|Born||1958 (age 55–56)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Years active||1983 - Present|
|Spouse(s)||Paul Gross (1988 - present)
Burns was born 1958 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was nominated three times for a Gemini Award for her performance as Shakespearean diva Ellen Fanshaw in Slings and Arrows, and won twice: in 2006 and 2007. She has also won the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role twice, for Long Day's Journey into Night in 1996 and for Love & Savagery in 2010.
Burns is a founding member and a former associate director of Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre Company, a company that includes a number of theatre veterans from the Canadian Stratford Shakespeare Festival. She has also performed leading roles at Stratford, the Shaw Festival, the National Arts Centre and the Tarragon Theatre, to name just a few. She was nominated five times for a Dora Mavor Moore Award and won twice: in 1986 for The Miracle Worker and in 1984 for Trafford Tanzi.
As associate artistic director at Soulpepper, Burns headed up its extensive youth outreach program. Earlier in her career, she founded the Toronto Arts for Youth Association and was a co-founder of another youth theatre project in Toronto, Masterclass Theatre. She has also worked as an instructor for the theatre programs at George Brown College and Ryerson University. In 2005 she was honoured for her career in the theatre with the Barbara Hamilton Award.
Burns lives in Toronto with her husband, director and actor Paul Gross, and their two children, Hannah and Jack.
Her recent show is called The Foundation which airs on Showcase in Canada. Her character is named Selena Selkirk. She will also appear in the Canadian television sitcom Michael, Tuesdays and Thursdays, scheduled to debut on CBC Television in fall 2011.
|1992||Passage of the Heart||Kate Ward|
|1995||Never Talk to Strangers||Maura|
|1996||Long Day's Journey into Night||Cathleen|
|1999||Life Before This, TheThe Life Before This||Gwen Maclean|
|2004||Porcelain Pussy, TheThe Porcelain Pussy||Short film|
|2006||Screening||Helen Thompson||Short film|
|2008||Rewind||Heather Beckett||Short film|
|2008||Blindness||Woman with Insomnia|
|2009||You Might as Well Live||Dr. Elizabeth|
|2009||Love & Savagery||Mother Superior|
|2009||Wake, AA Wake||Sabina|
|2010||The Reception||Debra||Short film|
|1987||Street Legal||Margaret||Episode: "Take My Jokes, Please"|
|1989||Private Capital, TheThe Private Capital||TV movie|
|1990||Last Best Year, TheThe Last Best Year||Sally||TV movie|
|1991||E.N.G.||Joanna Miles||Episode: "Tyger, Tyger"|
|1991||Hidden Room, TheThe Hidden Room||Jane's Mother||Episode: "A Friend in Need"|
|1996||Side Effects||Andrea Burrows||Episode: "Sex, Death and Rock 'N Roll"|
|1996||Traders||Rita Hutchison||Episode: "Two Steps Forward"|
|1996||Boys Next Door, TheThe Boys Next Door||TV movie|
|1996||Great Performances||Cathleen||Episode: "Long Day's Journey Into Night"|
|1997||Marie Curie: More Than Meets the Eye||Lisette Boudreau||TV movie|
|1997||Due South||Nadia||Episode: "Spy vs. Spy"|
|1998||Witness to Yesterday||Amelia Earhart||Episode: "Amelia Earhart"|
|1998||Thanks of a Grateful Nation||Dr. Rosemary Dove||TV movie|
|1998||Traces of Insanity||TV movie|
|1999||Storm of the Century||Counselor||TV miniseries|
|1999||Due South||Caroline Fraser||Episode: "Call of the Wild: Part 2"|
|1999||Emily of New Moon||Eve Kinch||Episode: "Under the Wishing Moon: Part 1"
Episode: "Bridge of Dreams: Part 2"
|1999||Murder Most Likely||Alice Malinson||TV movie|
|2000||Harry's Case||TV movie|
|2003||Profoundly Normal||Dr. Maswell||TV movie|
|2003-2006||Slings and Arrows||Ellen Fanshaw||18 episodes|
|2004||Skulls III, TheThe Skulls III||Swim Coach||Video|
|2004||What Katy Did||Aunt Izzie||TV movie|
|2006||I Am an Apartment Building||Mother||TV short|
|2008||Trojan Horse, TheThe Trojan Horse||Mary Miller||Episode: "Part One"|
|2009||Murdoch Mysteries||Mrs. Burgess||Episode: "Convalescence"|
|2009||Foundation, TheThe Foundation||Selena Selkirk||3 episodes|
|2010||Hot Water||Woman||Video short|
|2011||Republic of Doyle||Joyce||Episode: "Something Old, Someone Blue"|
|2011||Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays||Jasmina Hart||Episode: "Small Talk"|