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Eli Goree

Eli Goree, actor, black Canadian actors,

B: May 26, 1994 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Eli Goree earned a degree in Film and Television acting from the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. He played the role of Dave Albritton in the film Race, which was about Jesse Owens life leading up to the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Goree plays the role of Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali in the 2020 feature One Night in Miami, based on the play by first-time playwright Kemp Powers, which was first performed in 2013. The movie marked the directorial debut of actress Regina King.

Features & TV Movies:
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Enough (2006, short)
Abducted: The Carlina White Story (TV-2012)
Far from Home (TV-2014)
Godzilla (2014)
Christmas Truce (TV-2015)
Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart (TV-2016)
Race (2016)

One Night in Miami (2020)
The Guilty (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
‘Da Kink in My Hair (2009)
Eve of Destruction (2013, mini-series)
Dead of Summer (2016)
Riverdale (2018-2020)
Pearson (2019)
The Peripheral (2022)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Soul (2009)
Pure Pwnage (2010)
Supernatural (2012)
Emily Owens M.D. (2012, 2013)
Motive (2013)
The 100 (2014, 2017)
Heartbeat (2016)
Legends of Tomorrow (2016)
Glow (2018)
Ballers (2018)

Race, movie, poster,

Kate Moyer

Kate Moyer, actress,

B: May 2, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario

Kate Moyer played the role of Heather Hobbie 50 episodes of the tween drama series Holly Hobbie between 2018 and 2022. She trained in dance at the Theatre Dance Academy in Oshawa, Ontario.

Features & TV Movies:
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It (2017)
Our House (2018)
A Christmas in Tennessee (TV-2018)
Dotage (2019, short)
Buffaloed (2019)

Children of the Corn (2020)
Delia’s Gone (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Holly Hobbie (2018-2022)
When Hope Calls (2019)
Station Eleven (2021-2022)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Circuit Breakers (2022)

Michelle Morgan

Michelle Morgan, actress,
Michelle Morgan at the 2023 Canadian Screen Awards
© 2023 Ralph Lucas.

B: July 16, 1981 in Calgary, Alberta

Michelle Morgan is an actress, producer, director and writer. She is one of six children from a Chilean-Canadian family and is best known for playing the prodigal daughter, Lou Fleming, on the hit CBC series, Heartland. Born in Calgary, she grew up in Toronto and Vancouver. She studied Theatre and Classical Literature at the University of Toronto. In 2018, she started her own production company, Medano Films. Her debut film as a director, Mi Madre, My Father, was given the Best Female Director award at the Vancouver Short Film Festival and the Filmakers Award the the Lakeshorts Film Festival in 2019. We list her credits as an actor first.

Company website: Medano Films.

Features & TV Movies:
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Road Rage (TV-1999)

Fire Serpent (TV-2007)
Diary of the Dead (2007)
Confessions of a Porn Addict (2008)

A Heartland Christmas (TV-2010)
Dominant Gene (2011
The Imposters (2011, short)
Palki (2016)
The Rooftop Christmas Tree (TV-2016)
While You Were Dating (TV-2017)
Ice Blue (2017)
A Very Country Christmas (TV-2017)
Mi Madre, My Father (2019, short)
Deep Space (2018)
Save Yourself (2019, short)

Sugar Daddy (2020)
A New Year’s Resolution (TV-2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Die Patriarchin (2005, mini-series)
Heartland (2007-)

Bunny Hug (2010, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Final 24 (2006)
Across the River to Motor City (2007)
Stargate Atlantis (2008)
The L Word (2008)

Package Deal (2013)
Supernatural (2015)
The Good Doctor (2018)
Batwoman (2019, 2020)

Web Series:
Deep Six (2018, 6 episodes)
Hudson (2019, 4 episodes)

Credits as a Director:
Mi Madre, My Father (2019, short)
Hudson (2019, Web Series, 3 episodes)
Save Yourself (2019, short)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Mi Madre, My Father (2019, short)

Credits as a Producer:
The Imposters (Executive Producer, 2011, short)
Palki (Associate Producer, 2016)
Mi Madre, My Father (2019, short)
Save Yourself (2019, short)

Sarah McVie

Sarah McVie, actress,
Sarah McVie at the 2023 Canadian Screen Awards
© Ralph Lucas.

B: in Ottawa, Ontario

Sarah McVie is a graduate of Canterbury Arts High School in Ottawa and George Brown Theatre School in Toronto and began her professional career performing for five seasons at the Stratford Festival of Canada where her roles included: Cordelia in King Lear opposite Christopher Plummer, The Bawd in Pericles, Lady MacDuff in Macbeth, and Marianna in All’s Well that End’s Well. McVie was also a member of the 2001 Stratford Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training and was the recipient with the John Hirsh Award for Most Promising Young Actor. She played numerous leading roles over a ten year period in productions at The Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa including the premier of George F. Walker’s The Burden of Self Awareness and the sold-out run of The Public Servant, a play McVie co-created with Jennifer Brewin, Haley McGee and Amy Rutherford. The Public Servant was developed by Common Boots Theatre (formally Theatre Columbus) and co-produced by Nightwood Theatre for a sold-out Toronto run at the Canadian Stage Company’s Berkeley Street Theatre in March 2016.

Official website: www.sarahmcvie.com

Features & TV Movies:
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The Perfect Teacher (TV-2010)
The Secret Sex Life of a Single Mom (TV-2014)
Guilty at 17 (TV-2014)
You Killed My Mother (TV-2017)

TV Series – Cast:
The Best Laid Plans (2014, mini-series)
Workin’ Moms (2017-)
Detention ADventures (2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
No Easy Days (2018)
The Handmaid’s Tale (2019)

American Gods (2020)

Samantha Win

Samantha Win, actress,

B: March 29, 1991 in Barrie, Ontario

Samantha Win is both a stunt performer, screenwriter, producer and actor. She often appears in the credits as Samantha Jo. We list her credits as an actor.

Features & TV Movies:
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Man of Steel (2013)
Warrior (TV-2015)
Jia (2015, short)
Wonder Woman (2017)
Snow Steam Iron (2017, short)
Justice League (2017)

Silent Night (2020, short)
Disobedience (2020, short)
Committed (2020, short)
Circle of Stone (2020, short)
Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)
Army of the Dead (2021)
Unwelcome (2021, short)
Loss Prevention (2022, short)

TV Series: Guest appearances:
Mortal Combat (2011, 2013)
Agent X (2015)
Lethal Weapon (2017)
Arrow (2019)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Committed (2020, short)
Unwelcome (2021, short)

Credits as a Producer:
Silent Night (2020, short)
Disobedience (2020, short)
Committed (Executive Producer, 2020, short)
Unwelcome (2021, short)

Spencer Borgeson

Spencer Borgeson, actor,

B: March 29, 1994 in White Rock, British Columbia

Spencer Borgeson played the role of Osvaldo Trujillo Blanco, one of the children of the titular Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story. Griselda Blanco was played by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the made-for-TV movie for the Lifetime network. He is also a noted photographer.

Photography website.

Features & TV Movies:
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Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story (TV-2017)
Milk Chug (2017, short)
The Sweetest Heart (TV-2018)

You’re Bacon Me Crazy (TV-2020)
2 Hearts (2020)
Modeled with Love (TV-2023)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Supernatural (2020)
Supergirl (2021)

Hunter Dillon

Hunter Dillon, actor,

B: in Vancouver, British Columbia

Hunter Dillon made his onscreen debut as Young Sam in the series Supernatural. He plays Tyler Flaherty on the 10-episode contemporary tween drama series Holly Hobbie which is based on the American Greetings character first introduced in 1967. The series will begin airing in the fall of 2018.

Features & TV Movies:
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Happy Face Killer (TV-2014)
Windfall (2016, short)
Extra-Ordinary Amy (2018, short)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
Deadpool 2 (2018)
The Review (2018, short)

No Internet (2020, short)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (voice, 2021)
Riceboy Sleeps (2022)
Golden Delicious (2022)
Rodrick Blues (voice, 2022)

TV Series – Cast:
The Exorcist (2017)
Holly Hobbie (2018)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Supernatural (2013)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (2014)
Wayward Pines (2016)
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (2017)
Gabby Duran & the Unsittables (2020)
Two Sentence Horror Stories (2021)
Family Law (2021)

Riceboy Sleeps, movie, poster,

Nabil Rajo

Nabil Rajo, actor,
Photo of Nabil Rajo © 2018 R.A.Lucas.

B: in Asmara, Eritrea

Nabil Rajo was born in Asmara, Eritrea but moved to Toronto when he was six-years-old. His education didn’t involve the arts as he devoted time to his studies and competitive basketball. In 2012, influenced by an uncle, a prominent independent director in Eritrea, Nabil Rajo took his first steps into the world of cinema, focusing on directing and performance. He is pictured with his 2018 Canadian Screen Award for best lead actor in a feature film for his role as Hakeem in the Montreal production of Boost, where he said, “You have no idea what this means to a kid from Asmara, Eritrea. I’ve waited a very long time to see a character like Hakeem on the big screen. Representation does matter.”

Features & TV Movies:
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Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (TV-2014)
Muna (2015, short)
Boost (2017)
Upshot (2019, short)
Queen of Spades (2021)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Remedy (2014, 2015)
Man Seeking Woman (2015)
Rookie Blue (2015)
Suits (2017)
Jupiter’s Legacy (2021)
What We Do in the Shadows (2021)
Transplant (2022)

Boost, movie, poster,

Thomas Middleditch

Thomas Middleditch, actor,

B: March 10, 1982 in Nelson, British Columbia

In addition to his film and television career, Thomas Middleditch is a regular performer at UCB, a member of The Improvised Shakespeare Company and creates and performs comedy shorts with College Humor. He played the role of Richard Hendricks in 53 episodes of Silicon Valley between 2014 and 2019. He played the role of Drew Dunbar on the series B Positive.

Features & TV Movies:

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Mint in Box (VR-2009, short)
The Rebound (2009)
Splinterheads (2009)

The Other Guys (2010)
Ghostbusters Return (2010, short)
Night Home (2010)
Hitched (TV-2010)
Mash Up (TV-2011)
Inconvenient Interviews with Risa (VR-2011, short)
Dog DNA (2011, short)
Certainty (2011)
Michel Jean-Michel: Overexposed (2011, short)
Being Flynn (2012)
The Campaign (2012)
The Brass Teapot (2012)
Fun Size (2012)
The Funtime Gang (TV-2013)
The Kings of Summer (2013)
The Farm (TV-2013)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
All’s Fair (2014, short)
Someone Marry Barry (2014)
Search Party (2014)
The Bronze (2015)
SMILF (2015)
The Final Girls (2015)
Joshy (2016)
Sunspring (2016, short)
Kong: Skull Island (voice, 2017)
Entanglement (2017)
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (voice, 2017)
Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017)
Henchmen (voice, 2018)
Replicas (2018)
Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019)
Aly & AJ: Star Maps (VR-2019, short)
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe (voice, 2020)
DC League of Super-Pets (voice, 2022)

TV Series – Cast:
College Humor Originals (2010-2013)
The Morning After (2013, mini-series)
Silicon Valley (2014-2019)
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero (voice, 2014-2017)
Scheer-RL (2015, mini-series)
Breaking Boundaries with Eliza Coupe (2017, mini-series)

Death Hacks (2020)
B Positive (2020-2022)
Solar Opposites (voice, 2020-)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Memoirs of a Manchild (2009)

Robotomy (2010)
The Back Room (2010)
Funny or Die Presents… (2011)
Ugly Americans (2011)
The League (2011)
Beavis and Butt-Head (voice, 2011)
FCU: Fact Checkers Unit (2011)
Matumbo Goldberg (2011)
Jake and Amir (2011, 2013)
Mash Up (2012)
Bravest Warriors (2012)
Newsreaders (2013)
The Office (2013)
Key and Peele (2013)
Trophy Wife (2013)
The Pete Holmes Show (2013)
You’re the Worst (2014, 2019)
Comedy Bang! Bang! (2015)
Drunk History (2015, 2016, 2019)
Great Minds with Dan Harmon (2016)
Off Camera with Sam Jones (2016)
TripTank (voice, 2016)
Conan (2016)
Animals. (voice, 2017)
Red Carpet Report (voice, 2017)
Rick and Morty (voice, 2017)
Bob’s Burgers (2018, 2019)
Big City Greens (voice, 2019)

Dream Corp LLC (2020)
The Good Fight (2022)

Dayle McLeod

Dayle McLeod, actress,

B: March 9, 1990 in Alliston, Ontario

Born in Alliston Ontario, Dayle McLeod discovered her passion for singing and acting after joining her church choir and participating in school musicals. She got her start in entertainment starring in Martin Gero’s series The L.A Complex, and Kristin Waterson’s epic gay web series Thats My DJ. Inspired by Canadian folk artists and songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Jann Arden, Dayle McLeod’s music is a fusion of classic folk and millennial pop sensibilities. Her first L.P ‘FRIENDS’ was released in 2018. In film, she had a supporting role and a featured song in Mary Harron’s film Charlie Says that tells the infamous story of the women behind the Charles Manson cult murders. It premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival in August 2018. We list her credits as an actor.

Features & TV Movies:
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We’ll Always Have Paris (2011, short)
Two Sides (2012, short)
A Man Is a Man Is a Man (2012, short)
It’s Not What You Know (2016, short)
Are You Gonna Eat That? (2017, short)
Charlie Says (2018)
Art of Falling in Love (TV-2019)
Hammer (2019)

Hazy Little Thing (2020)
Family Seductions (TV-2021)
An Eclectic Christmas (TV-2022)

TV Series – Cast:
The L.A.Complex (2012)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Flashpoint (2011)
Saving Hope (2013)
Bitten (2015)
Killjoys (2015)
Condor (2018)
The Expanse (2019)
Hudson & Rex (2020)
Burden of Truth (2020)
Kim’s Convenience (2020)

Web Series:
That’s My DJ (2016, mini-series)

Barbara Eve Harris

Barbara Eve Harris, actress,

B: March 8, 1959 in Tobago

Born in Tobago to Jamaican parents, Barbara Eve Harris and her family settled in Ottawa when she was 6-years-old. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.A. with special concentration on courses in Theatre and Philosophy. Her career began in 1985 and her first feature was the musical-dance fantasy titled Night Magic, with music and lyrics by Lewis Furey and Leonard Cohen and costars Nick Mancuso and Carole Laure.

Features & TV Movies:
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Secret Weapon (TV-1985)
Night Magic (1985)
Ghost of a Chance (TV-1987)
The Liberators (TV-1987)
Nightstick (TV-1987)
The Return of Ben Casey (TV-1988)

Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story (TV-1993)
Guilty as Sin (1993)
TekWar: TekJustice (TV-1994)
Against Their Will (TV-1994)
Captive Heart: The James Mink Story (TV-1996)
Jack Reed: Death and Vengeance (TV-1996)
Dead Men Can’t Dance (1997)
The Absolute Truth (TV-1997)
In His Father’s Shoes (TV-1997)
Critical Care (1997)
Blood on Her Hands (TV-1998)
36 Hours to Die (TV-1999)
Justice (TV-1999)
Nightmare Man (1999)

Picture Claire (2001)
Ignition (2001)
A Time for Dancing (2002)
The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

Tangled (TV-2010)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
People Like Us (2012)
No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie (2013)
Welcome to Forever (2015, short)
Born to Be Blue (2015)
Blood Is Blood (2016)
Poor Richard’s Almanack (TV-2016)
Double Play (2017)
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
Her Stolen Past (TV-2018)
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019)
Double Holiday (TV-2019)

TV Series – Cast:
Side Effects (1994-1996)

Sex Traffic (2004, mini-series)
10.5: Apocalypse (2006, mini-series)
Prison Break (2006-2009)

Chicago P.D. (2015-2017)
Sharp Objects (2018, mini-series)

Messiah (2020)
Fubar (2023)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Night Heat (1987)
Adderly (1987)

Knots Landing (1990)
E.N.G. (1990, 1991)
The Hidden Room (1991)
Street Legal (1991, 1992, 1994)
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1992)
Class of ’96 (1993)
Sirens (1995)
F/X: The Series (1997)
Due South (1998)
The Outer Limits (1998)
Party of Five (1999)

Bull (2000)
The West Wung (2001)
That’s Life (2001)
Providence (2001)
Any Day Now (2001)
Family Law (2002)
The Practice (2002)
The Agency (2002)
CSI: MIami (2003)
ER (2003)
Cold Case (2003)
Jack & Bobby (2004)
JAG (2004)
The Eleventh Hour (2005)
Kevin Hill (2005)
Commander in Chief (2005, 2006)
Eureka (2007)
Private Practice (2007)
Brothers and Sisters (2007)
Boston Legal (2008)
Criminal Minds (2008)
Ghost Whisperer (2008)
‘Da Kink in My Hair (2009)
Hawthorn (2009)
Mental (2009)

Flashpoint (2011)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2011, 2012)
Rizzoli & Isles (2012, 2014)
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2013)
Switched at Birth (2014)
Forever (2014)
Revenge (2015)
How to Get Away with Murder (2015)
Bosch (2016)
Rogue (2016)
Supernatural (2016)
Chicago Fire (2016, 2017)
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (2017)
The Crossing (2018)
Station 19 (2019, 2021, 2022)
Magnum P.I. (2019)
The Man in the High Castle (2019)

Star Trek: Picard (2020)
The Wilds (2020, 2022)

Night Magic, movie, poster,

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, movie, poster,

Justin Kelly

Justin Kelly, actor,
Justin Kelly as Jesse from the series Hudson & Rex.

B: March 7, 1992 in Toronto, Ontario

Justin Kelly played Noah Jackson in 65 episodes of The Latest Buzz, 85 episodes as Jake Martin onDegrassi and costars as Jesse Mills in the series Hudson & Rex.

Features & TV Movies:
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For the Love of Grace (TV-2008)

The Jensen Project (TV-2010)
Change of Plans (TV-2011)
The Subterfuge Suite (2012, short)
Maps to the Stars (2014)
Big Muddy (2014)
Ahead (2014, short)
Pirate’s Passage (TV-2015)
Lost After Dark (2015)
Lost & Found (2016)
The Night Before Halloween (TV-2016)
Bad Date Chronicles (2017)
Sea Change (TV-2017)
The Last Man (2018)
Run This Town (2019)

TV Series – Cast:
The Latest Buzz (20070-2010)
Degrassi: The Next Generation (2011-2013)
Open Heart (2015)
Between (2015-2016)
#VitalSignz (2017, mini-series)
Hudson & Rex (2019-)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Warehouse 13 (2012)
Lost Girl (2013)
Saving Hope (2013)
Between the Lines: Pretty Lake High – Yearbook Assignment (2015)
Private Eyes (2018)
Wynonna Earp (2018)
Frankie Drake Mysteries (2018)

Run This Town, move, poster,

Celebrating Black History Month – Sandi Ross

Sandi Ross, actress,

(February 26, 2023 – Toronto, ON) Sandi Ross studied theatre at the University of Minnesota, where she grew up, receiving a BFA Degree and going on to become a professional actor on both sides of the border performing on stage, including three years at the Stratford Festival, as well as work in front of the cameras for television and film beginning in 1984. Ten years later she became the first woman and first person of colour elected president of ACTRA Toronto.

Read more about Sandi Ross.

Celebrating Black History Month – Amanda Brugel

Amanda Brugel, The Handmaid’s Tale, image,

(February 20, 2023 – Toronto, ON) Born in Pointe Claire, Québec, Amanda Brugel grew up near Oshawa, Ontario. A Fine Arts Talent Scholarship at York University brought a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2000. In the 20 years since, Brugel has landed roles in more than 60 productions on the big and small screens, drawing the most attention when she landed the role of Rita on the award-winning series, The Handmaid’s Tale. Brugel was the only Canadian cast member in Season 1.

Read more about Amanda Brugel.

Celebrating Black History Month: Vinessa Antoine

Vinessa Antoine, actress, Biography,

(February 14, 2023 – Toronto, ON) Vinessa Antoine made Canadian TV history when the first episode of Diggstown aired in 2019. She became the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, according to the CBC. But it all started when she was just four years old and began studying classical ballet at the Royal Academy of Dance in Toronto. She went on to spend three years in New York with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and six months dancing hip hop while touring with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. And then she shifted her focus from dance to acting.

Learn more about Vinessa Antoine.

Vinessa Antoine

Vinessa Antoine, actress,

B: July 21, 1983 in Toronto, Ontario

Vinessa Lynn Antoine made Canadian TV history when the first episode of Diggstown aired in 2019. She became the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, according to the CBC. In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Diggstown is scheduled to air in the 2018 fall and winter season. Vinessa Antoine costarred as Judith Winter in 40 episodes of the Canadian series Being Erica but is best known for her role as Jordan Ashford in more than 275 episodes of the US series General Hospital.

Also see: Vinessa Antoine – Biography

Features & TV Movies:
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Annie O (TV-1995)
Taps (1996, short)
Picture This (1999)

A Day Late and a Dollar Short (TV-2014)
The Choir (2016, short)

Kicking Blood (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Being Erica (2009-2011)
General Hospital (2014-2018)
Diggstown (2019-2022)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Soul Food (2001, 2002)
The Unit (2007)
ReGenesis (2008)
Heartland (2008, 2013, 2014)

Haven (2011)
Talent: The Casting Call (2011)
Work in Progress (2014)
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2018)
The Resident (2019)
Hudson & Rex (2019)

Interrogation (2020)
Ginny & Georgia (2023)

Celebrating Black History Month – Sylvia Hamilton

Sylvia Hamilton, film director,
Photo of Sylvia Hamilton by Nick Pearce.

(February 12, 2023 – Toronto, ON) Multi-award-winning filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton was born in the historically black community of Beechville, Nova Scotia, west of Halifax. The second youngest child of six to Gerald Hamilton, a labourer, and Marie Hamilton, a teacher. Hamilton first attended a segregated all-black primary school and then switched to a non-segregated high school outside of her community. Prior to becoming involved in the film industry, she worked in cable television, as a radio journalist and as a freelance broadcaster. She worked with the National Film Board’s Studio D in Montreal where she co-created New Initiatives in Film (NIF), the first specific program of its kind designed to provide opportunities for women of colour and First Nations women from across Canada to make films.

Read more about Sylvia Hamilton.

Katherine Barrell

Katherine Barrell, actress,
Katherine Barrell in a publicity still for Workin' Moms courtesy of CBC

B: February 12, 1990 in Toronto, Ontario

Actor and Director, Katherine ‘Kat’ Barrell is an actor and director. A graduate of Toronto’s George Brown Classical Theatre school. She is known for two major roles, town Sheriff Nicole Haught on the series Wynonna Earp, and for playing the loveably neurotic, Alicia Rutherford on the series Workin’ Moms.

Features & TV Movies:
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Queen of Clubs (2011, short)
Poe (TV-2011)
The Ties Between Us (2013, short)
Issues (2013, short)
Lost and Found (2013, short)
The Scarehouse (2014)
My Ex-Ex (2015)
Definition of Fear (2015)
A Nutcracker Christmas (TV-2016)
Girls’ Night Out (TV-2017)
Lake Placid: Legacy (TV-2018)
Goliath (2019)

The Godwink Christmas: Miracle of Love (2021)
Cabin Connection (2022)
A Tale of Two Christmases (2022)
Making Scents of Love (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Wynonna Earp (2016-2021)
Workin’ Moms (2017-)
Good Witch (2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Lost Girl (2012)
Off2Kali Comedy (2012)
Murdoch Mysteries (2012, 2014)
Reign (2014)
The Listener (2014)
Saving Hope (2015)
Star Trek: Discovery (2017)
Private Eyes (2018)

Katherine Barrell is represented by:
Seta van der Hoop
The Characters
8 Elm Street
Toronto, ON M5G 1G7 Canada

Phone: 416-964-8522
Email: seta(at)thecharacters.com

Eve Harlow

Eve Harlow, actress,

B: June 20, 1989 in Moscow, Russia

Eve Harlow was born in Moscow but her family moved to Israel when she was just 3-months-old. Seven years later the family moved again settling in Vancouver, British Columbia, an important hub for Canadian filmmaking. Harlow was 19 when she landed a role in a series about the Canadian Coast Guard playing the role of Tina Renwald. For her work on this series she received a Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series in 2009 and was nominated for Gemini Award in 2010. According to various sources Eve wanted to be an actress from an early age. Her mother, who had a career as a theatre actress, was very supportive of her dream. Her latest project, the Netflix series The Night Agent is based on the novel by Matthew Quirk, and is a sophisticated, character-based, action-thriller centred on a low level FBI Agent (Gabriel Basso) who works in the basement of the White House, manning a phone that never rings — until the night that it does, propelling him into a fast moving and dangerous conspiracy that ultimately leads all the way to the Oval Office. Eve Harlow plays Ellen, an unpredictable killer whose impulses come at a cost. The series also costars Sarah Desjardins.

Features & TV Movies:
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My Name Is Sarah (TV-2007)
Juno (2007)
Sheltered Life (2008)
Candyland (2008)
Paul Pontius (2008,short)
Living Out Loud (TV-2009)
Jennifer’s Body 2009)
2012 (2009)
The Farm (TV-2009)

Make Me Stronger (2011, short)
Something Red (2011, short)
Let Your Fingers Do the Talking (2011,short)
The Last Chances of Bon Bon Braunstein (2011, short)
The Tall Man (2012)
When You Sleep (2012, short)
The Horses of McBride (TV-2012)
Lost After Dark (2015)
We’re Still Together (2016)
Instant Family (2018)
The Tomorrow Man (2019)

Perpetual Motion (2021)
Trigger Point (2021)
The Night Agent (TV-2023, Netflix)

TV Series – Cast:
The Andromeda Strain (2008, mini-series)
The Guard (aka Search and Rescue, 2008, 2009)
Heroes Reborn (2015-2016)

Next (2020)
The Night Agent (2023)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Kyle XY (2007)
Fringe (2010)
Caprica (2010)
Shattered (2010)
R.L. Stine’s the Haunting Hour (2011)
Flashpoint (2011)
Cracked (2012)
Lost Girl (2014)
Bitten (2014)
Fargo (2014)
The Killing (2014)
12 Monkeys (2016)
Ray Donovan (2016)
Rogue (2017)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2017, 2018)
SEAL Team (2018)
NCIS: Los Angeles (2019)
The Rookie (2019, 2020)
Queen of the South (2021)
Titans (2021)
Star Trek: Discovery (2023)

Juno, movie, poster,
Poster for the 2007 movie, Juno

Celebrating Black History Month – Stephan James

Stephan James, biography, photo,
Stephan James stars as Fonny in Barry Jenkins’ IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, an Annapurna Pictures release.

(February 7, 2023 – Toronto, ON) Toronto-born actor Stephan James has come a long, long way in his relatively short career. With two hit projects early in his career, including If Beale Street Could Talk and Amazon Prime’s limited series Homecoming, his path to stardom has been a straight line from those early days playing Julian in the series Degrassi: The Next Generation.

He first came to international attention when he starred as Olympic hero Jesse Owens in the Canadian co-production Race, for which he won a Canadian Screen Award. Since then he has played a number of real people, including U.S. high school running back T.K. Kelly in When the Game Stands Tall, and American politician and one time student activist John Lewis in Ava DuVernay’s drama Selma, which was given the Black Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble.

Collaborating with Julia Roberts on Homecoming has been decidedly unique, according to James who said, “She’s such a great scene partner that sometimes I’m taken aback by her performance.”

Learn more about Stephan James.