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, and her recurring roles as Sylvia LeBret in North of 60 and Deanna Martin in Arctic Air.
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.
|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|
|1984||Isaac Littlefeathers||Sally Littlefeathers||First Media role|
|1991||Showdown at Williams Creek||Olivia D'Lonais|
|1995||Dead Man||Nobody's Girlfriend||First Major Film role|
|2006||Unnatural & Accidental||Pink Girl|
|2013||Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian||Gayle Picard|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Gemini Award||Best Actress in a Drama series||Blackstone||Won|
|2013||Leo Awards||Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series||Arctic Air||Won|
|2014||Canadian Screen Award||Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role||Blackstone||Nominated|
- "Cree Actress Michelle Thrush Wins Gemini Award for Rez Drama ‘Blackstone’". Indian Country Today, September 15, 2011.
- "2013 nominees" (PDF). leoawards.com. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
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