Fiona Reid

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Fiona Reid
Born (1951-07-24) 24 July 1951 (age 64)
Whitstable, Kent, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) McCowan Thomas (m. 1977)
Children 2

Fiona Reid, CM (born 24 July 1951 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 Noddy Mrs. Tubby Bear, Mrs. Noah Voice
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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