Michelle Thrush

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Michelle Thrush is a Canadian actress and First Nations activist for Canadian Aboriginals and the other Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Thrush is best known for her leading role as Gail Stoney in Blackstone, for which she won the Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role in 2011,[1] and her recurring roles as Sylvia LeBret in North of 60 and Deanna Martin in Arctic Air.

Thrush starred in the Palme d'Or and Cesar award nominated film Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian.

Early life[edit]

Thrush, who is Cree, was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta,[1]


Thrush has had a very prolific career since starting her career in the 1980s, she portrayed numerous recurring and guest roles in the television series Madison, Northern Exposure, North of 60, Highlander, Forever Knight, Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy, Moccasin Flats and Mixed Blessings.

She has starred in many notable films throughout her career, particularly in films that deal with issues about Indigenous peoples of the Americas whether they be Canadian Aboriginals to Native Americans/American Indians (U.S.), some of which are Isaac Littlefeathers, Unnatural & Accidental, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Skins, Dead Man, Dreamkeeper and Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian.



Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Dark Wind Shirley Topaha
1993 Madison Charlene Recurring Role: 4 episodes
1993–1997 North of 60 Sylvia LeBret Recurring role: 10 episodes
1994 Northern Exposure Pilot Episode: Shofar, So Good
1994 Highlander Sara Lightfoot/Little Deer Recurring: 2 episodes, Two separate roles
1995 Children of the Dust Rainbow woman TV miniseries
1995 Forever Knight Marian Blackwing Episode: Blackwing
1997 Unwed Father Holly Made-for-TV movie
1997 Viper Grey Hawk Episode: Wilderness Run
1998 Ebenezer Ghost of Christmas Past Made-for-TV movie
1998 The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Jane Cogo Episode: Before I Wake
1999 Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy Esther's Sister Episode: Sex Lies and Narrow Escapes
2000 North of 60:Trial by Fire Sylvia LeBret Made-for-TV movie
2003 Dreamkeeper Morning House Made-for-TV movie
2003–2005 Moccasin Flats Laura Recurring role: 14 episodes
2007 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Four Robes HBO Made-for-TV movie
2008–2010 Mixed Blessings Kate Recurring role: 15 episodes
2011–2015 Blackstone Gail Stonee Main cast
2012 Christmas Rescue Rhonda Made-for-TV movie
2012–2014 Arctic Air Deanna Martin Recurring role: 8 episodes
2014 Fargo Sue Roundtree


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Isaac Littlefeathers Sally Littlefeathers First Media role
1986 The Wake N/A
1991 Showdown at Williams Creek Olivia D'Lonais
1995 Dead Man Nobody's Girlfriend First Major Film role
2002 Skins Stella
2005 Fugitives Run N/A
2006 Unnatural & Accidental Pink Girl
2007 Pathfinder Indian Mother
2013 Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian Gayle Picard

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Gemini Award Best Actress in a Drama series Blackstone Won
2013 Leo Awards Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series[2] Arctic Air Won
2014 Canadian Screen Award Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Blackstone Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Cree Actress Michelle Thrush Wins Gemini Award for Rez Drama ‘Blackstone’". Indian Country Today, September 15, 2011.
  2. ^ "2013 nominees" (PDF). leoawards.com. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 

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