Wendy Crewson

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Wendy Crewson
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Born
Wendy Jane Crewson

(1956-05-09) May 9, 1956 (age 62)
NationalityCanadian
OccupationActress
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)
Michael Murphy
(m. 1988; div. 2009)
Children2

Wendy Jane Crewson (born May 9, 1956) is a Canadian actress and producer. She began her career appearing on Canadian television, before her breakthrough role in 1991 dramatic film The Doctor.

Crewson has appeared in many Hollywood films, including The Good Son (1993), The Santa Clause (1994) and its sequels The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006), as well as Air Force One (1997), Bicentennial Man (1999), What Lies Beneath (2000), The 6th Day (2000), and Eight Below (2006). She also starred in a number of independent movies, such as Better Than Chocolate (1999), Suddenly Naked (2001), Perfect Pie (2002), Away from Her (2006) and Room (2015).

Crewson has won six Gemini Awards and two Canadian Screen Awards for her performances on television. She played leading roles in a number of television films, include playing Joanne Kilbourn in six movies based on novels by Gail Bowen. She had a recurring roles on American television series 24 and Revenge, and from 2012 to 2017 co-starred in the CTV medical drama Saving Hope.[1]

Career[edit]

Crewson appeared in many Canadian TV shows in 1980s and in a number of feature films in the early 1990s, like Night Heat, Hard Copy, Tanner '88 and Street Legal.[2]

In 1991, Crewson appeared in her first breakthrough role in the feature film The Doctor and, in later years, appeared in films, such as The Good Son (1993); The Santa Clause (1994) and its two sequels, The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006), as Tim Allen's ex-wife/mother of Eric Lloyd's character; To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996) as Peter Gallagher's unfortunate blind date; and Air Force One (1997) as Grace Marshall, First Lady to President James Marshall (Harrison Ford).[3]

Crewson co-starred in the science fiction films Bicentennial Man (1999) with Robin Williams and The 6th Day (2000) opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger.[3] She has performed numerous other roles including an invasive television newscaster in Room (2015).[4]

On television, Crewson starred in the Canadian series ReGenesis as Dr. Rachel Woods (2007–08) and on Saving Hope as Dr. Dana Kinny (2012). She also guest-starred in the first eight episodes of the third season of 24, playing Dr. Anne Packard, personal physician and love interest to the President.[citation needed]

She also appeared in the second season of ABC's primetime soap opera Revenge (2012–13).[5] In 2016, Crewson had a main role in the television series Slasher.[6]

In 2017, Crewson began appearances in some episodes of the CBC drama Frankie Drake Mysteries, playing the lead character's mother and assisting her in investigations.[7]

Awards[edit]

In 2013, Crewson won a Canadian Screen Award for her work on the television series Saving Hope.[8]

In 2016, she received the Earle Grey Award, which recognizes actors for their contribution to the international profile of Canadian TV or for their significant body of work.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Crewson was born in Hamilton, Ontario, the daughter of June Doreen (née Thomas) and Robert Binnie Crewson. She attended John Rennie High School in Pointe Claire, Québec, as did her younger brother, Brad Crewson.[10]

She attended Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where she won the Lorne Greene Award for outstanding work in the theater. She then studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[2]

She married actor Michael Murphy in 1988 and they have two children. They divorced in January 2009.

In December 2014, she revealed to the press that she had come out to her family as a lesbian several years earlier.[11]

Crewson resides in Rosedale, Toronto.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Skullduggery Barbara / Dorigen
1986 Whodunit? Elizabeth Video
Mark of Cain Dale
1991 The Doctor Dr. Leslie Abbott
1992 Folks! Audrey Aldrich
I'll Never Get to Heaven Cassie Stewart
1993 The Good Son Susan Evans
1994 Corrina, Corrina Jenny Davis
The Santa Clause Laura Calvin Miller
1996 To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday Kevin Dollof
1997 Air Force One First Lady Grace Marshall
Gang Related Helen Eden
The Eighteenth Angel Norah Stanton
1998 Where's Marlowe? Dr. Ninki Bregman
Sleeping Dogs Lie Theresa Small
1999 Better Than Chocolate Lila
Question of Privilege Gail Sterling
Escape Velocity Billie
Bicentennial Man Rachel "Ma'am" Martin
2000 Mercy Bernadine Mello
What Lies Beneath Elena
The 6th Day Natalie Gibson
2001 Suddenly Naked Jackie York
2002 Between Strangers Amanda Trent
Perfect Pie Patsy Willets
The Santa Clause 2 Laura Miller
2004 The Clearing Louise Miller
A Home at the End of the World Isabel Morrow
Pigeon Woman on Train Short film
2005 Niagara Motel Lily
2006 Eight Below Eve McClaren
The Covenant Evelyn Danvers
Away from Her Madeleine Montpellier
Who Loves the Sun Mary Bloom
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Laura Miller
2007 The Seeker Mary Stanton
2009 Formosa Betrayed Susan Kane
2010 A Beginner's Guide to Endings Goldie White
2011 Winnie Mandela Mary Botha
2012 The Vow Dr. Fishman
Antiviral Mira Tesser
2014 Fall Sheila
2015 Into the Forest Mom
2016 Tomorrow's Shadows Female G.O.D. Short film
2018 Death Wish Dr. Jill Klavens
Kodachrome Aunt Sarah

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1980 War Brides Kate TV film
Home Fires Terry Main role
1981 The Littlest Hobo Jenny "The Locket"
1982 Hangin' In Hilary "Barnum and Baby"
Mazes and Monsters Kate Finch TV film
1984 Heartsounds Judy
The Guardian Marlee Kramer
1985 Night Heat Prosecutor Dorothy Fredericks Recurring role
Murder in Space Irene Tremayne TV film
Murder: By Reason of Insanity
My Father, My Rival Hilah
1986 Adderly Marge "Critical Mass"
Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star Michelle Benti TV film
1987 Hard Copy Blake Calisher
CBS Summer Playhouse Dana "In the Lion's Den"
A Hobo's Christmas Laurie TV film
Covert Action Jessica
1988 Tanner '88 Joanna Buckley TV miniseries
Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs Evelyn TV film
1989 Studio 5-B Gail Browning Main role
1990 Getting Married in Buffalo Jump Sophie Ware TV film
Street Legal Wendy Nelson "Holy Thursday", "Spare Parts", "Double Agenda"
1994 To Save the Children Dorsie Young TV film
Lives of Girls & Women Ada Jordan
Frostfire Victoria Renko
Spenser: The Judas Goat Susan Silverman
1995 Spenser: A Savage Place
Ebbie Roberta 'Robbie' Cratchet
1997 Due South Janet Morse "The Bounty Hunter"
Black Harbour Carolyn Bedford "Love's Labours Lost", "High Noon"
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Faye Stafford "The Original Wives Club"
At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story Sue Rodriguez TV film
1999 Summer's End Virginia Baldwin
2000 Love and Murder Joanne Kilbourn
Deadly Appearances
2001 The Wandering Soul Murders
A Colder Kind of Death
The Beast Maggie Steech
The Last Brickmaker in America Karen
2002 The Many Trials of One Jane Doe Jane Doe
A Killing Spring Joanne Kilbourn
Verdict in Blood
The Matthew Shepard Story Sarah
The Elfkins First Christmas Grazellda (voice)
2003 An Unexpected Love McNally 'Mac' Hays
The Piano Man's Daughter Ede Kilworth
Twelve Mile Road Angela Landis
24 Dr. Anne Packard Recurring role
2004 Sex Traffic Madeleine Harlsburgh "1.1", "1.2"
Jack Elaine Burka TV film
2005 Hunt for Justice Louise Arbour
The Stranger I Married Lorraine Evanshen
2006 The Path to 9/11 Valerie James TV miniseries
Crimes of Passion Host - Narrator
2007 The Robber Bride Roz Andrews TV film
ReGenesis Rachel Woods Main role
2008 The Summit Ellie Bruckner TV miniseries
2009 Flashpoint Catherine Graham "Eagle Two"
2010 The Bridge Mayor Kennedy Recurring role
Rookie Blue Dana Kennedy "In Blue"
2011 Georgetown Sen. Caroline Wallace TV film
Endgame Vivian Huxley "The White Queen"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Judy Robbins "Genetic Disorder"
2012 Beauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale Mara TV film
Alcatraz Helen Campbell "Sonny Burnett"
Fairly Legal Warden Sara Wilkes "Ripple of Hope"
Revenge Helen Crowley Recurring role
Saving Hope Dr. Dana Kinney Main role
2013 Jack Anne McGrath TV film
2014 Murdoch Mysteries Cassie Chadwick "The Murdoch Sting"
Working the Engels Mrs. Guernsey "Maid Amends", "Jenna vs. Big Pastry Part II"
Ascension Katherine Warren TV miniseries
2015 We Are Disorderly Judy "Our Leather Jackets"
Defiance Silora Voske "When Twilight Dims the Sky Above"
Beauty & the Beast Helen Ellingsworth "Unbreakable", "Sins of the Fathers"
Forgive Me Celeste "Full of Grace", "Amongst Women", "Pray for Us Sinners"
2016 Slasher Brenda Merritt Main role
2017 The Son Ingrid "Second Empire"
Good Witch Olympia "Not Getting Married Today" Part 2
Frankie Drake Mysteries Nora Recurring role
2018 The Detail Fiona Currie Main role

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Gemini Awards
    • 1992 — Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for Getting Married in Buffalo Jump (Nominated)
    • 1994 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for I'll Never Get to Heaven (Nominated)
    • 1998 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series for Due South
    • 1999 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story
    • 2002 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for A Killing Spring (Nominated)
    • 2002 — Humanitarian Award
    • 2003 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for The Many Trials of One Jane Doe
    • 2005 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for Sex Traffic (Nominated)
    • 2006 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for The Man Who Lost Himself
    • 2007 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for The Robber Bride (Nominated)
    • 2007 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for ReGenesis
    • 2008 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for ReGenesis (Nominated)
    • 2010 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for The Summit (Nominated)
    Canadian Screen Awards
    • 2013 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for Saving Hope
    • 2017 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series for Slasher
    ACTRA Award
    • 2007 - ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zekas, Rita (6 July 2012). "Wendy Crewson's home on the range". Retrieved 18 December 2017 – via Toronto Star.
  2. ^ a b "Wendy Crewson Biography". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
  3. ^ a b "Wendy Crewson- Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
  4. ^ Minow, Nell. "Interview: Brie Larson of "Room"". Beliefnet. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  5. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (August 28, 2012). "'Revenge' adds 'Air Force One' star Wendy Crewson". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
  6. ^ "Katie McGrath, Brandon Jay McLaren, Wendy Crewson & More To Star In Chiller's Anthology Series 'Slasher' - TVWise". TVWise. July 28, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  7. ^ "CBC's Frankie Drake Mysteries is fabulously fun Canadian content". November 6, 2017. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  8. ^ "CTV Announces Start of Production on Season Four of Saving Hope". Broadcaster Magazine. 2015-06-03. Retrieved 2016-05-06.
  9. ^ 17, Jordan Pinto December; 2015. "Wendy Crewson to receive Earle Grey award". Retrieved 2016-05-06.
  10. ^ "Wendy Crewson Biography". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
  11. ^ Kennedy, John R. (April 14, 2015). "Actress Wendy Crewson opens up about coming out as gay". Globalnews.com. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  12. ^ Zekas, Rita (July 6, 2012). "Wendy Crewson's home on the range". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 20, 2014.

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