Bio - CV - mariewilson53@gmail.com

Born to a paint merchant and an Olympic runner in Vancouver, B.C., I entered the world with a caul over my head which was supposed to bring me good luck.

My mother (the track star) was the second daughter of Royal Wells Borden, bear hunter, beekeeper and descendant of the infamous Lizzie Borden. In her track and field days my mom was known as the Queen of the Cinder Track.

My paternal grandmother, Olive Valentine Auchterlonie, was a tea leaf reader and conjurer of fairies. She lived in an enchanted house on Pender Island with a blind cat named Percy and a whistling ghost. Her girlhood sobriquet was Queenie.

Royal, Queenie and the Queen of the Cinder Track: there’s blue blood coursing through my veins (ignore that Lizzie Borden part) but, crimson or cyan, Douglas Adams got it right when he claimed:

“Writing is easy. You only need to stare at a piece of blank paper until your forehead bleeds.”

But remember, my forehead was covered with that lucky caul in the beginning.

I’ve been published in some reputable rags (see CV), appeared in some decent shows (see CV), had a handful of good reviews, met some great people, found love and birthed a trio of geniuses. And, with the exception of that last achievement (geniuses take extra hemorrhaging), the blood loss has been minimal.

- HRH Marie Wilson

Film & Television

Blog Your FamilyActorCBC/Sean Carley
Queen of MeanActorNBC
Mmm Mmm Mmm MmmActorCrash Test Dummies/ Hoodoo Films
Love ClinicActorMichael Ondaatje/CFC

Theatre

Sugar and SpiceSupportAWE!/Toronto Fringe Festival
Forgive us Our DebtsLeadJohn Blackwood Players
Loveliest Afternoon of the YearLeadGigantic Productions
Maggie’s PregnantSupportAlumnae Theatre
DeathwatchLeadStudio II Vancouver
Memories & OverdosesLeadHarbourfront Studio Theatre
so inside; no closerLeadTheatre Passe Muraille
A Day for SurprisesLeadJames Cowan Theatre
ShoptalkLeadToronto Free Theatre

Writing - published in:

The Globe and Mail
NOW magazine
Fireweed
Canadian Living
Famous Magazine
Georgia Straight

Detailed publishing history available upon request

Training

ActingSimon Fraser University; Lindsey Kemp
VoiceKrista Jacobs
DanceNadia Pavlychenko; Simon Fraser University
CommercialsEleanor Fulcher

Teaching

ActingAWE! Theatre Company
DanceFred Astaire Dance Studio; Phoenix School