Tara Spencer-Nairn

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Tara Spencer-Nairn
Tara Spencer-Nairn in 2017 (31844893994) (cropped).jpg
Spencer-Nairn in 2017
Born (1978-01-06) January 6, 1978 (age 45)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height5 ft 3 in (160 cm)
Josh Glover
(m. 2008)
RelativesDouglas Spencer-Nairn (grandfather)

Tara Spencer-Nairn (born January 6, 1978) is a Canadian actress best known for her work on the television series Corner Gas.

Early life[edit]

Spencer-Nairn was born on January 6, 1978[1] in Montreal, Quebec, but raised in Vancouver, British Columbia.[2] She is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School.[2]


Spencer-Nairn has appeared in a number of film and TV productions since the mid-1990s. Some of her most notable film appearances include New Waterford Girl,[3] Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled, and television guest appearances on Puppets Who Kill, Relic Hunter,[2] Cold Squad,[2] Bliss, Flashpoint, and The Outer Limits.[2] In 2005, she portrayed Wayne Gretzky's sister Kim Gretzky in the movie Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story.[4]

Her most notable roles are Dog River Police Department (DRPD) Constable Karen Pelly on Corner Gas[2] and Sandy Wardwell on CTV's The Listener.[2] Concurrent to appearing in Corner Gas, she also appeared on the science fiction series ReGenesis.

Personal life[edit]

Spencer-Nairn married Josh Glover in 2008.[5] Together, they have sons Foster (born 2011) and Carson (born 2014).[6]

Spencer-Nairn is the younger daughter and youngest of the three children of John Chaloner Spencer-Nairn, the Old Etonian second son of Scottish politician Douglas Spencer-Nairn of the Spencer-Nairn baronets, and his second wife Lucie (née Belanger).[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 New Waterford Girl Lou Benzoa
2002 Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled Lisa Burnley Direct-to-video
2002 Rub & Tug Betty
2005 Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story Kim Gretzky
2006 Password Daisy Short film
2007 The Third Eye Nika Printz
2007 The Interior Monologue of Gill the Goldfish The Dame (voice) Short film
2007 Final Draft Kate Twist
2014 Corner Gas: The Movie Constable Karen Pelly Reprise of role from the 2004–2009 Corner Gas TV series
2019 James vs. His Future Self
TBA Last the Night Barb Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Two Suzanne Episode: "Prom Night"
1997–98 The Outer Limits Heather Episodes: "Double Helix" and "The Origin of Species"
1998 Poltergeist: The Legacy Cindy Smith Episode: "The Enlightened One"
1998 Breaker High Bonnie Episode: "To Kill a MockingNerd"
1998 Cold Squad Amanda Millerd Episode: "Amanda Millerd"
1998 The Inspectors Melissa Kaline TV film
1998 Dead Man's Gun Anna Bevington Episode: "The Collector"
1998 First Wave Cassandra Episode: "Speaking in Tongues"
1998 Night Man Julia Episode: "It Came from Out of the Sky"
1998 Don't Look Down Rachel TV film
1999 H-E Double Hockey Sticks Anne TV film
2001 Relic Hunter Jamie Palmerston Episode: "Treasure Island"
2002 Moville Mysteries Mimi Valentine (voice) Main role; 26 episodes
2002 Bliss Jeanette Episode: "The Value of X"
2002 Tom Stone Annie Episode: "Little Bitty"
2002 Tracker Erica / Vegna / Evgna Episodes: "Love, Cirronian Style", "Remember When"
2003 Big Spender Mel Tennant TV film
2004 Puppets Who Kill Oxana Episode: "Dead Ted"
2004 Blue Murder Melanie Coombs Episode: "Cell Block 13"
2004 ReGenesis Twyla Episode: "Baby Bomb"
2004–2009 Corner Gas Karen Pelly Main role; 107 episodes
Nominated – Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series (2004)
Nominated – Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series (2006)[8]
Won – Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series (2007)[9]
2005 More Sex & the Single Mom Blair TV film
2006 Cradle of Lies Lisa TV film
2006 Naked Josh Becky Episode: "Planned Parenthood"
2009 The Ron James Show Episode: "1.7"
2010 Cancel Christmas Michelle Morgan TV film
2011–14 The Listener Sandy Wardwell Recurring role (30 episodes)
2012 Degrassi: The Next Generation Mrs. Baker Episodes: "Building a Mystery: Parts 1 & 2"
2012 Flashpoint Laney Summers Episode: "Forget Oblivion"
2013 Murdoch Mysteries Pauline Kerr Episode: "Murdochophobia"
2015 Saving Hope Janice Fenn Episode: "Heart of Stone"
2015 The Preacher's Sin Lauren Tanning TV film
2017 Killjoys Kitaan 2 episodes
2018-2021 Corner Gas Animated Karen Pelly (voice)
2018 MasterChef Canada Herself Guest judge
2018 Christmas Around The Corner Suzanne TV film
2019 Hudson & Rex Eloise Benson Episode 6: "Murder She Thought"
2021 Evil Stepmom Caroline TV film
2022 Ghosts Young Carol Martino Episode: "Dumb Deaths"


  1. ^ "Tara Spencer-Nairn". AskMen.com. Archived from the original on November 1, 2007. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Ryan, Andrew (February 7, 2011). "Tara Spencer-Nairn loves a role in uniform". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on February 22, 2017. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Scott, A. O. (July 26, 2000). "Clueless And Angry In a Small 70's Town". Archived from the original on January 7, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Cermak, Iri (February 2, 2017). The Cinema of Hockey: Four Decades of the Game on Screen. McFarland. ISBN 9781476626963. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  5. ^ Zlomislic, Diana (June 14, 2008). "For Officer Karen, wedding's a gas". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on April 18, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Staff writers (December 25, 2015). "Tara Spencer-Nairn on holiday traditions and what she wants from Santa". Hello! Canada. Archived from the original on April 18, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  7. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage. Vol. 3 (107 ed.). p. 3697.
  8. ^ Staff writers (October 2006). "Cardinal and Corner Gas cast up for Gemini Award". Alberta Sweetgrass. Aboriginal Multi-Media Society. Archived from the original on April 18, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "'Corner Gas,' 'Slings & Arrows' tops at Gemini ..." Niagara Falls Review. October 29, 2007. Archived from the original on December 5, 2017. Retrieved April 16, 2018.

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