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Polly Shannon

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B: September 1, 1973 in Kingston, Ontario

Born in Kingston, Ontario, Polly Shannon grew up in Aylmer, Quebec. Her mother wrote for children’s television so Shannon’s interest in acting started early. Her parents gave her a deadline of 25 to make it or break it as an actress. After acting in theatre as a child and getting through school, her career began when she was 19 when she landed a part in Catwalk, a YTV series about a struggling rock band. She went on to appear in a number of series including the Canadian horror series The Hunger (1999). Her most notable role was playing Margaret Trudeau in the 2002 mini-series Trudeau. More recently, Shannon starred opposite Tom Selleck as his girlfriend Abby Taylor in two Jesse Stone made-for-television movies. Polly Shannon was nominated for a Gemini Award in 1999 for Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for The Girl Next Door (1999) and again in 2000 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for The Sheldon Kennedy Story. In 2003, she was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Pretty Funny Female Performance for Men with Brooms.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Love & Human Remains (1993)
No Contest (1994)
A Young Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1995)
Fight for Justice: The Nancy Conn Story (TV-1995)
Snowboard Academy (1996)
No Greater Love (TV-1996)
Frankenstein and Me (1996)
End of Summer (TV-1996)
Devil’s Food (TV-1996)
Hard to Forget (TV-1998)
My Date with the President’s Daughter (TV-1998)
Dirty Work (1998)
The Girl Next Door (TV-1999)
The Sheldon Kennedy Story (TV-1999)

Daydream Believers: The Monkees Story (TV-2000)
The Stalking of Laurie Show (TV-2000)
Harvard Man (2001)
The Triangle (TV-2001)
Men with Brooms (2002)
TrueSexLies (2003)
Do or Die (TV-2003)
Ham & Cheese (2004)
Direct Action (2004)
Stone Cold (TV-2005)
Lie with Me (2005)
Miranda & Gordon (2006)
Jesse Stone: Night Passage (TV-2006)
Victor (TV-2007)
Hide (2007)
Hydra (TV-2008)
One Love (2009, short)

Concrete Canyons (TV-2010)
The Performance (2018)
Defining Moments (2018)

TV Series – Cast:
Catwalk (1992-1994)
Trudeau (2002, mini-series)
Street Time (2002)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Are You Afraid of the Dark (1992)
The Hidden Room (1993)
Sirens (1994)
Forever Knight (1995)
Ready or Not (1996)
Side Effects(1996)
Due South (1997)
Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension (1998)
Highlander: The Raven (1998)
Earth: Final Conflict (1999)
The Outer Limits (1999)
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1999)
The Hunger (1999)
Twice in a Lifetime (1999, 2000)

Code Name: Eternity (2000)
La Femme Nikita (2001)
Doc (2001)
Leap Years (2001)
Zoe Busiek: Wild Card (2003)
Sue Thomas F.B. Eye (2003, 2004)
Puppets Who Kill (2004)
The Jane Show (2004)
CSI: Miami (2006)
Cold Case (2006)

Shattered (2010)
Rookie Blue (2010)
Less Than Kind (2012)

Men with Brooms, movie poster
Poster for the movie Men With Brooms