Wendy Jane Crewson (born May 9, 1956) is a Canadian actress and producer. She began her career appearing on Canadian television, before her breakthrough role in 1991 dramatic film The Doctor.
Crewson at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival
Wendy Jane Crewson
May 9, 1956
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
(m. 1988; div. 2009)
Crewson has appeared in many Hollywood films, including The Good Son (1993), The Santa Clause (1994) and its sequels The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006), as well as Air Force One (1997), Bicentennial Man (1999), What Lies Beneath (2000), The 6th Day (2000), and Eight Below (2006). She also starred in a number of independent movies, such as Better Than Chocolate (1999), Suddenly Naked (2001), Perfect Pie (2002), Away from Her (2006) and Room (2015).
Crewson has won six Gemini Awards and two Canadian Screen Awards for her performances on television. She played leading roles in a number of television films, include playing Joanne Kilbourn in six movies based on novels by Gail Bowen. She had recurring roles on American television series 24 and Revenge, and from 2012 to 2017 co-starred in the CTV medical drama Saving Hope.
In 1991, Crewson appeared in her first breakthrough role in the feature film The Doctor and, in later years, appeared in films, such as The Good Son (1993); The Santa Clause (1994) and its two sequels, The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006), as Tim Allen's ex-wife/mother of Eric Lloyd's character; To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996) as Peter Gallagher's unfortunate blind date; and Air Force One (1997) as Grace Marshall, First Lady to President James Marshall (Harrison Ford).
Crewson co-starred in the science fiction films Bicentennial Man (1999) with Robin Williams and The 6th Day (2000) opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. She has performed numerous other roles including an invasive television newscaster in Room (2015).
On television, Crewson starred in the Canadian series ReGenesis as Dr. Rachel Woods (2007–08) and on Saving Hope as Dr. Dana Kinny (2012). She also guest-starred in the first eight episodes of the third season of 24, playing Dr. Anne Packard, personal physician and love interest to the President.
In 2017, Crewson began appearances in some episodes of the CBC drama Frankie Drake Mysteries, playing the lead character's mother and assisting her in investigations. In 2020, she starred in the Netflix horror series October Faction.
Crewson was born in Hamilton, Ontario, the daughter of June Doreen (née Thomas) and Robert Binnie Crewson. She attended John Rennie High School in Pointe Claire, Québec, as did her younger brother, Brad Crewson.
She attended Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where she won the Lorne Greene Award for outstanding work in the theater. She then studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
She married actor Michael Murphy in 1988, and they have two children. They divorced in January 2009.
In December 2014, she revealed to the press that she came out to her family as a lesbian several years earlier.
Crewson resides in Rosedale, Toronto.
|1983||Skullduggery||Barbara / Dorigen|
|Mark of Cain||Dale|
|1991||The Doctor||Dr. Leslie Abbott|
|I'll Never Get to Heaven||Cassie Stewart|
|1993||The Good Son||Susan Evans|
|1994||Corrina, Corrina||Jenny Davis|
|The Santa Clause||Laura Calvin Miller|
|1996||To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday||Kevin Dollof|
|1997||Air Force One||First Lady Grace Marshall|
|Gang Related||Helen Eden|
|The Eighteenth Angel||Norah Stanton|
|1998||Where's Marlowe?||Dr. Ninki Bregman|
|Sleeping Dogs Lie||Theresa Small|
|1999||Better Than Chocolate||Lila|
|Question of Privilege||Gail Sterling|
|Bicentennial Man||Rachel "Ma'am" Martin|
|What Lies Beneath||Elena|
|The 6th Day||Natalie Gibson|
|2001||Suddenly Naked||Jackie York|
|2002||Between Strangers||Amanda Trent|
|Perfect Pie||Patsy Willets|
|The Santa Clause 2||Laura Miller|
|2004||The Clearing||Louise Miller|
|A Home at the End of the World||Isabel Morrow|
|Pigeon||Woman on Train||Short film|
|2006||Eight Below||Eve McClaren|
|The Covenant||Evelyn Danvers|
|Away from Her||Madeleine Montpellier|
|Who Loves the Sun||Mary Bloom|
|The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause||Laura Miller|
|2007||The Seeker||Mary Stanton|
|2009||Formosa Betrayed||Susan Kane|
|2010||A Beginner's Guide to Endings||Goldie White|
|2011||Winnie Mandela||Mary Botha|
|2012||The Vow||Dr. Fishman|
|2015||Into the Forest||Mom|
|Room||Talk Show Hostess|
|2016||Tomorrow's Shadows||Female G.O.D.||Short film|
|2018||Death Wish||Dr. Jill Klavens|
|2018||On the Basis of Sex||Harriet Griswold|
|2019||From the Vine||Marina Gentile|
|1980||War Brides||Kate||TV film|
|Home Fires||Terry||Main role|
|1981||The Littlest Hobo||Jenny||"The Locket"|
|1982||Hangin' In||Hilary||"Barnum and Baby"|
|Mazes and Monsters||Kate Finch||TV film|
|The Guardian||Marlee Kramer|
|1985||Night Heat||Prosecutor Dorothy Fredericks||Recurring role|
|Murder in Space||Irene Tremayne||TV film|
|Murder: By Reason of Insanity|
|My Father, My Rival||Hilah|
|Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star||Michelle Benti||TV film|
|1987||Hard Copy||Blake Calisher|
|CBS Summer Playhouse||Dana||"In the Lion's Den"|
|A Hobo's Christmas||Laurie||TV film|
|1988||Tanner '88||Joanna Buckley||TV miniseries|
|Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs||Evelyn||TV film|
|1989||Studio 5-B||Gail Browning||Main role|
|1990||Getting Married in Buffalo Jump||Sophie Ware||TV film|
|Street Legal||Wendy Nelson||"Holy Thursday", "Spare Parts", "Double Agenda"|
|1994||To Save the Children||Dorsie Young||TV film|
|Lives of Girls & Women||Ada Jordan|
|Spenser: The Judas Goat||Susan Silverman|
|1995||Spenser: A Savage Place|
|Ebbie||Roberta 'Robbie' Cratchet|
|1997||Due South||Janet Morse||"The Bounty Hunter"|
|Black Harbour||Carolyn Bedford||"Love's Labours Lost", "High Noon"|
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon||Faye Stafford||"The Original Wives Club"|
|At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story||Sue Rodriguez||TV film|
|1999||Summer's End||Virginia Baldwin|
|2000||Love and Murder||Joanne Kilbourn|
|2001||The Wandering Soul Murders|
|A Colder Kind of Death|
|The Beast||Maggie Steech|
|The Last Brickmaker in America||Karen|
|2002||The Many Trials of One Jane Doe||Jane Doe|
|A Killing Spring||Joanne Kilbourn|
|Verdict in Blood|
|The Matthew Shepard Story||Sarah|
|The Elfkins First Christmas||Grazellda (voice)|
|2003||An Unexpected Love||McNally 'Mac' Hays|
|The Piano Man's Daughter||Ede Kilworth|
|Twelve Mile Road||Angela Landis|
|24||Dr. Anne Packard||Recurring role|
|2004||Sex Traffic||Madeleine Harlsburgh||"1.1", "1.2"|
|Jack||Elaine Burka||TV film|
|2005||Hunt for Justice||Louise Arbour|
|The Stranger I Married||Lorraine Evanshen|
|2006||The Path to 9/11||Valerie James||TV miniseries|
|Crimes of Passion||Host - Narrator|
|2007||The Robber Bride||Roz Andrews||TV film|
|ReGenesis||Rachel Woods||Main role|
|2008||The Summit||Ellie Bruckner||TV miniseries|
|2009||Flashpoint||Catherine Graham||"Eagle Two"|
|2010||The Bridge||Mayor Kennedy||Recurring role|
|Rookie Blue||Dana Kennedy||"In Blue"|
|2011||Georgetown||Sen. Caroline Wallace||TV film|
|Endgame||Vivian Huxley||"The White Queen"|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Judy Robbins||"Genetic Disorder"|
|2012||Beauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale||Mara||TV film|
|Alcatraz||Helen Campbell||"Sonny Burnett"|
|Fairly Legal||Warden Sara Wilkes||"Ripple of Hope"|
|Revenge||Helen Crowley||Recurring role|
|Saving Hope||Dr. Dana Kinney||Main role|
|2013||Jack||Anne McGrath||TV film|
|2014||Murdoch Mysteries||Cassie Chadwick||"The Murdoch Sting"|
|Working the Engels||Mrs. Guernsey||"Maid Amends", "Jenna vs. Big Pastry Part II"|
|Ascension||Katherine Warren||TV miniseries|
|2015||We Are Disorderly||Judy||"Our Leather Jackets"|
|Defiance||Silora Voske||"When Twilight Dims the Sky Above"|
|Beauty & the Beast||Helen Ellingsworth||"Unbreakable", "Sins of the Fathers"|
|Forgive Me||Celeste||"Full of Grace", "Amongst Women", "Pray for Us Sinners"|
|2016||Slasher||Brenda Merritt||Main role|
|2017-2018||The Son||Ingrid||2 Episodes|
|2017||Good Witch||Olympia||"Not Getting Married Today" Part 2|
|2017-Present||Frankie Drake Mysteries||Nora||Recurring role|
|2018||The Detail||Fiona Currie||Main role|
|2020||October Faction||Maggie Allen||Main role|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- 1992 — Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for Getting Married in Buffalo Jump (Nominated)
- 1994 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for I'll Never Get to Heaven (Nominated)
- 1998 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series for Due South
- 1999 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story
- 2002 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for A Killing Spring (Nominated)
- 2002 — Humanitarian Award
- 2003 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for The Many Trials of One Jane Doe
- 2005 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for Sex Traffic (Nominated)
- 2006 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for The Man Who Lost Himself
- 2007 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for The Robber Bride (Nominated)
- 2007 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for ReGenesis
- 2008 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for ReGenesis (Nominated)
- 2010 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for The Summit (Nominated)
- 2013 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for Saving Hope
- 2017 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series for Slasher
- 2007 - ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence
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