Joy Coghill

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Joy Coghill
Born (1926-05-13)May 13, 1926
Findlater, Saskatchewan
Died January 20, 2017(2017-01-20) (aged 90)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Occupation Actress, director, writer

Joy Dorothy Coghill-Thorne, CM, (May 13, 1926 – January 20, 2017) was a Canadian actress, director, and writer.[1]

She and Myra Benson founded Canada's first professional touring children's theatre, Holiday Theatre in 1953. In 1994, Coghill founded Western Gold, a theatre company for senior professional actors in Vancouver. She held honorary degrees from SFU and UBC.[2] She was married to Jack Thorne from 1955 until her death in 2017.

Her best-known work is Song of This Place, a play about the Canadian artist Emily Carr. In addition to her writing, Coghill has made guest appearances on Da Vinci's Inquest as Portia Da Vinci and as the dying human host Saroosh/Selmak on the Stargate SG-1 episode "The Tok'ra, Part 1 & 2".[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Queen of Vancouver theatre, Joy Coghill, dead at age 90". 24 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Joy Coghill biography". Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 

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