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Alisen Down

Alisen Down portrays anthropology professor Declan Dunn's unimpressed, sarcastic and deadpan assistant in PAX TV's original weekly series Mysterious Ways. In addition to assisting Declan with his anthropology class and keeping him focused on his real job, Miranda, a physics grad student, also supports Declan in his search for answers to unexplained phenomena every week. For the role of Miranda, Down has been nominated this year for a Leo Award for Best Female in a Drama Series.

Down's star has been rising rapidly over the past four years. Born in a country suburb of Vancouver, BC, she grew up surrounded by animals that she used to entertain with skits and charades. As far back as she can remember, Down always wanted to be an actress and spent her youth writing and producing her own plays.

After graduating from high school, Down attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California and then moved to England to continue her studies at the British American Dramatic Academy in Oxford. She then returned to Vancouver and began pursuing her craft professionally.

Down exploded onto the scene with her special blend of dark humor and offbeat beauty. She made the leap from roles in various stage productions (Hurly Burly, Death and The Maiden) to guest-starring roles on television (DaVinci's Inquest, Cold Squad) with amazing ease. The year 2000 brought professional accolades for Down with her winning Best Actress awards at both the Leo Awards (B.C.) and the Gemini Awards (Canada) for her work in Cold Squad. She also had leading roles in the independent feature films The Good Burn, Bad Money, Late Night Sessions.

Down makes her home in Vancouver with one of her family's 13 cats, all of who were rescued. Down is a big animal lover and has also added two dogs into the mix—Akuna and Jake. In her spare time, she enjoys watching films, playing with her animals and learning how to play violin.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Alisen Down Facts

BirthdayJanuary 3, 1976 (47)
BirthplaceLangley, British Columbia, Canada
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Alisen Down compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Robson Arms (2004) tv as Sault St Marie
Smallville (2004) tv as Lillian Luthor
Stargate SG1 (2004) tv as Dr Brightman
Tripping the Wire: A Stephen Tree Mystry (2004) tv-movie as Laura Wing
Da Vinci's Inquest (2003) tv as Maria Donato
The Dead Zone (2002) as Rosie O'Halloran 1945
The Life (2002) tv-movie as Crystal
Late Night Sessions (2000) as Candy
Mysterious Ways (2000) tv user recommendation as Miranda Fiegelsteen
Cold Squad (1999) tv as Anita Dunn
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