadian to ever win the prestigious San ...

Although born in Scarborough, ON, he played hockey at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS.

15. Sydney Scotia

Actress | Some Assembly Required

Sydney Scotia recently wrapped a series lead role in the Crave series, PILLOW TALK. She is best known for her role as Geneva in the YTV/Netflix comedy, SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED; for which she won two Joey Awards, and earned a Leo Award nomination for Best Comedic Actress during its three season run. ...

Although born in Minnesota and now living in Arizona, her parents were from Sydney, NS - hence her unusual name.

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