Wendy Crewson

Wendy Crewson

Birth name: Wendy Jane Crewson
Born: May 9, 1956
Age: 62
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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Biography

Wendy Jane Crewson (born May 9, 1956) is a Canadian actress and producer. She began her career appearing on the 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.

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Career

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.

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).

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

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.

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

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.

Awards

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

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.

Personal life

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.

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.

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.

Crewson resides in Rosedale, Toronto.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Skullduggery Barbara / Dorigen
1986 Whodunit? Elizabeth Video
Mark of Cain Dale
1991 Doctor, TheThe Doctor Dr. Leslie Abbott
1992 Folks! Audrey Aldrich
I'll Never Get to Heaven Cassie Stewart
1993 Good Son, TheThe Good Son Susan Evans
1994 Corrina, Corrina Jenny Davis
Santa Clause, TheThe 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
Eighteenth Angel, TheThe 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
6th Day, TheThe 6th Day Natalie Gibson
2001 Suddenly Naked Jackie York
2002 Between Strangers Amanda Trent
Perfect Pie Patsy Willets
Santa Clause 2, TheThe Santa Clause 2 Laura Miller
2004 Clearing, TheThe Clearing Louise Miller
Home at the End of the World, AA Home at the End of the World Isabel Morrow
Pigeon Woman on Train Short film
2005 Niagara Motel Lily
2006 Eight Below Eve McClaren
Covenant, TheThe Covenant Evelyn Danvers
Away from Her Madeleine Montpellier
Who Loves the Sun Mary Bloom
Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, TheThe Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Laura Miller
2007 Seeker, TheThe Seeker Mary Stanton
2009 Formosa Betrayed Susan Kane
2010 Beginner's Guide to Endings, AA Beginner's Guide to Endings Goldie White
2011 Winnie Mandela Mary Botha
2012 Vow, TheThe Vow Dr. Fishman
Antiviral Mira Tesser
2014 Fall Sheila
2015 Into the Forest Mom
2016 Tomorrow's Shadows Female G.O.D. Short film, completed
2018 Kodachrome

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1980 War Brides Kate TV film
1981 Littlest Hobo, TheThe Littlest Hobo Jenny "The Locket"
1982 Hangin' In Hilary "Barnum and Baby"
Mazes and Monsters Kate Finch TV film
1984 Heartsounds Judy TV film
The Guardian Marlee Kramer TV film
1985 Night Heat Prosecutor Dorothy Fredericks Recurring role
Murder in Space Irene Tremayne TV film
Murder: By Reason of Insanity Irene Tremayne TV film
My Father, My Rival Hilah TV film
1986 Adderly Marge "Critical Mass"
Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star Michelle Benti TV film
1987 Hard Copy Blake Calisher TV series
CBS Summer Playhouse Dana "In the Lion's Den"
Hobo's Christmas, AA Hobo's Christmas Laurie TV film
Covert Action Jessica TV film
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
Spenser: The Judas Goat Susan Silverman TV film
Lives of Girls & Women Ada Jordan TV film
Frostfire Victoria Renko TV film
1995 Ebbie Roberta 'Robbie' Cratchet TV film
Spenser: A Savage Place Susan Silverman TV film
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 TV film
2000 Love and Murder Joanne Kilbourn TV film
Deadly Appearances Joanne Kilbourn TV film
2001 Wandering Soul Murders, TheThe Wandering Soul Murders Joanne Kilbourn TV film
Colder Kind of Death, AA Colder Kind of Death Joanne Kilbourn TV film
Beast, TheThe Beast Maggie Steech Main role
Last Brickmaker in America, TheThe Last Brickmaker in America Karen TV film
2002 Many Trials of One Jane Doe, TheThe Many Trials of One Jane Doe Jane Doe TV film
Killing Spring, AA Killing Spring Joanne Kilbourn TV film
Matthew Shepard Story, TheThe Matthew Shepard Story Sarah TV film
Verdict in Blood Joanne Kilbourn TV film
Elfkins First Christmas, TheThe Elfkins First Christmas Grazellda (voice) TV film
2003 Unexpected Love, AnAn Unexpected Love McNally 'Mac' Hays TV film
Piano Man's Daughter, TheThe Piano Man's Daughter Ede Kilworth TV film
Twelve Mile Road Angela Landis TV film
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 TV film
Stranger I Married, TheThe Stranger I Married Lorraine Evanshen TV film
2006 Path to 9/11, TheThe Path to 9/11 Valerie James TV miniseries
Crimes of Passion Host - Narrator TV series
2007 Robber Bride, TheThe Robber Bride Roz Andrews TV film
ReGenesis Rachel Woods Main role
2008 Summit, TheThe Summit Ellie Bruckner TV miniseries
2009 Flashpoint Catherine Graham "Eagle Two"
2010 Bridge, TheThe 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"
2017 Good Witch Olympia "Not Getting Married Today" Pt 2
2017 Frankie Drake Mysteries Nora TV series
2018 The Detail Fiona Currie TV series

Awards and nominations

  • 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

[ Source: Wikipedia ]