Martha MacIsaac

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Martha MacIsaac
Martha MacIsaac 2009.jpg
MacIsaac at the 2009 premiere of The Last House on the Left
Born (1984-10-11) October 11, 1984 (age 35)
Years active1998–present
Torre Catalano
(m. 2010; div. 2015)

Martha MacIsaac (born October 11, 1984) is a Canadian actress. She has appeared in several feature films, including Superbad (2007), The Last House on the Left (2009), Dead Before Dawn (2012), and, most recently, Battle of the Sexes (2017). She has also worked in television and as a voice actress.

Early life[edit]

MacIsaac was born and raised in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island,[1] the youngest of three girls; her mother Irene was one of twelve.[2]


MacIsaac started her career playing Emily Byrd Starr in the Emily of New Moon television series, based on the books by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

She has appeared in several plays including the 2006 play The Wild Duck in which she played Hedwig[3] and was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Principal Role - Play".[4] In 2009, she played Paige in a remake of the Wes Craven film The Last House on the Left.[5] She also performed in three consecutive productions of Soulpepper Theatre Company's Our Town as Emily,[6] beginning in 2006.[7]

In a 2007 Entertainment Weekly article, she stated she has been inspired by Julia Roberts from the age of four and was self-described as "obsessed". She also stated she would like to perform alongside her in a film, particularly "a female version of Twins".[8]

In late 2012, MacIsaac began a main role on the NBC comedy 1600 Penn as the president's eldest daughter, Becca. Brittany Snow was originally cast as Becca but because she did not physically resemble and fit in well with the other family members, Martha MacIsaac was cast.[9] In a 2012 interview with the CBC Radio series Island Morning, she revealed that 1600 Penn was her last audition before she considered returning to Canada.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to film producer, director and writer Torre Catalano from 2010 to 2015.[10] As of 2013, she lives in Los Angeles.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 This Time Around Young Gabby Castellani Film Debut
2004 Suburban Madness Vivian Leigh Bacha
2005 Ice Princess Mean Party Girl
2005 I Do, They Don't Moira Lewellyn
2006 Night of Terror Olivia Dunne
2007 Superbad Becca
2007 In God's Country Charlotte
2009 The Last House on the Left Paige
2009 The Thaw Evelyn
2010 Faith, Fraud & Minimum Wage Casey McCullen
2012 For a Good Time, Call... Inmate
2012 Dead Before Dawn Charlotte Baker
2013 Seasick Sailor The Girl Short film
2017 Battle of the Sexes Jane Bartkowicz
2017 Unicorn Store Sabrina
2018 What Keeps You Alive Sarah
Year Title Role Notes
1998–2000 Emily of New Moon Emily Byrd Starr 46 episodes
2000 Eckhart Bridgid (voice)
2006 This Is Wonderland Kristy Hausman
2006–2008 Di-Gata Defenders Melosa (voice) 52 episodes
2007–2010 Magi-Nation Edyn (voice) 52 episodes
2008 Friends and Heroes Sarah (voice) 13 episodes
2010–2011 Greek Dana Stockwell 9 episodes
2011 Marcy Martha Episode: "Marcy Does an Acting Class"
Episode: "Marcy Does a Pool Party"
2012 Spyburbia Cissy (voice) Episode: "Pilot"
2012 Family Guy Patty (voice) Episode: "Friends Without Benefits"
2012–2013 1600 Penn Becca Gilchrist
2014–2015 The Pinkertons Kate Warne Main cast


  1. ^ "From New Moon to Superbad: P.E.I.'s MacIsaac goes Hollywood". 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  2. ^ a b Rainnie, Matt (2012-11-18). "Martha MacIsaac - 1600 Penn". Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  3. ^ Ouzounian, Richard (2005-07-22). "Ibsen's secrets told exceedingly well". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  4. ^ Jones, Kenneth (2006-06-06). "Precious Stuff: Lord of the Rings Is Lord of Toronto's Dora Nominees, With 15 Nods". Archived from the original on 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  5. ^ Garrett, Diane (2008-02-08). "Dillahunt joins cast of 'Last House'". Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  6. ^ a b Cole, Sally (2013-01-09). "Martha MacIsaac visits White House". Archived from the original on 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  7. ^ Coulbourn, John (2006-02-03). "Soulpepper builds a beautiful 'Our Town'". Archived from the original on 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  8. ^ Bell, Carrie (2007-08-31). "Martha MacIsaac is dying to work with..." Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2012-04-04). "NBC Pilot '1600 Penn' Recasts A Role". Retrieved 2013-02-11.
  10. ^ "Martha MacIsaac Makes "Minimum Wage"". 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2013-02-11.

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