Kathy Greenwood

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Kathy Greenwood
BornKathryn Greenwood
(1962-03-21) March 21, 1962 (age 52)
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActress/Comedian
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)John Dolan (?-)
ChildrenJosephine (born 2000), Phoebe (born 2001)
AwardsCanadian Comedy Award for Best Female Improviser
 
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Kathy Greenwood
BornKathryn Greenwood
(1962-03-21) March 21, 1962 (age 52)
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActress/Comedian
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)John Dolan (?-)
ChildrenJosephine (born 2000), Phoebe (born 2001)
AwardsCanadian Comedy Award for Best Female Improviser

Kathryn "Kathy" Greenwood (born March 21, 1962) is a Canadian actress and comedian. She appeared on the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? numerous times, and played Grace Bailey on the Canadian television drama series Wind at My Back.

Biography[edit]

Kathy Greenwood was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, and it was clear from an early age she wanted to be a performer; by the time she was in high school at Agincourt Collegiate Institute, she was usually the star of the school plays and concerts. When it came time to graduate in 1980, she feared that she would never get to act again, until a concerned friend gave her a brochure for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where Greenwood spent the next two years studying acting.

In 1987, when she returned to Canada in Toronto, she managed to find work for a small night club act called A Wedge of Night, which led to her five-year stint with the Toronto branch of the famous Second City comedy troupe; where she served as both a writer and a performer - two of her shows won Dora Mavor Moore awards in 1988, and 1992. Shortly afterwards, she and her friends Jonathan Wilson and Ed Sahely developed what she called their "Second City" spin-off, Not to Be Repeated, in which the three would improvise an entire situation comedy in front of a live audience, based solely on ideas and suggestions that are thrown at them from the audience. Other notable appearances in Canada include the popular sketch shows This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Royal Canadian Air Farce.

In 1996, Kathy found regular work on Canadian television on the family drama series Wind at My Back, where she spent five years, full-time, playing Grace Bailey, a junior radio M.C. in the small town of New Bedford in Ontario during the Great Depression; Kathy's portrayal of Grace Bailey was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Performance By an Actress in a Continuing Leading Role. In 1999, Kathy was cast as Denise Stanton in the TV movie Switching Goals, starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Later that same year, Greenwood crossed the border and commuted to Los Angeles to appear on such shows as The Drew Carey Show, the update version of Hollywood Squares, and the American version of the improvisation game show Whose Line Is It Anyway?.

Greenwood is married to television writer John Dolan, with whom she has two daughters, Josephine and Phoebe. Greenwood is also a part of the sketch comedy troupe Women Fully Clothed, featuring what Eugene Levy calls "the five funniest women in Canada." The group saw great success in Canada and even found international acclaim with their appearance in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992This Is My LifeYoung Matron
1994Wes Craven's New NightmareNurse in Hospital Room with Heather
1995HouseKathy
1996Brain CandyGinny Hurdicure
2003Flip PhoneKatieShort film
2005Man, TheThe ManFlight Attendant
2005Anne: Journey to Green GablesMavis (voice)Video
2005HeidiAunt Dete (voice)

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993Street LegalJacky KeplerEpisode: "Believe the Children"
1993Maniac MansionAllanahEpisode: "Love Letters"
1993Women on Trial: The Lawrencia Bembenek StorySylvia BonnerTV film
1994Hostage for a DaySWAT OneTV film
1994Squawk BoxTV series
1994RoboCop: The SeriesDirectorEpisode: "Midnight Minus One"
1995GoosebumpsMs. WalkerEpisode: "The Phantom of the Auditorium"
1996High Life, TheThe High LifeJudyEpisode: "Bowling"
1996-2001Wind at My BackGrace Bailey MainwairingMain role (65 episodes)
1997Once a ThiefMargoEpisode: "Trial Marriage"
1998Stories from My Childhood(voice)Episodes: "The Twelve Months & the Snow Girl", "The Nutcracker"
1998History BitesVariousEpisodes: "The Filthy Stinking Rich", "Sex & Power"
1999George and MarthaFriedaTV series
1999Switching GoalsDenise StantonTV film
2000Pooch and the Pauper, TheThe Pooch and the PauperKim CorbettTV film
2000Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey ShowKathrynEpisode: "Drew Live II"
2001Broad Side, TheThe Broad SideTV series
2001I Was a RatLucasta UtensilTV film
2002Royal Canadian Air FarceSenior Citizen #3/Dr. StilwartEpisode: "10.9"
2003Royal Canadian Air FarceVariousEpisode: "Best of #3"
2003-2005JoJo's CircusDr. Seltzer (voice)Recurring role (6 episodes)
2004XPMLaura MacdonaldTV series
2004WonderfallsRonnieEpisode: "Wax Lion"
2004Wrong Coast, TheThe Wrong Coast'Debbie Sue Ashanti-MelendezTV miniseries
2004Listen MissyVariousTV series
2004This Hour Has 22 MinutesVarious3 episodes
2005Queer as FolkLilaEpisode: "5.2"
2005Maple Shorts!Sela Salmon (voice)Episode: "Eat My Shorts"
2006Getting Along FamouslySister Gregory 'Sister Song' PechiccinoEpisode: "Sister Song"
2006Captain FlamingoTV series
2007Jane Show, TheThe Jane ShowWhitney JohnsonEpisode: "The House of Jane"
2009Dating Guy, TheThe Dating GuyValerie (voice)Episode: "Really Bad Lieutenant"
2011Justin TimeCleopatraEpisode: "Brave Sir Justin & Cleopatra's Cat"
2012FrenemiesLisa LoganTV film
2012I, Martin Short, Goes HomeMotherTV film

Awards/Nominations[edit]

Awards
YearAwardCategoryProductionResult
1992Dora Mavor Moore AwardOutstanding New Revue or MusicalThe Second CityWon
1996GeminiBest Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading RoleWind at My BackNominated
1998Dora Mavor Moore AwardOutstanding New Revue or MusicalThe Second CityWon
2000Canadian Comedy AwardBest Female ImproviserWon
2005Canadian Comedy AwardBest Sketch TroupeWomen Fully ClothedNominated

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