Wendy Lyon

Wendy Lyon (born 1960)[2] is a Canadian film and television actress. She began her career in television, appearing on the miniseries Anne of Green Gables (1985) before having a recurring role on the Canadian series The Campbells (1986–1990). She made her feature film debut in a leading role in the supernatural horror film Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987).

Wendy Lyon
Wendy Lyon (1986).jpg
Lyon on American Playhouse, 1986
Born1960 (age 59–60)
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Ken Girotti[1]

Lyon continued to appear in television throughout the 1990s, including providing the voice of Queen Serenity in the animated series Sailor Moon (1995). She returned to film with supporting roles in Focus (2001) and Childstar (2004). In the 2010s, she appeared in supporting parts in the thriller Regression (2015), Guillermo del Toro's fantasy film The Shape of Water (2017), and in a recurring role in the political thriller series Designated Survivor (2019).


In 1985, Lyon appeared in the Canadian miniseries Anne of Green Gables as Prissy Andrews.[3] The following year, she starred in an episode of American Playhouse, "Valentine's Revenge," opposite Victor Ertmanis.[4] Lyon subsequently had a recurring role as Rebecca Simms in the series The Campbells, on which she appeared between 1986 and 1990.[5] She her feature film debut as the lead in the supernatural horror film Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987), playing a teenager haunted (and eventually possessed) by a vengeful spirit.[2] Betsy Sherman praised Lyon's performance, writing that "Lyon does a good job making the transition from fair to foul."[6]

Lyon went on to work in television through the 1980s and 1990s, and provided voice work for multiple episodes of Sailor Moon in 1995. She returned to film with a minor role in the drama Focus (2001), starring William H. Macy and Laura Dern, followed by the independent comedy Childstar (2004).[7] In 2010, she appeared in three episodes of the ABC series Happy Town. Lyon had a minor role in the psychological thriller Regression (2015) before appearing in Guillermo del Toro's critically acclaimed fantasy film The Shape of Water (2017). In 2019, Lyon had a multi-episode arc on the American political thriller series Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Lyon is married to director Ken Girotti, with whom she has one son, Erik.[1]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1987 Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II Vicki Carpenter [9]
1989 Brown Bread Sandwiches Miss Walsh
1990 Divided Loyalties Lady Mary Johnson
1997 Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops II Mrs. Baskin Television film [9]
1999 Hidden Agenda Donna Barnes
2000 The Sandy Bottom Orchestra Mrs. Erickson Television film [9]
2001 Focus Elsie [9]
2004 Childstar Miss Kelly [7]
2007 Lightchasers Natalie Short film [10]
2007 Kaw Luanne
2007 Lies and Crimes Marcia Television film [8]
2008 Menace Sally Ranfield Television film
2015 Regression Norma
2017 The Shape of Water Sally [9]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1985 Anne of Green Gables Prissy Andrews Miniseries [3]
1986 American Playhouse Annabel Episode: "Valentine's Revenge" [4]
1987 Night Heat Betty Sansa Episode: "Limo" [11]
1988 Friday the 13th: The Series Mary Fraser Episode: "And Now the News" [12]
1990 T. and T. Beth Knightly Episode: "Decker's Ex"
1986–1990 The Campbells Rebecca Sims 35 episodes [5]
1993 E.N.G. Carole Episode: "Mirror, Mirror"
1995 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Cynthia Episode: "May I Walk with You"
1995 TekWar Jenny Episode: "Forget Me Not"
1995 Sailor Moon Queen Serenity / Stormy Kincaid / various 6 episodes; voice role
1997 Dead Man's Gun Erica Beacon Episode: "Buryin' Sam"
1998 Earth: Final Conflict Sarah Boone Episode: "Through the Looking Glass" [11]
2000 Real Kids, Real Adventures Mom Episode: "Explosion: The Christopher Wise Story"
2001 Twice in a Lifetime Jane Episode: "Daddy's Girl"
2002 Street Time Mrs. Sloan Episode: "Random Act"
2002 Soul Food Tammy Beal Episode: "Let's Do it Again" [11]
2008 The Border June Barden Episode: "Articles of Faith"
2009 Murdoch Mysteries Melva Moffat Episode: "Snakes and Ladders"
2010 Happy Town Donna Friddle 3 episodes [11]
2011 Warehouse 13 Mrs. Bell Episode: "Trials"
2012 Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story II Maude Cherry Episode: "Night One"
2012 The Listener Christine Lawrence Episode: "Curtain Call"
2013 Call Me Fitz Maggie Murphy Episode: "The Hard Wiener of Truth"
2017 Pure Irma Wiebe 5 episodes [8]
2019 Designated Survivor Carrie Rhodes 8 episodes [8]


  1. ^ a b c "Ken Girotti". Canadian Film Centre. Archived from the original on July 10, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Horton, Marc (October 8, 1987). "Locally-made thriller's debut has actress on edge". Edmonton Journal. Edmonton, Alberta. p. 21 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ a b "Wendy Lyon Filmography and Movies". Fandango. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  4. ^ a b O'Connor, John J. (February 3, 1986). "'Valentine's Revenge,' Adaptation from O. Henry". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 24, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Tate, Marsha Ann (2007). Canadian Television Programming Made for the United States Market: A History with Production and Broadcast Data. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 145. ISBN 978-0-786-42745-1.
  6. ^ Sherman, Betsy (December 5, 1987). "No thrills or chills in 'Prom Night'". The Boston Globe. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ a b "Childstar (2004)". Movie Times. Archived from the original on October 13, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d "Wendy Lyon". Noovie. National CineMedia. Archived from the original on October 13, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Wendy Lyon". AllMovie. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  10. ^ "Lightchasers Cast". BLind Dog Films. Archived from the original on October 13, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d "Wendy Lyon Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  12. ^ "And Now the News". Friday the 13th: The Series. Season 2. Episode 3. October 10, 1988.

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