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October 6, 1970 |
Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
Life and career
MacDonald was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She graduated from Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School in Antigonish and later attended Montreal's McGill University, earning a degree in Russian and Slavic Studies.
MacDonald has appeared in various Canadian TV series, including Trailer Park Boys (as Officer Erica Miller), These Arms of Mine (as Claire Monroe), and This Hour Has 22 Minutes (as a substitute newsreader), among other roles. In 2003 she starred in the two part miniseries Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion.
However, she is likely best known as the former national continuity announcer for CBC Radio One, a role she held from the start of Radio One's 2004 summer season. With MacDonald's identity kept secret, the voice was quickly dubbed Promo Girl. MacDonald was ultimately outed by The Globe and Mail in early 2005. Her distinctive voice, and the quirky sense of humour in the promotional items she reads, made her a polarizing figure among long time Radio One listeners, particularly in the context of several other changes to the network's programming intended to attract a younger audience. The promo spots were taken over in May 2007 by Steve Fletcher.
In the summer of 2005, Radio One ran a series of weekly "comedy-mysteries" starring MacDonald—along with other Radio One personalities—titled Promo Girl in The Mystery of... Short segments designed to highlight various CBC Radio programmes and the upcoming fall season were repeated a number of times each day, with prizes going to listeners who correctly solved the various clues or mysteries. The series was not completed due to a lockout of CBC employees that began in the late summer.
In 2013, MacDonald and Kate Johnston cowrote and codirected the film Tru Love, in which MacDonald also starred.
|1997||Someone to Love||Ex Girlfriend|
|Jack & Jill||Jill|
|2002||Time of the Wolf||Anna MacKenzie|
|Undercover Brother||Wendy Marshall (TV Anchor)|
|2004||Saint Ralph||Emma Walker|
|The Porcelain Pussy||Velma|
|2005||Love Is Work||Celia|
|2007||The Mad||Monica Tepper|
|Breakfast with Scot||Joan|
|At Home by Myself...With You||Erin|
|Doppelganger||Lenny 'The Weasel'|
|Love Letter from an Open Grave||Mona||short film|
|1998||Earth: Final Conflict||Katya Petrenko||Episode: "If You Could Read My Mind"|
|1999||Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend||Laxhesis||Episode: "Damon and Pythias"|
|1999–2001||These Arms of Mine||Claire Monroe||12 episodes|
|2003–2004||Trailer Park Boys||Officer Erica Miller||Episodes:
"Where in the Fuck Is Randy's Barbeque?"
"The Delusions of Officer Jim Lahey"
"A Shit Leopard Can't Change Its Spots"
"A Man's Gotta Eat"
|2003–2005||The Blobheads||Kiki Barnes||24 episodes|
|2004||While I Was Gone||Detective Geary||TV film|
|Kevin Hill||Dana Goyer||Episode: "Snack Daddy"|
|2005||Riding the Bus with My Sister||Nona||TV film|
|Terry||Truck-Stop Waitress||TV film|
|This Hour Has 22 Minutes||Four episodes|
|2006||Runaway||Reporter||Episode: "There's No Place Like Home"|
|ReGenesis||Heather Michelle||Episode: "Dim & Dimmer"|
|Puppets Who Kill||Ophelia McCoy||Episode: "A Few Feuds"|
|Angela's Eyes||Erika Bell||Episode: "Eyes for Windows"|
|Sons of Butcher||Tammi/Vegan Activist||Episodes:
"Handlin' the Bike"
"Ridin' the Rocket"
"Body by Jeff"
"Some of My Best Friends Are Queer"
"To Kill a Mocking Man"
"The Auto-Fish 9000"
|2007||The Best Years||Mary Hawke||Episode: "Mommie Dearest"|
|2008||Life with Derek||Olga||Episode: "Driving Lessons"|
|Paradise Falls||Grace Coleman||Episode: "Revelations"|
|Flashpoint||Ruth Skellar||Episode: "Who's George?"|
|Majority Rules!||Unknown episodes|
|2009||The Listener||Margaret||Episode: "Lisa Says"|
|Aaron Stone||Amanda Landers||11 episodes|
|Being Erica||Marjorie||Episode: "Papa Can You Hear Me?"|
|2010||Lost Girl||Dean Peretti||Episode: "Oh Kappa, My Kappa"|
|Republic of Doyle||Charlotte||Episode: "The Return of the Grievous Angel"|
|Turn the Beat Around||Cynthia||TV film|
|Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars||Violetta Welsch||TV film
premiered March 26, 2010 on Disney Channel
|2011||Covert Affairs||Episode: "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?"|
- "Our Public Airwaves - Globe outs CBC "Promo Girl"". publicairwaves.ca.
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