Kathy Greenwood

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Kathy Greenwood
Born Kathryn Greenwood
(1962-03-21) March 21, 1962 (age 55)
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) John Dolan
Children 2
Awards Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female Improviser

Kathryn "Kathy" Greenwood (born March 21, 1962) is a Canadian actress and comedian. She appeared on the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? numerous times, and played Grace Bailey on the Canadian television drama series Wind at My Back.

Life and career[edit]

Greenwood was born in Scarborough, Toronto and from an early age wanted to be a performer; by the time she was in high school at Agincourt Collegiate Institute, she was usually the star of the school plays and concerts. When it came time to graduate in 1980, she feared that she would never get to act again, until a concerned friend gave her a brochure for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where Greenwood spent the next two years studying acting.

In 1987, when she returned to Canada, in Toronto she managed to find work for a small night club act called A Wedge of Night, which led to her five-year stint with the Toronto branch of the famous Second City comedy troupe; where she served as both a writer and a performer - two of her shows won Dora Mavor Moore awards in 1988, and 1992. Shortly afterwards, she and her friends Jonathan Wilson and Ed Sahely developed what she called their "Second City" spin-off, Not to Be Repeated, in which the three would improvise an entire situation comedy in front of a live audience, based solely on ideas and suggestions that are thrown at them from the audience. Other notable appearances in Canada include the popular sketch shows This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Royal Canadian Air Farce.

In 1996, Kathy found regular work on Canadian television on the family drama series Wind at My Back, where she spent five years, full-time, playing Grace Bailey, a junior radio M.C. in the small town of New Bedford in Ontario during the Great Depression; Kathy's portrayal of Grace Bailey was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Performance By an Actress in a Continuing Leading Role. In 1999, Kathy was cast as Denise Stanton in the TV movie Switching Goals, starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Later that same year, Greenwood crossed the border and commuted to Los Angeles to appear on such shows as The Drew Carey Show, the update version of Hollywood Squares, and the American version of the improvization game show Whose Line Is It Anyway?.

Greenwood is married to television writer John Dolan, with whom she has two daughters, Josephine and Phoebe. Greenwood is also a part of the sketch comedy troupe Women Fully Clothed, featuring what Eugene Levy calls "the five funniest women in Canada." The group saw great success in Canada and even found international acclaim with their appearance in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 This Is My Life Young Matron
1994 New Nightmare Nurse in Hospital Room with Heather
1995 House Kathy
1996 Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy Ginny Hurdicure
2003 Flip Phone Katie Short film
2005 Man, TheThe Man Flight Attendant
2005 Anne: Journey to Green Gables Mavis (voice) Video
2005 Heidi Aunt Dete (voice)
2014 Get Santa Miscellaneous crew (Accountant)
2015 Poltergeist Realtor
2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Marge
2016 Unless Willow Halliday

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 This Hour Has 22 Minutes Writer TV series
1993 Street Legal Jacky Kepler Episode: "Believe the Children"
1993 Maniac Mansion Allanah Episode: "Love Letters"
1993 Women on Trial: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story Sylvia Bonner TV film
1994 Hostage for a Day SWAT One TV film
1994 Squawk Box TV series
1994 RoboCop: The Series Director Episode: "Midnight Minus One"
1995 Goosebumps Ms. Walker Episode: "The Phantom of the Auditorium"
1996 High Life, TheThe High Life Judy Episode: "Bowling"
1996-2001 Wind at My Back Grace Bailey Mainwairing and Gams O'Malley Main role (65 episodes)
1997 Once a Thief Margo Episode: "Trial Marriage"
1998 Stories from My Childhood (voice) Episodes: "The Twelve Months & the Snow Girl", "The Nutcracker"
1998 History Bites Various Episodes: "The Filthy Stinking Rich", "Sex & Power"
1999 George and Martha Frieda TV series
1999 The Wonderful World of Disney Denise Stanton Episode: "Switching Goals"
1999 Switching Goals Denise Stanton TV film
1999-2000 Wind at My Back Performer - 2 Episodes TV series
2000 The 2000 Canadian Comedy Awards Self (Pretty Funny Female Improv) TV Special
2000 Pooch and the Pauper, TheThe Pooch and the Pauper Kim Corbett TV film
2000 Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show Kathryn Episode: "Drew Live II"
2000-2007 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (U.S. TV series) Self Improvisational Comedy Series
2001 A Wind at My Back Christmas Grace Mainwairing TV Film
2001 Broad Side, TheThe Broad Side TV series
2001 This Sitcom Is...Not to Be Repeated Various roles TV series
2001 I Was a Rat Lucasta Utensil TV mini-series
2001 Hollywood Squares Self Game Show - Episode: January 25, 2001
2002 Kids in the Hall: Tour of Duty Video Documentary
2002 Royal Canadian Air Farce Senior Citizen #3/Dr. Stilwart Episode: "10.9"
2003 Open Mike with Mike Bullard Self - Guest Episode: February 20, 2003
2003 Royal Canadian Air Farce Various Episode: "Best of #3"
2003-2005 JoJo's Circus Dr. Seltzer (voice) Recurring role (6 episodes)
2004 XPM Laura Macdonald TV series
2004 Wonderfalls Ronnie Episode: "Wax Lion"
2004 Wrong Coast, TheThe Wrong Coast' Debbie Sue Ashanti-Melendez TV miniseries
2004 Listen Missy Various TV series
2004 This Hour Has 22 Minutes Various 3 episodes
2005 Distinguished Artists Self Episode: "Women Fully Clothed"
2005 The 6th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards Self - Nominees (Best Sketch Troupe) (as Women Fully Clothed) TV Special
2005 Queer as Folk Lila Episode: "5.2"
2005 Maple Shorts! Sela Salmon (voice) Episode: "Eat My Shorts"
2006 Getting Along Famously Sister Gregory 'Sister Song' Pechiccino Episode: "Sister Song"
2006 Captain Flamingo TV series
2007 Women Fully Clothed: All Dressed Up and Places to Go Self TV Movie Documentary
2007 Jane Show, TheThe Jane Show Whitney Johnson Episode: "The House of Jane"
2009 The Rick Mercer Report Self - Guest Episode: "#7.1"
2009 Dating Guy, TheThe Dating Guy Valerie (voice) Episode: "Really Bad Lieutenant"
2010 CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival Self - Comedian TV Special Documentary
2010 CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival Self/Writer Episode: "Savings and Groans"
2010 The 11th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards Self - Presenter (as Women Fully Clothed) TV Special
2011 The Ron James Show Self Episode: "#3.3"
2011 The 12th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards Self - Presenter TV Special
2011 Justin Time Cleopatra Episode: "Brave Sir Justin & Cleopatra's Cat"
2012 Frenemies Lisa Logan TV film
2012 I, Martin Short, Goes Home Mother TV film
2013 Satisfaction Bonnie Episode: "Mo Money, Mo Problems"
2013-2014 The Rick Mercer Report Rick's Wife TV series
2014 Working the Engels Grace van der Hooven Episode: "The Crazy Family"
2014 Saving Hope Rita Brown Episode: "Stand By Me"
2014 The Stanley Dynamic Officer Vicky Episode: "The Stanley Crime"
2015 Remedy Marg Hendrickson Episode: "Life in Technicolor"
2017 Man Seeking Woman Picklepop Episode: "Popcorn"
2017 Taken Too Far Gaby TV film

Awards/Nominations[edit]

Awards
Year Award Category Production Result
1992 Dora Mavor Moore Award Outstanding New Revue or Musical The Second City Won
1996 Gemini Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Role Wind at My Back Nominated
1998 Dora Mavor Moore Award Outstanding New Revue or Musical The Second City Won
2000 Canadian Comedy Award Best Female Improviser Won
2005 Canadian Comedy Award Best Sketch Troupe Women Fully Clothed Nominated

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