Lenore Elizabeth Zann MP (born November 22, 1959) is an Australian-Canadian actress and politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the riding of Cumberland—Colchester in the House of Commons of Canada as a member of the Liberal Party since 2019. Before entering federal politics, she represented the electoral district of Truro-Bible Hill in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 2009 until 2019 as a member of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party and from June 9, 2019 until September 12, 2019 as an Independent.
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
|Assumed office |
October 21, 2019
|Preceded by||Bill Casey|
|Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly|
for Truro-Bible Hill
June 9, 2009 – October 8,2013
|Preceded by||Jamie Muir|
|Succeeded by||riding redistributed|
|Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly|
for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River
October 8, 2013 – September 12, 2019
|Born||November 22, 1959|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|New Democrat (provincial; until 2019)|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (163 cm)|
(m. 1987; div. 1994)
(m. 1998; div. 2002)
Life and careerEdit
Zann was born in Sydney, Australia, the daughter of Janice, a high school teacher, and Paul Zann, a professor. Her great-grandfather, named Zaninovich (Zaninović), came to Australia from Croatia.
She emigrated with her parents to Canada in 1968, first to Regina, Saskatchewan, then to Truro, Nova Scotia, and later graduated from Cobequid Educational Centre, a high school in Truro, which was noted for its student musical productions. She attended York University in Toronto where she studied drama, fine arts and political science.
Zann worked as a screen, television, stage, and voice actress, and appeared in numerous television shows, films, radio, and animated series. As an actor, she is best known for providing the voice of Rogue on the 1992 animated television adaptation of the X-Men comic book series.
After living in Halifax, Toronto, London, Stockholm, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and New York City, Zann moved back to her adopted hometown of Truro in 2008. That fall she started a community campaign to restore a historic former academic building in downtown Truro, the Provincial Normal College, into a cultural centre. She raised $62,000.00 for a feasibility study following which the four-story, 24,000 sq feet provincially designated Victorian brick building was repurposed to become the centre point of downtown Truro - the town’s new Central Colchester Regional Library, with a skating rink in front during winter months.
During her first four years as a backbencher in the first NDP government in Nova Scotia Zann was appointed Ministerial Assistant for three positions: Culture & Heritage, Environment & Climate Change, and Deputy Premier - working to reinstate the Nova Scotia Arts Council and improve the Film Tax-Credit for the film & TV industry.
As a first-time opposition member Zann has been NDP spokesperson for Education, Environment, Status of Women, Human Rights Commission, Aboriginal Affairs & Truth & Reconciliation, Agriculture, Advanced Education, African NS Affairs, Gaelic Affairs.
Each summer she produces and directs a community theatre production for the Truro Theatre Society, which boasts a cast of all ages - including students from local Elementary, Junior and High schools. To date this includes Our Town, The Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and the very popular free public productions “Shakespeare in Victoria Park”: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Macbeth.
On April 8, 2009, Zann successfully ran for the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party nomination in the riding of Truro-Bible Hill. On the same day, an employee of the Liberal Party leaked a topless photo of her to the media from her appearance in The L Word. Zann was elected in the 2009 provincial election and served as the Ministerial Assistant for the Department of Tourism, Culture, and Heritage. She was subsequently re-elected in the 2013 provincial election to represent the reconfigured electoral district, now called Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River.
In that election the NDP was reduced to seven seats in the Legislature and third party status. Zann served as the NDP critic for Aboriginal Affairs, Community Culture and Heritage, Community Services, Education, Human Rights Commission/Status of Women, and Seniors and Disabled.
On June 12, 2015, Zann announced her bid for the leadership of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party. On February 27, 2016, Zann was defeated in her leadership bid, losing to Gary Burrill on the second ballot.
On June 9, 2019, Zann announced she would seek the Liberal nomination to succeed retiring Liberal MP Bill Casey in Cumberland—Colchester for the 2019 federal election. She sat as an independent member in Nova Scotia's legislature as she sought the nomination. Zann won the federal Liberal nomination on July 27, 2019, defeating three other candidates including Bill Casey's constituency assistant. She resigned her seat on September 12.
|2019 Canadian federal election|
|New Democratic||Larry Duchesne||5,451||11.99||6.28|
|Independent||Matthew V. Rushton||232||0.51||New|
|Veterans Coalition||Jody O'Blenis||144||0.32||New|
|National Citizens Alliance||Stephen J. Garvey||109||0.24||New|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||45,450||100.0||$104,050.86|
|Total rejected ballots||447||0.97||0.59|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|New Democratic Party||Lenore Zann||3,165||38.10|
|Liberal||Barry J. Mellish||2,682||32.20|
|Progressive Conservative||Charles Cox||2,470||29.70|
|New Democratic Party||Lenore Zann||4,147||48.40|
|Progressive Conservative||Hughie MacIsaac||2,607||30.42|
Film (live action)Edit
|2007||Dirty Laundry||Linda||short movie|
|1996||Natural Enemy||Gina Knox||direct to video|
|1995||Johnston... Johnston||Queen Bee||short movie|
|1993||Change of Heart||Carmen|
|1990||Back Stab||n/a||performed the song, "Lying Lips"|
|1989||The Amityville Curse||n/a||direct to video; performed song "Lying Lips"|
|1988||Something About Love||Sylvia||also performed the song, "Lying Lips"|
|1986||One Night Only||Anne McGraw|
|1984||That's My Baby!||Sally|
|1982||Murder by Phone||Connie Lawson|
|1981||Happy Birthday to Me||Maggie|
|1980||Hounds of Notre Dame||Lila Petrie|
|2012||Bratz: Desert Jewelz||Alia|
|2005||My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas||Star Catcher||short movie; also performed the song, "The Magic of Christmas"|
|2005||My Little Pony: Friends are Never Far Away||Star Catcher||direct to video|
|2003||Rescue Heroes: The Movie||Wendy Waters|
|1999||Makai Tenshô: The Armageddon||Queen Kasuga|
|1991||Tooth Fairy, Where Are You?||Dottie||TV movie|
Television (live action)Edit
|2008||The L Word||Jackie||(1 episode); "Look Out, Here They Come!"|
|2007||Love Notes||Merry||TV movie|
|2006||'Til Death Do Us Part||Nancy Seaman||(1 episode); "Pilot"|
|2004||The Chris Isaak Show||Sharon Nesbick||(1 episode); "Suspicion"|
|2004||Kingdom Hospital||Harriet||(2 episodes); "The West Side of Midnight", "Goodbye Kiss"|
|2004||Law & Order||Tina||(1 episode); "Veteran's Day"|
|2003||Andromeda||Senator Bayliss||(1 episode); "The Risk-All Point"|
|2001||Mysterious Ways||Beverly Wilcox||(1 episode); "A Time to Every Purpose"|
|2001||Cold Squad||Laurie Peters||(1 episode); "The Box"|
|2000||Personally Yours||Josie||TV movie|
|1999||Pit Pony||L.B. Collins||(1 episode); "Famous"|
|1999||Lexx||The Dark Lady||(1 episode); "Woz"|
|1997||Police Academy: The Series||Bonnie||(1 episode); "Shopping with the Enemy"|
|1996||Millennium||Ruthie Bangs||(1 episode); "The Well-Worn Lock"|
|1996||Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice||Angie||TV movie|
|1995||Rent-a-Kid||Elaine Loman||TV movie|
|1994||Forever Knight||Amber||(1 episode); "Capital Offence"|
|1994||RoboCop: The Series||Willa||(1 episode); "Sisters in Crime"|
|1990-1993||Street Legal||Nina Pascaras/Jean Rhomer||recurring role; 8 episodes|
|1993||The Hidden Room||Amy||(1 episode); "Transfigured Night"|
|1993||Gross Misconduct: The Life of Brian Spencer||Diane Delana||TV movie|
|1992||Beyond Reality||Diane||(1 episode); "Theatre of the Absurd"|
|1992||Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story||Betty||TV movie|
|1991||Conspiracy of Silence||Soap Actress #1||TV mini-series|
|1990||On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story||TV movie|
|1989||Last Train Home||Lily Manse||TV movie|
|1989||Love & Hate||Lynne||TV movie|
|1989||Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop||(1 episode); "Jail Bait"|
|1986||Mania: The Intruder||Julie Somers||TV movie; segment: "The Good Samaritan"; credited as Lenore Zahn|
|1982||Something's Afoot||Hope||TV movie|
|2009–2011||Word World||Kangaroo||(2 episodes); "J-J-Jelly", "Duck at Bat"|
|2008–2009||Animal Mechanicals||Island Owl||recurring role; 41 episodes|
|2007–2009||Storm Hawks||Master Cyclonis||recurring role; 8 episodes|
|2007||Serial Experiments Lain||Reika|
|2006–2008||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Chikara Shisho||recurring role; 10 episodes|
|2004–2006||Dragon Booster||Kitt Wonn||recurring role; 39 episodes|
|2003||The Mummy||Anck Su Namun||(4 episodes); "The Reckoning", "Old Friends", "A New Beginning: Part 1", "A New Beginning: Part 2"|
|2003–2004||MegaMan: NT Warrior||Roll||recurring role|
|2001–2005||Dragon Tales||Lorca||(2 episodes); "A New Friend/El Dia deal Maestro", "A New Friend/Have No Fear"|
|2001–2002||Mary-Kate & Ashley in Action!||Renee La Rouge||recurring role; 7 episodes|
|2001||Alienators: Evolution Continues||Additional Voices|
|2001||Mobile Suit Gundam||Crowley Hamon||year is for English dub, anime originally debuted in 1979|
|2001||Outlaw Star||Aisha Clanclan|
|2000||Capertown Cops||recurring role; credited as Lenore Zahn|
|2000||Dinozaurs||Dino Ptera||recurring role|
|2000||Gate Keepers||Satoko Takanashi|
|1999||Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure||Alice Sharome||recurring role|
|1999–2002||Rescue Heroes||Wendy Waters||recurring role; 32 episodes|
|1999–2000||Avengers: United They Stand||Tigra (Greer Grant Nelson)||main role; 13 episodes|
|1999||Arc the Lad||Announcer/Kids|
|1998||Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend||Persephone||(1 episode); "Persephone & the Winter Seeds"|
|1998||Salty's Lighthouse||Aurora/Sunshine/Captain Star/Lillie Lightship/Little Ditcher/Sally Seaplane|
|1996||Vor-Tech: Undercover Conversion Squad||credited as Lenore Zahn|
|1995||Spider-Man||Rogue||Episodes: "Neogenic Nightmare Chapter 4: The Mutant Agenda", "Neogenic Nightmare Chapter 5: Mutants Revenge"|
|1994–1995||Magic Knight Rayearth||Caldina||recurring role; credited as Zan (source Discotek release credits)|
|1993–1994||Cadillacs & Dinosaurs||Mikla||main role; 13 episodes|
|2004||The Fairly OddParents: Shadow Showdown||Titania|
|2000||Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes||Rogue / Birdy||Uncredited|
|2000||The Misadventures of Tron Bonne||Digger|
|1998||Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes||Rogue|
|1996||X-Men vs. Street Fighter||Rogue / Birdy|
- The Chronicle Herald Story by Lenore Zann: Croatia: Journey to my ancestral home, January 30, 2015 . Accessdate March 16, 2018
- Chaisson, Monique (July 20, 2008). "My kind of town: Actress Lenore Zann returns home full time after 31-year absence". The Truro Daily News. Archived from the original on February 6, 2018.
- Malloy, Jason (September 9, 2008). "Turning the old Normal College into school for performing arts a possibility: Local actress pitches the idea to Truro town council". The Truro Daily News. Archived from the original on 2018-02-06. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
- "Zann requires no audition". The Chronicle Herald. April 15, 2009. Archived from the original on June 19, 2009. Retrieved 2015-07-18.
- Patten, Melanie (April 10, 2009). "Grits sorry for leaking topless pic of candidate". The Daily Gleaner. p. A5. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
- "NDP dismayed after Liberals circulate nude photo of candidate". CBC News. April 9, 2009. Retrieved 2015-07-18.
- "Truro-Bible Hill". Nova Scotia Votes 2009. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
- "Actress wins her seat by a Zannslide". The Chronicle Herald. June 10, 2009. Archived from the original on June 13, 2009. Retrieved 2014-10-06.
- "Premier Appoints Ministerial Assistants" (Press release). Government of Nova Scotia. June 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
- "Zann triumphant despite red sweep across province". Truro Daily News. October 8, 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-06.
- "Our Team". NSNDP site. Archived from the original on 2014-06-26.
- "Status if Bills / Bills, Statutes, Regulations / Proceedings/ The Nova Scotia Legislature".
- "Lenore Zann launches bid to lead NDP". The Chronicle Herald. June 12, 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
- "Nova Scotia's New Democrats elect Gary Burrill as new leader". CBC News. February 27, 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
- "Lenore Zann seeks federal Liberal nomination for Cumberland-Colchester". CBC News. June 9, 2019. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
- "Longtime NDP MLA Lenore Zann to run for federal Liberal nomination". CTV News. June 9, 2019. Retrieved 2019-06-09.
- Gorman, Michael (September 12, 2019). "Lenore Zann wrapping up at Province House to focus on federal run". CBC News. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
- "Results Validated by the Returning Officer". Elections Canada. Retrieved 25 October 2019.