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Martha Burns is a Actor Canadienne born on 23 april 1957 at Winnipeg (Canada)

Martha Burns

Martha Burns
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Nationality Canada
Birth 23 april 1957 (67 years) at Winnipeg (Canada)
Awards Dora Mavor Moore Award

Martha Burns is a Canadian actress known for her stage work and youth outreach in Ontario and her leading role as Ellen Fanshaw in the TV dramedy series Slings and Arrows.

Burns was born 1958 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was nominated three times for a Gemini Award for her performance as Shakespearean diva Ellen Fanshaw in Slings and Arrows, and won twice: in 2006 and 2007. She has also won the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role twice, for Long Day's Journey into Night in 1996 and for Love and Savagery in 2010.

Burns is a founding member and a former associate director of Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre Company, a company that includes a number of theatre veterans from the Canadian Stratford Shakespeare Festival. She has also performed leading roles at Stratford, the Shaw Festival, the National Arts Centre and the Tarragon Theatre, to name just a few. She was nominated five times for a Dora Mavor Moore Award and won twice: in 1986 for The Miracle Worker and in 1984 for Trafford Tanzi.

As associate artistic director at Soulpepper, Burns headed up its extensive youth outreach program. Earlier in her career, she founded the Toronto Arts for Youth Association and was a co-founder of another youth theatre project in Toronto, Masterclass Theatre. She has also worked as an instructor for the theatre programs at George Brown College and Ryerson University. In 2005 she was honoured for her career in the theatre with the Barbara Hamilton Award.

Burns lives in Toronto with her husband, director and actor Paul Gross, and their two children, Hannah and Jack.

Her recent show is called The Foundation which airs on Showcase in Canada. Her character is named Selena Selkirk. She also appeared in the Canadian television sitcom Michael, Tuesdays and Thursdays, on CBC Television in fall 2011.


En 1985, Martha Burns a joué le rôle de Florence Nightingale dans une comédie musicale écrite par l'acteur-réalisateur canadien Paul Gross.

Elle est la conjointe de Paul Gross. Ils ont des enfants et elle travaillerait chez Serenpidity films de Toronto.

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Martha Burns (14 films)

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After All These Years, 1h30
Origin USA
Actors Wendie Malick, Andrea Martin, Martha Burns, Gregory Harrison, Barclay Hope, Ona Grauer
Roles Phyllis
Rating59% 2.9990152.9990152.9990152.9990152.999015
Après trente ans de mariage, Audrey Brandon tombe des nues lorsque son époux Michael lui annonce qu'il la quitte pour vivre le grand amour avec sa collègue. Quelques mois plus tard, Audrey découvre le corps de son mari, poignardé dans la cuisine. Alors que tout semble la désigner coupable, aux yeux de la police et des voisins, Audrey se lance dans une folle cavale à la recherche du véritable assassin…
The Samaritan, 1h29
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Luke Kirby, Ruth Negga, Tom Wilkinson, Gil Bellows, Deborah Kara Unger
Roles Gretchen
Rating55% 2.798652.798652.798652.798652.79865
Foley, un ancien arnaqueur, tente de changer sa vie et en finir avec la criminalité après avoir purgé vingt ans en prison pour le meurtre de son associé.
Mad Ship
Mad Ship (2012)

Origin Canada
Genres Drama
Actors Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Gil Bellows, Rachel Blanchard, Martha Burns, Aidan Devine, Gage Munroe
Roles Judith
Rating53% 2.674042.674042.674042.674042.67404
Mad Ship tells the true story of a Scandinavian immigrant who built a boat to carry the body of his dead wife.
You Might As Well Live, 1h18
Origin Canada
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Joshua Peace, Michael Madsen, Stephen McHattie, Clark Johnson, Dov Tiefenbach, Kristen Hager
Rating55% 2.7573452.7573452.7573452.7573452.757345
On the advice of his childhood hero, Robert R. Mutt embarks on a madcap adventure to attain the three keys to being a "somebody" - a girl, some money, and a championship ring.
Blindness (2008)
, 2h
Directed by Fernando Meirelles
Origin Bresil
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about viral outbreaks, Films about disabilities, Political films, Dystopian films, La cécité, Disaster films
Actors Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Gael García Bernal, Danny Glover, Yoshino Kimura, Alice Braga
Roles Woman with Insomnia
Rating64% 3.2499453.2499453.2499453.2499453.249945
In an unnamed city, a young Japanese professional (Yusuke Iseya) is suddenly struck blind for no apparent reason. The Japanese man is approached by a few concerned people, one of whom (Don McKellar) offers to drive him home, and later steals his car. The blinded man describes his sudden affliction: an expanse of dazzling white, as though he is "swimming in milk".
The Trojan Horse (miniseries)
Directed by Charles Binamé
Origin Canada
Genres Drama
Actors Paul Gross, Rick Cosnett, Greta Scacchi, Martha Burns, Heino Ferch, Tom Skerritt
Rating62% 3.106953.106953.106953.106953.10695
The story begins while a nationwide referendum is being held to decide whether or not Canada will join the United States. The people of Canada vote to join the U.S., while Prime Minister Tom McLaughlin (Paul Gross) watches the results on the news. Sitting at the house of former Prime Minister Marc Lavigne (Guy Nadon; from H2O), he plots revenge, stating that one day, he would tell Lavigne the fable of "The Mouse and the Frog".
Silk (2007)
, 1h47
Directed by François Girard
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Michael Pitt, Keira Knightley, Alfred Molina, Kenneth Welsh, Miki Nakatani, Martha Burns
Roles Mme. Joncour
Rating58% 2.9002252.9002252.9002252.9002252.900225
Hervé (Michael Pitt), in 19th century France, is a military officer, because that is what his father wants. He is happy when he gets the opportunity to change his profession to that of trader of silkworm eggs. Because in Europe silkworms are affected by a disease (pébrine), he is sent to Africa to get healthy eggs. (The film shows only a brief desert scene.)
The Skulls III, 1h37
Origin USA
Genres Thriller
Actors Clare Kramer, Bryce Johnson, Steve Braun, Barry Bostwick, Karl Pruner, Dean McDermott
Roles Swim Coach
Rating47% 2.3590352.3590352.3590352.3590352.359035
A young college co-ed tries joining the elite, all-male, secret society, the Skulls, and in so doing, she uncovers some unscrupulous methods used by some of the members to get what they want.
The Boys Next Door, 1h40
Directed by John Erman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Nathan Lane, Robert Sean Leonard, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Jeter, Courtney B. Vance, Mare Winningham
Rating72% 3.629283.629283.629283.629283.62928
Four mentally-challenged men share a house and are looked after by Jack (Tony Goldwyn), their social worker. The four men try to make sense of a mixed-up world, dealing with everything from runaway rodents to helping Norman, who has a new girlfriend (Mare Winningham). Jack's life with his wife is put on hold, and he feels it's time to let them go.
Never Talk to Strangers, 1h26
Directed by Peter Hall
Genres Thriller, Crime, Romance, Erotic thriller
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Serial killer films, Erotic thriller films
Actors Antonio Banderas, Rebecca De Mornay, Dennis Miller, Len Cariou, Harry Dean Stanton, Eugene Lipinski
Roles Maura
Rating52% 2.600972.600972.600972.600972.60097
Psychologist Dr. Sarah Taylor (Rebecca De Mornay) is a guarded, aloof criminal psychologist who interviews a client who is a rapist, and is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. It is later revealed that she was the subject of daily rapes as a child by her estranged father, who is now shown to be very ill. Sarah meets Tony Ramirez (Antonio Banderas) in a shopping mall, and she gives him her number. She begins a relationship with Tony, despite the creepy advances of her neighbor, Cliff (Dennis Miller), with whom she once had a one-night stand.
Long Day's Journey Into Night, 2h54
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films about alcoholism, Films about families, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Katharine Hepburn, Tom McCamus, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, Peter Donaldson, Dean Stockwell
Rating74% 3.74513.74513.74513.74513.7451
L'action se déroule pendant une journée du mois d’août 1912 dans la maison d’été de James Tyrone, un acteur de théâtre vieillissant et assez à l’aise financièrement. Chaque membre de la famille Tyrone est aux prises avec une situation difficile : James accepte mal de voir sa carrière décliner. Son épouse, Mary, est une morphinomane qui sort d’une cure de désintoxication. Leur premier fils, James Jr, est aussi un acteur qui ne parvient pas à bâtir une carrière. Edmund, le second fils, est un marin qui souffre peut-être de tuberculose.