Fiona Reid

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Fiona Reid
Born July 24, 1951
Whitstable, Kent, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1974–present

Fiona Reid, CM is an English-born Canadian television, film and stage actress. She is best known for her role as Cathy on the TV series King of Kensington.


Reid was born in Whitstable, Kent, England; her father was a doctor in the British Army.[1] She lived in Germany, Africa and the United States before settling in Canada with her family in 1964. She studied acting at McGill University receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972 and at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her first professional acting job was a school tour with the Globe Theatre in Saskatchewan.[1]

She appeared for three seasons as Cathy on the King of Kensington and was nominated in 1977 for an ACTRA Award for Best Performance in a Continuing Role in a Television Program.[2] She left after expressing a desire to return to the stage.[3]

She has been a mainstay on the stage at the Shaw and Stratford Shakespeare Festival.[1] She has twice won the Dora Mavor Moore Award, in 1993 for Fallen Angels and in 1995 for Six Degrees of Separation.[4]

Reid voiced Mrs. Jenkins in the animated series Timothy Goes to School.

In 2006, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada[5] and in 2010 she receive an award of excellence from ACTRA Toronto.[6]

In 2009, she starred as Sister Aloysius in Doubt, a Parable at the Neptune Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

In 2011, she starred as Violet in August: Osage County at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta.

Personal life[edit]

Reid met McCowan Thomas[7] doing summer stock theatre[8] and married him in 1977; they have two children, Alec and Julia.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1974-1975 Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins - Television series
1975-1976 Coming Up Rosie Mona Swicker Television series
1975-1978 King of Kensington Cathy ACTRA Award for Best Performance in a Continuing Role in a Television Program
1978 Witch's Night Out Nicely Voice
1988 Switching Channels Pamela Farbrother
1992 Beethoven Lives Upstairs Mother
1998 At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story Sandra Burtch
2000 P.R. Deirdre Duncan Television series
2002 Duct Tape Forever Judge Hanson
2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding Harriet Miller Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2003 Jacob Two-Two Sour Pickles Television series
2004 Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story Lucinda Pilcher TV Movie
2009 The Time Traveler's Wife Lucile Abshire
2010 Haven Piper Landon Television series


  1. ^ a b c Ahearn, Victoria (2011-02-23). "ACTRA honouree Fiona Reid still torn over split from 'King of Kensington'". Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Actra Awards". The Montreal Gazette. 1977-04-09. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "King to be bachelor". Ottawa Citizen. 1978-01-25. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Fiona Reid entry". Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Governor General announces new appointments to the Order of Canada
  6. ^ "ACTRA to honour theatre veteran Fiona Reid". 2010-12-13. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cathy Has Left the King". The Windsor Star. 1978-04-08. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  8. ^ St. Germain, Pat (2007-03-15). "Theatre: Fiona Reid happily returns to 'Peg". Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  9. ^ Ouzonian, Richard (2011-04-09). "Fiona Reid: Showing us everything she’s got - Arts... -". Toronto Star. Retrieved April 9, 2011. 

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