Sheila McCarthy

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Sheila McCarthy
Sheila McCarthy at the 2012 Genie Awards.jpg
McCarthy at the 2012 Genie Awards
Born(1956-01-27) January 27, 1956 (age 58)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active1982–present
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Sheila McCarthy
Sheila McCarthy at the 2012 Genie Awards.jpg
McCarthy at the 2012 Genie Awards
Born(1956-01-27) January 27, 1956 (age 58)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active1982–present

Sheila McCarthy (born January 27, 1956) is a Canadian film, stage, television actress, and singer. She is one of the most honoured actors in Canada, having won two Genie Awards (film), two Gemini Awards (television), and two Dora Awards (theatre) among with multiple nominations. As of 2007, she can be seen on the Canadian television series Little Mosque on the Prairie. Sheila McCarthy showed off her singing skills in Cow Belles. One of her most recognized big-screen roles is as the news reporter in the movie Die Hard 2.

She also did characters voices in Free Willy, Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend, The Busy World of Richard Scarry, The Neverending Story, Rolie Polie Olie, Bad Dog and Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse.

McCarthy was born in Toronto, Ontario. She was married to actor Peter Donaldson, who died January 8, 2011 two years after being diagnosed with cancer.[1] Together they had two children.



1987Nest of Singing Birds, AA Nest of Singing BirdsAnna
1987I've Heard the Mermaids SingingPolly VandersmaWon the Genie Award for Best Actress
1988GandaharCouncil Spokeswoman (voice)
1989Friends, Lovers, & LunaticsKathy
1989George's IslandMiss Birdwood
1990Beautiful DreamersMolly Jessop
1990Die Hard 2Samantha 'Sam' Coleman
1990Pacific HeightsLiz Hamilton
1990Bright AngelNina
1991White RoomZelda
1991ParadiseSally Pike
1991Stepping OutAndy
1991Montréal vu par...Ann StuartSegment: "Desperanto"
1993Journey to the PlanetsOracle (voice)Short film
1993Lotus Eaters, TheThe Lotus EatersDiane KingswoodWon the Genie Award for Best Actress
1996House ArrestGwenna Krupp
1997Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My HomeworkJesse's Mom
2001Rare BirdsClaire
2002Duct Tape ForeverEasterbrook (uncredited)
2004Confessions of a Teenage Drama QueenMrs. Gerard
2004Day After Tomorrow, TheThe Day After TomorrowJudith
2004Being JuliaGrace Dexter
2004Geraldine's FortuneTina Larose
2005Bailey's Billion$Peggy Delaney
2005Multiple Selves of Hannah Maynard, TheThe Multiple Selves of Hannah MaynardHannah MaynardShort film
2006Small AvalanchesNancy's MotherShort film
2007Breakfast with ScotMiss Patterson
2007Stone Angel, TheThe Stone AngelDoris
2009Year of the CarnivoreMrs. Smalls
2014A Fighting ManRose


1982Hangin' InEpisode: "The Princess and the Pea"
1983Today's SpecialSourpuss SalEpisode: "Smiles"
1984Littlest Hobo, TheThe Littlest HoboMurielleEpisode: "Three Monkeys of Bah Roghar: Part 1"
Episode: "Three Monkeys of Bah Roghar: Part 2"
1985Love & LarcenyMary BigleyTV movie
1985Tucker and the Horse ThiefTV movie
19869BHeatherTV movie
1986Marriage Bed, TheThe Marriage BedLynn ReaillyTV movie
1986Hot ShotsJennyEpisode: "Cut Off in His Prime"
1987Much Ado About NothingMargaretTV movie
1987Really Weird TalesEllie HutchinsEpisode: "Cursed with Charisma"
1988Mount RoyalLuise BlaikieEpisode: "Still Life"
1989Alfred Hitchcock PresentsSarah HollisterEpisode: "For Art's Sake"
1989Trying TimesJenny AmberEpisode: "A Good Life"
1990Labour of LoveTV movie
1990E.N.G.Carol BartonEpisode: "Till Death Us Do Part"
1990Back to the BeanstalkGarbanzaTV movie
1990Steel MagnoliasAnnelle Dupuy-DesotoTV movie
1990Street LegalStephanie ColemanEpisode: "The Psychic"
1991Soulmates: The Gift of Light, TheThe Soulmates: The Gift of Light(voice)TV movie
1991RupertAdditional Voices13 episodes
1991Hidden Room, TheThe Hidden RoomEpisode: "Rogue in the Bathroom"
1992Beethoven Lives UpstairsSophieTV movie
1992Private Matter, AA Private MatterDiane CallaghanTV movie
1992Ray Bradbury Theater, TheThe Ray Bradbury TheaterFrancineEpisode: "The Lonely One"
1994Free WillyAnnieTV series
1994Dan Redican Comedy HourVariousTV movie
1994Menendez: A Killing in Beverly HillsJill LansingTV movie
1995Woman of Independent Means, AA Woman of Independent MeansTotsieTV movie
1995Awakening, TheThe AwakeningNancyTV movie
1995-1996Picket FencesSue Walsh4 episodes
1996Road to AvonleaBetty BlaineEpisode: "King of the Great White Way"
1996Care and Handling of Roses, TheThe Care and Handling of RosesCarol DosterTV movie
1998Bad Dog(voice)TV series
1998More Tales of the CityMildredTV miniseries
1998Dead HusbandsJane ArmitageTV movie
1998-2000Emily of New MoonLaura Murray46 episodes
1999You Know My NameMrs. LynnTV movie
1999Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris DukeTammyTV movie
1999Mythic WarriorsClotho (voice)Episode: "Damon and Pythias"
2000Virtual MomHollyTV movie, also writer
2000Super RupertAunt RhondaTV series
2000Marvin The Tap-Dancing HorseElizabeth the Emotional Pig (voice)
2001HavenEvaTV movie
2001Royal Canadian Air FarceAnne Robinson / Dr. Joy ThomasEpisode: "9.2"
2001I Was a RatMrs. TapscrewTV movie
2001Endless Grind, TheThe Endless GrindVariousTV series
2002Lathe of HeavenPennyTV movie
2002Rats, TheThe RatsMiss PaigeTV movie
2003Custody of the HeartAliceTV movie
2003Full-Court MiracleMrs. KleinTV movie
2005Puppets Who KillMiss WickhamEpisode: "Cuddles the Artist"
2005MissingDr. Eleanor ReeseEpisode: "Analysis"
2006RoxanaAmyTV movie
2006Cow BellesFran WalkerTV movie
2007-2012Little Mosque on the PrairieSarah Hamoudi80+ episodes
2009Ron James Show, TheThe Ron James ShowEpisode: "1.5"
2010Love LettersMelissaTV movie
2013Murdoch MysteriesFelicity DowesEpisode: "Lovers in a Murderous Time"
2014Saving HopeVioletEpisode: "Breathless"
2014Dear ViolaPeggyTV movie[2]


2006: All Good Now - From The Movie Cow Belles

Awards & Nominations[edit]

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YearNominated WorkOrganizationAwardResult
1999Emily of New Moon14th Gemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic RoleNominated[3]
2000Sesame Park15th Gemini AwardsBest Performance in a Pre-School Program or SeriesWon[4]
2000The City15th Gemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role Dramatic SeriesNominated[4]


  1. ^ "Peter Donaldson was 'finest actor's actor'". MSN CA. CBC News. January 9, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dear Viola". Dear Viola Cast. February 19, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gemini Awards - 1999". Winners & Nominees. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Sheila McCarthy". Awards & Nominations. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 

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