Cynthia Dale

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Cynthia Dale
Cynthia Ciurluini

(1960-08-11) 11 August 1960 (age 63)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materMichael Power/St. Joseph High School
  • Actress
Known forOlivia Novak in Streel Legal
(m. 1998)
RelativesJennifer Dale (Sister)

Cynthia Ciurluini, known professionally as Cynthia Dale, is a Canadian television actress and stage performer. She is best known for her role as lawyer Olivia Novak in the 1987–94, and re-booted in 2019, television drama Street Legal.[1]


Dale was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on 11 August 1960 and attended Michael Power/St. Joseph High School. She is the sister of Canadian actress Jennifer Dale and entered the acting world in 1965 after accompanying her sister to an audition. Dale and her sister would appear together in a CBC variety special.

In the 1970s and 1980s, she appeared in a number of movies and stage productions. She appeared as Patty in the 1981 Canadian slasher film, My Bloody Valentine. She appeared in New York City in an off-Broadway play in 1987, and previously in 1983 first appeared at the Stratford Festival, where she has headlined several shows (mostly musicals) in the 2000s. She starred in the 1985 movie Heavenly Bodies, where she played the owner of an aerobics dance studio.

Since 1998, she has been married to CBC News anchor Peter Mansbridge. They have one child, Will.

She was a member of the judging panel of the Canadian television show Triple Sensation in 2007.

She played Helen Bechdel in the Musical Stage Company's Off Mirvish production of Fun Home at the CAA Theatre from 13 April 2018 to 20 May 2018.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1981 My Bloody Valentine Patty
1983 Snow Unknown Short
1984 Heavenly Bodies Samantha Blair
1986 The Boy in Blue Margaret
1987 Moonstruck Sheila
2008 A Broken Life Carla


Year Title Role Notes
1980-1981 The Wayne & Shuster Superspecial Unknown 2 episodes: "Cyrano de Bergerac"; "The Swan Lake Murders"
1986 The Campbells Sarah Greener 2 episodes: "Tales of the Canadas"; "Heaven Sent"
1987 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Elizabeth Episode: "The Liberators"
Seeing Things Marlena Episode, "Eye of the Beholder"
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Kelly Episode: "World's Oldest Motive"
Adderly Lisping Woman Episode, "Midnight in Morocco"
Sadie and Son Paula Melvin TV movie
1987-1988 Night Heat Allana Pride / Gloria 2 episodes: "Set for Life"; "All the King's Horses"
1988-1994 Street Legal Olivia Novak 107 episodes
1989 Baby Cakes Olivia TV movie
1990 War of the Worlds Tila Episode: "The Obelisk"
1992 In the Eyes of a Stranger Nancy TV movie
1995 At the Midnight Hour Jullian TV movie
Taking the Falls Terry Lane 13 episodes
Spenser: A Savage Place Candy Sloane TV movie
1996 The Newsroom Herself Episode: "Petty Tyranny"
1998 Witness to Yesterday Marie Antoinette Episode: "Marie Antoinette"
Thanks of a Grateful Nation Lisa Tuite TV movie
1999 P.T. Barnum Charity TV movie
2001 The Pretender 2001 Agent Zane TV movie
The Industry Susan Doyle Episode: "Husband & Wife"
2002 Trudeau Opening Hostess TV movie
2009 Christmas Dreams Rose Lunette TV movie
2010-2011 Baxter Belinda Nightingale 3 episodes: "Audition Fever"; "Cindy and the Prince of Rock"; "Finale"
2011 The Listener Diane Feeny Episode: "Eye of the Storm"
2014 Working the Engels Lytton Schultz Episode: "Family Therapy"
2019 Street Legal Olivia Novak Rebooted version of 1988–94 series
2022 Coroner Aunt Vick 2 episodes: "Blast to the Past"; "Death Goes On"
2023 Murdoch Mysteries Barbara Serrano Episode: "Murder in F Major"


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ "Fun Home". Musical Stage Company.

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