Rosemary Dunsmore, Nicholas Campbell and Jamie Watson won ACTRA Awards last night at the annual gala honouring outstanding performances, hosted by the Toronto chapter of the Canadian actors’ union.
Dunsmore, known for her roles as Katherine Brooke in Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel, Aunt Abigail in Road to Avonlea and the title role in CBC series Mom P.I., won for her performance as the mother of a lesbian trying to have a baby with her partner in the low-budget festival-circuit movie The Baby Formula.
Campbell, who played the title role in Da Vinci’s Inquest and has more than 40 starring film and television credits, including The Insiders, Street Legal, Flashpoint and The Border, won for playing Shorty McAdoo in TV miniseries The Englishman’s Boy.
Watson, an accomplished comic, is a veteran voice-over actor. He won for his performance in the children’s animated TV series Peep and the Big Wide World.
Peter Keleghan was presented with ACTRA Toronto’s Award of Excellence by Leah and Gordon Pinsent for his body of work.
A strong advocate of Canadian arts, Keleghan is a familiar face for his work on The Newsroom, Made in Canada, The Red Green Show, Billable Hours, Murdoch Mysteries and Slings and Arrows. He had three feature films released in 2008: Eating Buccaneers, The Bend and Coopers’ Camera. He also recently finished shooting the pilot Eighteen to Life for CBC.
The gala, hosted by Teresa Pavlinek and featuring a performance by Stephanie Martin, was scheduled to be held last night at the Carlu events theatre.
“Receiving an ACTRA Award from one’s peers is a significant feat and well worth both recognition and accolades,” said Heather Allin, president of ACTRA Toronto.
“Our performers are some of the best in the world. Each and every one of our 15 nominees worked hard, created expansively and gave their all, and it shows.”