|Born||Catherine Theresa Mary Andrea Jones
April 6, 1955
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Jones was 17 when her older brother, comedian Andy Jones, put in a good word for her with the Newfoundland Traveling Theatre Company. After a summer touring with this company Cathy joined Tommy Sexton, Greg Malone, Mary Walsh, and Dyan Olsen in Toronto to look for more work in theatre and there in the fall of 1973, they formed the comedy troupe CODCO. Andy Jones and Robert Joy joined the company in early 1974.
This Hour Has 22 Minutes
In 1992, Jones, comic Rick Mercer and former CODCO co-stars Mary Walsh and Greg Thomey created a new television series, This Hour Has 22 Minutes. She plays many unique characters on the show, and is known for playing both men and women often at the extreme edges of gender identity. Some of her more well known characters include Mrs. Enid, Babe Bennett, Joe Crow, and one of her personal favorites, 'Love Murphy', who played a love interest with her female character in the short film Outport Lesbian. As of 2005, with the departure of Greg Thomey, Jones is the only remaining original cast member of This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
Jones has toured extensively with her one-woman shows Wedding in Texas and Me, Dad and The Hundred Boyfriends. Her film career includes the lead role in her brother Mike Jones' film Secret Nation, which aired on CBC Television. A CBC Life and Times biopic titled Keeping up with Cathy Jones was produced in 2006 by Lynne Wilson, directed by Barbara Doran, and featured several of her co-stars from both CODCO and This Hours Has 22 Minutes including Greg Thomey, Rick Mercer, Greg Malone, and Andy Jones.
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In 1981, Jones had a daughter, Mara, who she raised as a single parent. In 1996, Jones married painter Paul Hannon, and the union produced a daughter, Eleanor. The marriage ended in 1999. Jones was engaged to musician Tom Wilson of the band Lee Harvey Osmond for four years, but they never married. Jones has been a practicing Shambhala Buddhist since 1992.
Jones lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she records This Hour has 22 Minutes.