Famous Canadian T V & Movie Producers

Despite winning innumerable Awards from all around the globe, the Canadian film industry has had to struggle hard for being overshadowed by the American film industry. A testimony to the fact is the nickname ‘Hollywood North’ earned by the Canadian film and television industry. The film fraternity of the country has two distinct groups: Anglophone-Canadian (English speaking Canadians) and Francophone-Canadian (French speaking Canadians) and both the communities have contributed to the production of over 1600 feature films since 1911. The cities of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver have housed some of the major production centers making Canada a hub for contemporary cinema and the country has given the industry some of the notable film producers like Jim Carrey and Seth Rogen. James Cameron, another legendary Canadian film producer has produced some notable movies such as ‘The Terminator’, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Avatar’. ‘Saturday Night Live’, the popular comic show which revolutionized sketch comedy has been produced by Lorne Michaels another Canadian producer. Metro Goldwyn Motion Picture Studio, is a name reckoned with in the film production industry, was co-founded by Louis B. Mayer, also a Canadian. To know more about famous Canadian TV and film producers explore our collection of biographies. Apart from information on the life stories, career and timelines, we also present some interesting facts and trivia about these personalities.

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 1 Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
The charismatic Canadian-American actor and film producer, Ryan Reynolds is best known for his work in Deadpool, Green Lantern and The Proposal. The talented star, who was once named by People magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive, has also featured in a music video, acted in a web series, lent his voice to animation films and successfully ventured into business.

 2 Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newmarket, Canada

Canadian American actor, Jim Carrey worked as a janitor and a stand-up comedian at club and on stage before entering films and television. His big Hollywood break came with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective which catapulted him to comedy star status. His later films like The Truman Show and Bruce Almighty proved his versatility and won him critical and commercial success.

 3 Dan Levy

Dan Levy
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Best known as David Rose from Schitt's Creek, Dan Levy, the son of actor Eugene Levy, is an Emmy-winning Canadian actor, who has also been a writer, producer, and director. He came out as gay at 18 but only made it known to the media in a 2020 interview.

 4 Hayden Christensen

Hayden Christensen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Canadian actor, Hayden Christensen, is best known for his role of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. However, many critics panned his acting in both the films. Shattered Glass, Awake, Jumper, Outcast, First Kill and The Last Man are some of his other notable films.

 5 Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland
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Famous As: Actor, Director, Producer, Voice Actor
Birthdate: December 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England, UK

The son of famous Canadian actors, Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland followed in his parents' footsteps to become a famous actor. Apart from being a respected and decorated actor, Kiefer is also one of the controversy's favorite children, having been on the wrong side of the law several times.

 6 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.

 7 Robbie Amell

Robbie Amell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Robbie Amell is a Canadian-American actor who became a US citizen, along with his wife Italia Ricci, after moving to Los Angeles. Also a producer, Robbie has played an important role in many Canadian film productions. An ice hockey enthusiast, Robbie is currently a fan of the Los Angeles Kings, although he supported the Toronto Maple Leafs while growing up.

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 8 Jay Baruchel

Jay Baruchel
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Jay Baruchel is best known as Josh Greenberg from the series Man Seeking Woman and as Steven Karp from Undeclared. Fans also loved him in films such as The Trotsky, She's Out of My League, and The Hangover. He voiced Hiccup in the How to Train Your Dragon films. 

 9 Russell Peters

Russell Peters
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
The first comedian to get a Netflix stand-up special, Russell Peters started his career by performing in Toronto's stand-up circuit. He gained prominence for his accents and humorous cultural observations. For producing Hip-Hop Evolution, he bagged in the International Emmy Award and a Peabody Award. He also earned a Gemini Award for his performance in Comics!

 10 René Angélil

René Angélil
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Famous As: Record Producers
Birthdate: January 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montréal, Québec, Canada
Died: January 14, 2016

René Angélil is best remembered as singer Céline Dion’s manager and, later, husband. Born to Syrian immigrants in Canada, he grew up to be a talent manager and music producer. He met Dion when she was 12 and he was 38, and began dating her when she was 20.

 11 Eric McCormack

Eric McCormack
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Canadian-American actor-singer Eric McCormack is best known as Will Truman from Will & Grace, a role that earned him a Primetime Emmy. He has also appeared in lead roles in Lonesome Dove: The Series and Perception, and has delivered an award-winning performance in Here's to Life!

 12 Lorne Michaels

Lorne Michaels
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Producer
Birthdate: November 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Lorne Michaels is a Canadian-American television producer, comedian, and screenwriter. He is credited with creating and producing one of the most popular American TV sketch comedy and variety shows, Saturday Night Live. With 91 nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards under his belt, Lorne Michaels holds the record for having the most nominations by an individual in the award show's history.

 13 Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States

Matthew Perry gained worldwide popularity for playing the character of Chandler Bing on the television sitcom Friends. The sitcom ran from 1994 to 2004 and remains one of the most popular ones till date. He also starred in other television series and a number of films. He has had issued with vicodin, methadone, amphetamines and alcohol addiction.

 14 Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

Beginning his career as a child star, actor Michael J. Fox went on to play more mature roles as a young adult and established himself firmly in Hollywood. His thriving career suffered a setback when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at just 29. Despite his health issues, he continues to act and advocates for Parkinson's disease research.

 15 Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amritsar, Punjab, India

Akshay Kumar is one of the most popular and successful actors of Hindi cinema. He has been honored with several prestigious awards, such as Filmfare Awards, a National Film Award, and Padma Shri. Dubbed Indian Jackie Chan, Akshay Kumar is renowned for performing dangerous stunts in films.

 16 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.

 17 Nia Vardalos

Nia Vardalos
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Nia Vardalos is a Canadian actress, filmmaker, and screenwriter. She is best known for her portrayal of Fotoula Toula Portokalos in the 2002 romantic comedy film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which she also wrote. For her work in the film, Vardalos received several award nominations. Nia Vardalos is also part of the non-profit collaborative art project, 1 Second Film

 18 Ivan Reitman

Ivan Reitman
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Famous As: Owner of The Montecito Picture Company, founded in 1998.
Birthdate: October 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Komárno, Czechoslovakia

Ivan Reitman is a screenwriter and film and TV producer and director. He is a co-owner of The Montecito Picture Company. He attended McMaster University, where he studied music. After being fired from his first job at a TV channel, he went on to produce stage productions. Later on, he began producing films as well. 

 19 Jared Keeso

Jared Keeso
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Listowel, Ontario, Canada
Canadian actor Jared Keeso is best known for his Canadian Screen Award-winning role of Ben Chartier in the series 19-2. He also created and appeared in the award-winning comedy series Letterkenny. Fans also loved him as Don Cherry in two TV films. He played junior hockey before venturing into films.

 20 Donal Logue

Donal Logue
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
The Harvard University graduate is a film and television actor, the lead role in The Tao of Steve being a highlight of his career. Since his debut in 1992, Donal Logue has been cast in supporting roles in a number of films. The Canadian-born American, who is also a producer and writer, holds a license for driving Class-A commercial vehicles.

 21 Dave Foley

Dave Foley
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Famous As: Actor, Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: January 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada

A high-school dropout, Dave Foley started his career with stand-up comedy. After meeting Kevin McDonald, he formed the iconic sketch-comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall with him and others. He later appeared in movies such as The Wrong Guy and voiced for animated characters, such as Flik from A Bug's Life.

 22 Sarah Polley

Sarah Polley
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Famous As: Actress, Director
Birthdate: January 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 23 Pattie Mallette

Pattie Mallette
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Famous As: Author, Producer
Birthdate: April 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Pattie Mallette is a Canadian author and film producer. She had a difficult childhood marked by sexual abuse. She began her career as a child and appeared in many TV shows and stage productions. She became pregnant when she was 18. Her son is the popular singer Justin Bieber. She also managed his early career. 

 24 Catherine Reitman

Catherine Reitman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Catherine Reitman is an American-Canadian writer, actress, and producer. She is credited with creating and writing the popular Canadian television sitcom Workin' Moms, where she also portrays the role of Kate Foster. In 2017, the sitcom earned five Canadian Screen Award nominations in different categories.

 25 Evan Goldberg

Evan Goldberg
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Evan Goldberg is a Canadian screenwriter, comedian, and film and TV producer, and director.  He attended Point Grey Secondary School, where he befriended future actor Seth Rogen. The two men often collaborate and have worked together on projects, such as Superbad, Pineapple Express, and This Is the End. They won a Canadian Comedy Award for Superbad. 

 

 26 Xavier Dolan

Xavier Dolan
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Famous As: Director known for his film It's Only The End of the World 2016, Mommy 2014
Birthdate: March 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan, the son of actor-singer Manuel Tadros, first gained fame with his directorial debut, I Killed My Mother, at 19. He later won the Jury Prize at Cannes with his film Mommy. He has also dubbed for Ron Weasley in the French versions of Harry Potter films.

 27 Wendy Crewson

Wendy Crewson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Wendy Crewson is a Canadian actress best known for playing Dr. Leslie Abbott in the 1991 American drama film The Doctor. Crewson has also been an important TV actress, earning two Canadian Screen Awards and six Gemini Awards so far. In 2016, she was honored with the prestigious Earle Grey Award for her significant body of work.

 28 Paulo Costanzo

Paulo Costanzo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Paulo Costanzo is a Canadian actor best known for his role in the TV Series Animorphs. The son of a singer-songwriter and an artist, he was drawn to creative professions from a young age and chose to become an actor. He began his career in the early 2000s and became a sensation owing to his good looks and impeccable talent.

 29 Dean McDermott

Dean McDermott
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 16, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dean McDermott is a Canadian actor and professionally trained chef who won the second season of the popular American cooking competition series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off where he was part of Team Guy. Subsequently, he started hosting a reality cooking television series titled Chopped Canada, earning fame as a TV host.

 30 Shauna Robertson

Shauna Robertson
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Famous As: Film Producer
Birthdate: December 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto

Shauna Robertson is a Canadian film producer best known for her association with American filmmaker Judd Apatow. From 1999 to 2008, Robertson produced several movies for Apatow Productions, including films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Superbad. She is often cited as the reason for including nudity in many of Apatow's films.

 31 Peter DeLuise

Peter DeLuise
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Peter DeLuise is an actor, screenwriter, and producer. He made his debut as an actor in the late 1970s and gained fame with his role in the Fox TV series 21 Jump Street. He eventually branched out into direction and production as well. As a director and writer, he is known for his science fiction TV shows. 

 32 Lochlyn Munro

Lochlyn Munro
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lac la Hache, Canada

Lochlyn Munro is a Canadian actor known for playing important roles in films like A Night at the Roxbury, Freddy vs. Jason, Scary Movie, and White Chicks. Munro is also known for his work on TV, appearing in series, such as Northwood, Charmed, and Riverdale.

 33 Calum Worthy

Calum Worthy
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Famous As: Actor, Writer, Producer
Birthdate: January 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Canadian actor Calum Worthy, best known for his roles in The Act and American Vandal, had started his career as a child actor. A prominent environment activist, he makes his fans aware about climate change through his social-media profiles and has been associated with the Climate Reality Project.

 34 Joely Collins

Joely Collins
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Joely Collins is a British-Canadian actress who was named the Best Leading Actress in Canada for her performance in the TV series Madison. She also won the 2004 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Guess in The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess. Collins is credited with co-founding StoryLab Productions, which produced the critically acclaimed film Becoming Redwood.

 35 Jack L Warner

Jack L Warner
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Famous As: Film Executive
Birthdate: August 2, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, Canada
Died: September 9, 1978

One of 12 children of Polish immigrants, Jack L Warner, along with three of his brothers, formed the iconic production house Warner Bros. Apart from producing the first talkie, The Jazz Singer, and iconic films such as Casablanca, they also launched the careers of the who’s who of Hollywood.

 36 Shawn Levy

Shawn Levy
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: July 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Shawn Levy is a Canadian film director, producer, and actor. He has directed films, such as Big Fat Liar, Cheaper by the Dozen and the Night at the Museum series. He bagged an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture for producing the 2016 sci-fi film Arrival. Levy has also been one of the executive producers of the Netflix original series Stranger Things

 37 Saul Rubinek

Saul Rubinek
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Föhrenwald, Wolfratshausen, Bavaria, Germany

Saul Rubinek is a German-born Canadian actor, director, and playwright. Encouraged to pursue acting by his parents, he enrolled at the Ottawa Little Theatre. After a successful Broadway career, he branched out to TV shows and films as well. He made his directorial debut with the black comedy film Jerry and Tom, earning a Sundance Film Festival award nomination. 

 38 David Sutcliffe

David Sutcliffe
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

David Sutcliffe is a Canadian-American former actor best known for portraying the role of Christopher Hayden in the popular TV series Gilmore Girls. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, David Sutcliffe helped raise money for programs concerning children's mental health in 2013. He also participated in the World Poker Tour to benefit the Hollygrove House charity.

 39 Gloria Reuben

Gloria Reuben
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto

Gloria Reuben is a Canadian actress, singer, and producer. She is best known for playing Jeanie Boulet in the popular medical drama TV series ER, for which she received nominations at Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. Also an activist, Gloria Reuben works towards raising awareness about HIV/AIDS. She also takes interest in issues, such as climate change.

 40 Paul Gross

Paul Gross
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Paul Gross is a Canadian actor, director, producer, writer, and musician. He is best known for his association with the popular TV series Due South; in addition to playing the lead role of Constable Benton Fraser in the series, Gross also wrote and executive produced some of the episodes. Over the years, he has won many awards including Gemini Awards.

 41 Jennifer Finnigan

Jennifer Finnigan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal
Daughter of Canadian radio star Jack Finnigan, Jennifer Finnigan soared to fame with her roles in The Bold and the Beautiful and Salvation, and in several TV movies. The Emmy Award-winning actor is also a pilates fan. She now stays in Los Angeles with her actor husband Jonathan Silverman

 42 Kelly Rowan

Kelly Rowan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 26, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Former model Kelly Rowan is best known for her Prism Award-winning role of Kirsten Cohen in The O.C. The Canadian actor also amazed audiences with her role in Perception. Though she was engaged to media magnate David Thomson, she broke up with him while pregnant with his daughter.

 43 Shawn Roberts

Shawn Roberts
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stratford, Canada

Shawn Roberts is a Canadian actor best known for his performance in zombie films. In 2012, he won the Rising Star Award at the Canada International Film Festival for his performance in the film, A Little Bit Zombie. Also known for his muscular physique, Roberts was named the Most Attractive Canadian Actor at the 2017 Culture Beat Awards..

 44 Angus Sutherland

Angus Sutherland
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Famous As: Producer
Birthdate: September 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 45 Katherine Barrell

Katherine Barrell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 46 Carly Pope

Carly Pope
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 47 Alyson Court

Alyson Court
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 48 Alisha Newton

Alisha Newton
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 22, 2001
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 49 Sarah Edmondson

Sarah Edmondson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 50 Laura Harris

Laura Harris
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada