|Born||Margaret Elizabeth Chan
February 14, 1960
Long Beach, California, United States
|Years active||1980–1995, 2010–present|
|Spouse(s)||Tim Zinnemann (m. 1983–89)
John Calley (m. 1995–2002)
Don Calame (m. 2002)
|Partner(s)||Colin Firth (1989–1994)|
|Children||Emily (b. 1984)
David (b. 1986)
Will (b. 1990)
Tilly's father was Chinese American, and her mother was of Irish, Finnish, and First Nations descent. Following her parents' divorce when she was three, she was raised by her mother and stepfather, John Ward, on rural Texada Island in British Columbia. She graduated from Esquimalt High School in Victoria, British Columbia. She has a brother, Steve, and two sisters, Rebecca and Jennifer.
She was involved with the Connecticut Ballet Company as a teen, as well as the Throne Dance Theatre. She made her screen debut with Alan Parker's Fame in 1980. When a dance partner dropped her, causing a serious back injury, her dance career came to a shattering halt.
She then became an actress. She played a prostitute in a second season episode of Hill Street Blues before she appeared in films such as The Big Chill and Psycho II before her acclaimed title role in Agnes of God, for which she received an Oscar nomination and won a Golden Globe. Tilly later appeared in Valmont, The Two Jakes with Jack Nicholson and Leaving Normal, as well as the 1993 horror film, Body Snatchers.
Tilly was the first choice for the role of Constanze Mozart in Miloš Forman's film Amadeus, having received glowing appraisals of her rehearsal work by both her would-be costar Tom Hulce and director Forman. However, she sustained a leg injury playing soccer and had to abandon the project. The role later went to Elizabeth Berridge. Tilly portrayed the Blessed Mother, a Pope-like figure in the Caprica episode "Unvanquished".
In January 2012 Global Television in Canada launched the six-part Bomb Girls about women who work in a munitions factory during World War II. Tilly stars as Lorna, the emotionally closed floor matron who blossoms as a leader and an appealing woman. She won the 2013 Lead Actress, Drama Canadian Screen Award for her work on the series.
Based to an extent on her own childhood experiences Tilly wrote a novel, Singing Songs, comprising a series of vignettes about a young girl whose stepfather molests her and her sisters. A second novel, Gemma, came out in October 2006. Her third novel, Porcupine, is a finalist for the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize. Her novel, First Time, published in 2008.
She has three children: Emily (born 1984) and David (born 1986) by her marriage to film producer Tim Zinnemann, which ended in 1989, and a son, Will (born 1990), from her five-year relationship with British actor Colin Firth. Her second husband, John Calley, was 30 years her senior. He is a former president of Sony Pictures; they were married in 1995 and divorced in 2002. She is now married to author Don Calame.
|1983||One Dark Night||Julie Wells|
|1983||Psycho II||Mary Loomis|
|1983||Big Chill, TheThe Big Chill||Chloe|
|1985||Agnes of God||Sister Agnes|
|1986||Off Beat||Rachel Wareham|
|1988||Girl in a Swing, TheThe Girl in a Swing||Karin|
|1989||Valmont||Madame de Tourvel|
|1990||Two Jakes, TheThe Two Jakes||Kitty Berman|
|1993||Body Snatchers||Carol Malone|
|1994||Sleep with Me||Sarah|
|1981||Trouble with Grandpa, TheThe Trouble with Grandpa||Dorie||TV film|
|1982||Hill Street Blues||Hooker||Episode: "Some Like It Hot-Wired"|
|1989||Nightmare Classics||Carmilla||Episode: "Carmilla"|
|1990||In the Best Interest of the Child||Jennifer Colton||TV film|
|1993||Road to Avonlea||Evelyn Grier||Episode: "Evelyn"|
|1993||Fallen Angels'||Lois Weldon||Episode: "Dead End for Delia"|
|1994||Winnetka Road||George Grace||Main role (6 episodes)|
|1994||Trick of the Eye||Faith Crowell||TV film|
Episode: "The Heavens Will Rise"
|2012||Bomb Girls||Lorna Corbett||Main role (6 episodes)|
|1984||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress||Psycho II||Nominated|
|1986||Oscar||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Agnes of God||Nominated|
|1986||Golden Globe||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture||Agnes of God||Won|
|2012||Leo||Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series||Bomb Girls||Won|
|2012||Golden Nymph||Outstanding Actress in a Mini-Series||Bomb Girls||Nominated|
- According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.
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