18 famous actors you may not have known were born in Alberta

Mar 12 2021, 3:15 pm

It’s no secret that Alberta is home to a population of talented people.

From country singers and indie music stars to actors, world-class athletes, and even 2016 USĀ Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz, the province has churned out some well-known public figures.

We’ve put together a list of 18 actors who were born in Alberta, according to IMDb’s birth place list, and some of them may surprise you.

If youā€™re in the mood to learn more about our province’s appearance in Hollywood, be sure to read up on popular filming locations in Alberta.

Michael J. Fox


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TheĀ Back to the FutureĀ star was born in Edmonton in 1961 and lived in Alberta until he was 10, when his father retired and relocated the family to Vancouver. Fox’s first big Hollywood appearance was in situational comedyĀ Family Ties.

Fox appeared in The Good Wife and Boston Legal,Ā along with many other TV shows and films,Ā and he voiced the character of Stuart in theĀ Stuart Little movies.

Elisha Cuthbert


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Elisha Cuthbert starred inĀ The Girl NextĀ DoorĀ and is also known for her roles inĀ 24,Ā Happy Endings, and The Ranch.

Cuthbert was born in Calgary in 1982, and she has been married to Canadian hockey playerĀ Dion Phaneuf since 2013.

Evangeline Lilly

Born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, in 1979, Evangeline Lilly was discovered on the streets of Kelowna, British Columbia, by the famous Ford modelling agency.Ā Perhaps best known for her role asĀ Hope van Dyne/Wasp in the Marvel universe, Lilly also appeared inĀ The Hobbit series, The Hurt Locker, and Smallville.

Nathan Fillion


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Nathan Fillion is the son of two retired English teachers and was born in 1971 in Edmonton.Ā Fillion’s first regular role was on daytime soap opera One Life to Live, and he went on to star as the title character in ABC’sĀ Castle.

Tricia Helfer

Having appeared in Lucifer, Two and a Half Men, and the TRON: Uprising TV series, Tricia Helfer is best known for her role inĀ Battlestar Galactica. Helfer was born in 1974 in Donalda, Alberta.

Tommy Chong


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Tommy Chong, one-half of the iconic duo from Cheech and Chong, hails from Edmonton and was born in 1938. In addition to the infamous stoner-comedy movies, the actor was also featured in Zootopia, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, and Senior Trip.

Rhiannon Fish


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Rhiannon Fish is a Canadian/Australian actress, born in Calgary in 1991. She’s acted in a number of TV series, includingĀ The 100,Ā Neighbours, andĀ As the Bell Rings, and is slated to star in the upcoming filmĀ A Love to Remember.

Alex Wong


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Alex Wong is a dancer born in Edmonton in 1986, and he studied at the Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver.Ā He first joined the American Ballet Theater Company and then the Miami City Ballet, and can be seen in The Greatest Showman, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Isn’t It Romantic.

Catherine Mary Stewart

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Born in Edmonton in 1958, Catherine Mary Stewart’s career has spanned more than 30 years and over 50 different productions. Most notably, Stewart acted in Weekend at Bernie’s, Days of Our Lives, and The Girl Next Door.

Cory Monteith

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Cory Monteith and Dianna Agron in Glee (IMDb)

The late Cory Monteith, known for his role as “Finn” inĀ Glee, was born in Calgary in 1982. Monteith also appeared in Monte Carlo, Final Destination 3, and The Invisible.

Paul Gross

Paul Gross’ father was a Tank Commander in the Canadian Army, and as a consequence the family moved around a lot. Gross has lived across Canada, the US, England, and Germany; however, he was born in Calgary in 1959.

Gross is known for his roles in Due South, The Red Green Show, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Men with Brooms.

Monique Ganderton


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Monique Ganderton was born in Edmonton on August 6, 1980. Her stunt work can be seen in the Avengers movies, Captain Marvel, and Atomic Blonde, and she appears as an actor in The 100, X-Men: Apocalypse, and The Hunted.

Nathanial Arcand


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Known for his roles inĀ FBI: Most Wanted, Heartland, and Blackstone, Nathaniel Arcand was born in Edmonton in 1971.

Greyston Holt


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Greyston Holt was born on August 8, 1993 in Calgary. He is an actor and producer, known for Riverdale, Bitten,Ā The 100, and Supernatural.

MacKenzie Porter

MacKenzie Porter was born in Medicine Hat and raised on a cattle and bison ranch in Southern Alberta. Porter is an actress and singer who began studying piano, violin, and voice at the young age of four. She has appeared in Hell on Wheels and Travelers.

Porter’s older brother, Kalan, was the season 2 winner of Canadian Idol.

Kavan Smith


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Kavan Smith, who played Cuthbert Sinclair in Supernatural,Ā was born in Edmonton in 1970. Smith has also appeared in Stargate: Atlantis, Mission to Mars, and Titanic.

Jessica Parker Kennedy


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Jessica Parker Kennedy was born on October 3, 1984, in Calgary. Her first big break came from the TV movie Santa Baby, and she has since had roles in Smallville, 50/50, Black Sails, and The Flash.

Brennen Elliott

Brennan Elliott has appeared in UnREAL, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and The Curse of Chucky. Elliott was born in March 1975 in Calgary, and he most recently starred across from Sarah Drew in the TV movie Christmas in Vienna.

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