Rick Roberts (actor)

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Rick Roberts
Born (1965-11-13) November 13, 1965 (age 53)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Years active1990–present

Richard Charles "Rick" Roberts[1][2] (born November 13, 1965) is a Canadian actor.

Early life[edit]

Roberts was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. He studied acting at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, graduating in 1991.[3]


Both a stage and screen actor for nearly three decades, Rick Roberts has been nominated for numerous awards and is arguably one of Canada's most versatile actors.

He played Donald D'Arby in the series Traders,[4] for which he was nominated for a Gemini Award.[5] He moved briefly to Los Angeles in 1998 appearing in the CBS series L.A. Doctors alongside Ken Olin and Sheryl Lee.[3] He returned to Canada to star in An American in Canada, which ran for two seasons.[4]

Most recently, Roberts was featured in Michael McGowan's series Between, guest starred opposite Kim Cattrall in Sensitive Skin (TMN/Movie Central),[6] appeared in Zoom (Pedro Morelli),[7] God and Country (Ken Finkleman) and the miniseries The Book of Negroes (CBC).

Other work includes guest starring roles on Saving Hope (CTV/NBC),[8] Copper (BBC America),[9] Cracked (CBC), Republic of Doyle (CBC),[10] Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Cra$h & Burn (Showcase), Haven (SyFy), ZOS (Whizbang Films),[4] and was featured regularly in the hit CBC series, This is Wonderland.[4]

He played Dennis MacDonald on Family's Life with Derek, and the role of explorer John Rae in the 2008 docudrama Passage.[11] He also played the role of Jim Jones in Jonestown: Paradise Lost which aired on the History Channel and the Discovery Channel.[4] He also played the evil Brooks in Eloise at Christmastime.[12]

In 2012 he was tapped to play Jack Layton in the CBC biopic Jack, alongside Sook-Yin Lee as Olivia Chow.[13] Jack garnered him a Canadian Screen Award[5] and an ACTRA Award for Best Actor.[14]

He played Matthew in the CBC series This Life.[15]


A popular fixture on Canadian stages, Roberts recently headlined the Tarragon Theatre hit, Enemy of the People[16] as well as The Accidental Death of an Anarchist for Soulpepper Theatre Company.[17] Additional theatre credits include the Belfry Theatre's production of Proud,[18] Tuesdays with Morrie,[19] and he made his Stratford Festival debut in the title role of Zastrozzi.[20]


As a writer, Rick's work, Mimi [16] (which he co-wrote with Allan Cole and Melody Johnson) premiered at The Tarragon Theatre and was nominated for a Dora Award.[21] His play Kite[3] premiered to critical acclaim earning numerous Dora Award nominations for writing and production.[21] Other writing credits include Nod (Theatre Gargantua) and Fish/Wife (Tarragon Theatre)[16]

Personal life[edit]

Roberts is married to Marjorie Campbell, they have two sons.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Time to Say Goodbye? Chip Klooster
2001 A Town Without Christmas David Reynolds
2002 Puppets Who Kill Telethon Host 1 episode
2002–2003 An American in Canada Jake Crewe 16 episodes
2003 Fallen Angel Charles Wentworth, Age 30 TV
Eloise at Christmastime Brooks TV
Student Seduction Drew Dawson TV
2005–2006 This Is Wonderland Cameron Tiernay 6 episodes
2005 Haunting Sarah Edgar Lewis TV
Plague City: SARS in Toronto Dr. Jeremy Neville TV
Descent Dr. Palmer Drake TV
Kevin Hill D. A. Miller 1 episode
The Eleventh Hour Ian Bannerman 1 episode
More Sex & the Single Mom Steve TV
2006 Life with Derek Dennis MacDonald 1 episode
Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story Morde TV
Angela's Eyes Gene Taylor 7 episodes
Man of the Year Hemmings
At the Hotel Nervous Affair Man 1 episode
Night of Terror Sean Dunne TV
2007 Jonestown: Paradise Lost Jim Jones TV
The Note Truman TV
Matters of Life and Dating TV
The Company 3 episodes
2008 Passage John Rae
Phantom Punch Father Alios
Pontypool Ken Loney voice
Murdoch Mysteries Dr. Gilbert Birkins 1 episode
2009 ZOS: Zone of Separation 8 episodes
Pure Evil Frank TV
2009–2010 Cra$h & Burn Jay Pound 6 episodes
2010 The Reception Kent
When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story Frank Shaw TV
The Night Before the Night Before Christmas Wayne Fox TV
The Town Christmas Forgot Charles Benson
2011 Perception Philip Klane TV
2012 Still Mine John
2013 Jack Jack Layton
2015 Killer Crush Dr. Lucas Emery TV film
Between TV Episode 1
2016 Sensitive Skin David

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
1998 Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series Traders Nominated [5]
2003 Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series An American in Canada Nominated
ACTRA Toronto Awards Outstanding Performance - Male Nominated [22]
2004 Dora Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role - Play Hotel Loopy Nominated [21]
2005 Outstanding Performance by a Male Outstanding Performance by a Male Nominated
Outstanding New Play or Musical Kite Nominated
2007 Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role - Play John and Beatrice Nominated
2008 Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role - Musical Fire Nominated
2009 Outstanding New Play or Musical (shared with Brendan Gall, Mike McPhaden & Julie Tepperman) The Gladstone Variations Nominated
2010 Outstanding New Musical or Opera (shared with Allen Cole, Melody A Johnson) Mimi Nominated
2014 Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series Cracked Nominated [5]
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series Jack Won
ACTRA Toronto Awards Outstanding Performance - Male Won [14]


  1. ^ "Rick Roberts - Cast - This Life". www.cbc.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  2. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/31/Rick-Roberts.html
  3. ^ a b c d "Angry 'Ernest' says his real life is all sweetness - My Town Crier". My Town Crier. 3 August 2005. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e "The passion and the politics". www.winnipegfreepress.com. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d "awards database". academy.ca. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Kim Cattrall Returns to HBO Canada with Season 2 of Award-Winning, Emmy®-Nominated Original Series SENSITIVE SKIN, May 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET – Bell Media". www.bellmedia.ca. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  7. ^ Lodge, Guy (4 October 2015). "Film Review: 'Zoom'". Variety. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Stand By Me, Episode 4". ctv.ca. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  9. ^ "On The Town with the cast of The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs". National Post. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  10. ^ "The Globe and Mail: What to expect on Republic of Doyle finale: skulduggery, tomfoolery and derring-do «  Take the Shot Productions". www.taketheshotproductions.com. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  11. ^ Varga, Darrell (August 8, 2012). John Walker's Passage. University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division. p. 60. ISBN 978-1442614192. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Eloise at Christmastime (2003) - A Review by David Nusair". www.reelfilm.com. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  13. ^ Annette Bourdeau (August 7, 2012). "Sook-Yin Lee To Play Olivia Chow In Jack Layton Movie". Huffington Post Canada.
  14. ^ a b "The ACTRA Awards in Toronto | ACTRA Toronto". www.actratoronto.com. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  15. ^ "This Life's Rick Roberts on Matthew's marriage mess". TV, eh?. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  16. ^ a b c "Rick Roberts returns to Tarragon for An Enemy Of The People". NOW Toronto Magazine - Think Free. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Bring a helmet for this modern-day take on Dario Fo farce". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Belfry Can Boast About Proud - by Erin Anderson - CVV Magazine | Victoria's Video Magazine". CVV Magazine | Victoria’s Video Magazine. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  19. ^ "Tuesdays With Morrie". NOW Toronto Magazine - Think Free. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  20. ^ "Drama Club: Brush Up on Your Shakespeare | news | Torontoist". Torontoist. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  21. ^ a b c "awards database". tapa.ca. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  22. ^ Tillson, Tamsen (7 February 2003). "ACTRA awards back". Variety. Retrieved 14 January 2017.

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