Torri Higginson

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Torri Higginson
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Higginson in 2007
Sarah Victoria Higginson

(1969-12-06) December 6, 1969 (age 52)
Years active1991–present

Sarah Victoria "Torri" Higginson (born December 6, 1969) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles in the TekWar movies and series, and for portraying Dr. Elizabeth Weir in Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis (2004–2008), Dr. Jordan Hampton in NCIS (2007–2009), and Commander Delaney Truffault in Dark Matter (2015–2017). She is also a theatre actress and has appeared in Three Tall Women, Weldon Rising, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

Early life[edit]

Higginson was born in Burlington, Ontario and studied to become an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, United Kingdom.[1]


In 1995, two years prior to Stargate SG-1's premiere, Higginson starred in the movie Jungleground with three other actors from the Stargate franchise: Peter Williams (Apophis), JR Bourne (Martouf), and Lexa Doig (Dr. Lam). Higginson took over the role of Dr. Elizabeth Weir from Jessica Steen in a guest spot on the season eight opener of Stargate SG-1. She was then carried over as the leader of the Atlantis expedition on Stargate Atlantis[2] and continued playing that role until the end of the show's third season, afterwards being reduced from a main cast member to a recurring role in the fourth season. She did not reprise the role for the show's fifth season.

In 2015, Higginson was cast in the CBC television drama series This Life as Natalie Lawson, a lifestyle columnist and single mother who is diagnosed with terminal cancer. The series ran for two seasons,[3] and was ultimately cancelled on January 24, 2017.[4] In 2016, she portrayed Dr. Kessler on the KindaTV web series Inhuman Condition.[5]

In February 2021 it was announced that Higginson, who had a recurring role on the CTV medical series Transplant, was upgraded to a regular cast member for season 2 after the rights for the show were acquired by NBC.[6]


Higginson won a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for The City in 2000.[7] In 2004, she was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for her performance in Stargate Atlantis.[8]


Feature film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Photographer's Wife as Suzanna
1995 Jungleground as Samantha 'Sammy' Woods
When the Bullet Hits the Bone as Allison Doherty
1996 Memory Run as Kristen
The English Patient as Mary
1998 Double Take as Peggy
1998 Airborne as Sara Gemmel
2000 Rats as Nancy
2001 Turning Paige as Sheila Newlands
2003 Autopsy Room Four as Dr. Katie Arlen
Crust as Alice
Intent as Detective Jessica Cavallo
2005 Irish Eyes as Lorraine Healey
2006 Save My Soul as Terra
2007 You, Me, Love (Yumi in Love) as Leslie
2009 Smile of April as Angie
2016 The History of Love Charlotte Singer
2016 Blood Hunters Marion
2017 Ordinary Days Marie Cook

Television film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Women of Windsor Gwen
1993 Family Pictures Liddie (19-38)
1994 TekWar Beth Kittridge
TekWar: TekLords Beth Kittridge
TekWar: TekJustice Beth Kittridge
1997 The Absolute Truth
Balls Up Jenny
1999 Family of Cops 3 Caroline Chandler
Storm of the Century Angela Carver TV Mini-Series
2001 'Twas the Night Abby Wrigley
2008 Desperate Hours: An Amber Alert Chief Geiger
2010 Stonehenge Apocalypse Dr. Kaycee Leeds
The Cult Evelyn

Television appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Forever Knight Erica episode "Last Act"
1993 E.N.G. Madeline Shannon episode "The Good Samaritan"
1994 Counterstrike Susan Kimberly episode "Clearcut"
TekWar Beth Kittridge (1994–95) (TV series, 1994)
1997 Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Blythe Hall (1 episode)
1998 Highlander: The Raven Claudia Hoffman episode "Reborn"
1999 The Outer Limits Alyssa Selwyn episode "The Haven"
The City starring as Katharine Strachan
2000 Twice in a Lifetime (TV series) Becca Curtis episode "Sins of our Father"
2001 Canada: A People's History episodes "From Sea to Sea" and "The Great Enterprise"
2002 Bliss Kate episode "Valentine's Day in Jail"
2002 Stone Undercover as Aurora 'Isabelle' MacDonald episode "Dead Dog Rain" parts 1 & 2
2004 Stargate SG-1 Dr. Elizabeth Weir (3 episodes, 2004–2006)
Preview to Atlantis Herself/Dr. Elizabeth Weir
From Stargate to Atlantis: Sci Fi Lowdown Herself/Dr. Elizabeth Weir
2004–2008 Stargate Atlantis Dr. Elizabeth Weir Season 1–3 (Main Role), Season 4 (Recurring); 63 episodes
2007–2009 NCIS Dr. Jordan Hampton Season 5–6
2008 Eleventh Hour Alex episode "Titans"
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Nurse Karen episode "See No Evil"
Chase Sandra episode "Father Figure"
2015 This Life Natalie Lawson Main Role (20 episodes)
Dark Matter Commander Delaney Truffault Season 1–3 (Recurring, 10 episodes)
2016 Inhuman Condition Dr. Michelle Kessler Main Role, Web series (33 episodes)
2020 Transplant Claire Malone


  1. ^ "Torri Higginson – This Life". Retrieved June 10, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (July 16, 2004). "Atlantis Mystery Is Solved; Now, About the Wormhole". The New York Times. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
  3. ^ "CBC announces new series and renewed titles for 2016-2017". CBC News. March 31, 2016. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  4. ^ David, Greg (January 24, 2017). "This Life cancelled by CBC after two seasons". TV, eh?. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  5. ^ "A bisexual therapist works with supernatural patients on "Inhuman Condition"". AfterEllen. July 15, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (February 26, 2021). "'Transplant': Torri Higginson Upped To Series Regular For Season 2". Deadline. Retrieved June 10, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Awards". Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Archived from the original on February 19, 2008. Retrieved February 14, 2008.
  8. ^ "31st Annual Saturn Award Nominations". Archived from the original on March 11, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2010.

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