Cindy Busby

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Cindy Busby
Born (1983-03-18) March 18, 1983 (age 36)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active1999–present

Cindy Busby (born March 18, 1983[1]) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her role as Ashley Stanton on Heartland.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Busby always dreamed of becoming an actress.[4] From the time she was a child, she loved performing for an audience and throughout her elementary school and high school years, she devoted herself to every theater school production. Upon graduating from high school, Busby was accepted into the Professional Theater Program at Dawson College in Montreal and was admitted from among hundreds of applicants.


Starting out in theater, in 2005, she crossed into television and film and was given her first lead in the story of the Canadian medical hero Norman Bethune in the television series Bethune, which filmed in rural China for two and a half months and attracted several million viewers. In 2006, Busby played a supporting lead in the Lifetime original film A Life Interrupted opposite Lea Thompson and also landed a series regular role on the series Heartland when she was cast as Ashley Stanton,[5][6] a rich, self-righteous, competitive horseback rider. The series has been nominated for several Gemini Awards as well as winning a Director's Guild of Canada prize and became one of the most popular shows on Canadian television.[7]

In 2008 and 2009, Busby first landed the lead antagonist in the film Picture This alongside Ashley Tisdale, Shenae Grimes, and Kevin Pollak and appeared on the hit CW series The Vampire Diaries. In 2011, she appeared on the big screen in Fox 2000 Pictures' The Big Year, in which she was seen opposite Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson.[8]

In 2012, Busby filmed guest starring roles on the CW shows Supernatural, The L.A. Complex, and The Secret Circle. She was also seen as a lead in the SyFy movie of the week, Mega Cyclone, and more recently, was seen in 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded as the wife of WWE wrestler Randy Orton,[9] in The Wedding Chapel playing a young Shelley Long, and in Hallmark Channel's Lucky in Love opposite Jessica Szhor.

Busby has been seen guest starring on USA's Rush, TNT's Proof and recurred on Hallmark Channel's Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove. She starred in the independent films The Circle and 40 Below and Falling and was cast as the lead in A Puppy for Christmas. She also appeared in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original, Hailey Dean Mystery: Murder, With Love.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
La derniere incarnation Femme line-up
Picture This Lisa Cross Television film (ABC Family)
Les pieds dans le vide Flirt de P-A
Dead like Me: Life After Death Jenny, Girl Teenager Cameo
Let the Game Begin Sarah Theatrical film
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 80's Popular Girl
The Big Year Susie Supporting role
12 Rounds 2: Reloaded Sarah Malloy Main role
A Christmas in Royal Fashion Kristen Lead role


Year Title Role Notes
Undressed Christine Television series
15/Love Television series
Bethune Lisa Television series
Thrill of the Kill Amber Lifetime Movies Television film
Killer Wave Grad Student Series Regular
Superstorm Tania Television series
A Life Interrupted Crystal Smith Lifetime Television film
Durham County Trisha Television series
St. Urbain's Horseman Girl #1 Television series
Heartland Ashley Stanton Series Regular (51 episodes)
Hostile Makeover Montana Lifetime Television film
The Vampire Diaries Brooke Fenton Episode: "Pilot"
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love Amy Direct to video
Ghost Storm Daisy Television film
Behemoth Grace Walsh Syfy Television film[11]
Mega Cyclone Susan Syfy Television film
2011, 2013
Supernatural Jenny Klein Television series (2 episodes: "7.05 Shut up, Dr. Phil" and "8. 22 Clip Show")
The Secret Circle Sara Armstrong Television series
The L.A. Complex Mandi Television series
Cedar Cove Rebecca Jennings Television series
Unleashing Mr. Darcy Elizabeth Scott Hallmark Channel Television film[12]
Hailey Dean Mystery: Murder, With Love Amanda Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Television film[13]
A Puppy for Christmas Noelle UP Television film
Date My Dad Stephanie Television series[14]
Hailey Dean Mystery: Deadly Estate Amanda Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Television film
When Calls the Heart Dr Shepard's Sister In Law - Marlise Bennett Television Series
Runaway Christmas Bride Kate Paulson Ion Television Movie[15]
Royal Hearts Kelly Pavlik Hallmark Channel Television film[16]
The Wrong Daughter Kate Lifetime Television film
Marrying Mr. Darcy Elizabeth Scott Hallmark Channel Television film
Christmas Cupcakes Gina Remo Television Movie
A Christmas in Royal Fashion Kristin Ion Television Movie
The Killer Downstairs Alison Peters Lifetime Television film
My Boyfriend’s Back: Wedding March 5 Annalise Hallmark Channel Television film
A Godwink Christmas: Meant For Love Alice Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Television film


Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Vampire Diaries: A Darker Truth Brooke Fenton Episode: "A Darker Truth Part 3"


  1. ^ "Jewel Staite on Twitter". Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  2. ^ The rising career of Canadian actress Cindy Busby (Hush Magazine, accessed 14 November 2012)
  3. ^ Cindy Busby: Hot in a Cold Climate (
  4. ^ "CINDY BUSBY'S RESPONSES!". 22 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Heartland: Cindy Busby interview". Heartland Youtube Channel. 16 October 2008.
  7. ^ "CBC's Heartland renewed for 10th Season". Calgary Herald. 16 March 2016.
  8. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Cindy Busby Talks The Big Year". 10 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Lead Actress Cast in WWE Studios Movie '12 Rounds: Reloaded'". 22 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Hailey Dean Mystery: Murder, with Love (2016)". Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  11. ^ "BABE OF THE DAY: CINDY BUSBY". 14 October 2011.
  12. ^ "Cindy Busby – Unleashing Mr. Darcy". Starry Mag. 22 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Preview - Hailey Dean Mystery - Murder, With Love - Hallmark Movies and Mysteries". Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Ruth Hill Interviews Cindy Busby". 23 June 2017.
  15. ^ "RUNAWAY CHRISTMAS BRIDE". Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Hallmark's 'Royal Hearts': Learn All About the Cast & the Movie". Heavy. 24 February 2018.

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