Top 100 Canadian Actressesby minalex | created - 3 months ago | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
1. May Irwin
Actress | The Kiss
Born in Whitby, Ontario, May Irwin started her performing career at a young age, when she began a singing act with her younger sister Flora in 1874. The act was popular, and Irwin began working as an actress when she was 21 years old. She found success and was appearing in a Broadway show called "...
2. Nell Shipman
Actress | The Grub Stake
Canadian-born actress, writer, producer and animal trainer Nell Shipman was best known for writing and acting in several James Oliver Curwood stories and for her portrayals of strong, adventurous women, with many of her productions being filmed in Canada. Her son, Barry Shipman, became a prolific ...
Josephine Crowell was a Canadian-born character actress. She appeared in vaudeville as early as 1879. On screen, she is best remembered for her dramatic portrayal of the mother in D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), her comedic performances in Harold Lloyd's Speedy (1928) and Stan Laurel ...
Actress | The Divorcee
She won a beauty contest at age fourteen. In 1920 her mother, Edith Shearer, took Norma and her sister Athole Shearer (Mrs. Howard Hawks) to New York. Ziegfeld rejected her for his "Follies," but she got work as an extra in several movies. She spent much money on eye doctor's services trying to ...
6. Barbara Kent
Actress | Lonesome
A pretty, diminutive (4'11") actress of the silent and early sound era, Barbara Cloutman (later Kent) was born in Gadsby, Alberta, Canada on December 16, 1907. Upon graduating from Hollywood High School in 1925, Kent won the Miss Hollywood Pageant, and set her sights on a career in the movies. She ...
Actress | The Ten Commandments
Yvonne De Carlo was born Margaret Yvonne Middleton on September 1, 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was three when her father abandoned the family. Her mother turned to waitressing in a restaurant to make ends meet--a rough beginning for an actress who would, one day, be one of ...
Lovely French Canadian actress Suzanne Cloutier, the daughter of the director of the National Printing Office, was born into a large family. She had indeed no fewer than six brothers and sisters. After happily growing up in the heart of nature (her parents had a house in the woods), she became a ...
11. Toby Tarnow
Actress | Anne of Green Gables
Toby Tarnow began studying acting at The Lorne Green Academy of Radio Arts in Canada at the age of 8 and, at the age of 10, she became a professional actress in live radio drama and CBC Radio Schools Broadcasts.
She studied theater technique with two premier acting teachers in Toronto, Josephine ...
Actress | Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Haji was a Cando-American actress renowned for starring in Russ Meyer's sexploitation classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), in which she made her theatrical film debut. Barbarella Catton was born in Quebec City, Quebec on January 24, 1946, and at the age of 14, began dancing topless. The ...
14. Cayle Chernin
Actress | Goin' Down the Road
Cayle Chernin was born on December 4, 1947 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada as Cayle Vivian Chernin. She was an actress and production manager, known for Goin' Down the Road (1970), Sex Isn't Sin (1970) and Rhinoceros Eyes (2003). She died on February 18, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
15. Kate Reid
Actress | The Andromeda Strain
Esteemed London-born stage, radio and TV actress Kate Reid was actually born Daphne Katherine Reid in 1930 of Canadian parents. The family moved back to Ontario before she was a year old. An introverted child of delicate health, Kate sought refuge in books and role-playing and began studying drama ...
18. Barbara Parkins
Actress | Valley of the Dolls
Barbara Parkins is best remembered as an icon of the Sixties who had starring roles in two of the era's more notorious productions, Peyton Place (1964) and Valley of the Dolls (1967). After arriving in Hollywood as a teenager, Parkins soon began appearing on episodic television programs such as ...
19. Hélène Loiselle
Actress | Sous un ciel variable
Hélène Loiselle was born on March 17, 1928 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. She was an actress, known for Sous un ciel variable (1993), Doux aveux (1982) and The Bottle (2000). She was married to Lionel Villeneuve. She died on August 8, 2013 in Québec.
21. Margot Kidder
Actress | Superman
Margot Kidder was born Margaret Ruth Kidder in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, to Jocelyn Mary "Jill" (Wilson), a history teacher from British Columbia, and Kendall Kidder, a New Mexico-born mining engineer and explosives expert. Margot was a delightful child who took pride in ...
22. Frances Hyland
Actress | The Changeling
Frances Hyland was born on April 25, 1927 in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Canada as Frances Jean Hyland. She was an actress, known for The Changeling (1980), Happy Birthday to Me (1981) and Hounds of Notre Dame (1980). She was married to George McCowan. She died on July 11, 2004 in Toronto, Ontario, ...
23. Carole Laure
Actress | Les fils de Marie
Before she became an actress Carole Laure was a teacher. She was born on August 5, 1950 in Montreal (Québec) Canada. The profession she has chosen did not give her any satisfaction. She met some young Canadian film makers, that resulted in her first appearance as an actress, age twenty, in Mon ...
24. Rae Dawn Chong
Actress | Commando
Rae Dawn Chong was born February 28, 1961 in Edmonton, Canada. After a few film and television spots, Rae Dawn earned a Genie for her performance in Jean-Jacques Annaud's prehistoric-drama Quest for Fire (1981). She played the young, Ivaka prisoner, Ika. Other notables roles include Harpo's ...
25. Sonja Smits
Actress | Videodrome
Sonja Smits was born on September 8, 1958 in Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada. She's one of two daughters of Dutch immigrants who ran a dairy farm south of the nation's capitol. Smits attended Bell High School in Bells Corners, Woodroffe High School, and South Carleton High School in Richmond. Sonja ...
28. Meg Tilly
Actress | The Big Chill
Meg Tilly was set on being a dancer, and at 17 connected to the Connecticut Ballet Company and later Throne Dance Theatre. It was in this capacity that she had her screen debut in Alan Parker's Fame (1980). Unfortunately, an injury to her back cut short her plans for a dance career, and a small ...
A Canadian-American Actress
29. Alexis Smith
Actress | The Age of Innocence
Statuesque, smart Canadian-born Alexis Smith, with her blue/green eyes and a seductively husky voice, lent a touch of class to her leading ladies of the 1940s and 1950s.
After her family moved to California, Alexis grew into a precocious talent, performing ballet in public by the age of thirteen, ...
32. Francine Racette
Actress | Au revoir les enfants
Francine Racette was born on September 23, 1947 in Québec, Canada. She is an actress, known for Au Revoir les Enfants (1987), Lumiere (1976) and Mr. Klein (1976). She has been married to Donald Sutherland since August 1990. They have three children.
33. Geneviève Bujold
Actress | Dead Ringers
Genevieve Bujold spent her first twelve school years in Montreal's oppressive Hochelaga Convent, where opportunities for self-expression were limited to making welcoming speeches for visiting clerics. As a child she felt 'as if I were in a long dark tunnel trying to convince myself that if I could ...
36. Leslie Hope
Director | The Order
Leslie Hope was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and is a dual citizen of the US and Canada. She has directed several episodes of television including 'Lost In Space', 'The Order', 'The Murdoch Mysteries', 'Van Helsing', Ghost Wars', and 'Aftermath'. Leslie produced and directed the ...
38. Kate Vernon
Actress | Battlestar Galactica
Kate Vernon was born to the celebrated actor John Vernon. As her father's career began to take off in the USA, the family moved from their home in Canada to Hollywood when Kate was 7 years old.
With the ever growing career success of the late John Vernon (Dirty Harry (1971), National Lampoon's ...
41. Kim Cattrall
Actress | Sex and the City 2
Kim Victoria Cattrall was born on August 21, 1956 in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, England to Gladys Shane (Baugh), a secretary, and Dennis Cattrall, a construction engineer. At the age of three months, her family immigrated to Canada, where a large number of her films have been made. At age 11, she ...
A Canadian-British Actress
45. Anna Paquin
Actress | The Piano
Anna Paquin is the first millennial to have received an Academy Award nomination for acting, and the first to win.
She 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. Anna moved to her ...
A Canadian-New Zealander Actress
46. Catherine O'Hara
Actress | Best in Show
Canadian actress, writer, and comedian, Catherine O'Hara gained recognition as one of the original cast members on the Canadian television sketch comedy show SCTV (1976). On the series, she impersonated the likes of Lucille Ball, Tammy Faye Bakker, Gilda Radner, Katharine Hepburn, and Brooke Shields...
47. Mia Kirshner
Actress | The Black Dahlia
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...
49. Neve Campbell
Actress | Scream
Neve Campbell was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, to Marnie (Neve), a Dutch-born psychologist and yoga instructor (from Amsterdam), and Gerry Campbell, a Scottish-born teacher (from Glasgow). Campbell first came to our TV screens in the hit Drama series Party of Five (1994). Described as TV's ...
50. Jennifer Tilly
Actress | Bound
An actress who always attracts audiences' attention, Jennifer Tilly is by turns funny, sexy, compassionate, compelling and often all at once. She burst onto the scene playing the tone deaf Monica Moran in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), opposite brothers Jeff Bridges and Beau Bridges. She has been ...
A Canadian-American Actress
Actress | The Way
Deborah Kara Unger was the first Canadian accepted into the prestigious Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art. She made her feature film debut in Prisoners of the Sun (1990), followed by roles in Christopher Crowe's Whispers in the Dark (1992), Till There Was You (1991), and Highlander: The...
52. Alberta Watson
Actress | Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Alberta Watson, well known to television audiences for her Gemini award-nominated role as Madeline on La Femme Nikita (1997), enjoys a long and diverse career in television and film.
A native of Toronto, Watson began performing with a local theater group as a teenager. She received a Genie ...
Actress | Flashpoint
Stephanie Morgenstern's award-winning career spans many disciplines: beginning as an actor, she branched out into filmmaking, screenwriting, directing and showrunning. She was designated "National Indie Treasure" by Toronto's Eye Magazine, profiled in Voir magazine as New Face to Watch, and ...
55. Tracy Wright
Actress | Trigger
Tracy Wright was born on December 7, 1959 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Tracy Lauren Wright. She was an actress, known for Trigger (2010), Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) and Blindness (2008). She was married to Don McKellar. She died on June 22, 2010 in Toronto.
Actress | Hollywood Homicide
Lolita Davidovich was born on July 15, 1961 in London, Ontario, Canada as Lolita Davidovic. She is an actress, known for Hollywood Homicide (2003), Blaze (1989) and Adventures in Babysitting (1987). She has been married to Ron Shelton since 1997. They have one child.
57. Carrie-Anne Moss
Actress | The Matrix
Carrie-Anne Moss was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. At age 20, after studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she moved to Europe to pursue a career in modeling. While in Spain she was cast in a regular role in the TV show Dark Justice which was produced in Barcelona for its first ...
58. Kate Nelligan
Actress | Frankie and Johnny
Cando-American actress Kate Nelligan has had a successful acting career in her native Canada, in Britain and in the United States. Born Patricia Colleen Nelligan on March 16, 1951 in London, Ontario, Kate was the daughter of blue collar-worker Patrick Nelligan and his wife Josephine (née Deir), a ...
59. Molly Parker
Actress | Deadwood
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 (2004). Raised on a commune, she described as "a hippie farm" in Pitt Meadows, B.C., Parker got the acting bug when she ...
60. Nadia Litz
Director | The People Garden
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba Nadia Litz is the youngest daughter of a British born parents. From as young as 9 years old Nadia expressed her desire to be in film after she watched David Lynch's Elephant Man with her Dad, before a ballet class. As a kid she danced, played piano, air-banned, painted ...
Actress | Frantic
Alexandra Stewart was born in Quebec in 1939 and went to Paris in 1958 to study art. Less than one year later, she appeared in her first feature film, The Motorcycle Cops (1959). In her long career, she has appeared in many films, including: Otto Preminger's Exodus (1960), Louis Malle's The Fire ...
65. Nia Vardalos
Actress | My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Nia Vardalos was born on September 24, 1962 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada as Antonia Eugenia Vardalos. She is an actress and writer, known for My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) and My Big Fat Greek Life (2003). She was previously married to Ian Gomez.
66. Tanya Allen
Actress | Silent Hill
Tanya Allen was born in Toronto in 1975. She developed a love of acting young and at fifteen attended the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She launched her professional acting career in her late teens, and spent several years guest-starring on such series as "the ...
Actress | Les invasions barbares
Marie-Josée Croze first studied fine arts before opting for the stage at La Veillée-Prospero Theatre workshop in Montreal. In 1993 she got her first movie part in La Florida (1993) and started working for numerous Canadian TV series and movies.
In 2000, with her performance in Denis Villeneuve's ...
Actress | Les invasions barbares
Mostly known as an actress, Dorothée always had a strong passion for Jazz. She participated at "elles chantent" project in 2000, a project were many people were invited to sing their favorite songs.
Dorothée is mostly known for her acting in movies Les invasions barbares, Le violon rouge and Jack ...
69. Elisha Cuthbert
Actress | The Girl Next Door
Elisha Ann Cuthbert (born November 30, 1982) is a Canadian actress and model. She became internationally known for playing Kim Bauer in the series 24 (2001); Danielle in the teen comedy film The Girl Next Door (2004) and Carly Jones in the 2005 in of House of Wax (2005). She was voted the sexiest ...
70. Sarah Polley
Actress | Dawn of the Dead
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 ...
71. Sandra Oh
Actress | Sideways
Sandra Oh was born to Korean parents in the Ottawa suburb of Nepean, Ontario, Canada. Her father, Oh Junsu, a businessman, and her mother, Oh Young-Nam, a biochemist, were married in Seoul, Korea. They both attended graduate school at the University of Toronto. Sandra began her career as a ballet ...
72. Alison Pill
Actress | Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
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 ...
74. Ellen Page
Actress | Juno
Ellen Grace 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 ...
77. Evangeline Lilly
Actress | Ant-Man
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 ...
79. Rachel McAdams
Actress | The Notebook
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 ...
80. Rachelle Lefevre
Actress | Twilight
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 (2006). When ...
82. Ellen Wong
Actress | Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Ellen Wong was born in Ontario, Canada. Her first role was on the award winning television series "This is Wonderland". She is best known for her role as Knives Chau in "Scott Pilgrim VS The World", starring alongside Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jason Schwartzman. She auditioned ...
84. Anna Hopkins
Actress | Barney's Version
In addition to Anna's achievements in acting, she is making her mark as a screenwriter. She has been recognized as a finalist in screenwriting competitions at Cinequest Film Festival (2017) and Hollyshorts Festival (2017), and was one of ten filmmakers across Canada to receive full funding from ...
86. Eva Bourne
Actress | The Big Year
Eva Bourne grew up in the East Kootenays of British Columbia in the town of Creston. Eva's creativity was consistently encouraged by a loving mother and father of eccentric nature. Eva moved to Cranbrook B.C. after high school and began a Dental Assisting program, though she quickly realized her ...
Actress | Beyond the Black Rainbow
Rondel Reynoldson was born in small town Saskatchewan and grew up in small town British Columbia, Canada. Rondel brings a genuine love and curiosity for the craft of acting to her work. She has performed on stage in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal and has acted in film and television projects ...
91. Gloria Reuben
Actress | Lincoln
Gloria Elizabeth Reuben is a Canadian born actress and singer who has amassed impressive credentials in television, film, theater, and music.
Reuben was born in Toronto, Ontario and started classical piano lessons at the age of five. It was the beginning of a lifelong love of music.
Gloria's career ...
93. Sophie Nélisse
Actress | The Book Thief
Sophie Nélisse was born in Windsor, Ontario, but moved to Montréal with her family when she was just age four.
She began her career at the age of seven in commercials, then made her movie debut at age 10 in the 2012 French-Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar. For her performance in the film, she won a ...
94. Sarah Gadon
Actress | Cosmopolis
Sarah Gadon was born in a quiet residential area in Toronto, Ontario, to a teacher mother and a psychologist father. She grew up with the support and encouragement of her parents and older brother, James, and with this was inspired to go headlong into acting and dance alike. Sarah spent much of her...
96. Anne Dorval
Actress | Mommy
Anne Dorval was born in Noranda, Quebec on November 8th, 1960. Since appearing in her first professional theatre role in 1985, she has acted in numerous theatre productions, films, and television series'. Anne has won multiple awards for her work in theatre, film, and television. Anne is also a ...
97. Tatiana Maslany
Actress | Stronger
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...
98. Charlotte Le Bon
Actress | The Hundred-Foot Journey
Charlotte Le Bon is a French Canadian actress, model and television presenter. She is best known for her work in the Canal+ talk show Le Grand Journal, and the films The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014), The Walk (2015), and The Promise (2016).
Le Bon began modelling at 16 years old and left Canada when ...
99. Amanda Crew
Actress | The Haunting in Connecticut
Amanda Catherine Crew was born in Langley, British Columbia. Her mother is a legal secretary and her father is a telecommunication 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 ...