Famous Canadian Actresses

Canada, the snowy country from the top north, is famous for its contemporary pop musicians such as Bryan Adams, Justin Beiber and Avril Lavigne as it is for its architectural giants, David Ewart and John M Lyle. But is this all what Canada has to offer? Well, boys light up your eyes for the country is home to some of the hottest and sexiest women of the planet! Envied by the women folk from around the globe, Canada has been the address of a talented pool of actresses who have carved a niche for themselves with their effortless acting abilities and to-die-for looks. If you still have any doubts, we are there to rip it apart for you. Pamela Anderson, Ellen Page, Kim Cattrall, Elisha Cuthert, Nina Dobrev, Rachelle Lefevre, Evangeline Lilly, Neva Campbella – do these names seem familiar to you? Each of them aforementioned and many others have given Canada’s acting pool some of the most precious films. They have become some of the most celebrated film stars in Hollywood and have been popularly and critically acclaimed for their acting talent. Discover some more interesting facts about Canadian actresses, their life and their works in big screen. You will surely be spellbound!

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 1 Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, Canada

Best known for her comedic and romantic film roles, Canadian actress Rachel McAdams is a very popular figure in Hollywood. Rising to fame in the 2000s, she has worked in many critically acclaimed movies. A socially responsible person, she believes in leading a lifestyle that is eco-friendly and sustainable. She is actively involved with several charities.

 2 Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 31, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

Nina Dobrev is one of the most popular Canadian actresses. Apart from her acting career, she is also known for her activism and charity work. She uses her fame to support several charitable causes, such as Puma’s Project Pink. Also an enthusiastic volunteer, Dobrev takes part in social movements like WE movement, Me to We, and We Day.

 3 Cobie Smulders

Cobie Smulders
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Famous As: Best Known for Her Role as 'Robin Scherbatsky' in 'How I Met Your Mother'
Birthdate: April 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Cobie Smulders is one of the most recognized celebrities across the world, thanks to her role as Robin Scherbatsky in one of the most popular TV series of all time - How I Met Your Mother. She also serves as an inspiration to people suffering from cancer as she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 25 years old.

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 4 Catherine O'Hara

Catherine O'Hara
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 4, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Primetime Emmy-winning Canadian-American actor and comedian Catherine O'Hara soared to fame with the sketch-comedy show SCTV. She is known for her frequent appearances in the films of Tim Burton and Christopher Guest. She is the sister of singer Mary Margaret O'Hara and is herself a fairly decent singer.

 5 Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ontario, Canada

A Canadian-American actress of Asian descent, Sandra Oh became the first Asian actress to win two Golden Globe awards and the first Asian woman to host the award ceremony. She is also the third actress of Asian origin to host the TV show, Saturday Night Live. In 2019, she was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list.

 6 Evangeline Lilly

Evangeline Lilly
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fort Saskatchewan, Canada

Evangeline Lilly is a Canadian actress who has played prominent roles in films like Ant-Man and the Wasp. Also a well-known humanitarian, Lilly has made numerous trips to Rwanda, where she has touched the lives of many, as part of her charity work. She has also worked with nonprofit organizations like GO Campaign and supports Task Brasil and Sierra Club.

 7 Elisha Cuthbert

Elisha Cuthbert
8
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Elisha Cuthbert is best known as Kim Bauer from 24, Darcie Goldberg from Old School, and Danielle from The Girl Next Door. She was a foot model at 9. Her other notable projects include the remake of House of Wax, The Ranch on Netflix, and Happy Endings on ABC.
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 8 Shay Mitchell

Shay Mitchell
9
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mississauga, Canada

Shay Mitchell is a Canadian actress, entrepreneur, model, and author. She came into prominence after portraying Emily Fields in the teen drama TV series Pretty Little Liars. Also a philanthropist, Mitchell was an ardent supporter of the Somaly Mam Foundation until the non-profit organization ended its operations in 2014. She also works closely with organizations, such as The Trevor Project.

 9 Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Anna Paquin is a New Zealand-Canadian actress. She started her career as a child actress and became the second-youngest winner in the history of the Academy Awards when she won an Oscar at the age of 11 under the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance as Flora McGrath in Jane Campion's 1993 period drama film The Piano.

 10 Katheryn Winnick

Katheryn Winnick
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Etobicoke, Toronto, Canada

Canadian actor Katheryn Winnick is best known for her multiple award-nominated performance as Lagertha in Vikings. Fans also loved her as Hannah Burley in Bones and as Christine "C.G." Gavin in Wu Assassins. She has guest-starred in numerous projects and has also appeared in many short films.

 11 Neve Campbell

Neve Campbell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guelph, Canada

Neve Campbell impressed fans with her performance as Sidney in the Scream franchise. She is also known for her roles in the series Party of Five and House of Cards and the film Wild Things. A trained ballerina, Neve is mostly seen in films of the thriller or horror genre.

 12 Emily VanCamp

Emily VanCamp
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Port Perry, Canada

Emily VanCamp is a Canadian actress best known for playing Sharon Carter / Agent 13 in superhero films like Captain America. Trained in tap dance, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop, VanCamp believes that she would have continued dancing had she not gone into acting. She also credits her training in dance with helping her through her action sequences in films.

 13 Kim Cattrall

Kim Cattrall
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

Popular as Samantha Jones from the hit series Sex and the City, Golden Globe-winning actor Kim Cattrall found it difficult to recreate the same magic on screen, barring her performance in the 2014 comedy Sensitive Skin. Her comeback with the Fox series Filthy Rich in 2020 was commendable.

 14 Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Kristin Kreuk is one of the most popular actresses from Canada. After establishing herself as a successful actress in both American and Canadian entertainment industries, Kristin Kreuk was made the spokesmodel for Neutrogena's new worldwide advertising campaign.

 15 Carrie-Anne Moss

Carrie-Anne Moss
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Burnaby

 16 Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
Sarah Chalke is best known for her roles of Stella Zinman in How I Met Your Mother, Dr. Elliot Reid in Scrubs, and Becky in Roseanne. She voiced Beth Smith in Rick and Morty. After losing her grandmother and aunt to breast cancer, she started spreading awareness about the disease.

 17 Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Jennifer Tilly is an American actress whose performance as Tiffany Valentine in the popular horror slasher film series, Child's Play, established her as an icon within the horror film community. Also a popular poker player, Jennifer Tilly became the first celebrity to triumph in a World Series when she won the World Series of Poker bracelet.

 18 Stana Katic

Stana Katic
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada

Stana Katic is a Canadian-American actress known for playing Kate Beckett on the crime-comedy-drama TV series Castle. Apart from acting in films and TV series, Katic also works toward protecting the environment; in 2010, she established the Alternative Travel Project, which encourages people to abandon personal vehicles for a day to reduce the impact of personal vehicles on the environment.

 19 Missy Peregrym

Missy Peregrym
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: June 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Canadian actor and former model Melissa Peregrym is best known as Andrea "Andy" McNally from Rookie Blue and as Haley Graham from the film Stick It. Fans also loved her in her Streamy Award-winning role in the web series Cybergeddon. She collaborated with TOMS to provide shoes to the underprivileged.

 20 Margot Kidder

Margot Kidder
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yellowknife, Canada
Died: May 13, 2018

Margot Kidder is best remembered for her roles as Lois Lane in the Superman movie franchise and as Kathy Lutz in The Amityville Horror. Fans also loved her in the hit Broadway play The Vagina Monologues. She was a vocal anti-war and pro-environment activist. She eventually died by suicide.

 21 Emmanuelle Chriqui

Emmanuelle Chriqui
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Emmanuelle Chriqui is a Canadian model and actress. She is known for portraying important roles in films like You Don't Mess with the Zohan. Also known for her good looks, Emmanuelle Chriqui was voted the Most Desirable Women of 2010 in a poll conducted by a free online men's web portal called AskMen.

 22 Tatiana Maslany

Tatiana Maslany
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Regina, Canada

Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany began her career as a child star and continued acting throughout high school. By the time she turned 20, she already had a decade of acting experience and found it easy to bag good roles in major TV shows. She also acts in films but is more popular as a TV actress.

 23 Maitreyi Ramakrishnan

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 28, 2001
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

 24 Emily Rickards

Emily Rickards
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Canadian actor Emily Rickards gained fame as Felicity Smoak from the series Arrow and later reprised the role in the Arrowverse TV franchise shows The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow, and voiced the character in the web series Vixen. She has also supported philanthropic ventures such as AARDA

 25 A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oshawa, Canada

A.J. Cook is a Canadian actress best known for playing Jennifer Jareau in the popular crime drama TV series, Criminal Minds. A multi-talented personality, Cook is also a tap dancer. Also known for her good looks, Cook became a spokeswoman for the popular skin-care brand, Proactiv, in 2013 and was named in the Maxim Hot 100 list in 2014.

 26 Yvonne De Carlo

Yvonne De Carlo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: January 8, 2007

Canadian-American actress, dancer, and singer, Yvonne De Carlo, was an internationally known Hollywood film star in the 1940s and 1950s. Born to an ambitious mother, she was groomed for a career in the show business from her childhood. She began her career as a dancer and eventually started acting. She had an extensive career spanning over five decades.

 27 Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bristol, Pennsylvania, United States
Lauren Holly is best known for her award-winning performance as Maxine Stewart in Picket Fences and her Emmy-nominated role as Julie Chandler in All My Children. She initially gained fame with the Jim Carrey-starrer Dumb and Dumber. She and her father established the “A" Fund in her brother’s honor.

 28 Emily Hampshire

Emily Hampshire
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreal

Emily Hampshire is one of the most popular actresses from Canada. During Telefilm Canada's maiden Tribute To Canadian Talent event in 2012, Emily was honored with the first Birks Canadian Diamond award. Identifying herself as pansexual, Emily Hampshire got engaged to transwoman Teddy Geiger, only to end their engagement after seven months. In 2014, she became a naturalized US citizen.

 29 Natasha Henstridge

Natasha Henstridge
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: August 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Canadian actor Natasha Henstridge is best known for her performances in the Species movies. She was also part of the films The Whole Nine Yards and Would Be Kings, winning the Gemini Award for the latter. She has also appeared in the series Eli Stone and The Secret Circle.

 30 Mena Massoud

Mena Massoud
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

 31 Noah Schnapp

Noah Schnapp
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 3, 2004
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Scarsdale, New York, United States
Noah Schnapp, best known for his SAG- and Teen Choice Award-winning performance as Will Byers in Stranger Things, began acting at age 6. He appeared in The Peanuts Movie, voicing Charlie Brown, and in Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies, co-starring with Tom Hanks. His dogs have their own social-media accounts.

 32 Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: July 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ladysmith, Canada

Actress and model, Pamela Anderson, is known as a sex symbol. She featured regularly in the Playboy magazine and acted in television series Home Improvement, Baywatch and VIP. Baywatch was hugely popular and gave her international recognition. Pamela Anderson has also acted in several films. She is an active member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the animal rights organisation.

 33 Italia Ricci

Italia Ricci
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Richmond Hill, Canada

Canadian actor Italia Ricci is best known for her Golden Maple Award-nominated performance as April Carver in the series Chasing Life. Fans also loved her as Emily Rhodes in the political drama Designated Survivor and as Maggie Winnock in Unnatural History. She has also appeared in many Hallmark TV movies.

 34 Katherine Ryan

Katherine Ryan
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Famous As: Comedian, Actress
Birthdate: June 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan initially worked at a restaurant to support her education and then stepped into open mic and comedy nights. She has performed across Canada and the UK and even at the LA-based Comedy Store. Now an actor, too, she is also a 2-time skin cancer survivor.

 35 Mackenzie Davis

Mackenzie Davis
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Famous As: Actress, Producer
Birthdate: April 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Mackenzie Davis is a Canadian actress who made headlines after being cast in the popular science-fiction film Terminator: Dark Fate. In the film, she played a super soldier from the future. Mackenzie Davis serves as an inspiration to many young aspiring actors and actresses from Canada.

 36 Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 8, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: May 29, 1979

Academy Award-winning Canadian-American actor Gladys Marie Smith, better known by her pseudonym, Mary Pickford, was also one of the co-founders of Pickford–Fairbanks Studios and United Artists. She and 35 others co-founded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She was also known as "America's Sweetheart" of silent films.

 37 Hannah Simone

Hannah Simone
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Best known as Cece in New Girl, Hannah Simone won a Teen Choice Award for the role. She began modeling at 13, when she lived in Cyprus. As a VJ at MuchMusic, she presented Much News Weekly and The NewMusic. She was also part of Gillette's What Women Want campaign.

 38 Annie Murphy

Annie Murphy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ottawa Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 39 Rae Dawn Chong

Rae Dawn Chong
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

 40 Molly Parker

Molly Parker
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maple Ridge, British Columbia

Molly Parker is a Canadian actress, director, and writer. A trained ballerina, Parker started acting at the age of 14 and garnered attention for playing a necrophiliac medical student in the 1996 erotic thriller film Kissed. Over the course of her career, Molly Parker has won several prestigious awards, such as Genie Awards and Leo Award.

 41 Tricia Helfer

Tricia Helfer
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Famous As: Actress best known for her roles on the sci-fi television show Battlestar Galactica
Birthdate: April 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Donalda, Canada

Tricia Helfer is a Canadian actress and model. She gained international fame after portraying the enigmatic Cylon model Number Six in the Battlestar Galactica TV series. She began her career as a model and won the Ford Models' Supermodel of the World contest in 1992. Later on, she quit modeling to pursue a full-time acting career. 

 42 Marie Avgeropoulos

Marie Avgeropoulos
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Thunder Bay, Canada
Marie Avgeropoulos is best known for her performance as Octavia Blake in the science-fiction series The 100 and her Leo Award-nominated role of Cheryl in the thriller Numb. Fans also loved her in the films I Love You Beth Cooper and Hunt to Kill and the series Supernatural and Cult.

 43 Grace Park

Grace Park
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Famous As: Actress, Model,
Birthdate: March 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 44 Erika Eleniak

Erika Eleniak
5
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States
Erika Eleniak began her career at age 12, in a supporting role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. She is best known as Shauni McClain from Baywatch and as Vicki De Soto from the 1988 film The Blob. She has posed for Playboy, too, and has suffered from an eating disorder.

 45 Amy Jo Johnson

Amy Jo Johnson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dennis, Massachusetts, United States

Amy Jo Johnson is an American-Canadian filmmaker, actress, singer, and songwriter. Over the years, Johnson has been honored at several important film festivals including Long Island Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. A multi-talented personality, Amy Jo Johnson has also directed a couple of films like Tammy's Always Dying and The Space Between.

 46 Dorothy Stratten

Dorothy Stratten
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Famous As: Playboy Playmate, Model
Birthdate: February 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: August 14, 1980

Dorothy Stratten was a Canadian model, actress, and Playboy Playmate. Renowned for her beauty, Stratten was adjudged the Playboy Playmate of the Year in 1980 before she was killed by her estranged husband Paul Snider at the age of 20. Her relationship with Snider and her death inspired films, such as Death of a Centerfold and Star 80.

 47 Melissa Sue Anderson

Melissa Sue Anderson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
Melissa Sue Anderson started as a child actor and was initially seen in several commercials. She then gained fame with the role of Mary Ingalls in the long-running series Little House on the Prairie. She also starred in the film Happy Birthday to Me and later wrote a book.

 48 Hilary Farr

Hilary Farr
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Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: August 31, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto

Hilary Farr is a British-Canadian businesswoman, television host, designer, and former actress. Over the years, she has played an important role as a designer, renovating homes for celebrities like Jennifer Hudson and Jenna Elfman. In 2017, Hilary Farr co-founded a real estate investment seminar program called Rules of Renovation, which helps aspiring investors across North America.

 49 Caterina Scorsone

Caterina Scorsone
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Famous As: Known for playing Dr. Amelia Shepherd on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy (2010–present)
Birthdate: October 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

 50 Jessica Parker Kennedy

Jessica Parker Kennedy
6
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada

Canadian actress Jessica Parker Kennedy is best known for playing Melissa Glaser in the CW series The Secret Circle. She began her acting career when she was in her late teens and played a few minor roles in TV shows during her initial years as an actress. She gained widespread popularity following her role in The Secret Circle.