Chelah Horsdal

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Chelah Horsdal
Chelah Horsdal.jpg
Horsdal in December 2009
Born (1973-06-19) June 19, 1973 (age 44)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 1993
Parent(s) Paul Valdemar Horsdal (father)
Lindsay Whalen (mother)

Chelah Horsdal (born June 19, 1973)[1] is a Canadian actress. She is well known for her regular roles in the TV series' Hell on Wheels, When Calls the Heart, and recurring roles on Stargate SG-1, Level Up, Arrow, and for her roles in the films Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Early life[edit]

References source say Horsdal was born in Vancouver, British Columbia,[1] while the actress says she "was born to hippie parents while surrounded by friends and family on the 'farm' Headacres," without specifying a location.[2]

She is the daughter of mother Lindsay and folksinger father Valdy.[1] She grew up with her mother in Kitsilano and attended Bayview Elementary followed by Lord Byng Secondary. She began modeling in locally shot TV shows and commercials at 18, and then lived in the Caribbean for a year.[2]


Horsdal began her acting career in 2002. She has since appeared in more than 75 commercials as well as in films and on television. She's played lead and supporting roles on Hell On Wheels, Man In The High Castle, When Calls The Heart, Candiland, Patterson's Wager, "Three Weeks, Three Kids" "On Strike For Christmas," "Marley & Me; The Puppy Years." and Lifetime's The Client List. She had lead roles in Lying To Be Perfect and Mrs. Miracle.

Additional credits include leads on the feature Burning Mussolini, Nickelodeon's Gym Teacher: The Movie, co-starring Christopher Meloni and Amy Sedaris, Flirting With Forty with Heather Locklear and the FOX TV pilot The Virgin of Akron, Ohio.[3] Supporting leads include AVP2: Requiem for 20th Century Fox and Possession alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar, as well as Elegy with Ben Kingsley and Penélope Cruz and Rise of the Planet of the Apes with John Lithgow and James Franco.

Her performances in the short films Dark Room (2006) and "The Hostage" (2010) both earned Leo nominations for Best Performance. Recurring roles include Battlestar Galactica, Exes & Ohs, The L Word, Stargate: SG1, Saved, DaVinci's Inquest, Whistler, Blackstone, Clue and Cartoon Network's Level Up.[4][5]

The Hostage, for which Horsdal was nominated for Best Actress at the 2011 Leos, co-starred and was produced by Tahmoh Penikett and Aleks Paunovic.[citation needed] Horsdal was nominated for four more Leo Awards for her guest starring turn on "Arctic Air" (2013), for "Hell On Wheels" and "When Calls The Heart", and for "Patterson's Wager".[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Horsdal studied acting at Lyric School of Acting in Vancouver.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Truth About Miranda, TheThe Truth About Miranda Jan
2004 Pursued Sharon
2005 Dark Room Alice Short
Nominated – Leo Award for Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama[6]
2007 Ashes Fall Joanna Short
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Darcy
2008 Elegy Susan Reese
2008 Passengers Janice
2009 Possession Miranda
2009 Burning Mussolini Cheryll Witherspoon
2009 Helen Kara
2010 Altitude Mrs. Taylor
2010 Hostage, TheThe Hostage The Lover Short
Nominated – Leo Award for Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama[7]
2010 Birth Day Patricia Short
2011 Marley & Me: The Puppy Years Carol Grogan Video
2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Irena
2011 Something Old, Something New Bridesmaid Short
2011 Everything and Everyone Amanda
2013 Kill for Me Maria Klein Video
2013 Midnight Stallion Rita Shepard
2013 Hunting Season Nancy
2013 No Clue Alice
2014 Grim Sleeper, TheThe Grim Sleeper Livi Vasquez
2014 If I Stay Liddy
2015 Patterson's Wager Audrey Nominated – Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture[8]
2015 Even Lambs Have Teeth Abby
2015 Role of Della, TheThe Role of Della Emma Short
2015 Gord's Brother Amanda Short
2016 Candiland Tess / The Queen Won – Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Award for Best Actress[9]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Andromeda Misabo Ahm "Pieces of Eight"
2004 Still Life Tammi "Not Fade Away"
2004 5ive Days to Midnight Stefani TV miniseries; 5 episodes
2004 Dead Zone, TheThe Dead Zone Janet Miller "Collision"
2004 Cold Squad Dr. Walker "Voices Over Water"
2004–06 Stargate SG-1 Lt. Womack Recurring role; 5 episodes
2005 Mrs. Annie Tropek "The Power of Love"
2005 4400, TheThe 4400 Jeanine "Wake-Up Call"
2005 Criminal Minds Heather Woodland "Extreme Aggressor"
2005 Reunion Jane Kelsey "1988"
2005 Masters of Horror Frances Elwood "Dreams in the Witch-House"
2005 Smallville Dr. McCann "Lexmas"
2006 Evidence, TheThe Evidence Ivy Beckman "Five Little Indians"
2006 Fallen Lori Corbett TV movie
2006 Whistler Janet "The Burden of Truth", "Will the Real Beck...?", "Meltdown"
2006 Saved Gail Esterbrook "A Shock to the System", "Tango"
2006–08 L Word, TheThe L Word Sally Recurring role; 5 episodes
2007 Virgin of Akron, Ohio, TheThe Virgin of Akron, Ohio Juliet "Pilot"
2007 Psych Beth "Game, Set... Muuurder?"
2007 Decent Proposal, AA Decent Proposal Cynthia Lewis TV film
2007 Battlestar Galactica Didi Cassidy "Crossroads: Parts 1 & 2"
2007 Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness Cindy TV film
2007 Perfect Child Jen TV film
2007–11 Exes and Ohs Lauren Brooks Recurring role; 3 episodes
2008 Robson Arms Shania "Cherchez la Femme"
2008 Every Second Counts Mrs. Alcott TV film
2008 Gym Teacher: The Movie Winnie Bleeker TV film
2008 Stargate: Atlantis Erran "Tracker"
2008 Flirting with Forty Anne TV film
2008 Past Lies Danielle TV film
2008 Inseparable Sara TV film
2009 Come Dance at My Wedding Nancy Reed TV film
2009 Guard, TheThe Guard Kathy "Out of the Woods"
2009 Eureka Mary-Beth Curtis "Insane in the P-Brane"
2009 Defying Gravity Dr. Tina Winkler "Bacon"
2009 Stargate Universe Inman "Variety"
2009 Mrs. Miracle Kate Preston TV film
2010 Lying to Be Perfect Nancy TV film
2010 Client List, TheThe Client List Doreen TV film
2010 On Strike for Christmas Sharon TV film
2010 Betwixt Vanessa TV film
2011 Identity Lisa Curtis TV film
2011 Fairly Legal Brooke Keller "Priceless"
2011 Iron Golem Deputy Jenny TV film
2011 Endgame Olivia Davis "Fearful Symmetry"
2011 Three Weeks, Three Kids Mandy Norton TV film
2011 Clue Headmistress Kroger "Enter the Order of Black", "School for Conspiracy"
2011 Wishing Well Kara Turner TV film
Nominated – UBCP/ACTRA Award for Best Actress[10]
2011–13 Blackstone Angie Gold Recurring role; 4 episodes
2012 Killing, TheThe Killing Kellie Hopkins "Openings"
2012 Emily Owens, M.D. Marian Kramden "Pilot"
2012 It's Christmas, Carol! Tanya TV film
2012 Selection, TheThe Selection Magda Singer Unsold TV pilot
2012–13 Level Up Barbara Recurring role; 11 episodes
2012–14 Arrow Kate Spencer Recurring role; 5 episodes
2013 Rita Alicia TV film
2013 I Am Victor Samantha TV film
2013 Arctic Air Tara "Dangerous Cargo"
Nominated – Leo Award for Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series (2013)[11]
2013 Motive Deana Mitchell "Against All Odds"
2013 Package Deal Megan "Kangaroo Court"
2013–16 Hell on Wheels Maggie Palmer Main role; (14 episodes)
Nominated – Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series (2015)[8]
Nominated – Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series (2016)[12]
2014 Sole Custody Ann TV film
2014 When Calls the Heart Cat Montgomery Recurring role; (10 episodes)
Nominated – Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series (2015)[8]
2014 Cedar Cove Dr. Carmen "Letting Go: Parts 1 & 2"
2015 Returned, TheThe Returned Kris Recurring role; 5 episodes
2015 Proof Colleen Seavers "Pilot"
2015 Unreal Louise "Fly", "Savior"
2015 Falling Skies Alicia "Respite"
2015–16 Man in the High Castle, TheThe Man in the High Castle Helen Smith Main role; (16 episodes)
Won – Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Female Dramatic Series (2017)[13]
2016 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Marianne Gallagher "Let Her Eat Cake"
2016 Pretty Little Addict Donna Phillips TV film
2016-2017 You Me Her Lori Matherfield Recurring role; 16 episodes
2017 Rogue Kathryn Farese "Pool Boy"
2017 When We Rise Emily "1.3"


  1. ^ a b c "Chelah Horsdal". Archived from the original on October 4, 2015. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Biodata". Chelha Horsdal. Archived from the original on October 12, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jill Latiano Is The Virgin of Akron, Ohio". May 2, 2007. Retrieved June 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Commercial". Chelha Horsdal official site. Archived from the original on October 12, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Television". Chelha Horsdal official site. Archived from the original on October 12, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ "2006 nominees" (PDF). Retrieved June 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ "2011 nominees" (PDF). Retrieved June 11, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c "2015 nominees" (PDF). Retrieved May 7, 2017. 
  9. ^ "May 2016 Winner: Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Award". A home for your amazing films. Retrieved June 11, 2017. 
  10. ^ "UBCP/ACTRA Announces the Nominees for the 2013 UBCP/ACTRA Awards". September 18, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2017. 
  11. ^ "2013 nominees" (PDF). Retrieved June 11, 2017. 
  12. ^ "2016 nominees" (PDF). Retrieved May 7, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Leo Awards, 2017 Winners by Name". Retrieved June 11, 2017. 

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