Canada has a long history of producing some of the small screen’s best and brightest talent. From William Shatner beaming up in the 1960s production of Star Trek to Nina Dobrev's supernatural adventures on modern-day hit The Vampire Diaries, Canucks have always made their mark on TV. As you fire up the telly this Canada Day, you might be surprised to learn that some of your favourite on-screen characters are played by actors that are proud to call the Great White North their home and native land.
Famous Canadians like Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany and Schitt’s Creek’s Eugene Levy are helping to maintain the country’s reputation for award-winning actors consistently delivering memorable and mesmerizing performances. They are following in the footsteps of stars like King of Kensington’s Al Waxman, Growing Pains’ patriarch Alan Thicke, Matthew Perry on Friends and Vancouver’s son Jason Priestley, who hobnobbed with the rich and famous in the 1990s drama Beverly Hills, 90210.
We can’t forget Shirley Douglas in Wind at My Back, Kim Cattrall’s engaging and spicy activities in Sex and the City and the parade of comedians (Martin Short, Mike Myers, Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman) that walked through Studio 8H as featured cast members on Saturday Night Live over the past 40 years.
Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Victor Garber (Alias), Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), Michael J. Fox (Family Ties) … the list goes on and on. To celebrate Canada Day, we reveal 25 TV actors that you might be surprised to learn are Canadian.