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Martha Burns

Martha Burns is one of Canada's most distinguished stage and television actresses. She has performed leading roles at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, and at theatres across the country. Winner of the 2005 Barbara Hamilton Award for "excellence and professionalism in the performing arts," she has also received two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for her work in Traffod Tanzi and The Miracle Worker and has been nominated for three more.

A founding member of Toronto's Soulpepper Theater Company (where she appeared to great acclaim as Winnie in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days), Martha created numerous ground-breaking educational programs for youth at Soulpepper, including the Youth Mentorship Program, and Soulpepper in the Schools, where artists introduce Shakespeare to children in grades 3 to 6.

Martha is the recipient of a Genie Award for her work in Rhombus Media's production of Long Day's Journey Into Night and a double Gemini winner for Best Actress for her leading role, Ellen Fanshaw, in three seasons of Slings and Arrows. Most recently, she was Mary Miller in The Trojan Horse, written by and starring her husband Paul Gross.

Martha has just completed the short film How Are You? which she wrote and directed with Susan Coyne.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2011.

Martha Burns Facts

BirthplaceWinnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Selected Filmography

Not available.