Graham Wardle is a Canadian actor, filmmaker, and photographer. He is mostly known for portraying the character of Ty Borden in the CBC series 'Heartland'. A native of British Columbia, Wardle landed his first audition completely by chance. He and his mother were sitting in a room where the audition for a toy commercial was being held. They had no idea about this, and after finding out, Wardle successfully auditioned for the project. His television debut came about in 1998 in an episode of the UPN series ‘The Sentinel’. His first big-screen appearance was in the 2007 comedy drama ‘In the Land of Women’. Since then, he has done a handful of films, guest-starred in a number of shows, and was cast in ‘Heartland’. Wardle is also an accomplished producer and has been involved with three short films to date: ‘Under Pressure: A Story of Microscopic Stakes’, ‘The Vessel’, and ‘Mi Madre, My Father’. In 2013, he co-established a production company named Lone Maverick. They are currently working on their first film, ‘Cold Lights’. For his performance in ‘Heartland’, Wardle has been nominated for the Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series in 2009, 2010, and 2012.
Graham Wardle got his first acting job, a commercial for the US-based toy company Mattel, when he was six years old. He and his mother had no idea that the room in which they were sitting was also being used for the audition for the commercial. Wardle was interested in auditioning, and his mother gave her permission. Eventually, he was informed that he had been selected.
Wardle made his small-screen debut in 1998 in a season three episode of the UPN show ‘The Sentinel’. A year later, he appeared in the episode titled ‘Fester the Marriage Counselor’ of the Canadian-American family comedy horror series ‘The New Addams Family’. He then played a character named Tod in the telefilm ‘Ratz’. In 2004, Wardle was cast as Adam Kitsis in an episode of ‘Life As We Know It’, an American TV show based on British writer Melvin Burgess’ novel ‘Doing It’.
In 2005, he starred alongside Raquel Riskin, Cory Monteith, and Tara Wilson in the college horror film ‘Killer Bash’. Wardle played a bully in the direct-to-video sports comedy ‘Like Mike 2: Streetball’ in 2006. He also played a jock in the telefilm ‘Fallen’ that year.
In 2007, the first film of his career, ‘In the Land of Women’, came out. Written and directed by Jonathan Kasdan, the film tells the story of a sleazy writer who goes to his grandmother’s house for a brief stay and finds out that he has the chance to redeem himself after he meets her neighbours. Besides Wardle, the cast included Adam Brody, Kristen Stewart, and Meg Ryan. In the same year, he portrayed Seth Corbin in the telefilm ‘Anna’s Storm’.
Graham Wardle shared screen space with Benjamin Arthur, Paul Anthony, and Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe in writer/director Rick Alyea’s ‘That One Night’ in 2008. In 2009, he starred in Rob Grant’s action horror comedy ‘Yesterday’. He played Chris, one of the six strangers who must work together to get out of the town following a zombie outbreak. However, they soon come to realise that they should be afraid of each other as well. He worked with Grant once more in the 2012 crime comedy ‘Mon Ami’.
Graham Wardle first appeared in the popular The CW fantasy horror series ‘Supernatural’ in the second episode of the first season, titled ‘Wendigo’. He portrayed Tommy Collins, who gets abducted by a wendigo but is ultimately saved by the Winchester brothers. Wardle reprised his role in the season eight episode ‘Clip Show’ (2013). In the 2013 telefilm ‘Grave Halloween’, he played a member of a documentary film crew that visits the infamous Suicide Forest in Japan and starts experiencing paranormal activities. Recently, Wardle guest-starred in the drama series ‘Hudson’.
Graham Wardle was cast in ‘Heartland’ right after he got out of college. The show premiered on CBC on October 14, 2007, and revolves around Amy and Lou Fleming, their grandfather Jack Bartlett, and Ty Borden (Wardle) as they manoeuvre) through the highs and lows of life at their ranch. As of 2019, ‘Heartland’ has aired 12 seasons in total.
His first outing as a producer was the 2008 short film ‘Under Pressure: A Story of Microscopic Stakes’. In 2012, he released ‘The Vessel’. He put out his most recent production ‘Mi Madre, My Father’, in 2018.
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Family & Personal Life
Born on September 6, 1986, in Mission, British Columbia, Canada, Wardle is one of the six children of Debbie and Allan Wardle. He grew up in New Westminster, near Vancouver. He had several nicknames as a child. His mother called him Gray, his father called him Mr. Graham son. His siblings teased with the nickname, Graaayy-Ummmmm. His friends had a slew of those as well, Gram, Wardle, Wartortle, Gram Cracka or GC for short, Gray-Han!, G-Dubbs, and G-Funk.
Wardle was a student at the Motion Picture and Production Program at Capilano College, North Vancouver, British Columbia. While he was there, he took part in the makings of several films. He graduated in 2007.
Graham Wardle married fellow Canadian, Allison Poff, in 2015.