(December 17, 2015 – Toronto, ON) – The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced that Wendy Crewson will be honoured with the 2016 Earle Grey Award at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards in March, 2016.
“Mega-wattage Canadian star Wendy Crewson has an on-screen presence to be reckoned with in dozens of passionate performances, challenging roles and character-driven scripts,” said Academy Chair Martin Katz. “Wendy has amassed national and international acclaim in both commercial television shows and independent features throughout her celebrated career.”
Crewson’s big-screen credits range from indies: Sarah Polley’s Away From Her and Patricia Rozema’s Into The Forest, to blockbusters like the Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner The Sixth Day and as Harrison Ford’s First Lady in Air Force One. She can also be seen in The Vow, with Rachel McAdams, A Home At The End Of The World, with Colin Farrell and Bicentennial Man with Robin Williams. She received ACTRA Toronto’s 2006 Award of Excellence.
Wendy Crewson’s career boasts over 100 titles in film and television, from the award-winning indie feature Room to the Hollywood blockbuster trilogy The Santa Clause, starring opposite Tim Allen. Her many awards include: a Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress in a Feature Supporting Role (2013) for the popular CTV medical drama Saving Hope, as well as Gemini Awards for performances in At The End Of The Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story, The Many Trials Of One Jane Doe and The Man Who Lost Himself. Crewson was honoured with our Humanitarian Award for her charitable work fighting for a cure to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2002.
The Earle Grey Award is presented to an actor/actress for a body of work in Canadian television, or for their significant contribution to the international profile of Canadian television.
Earle Grey was a dominant figure in early Canadian theatre. Originally from Dublin, he appeared with the Abbey Players, at Stratford-Upon-Avon, and at Oxford Playhouse. He lived in Canada for several years, and was the founder of RATS (Radio Artists of Toronto Society), which became ACRA (Association of Canadian Radio Artists), and finally ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists).