Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Kenneth Welsh received his theatre training at the University of Alberta and the National Theatre School of Canada.
In New York City Mr. Welsh starred in the North American premieres of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, Andy Bergman’s Social Security, Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class, David Mercer’s Ride a Cock Horse, Edna O’Brien’s Virginia, Christopher Hampton’s Treats and Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune by Terence McNally opposite Kathy Bates. He also starred in the revival of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes at the Lincoln Center, with Stockard Channing. He also wrote and performed his cabaret piece “Standup Shakespeare”, off Broadway, directed by Mike Nichols.
In his return to the stage, with the Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto Mr. Welsh has starred in David French’s Leaving Home and, most recently the Dora Award nominated Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. His solo performance in Dylan Thomas’ Under Milkwood garnered enormous critical praise.
Mr. Welsh’s list of film and television credits is as impressive as it is long. Here are a few recent examples: Survival of the Dead (George Romero), Nothing Really Matters (Jean Marc Pichet), Adoration (Atom Egoyan), The Last Templar (NBC), Grey Gardens (HBO), and Booky and the Secret Santa (CBC). Other favourites include Love and Hate, Empire Inc., And Then You Die, Loyalties, Margaret’s Museum, Perfectly Normal, Twin Peaks (the series….Windom Earle), Hiroshima, Adrift, The Aviator, Heartburn, The Day After Tomorrow, Four Brothers, The House on Carroll Street, Absolute Power, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Legends of the Fall, and Crocodile Dundee II. Recent television credits include Rewind (SyFy), The Listener (CTV), and Being Erica (CBC). In September, Mr. Welsh appeared in The Art of the Steal at the Toronto International Film Festival.
A multiple Gemini award winner, Drama League and ACTRA Award recipient Kenneth Welsh has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta, the Gascon-Thomas Award from the National Theatre School and is a recipient of the Earl Grey Award for Lifetime Achievement. He is also a Member of the Order of Canada.