R.H. Thomson

Acclaimed Canadian stage and screen actor R.H. Thomson was awarded the prestigious Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2015, and was the recipient of the 2014 ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence. In 2010 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Toronto, Trinity College.

Thomson has earned many accolades throughout his distinguished career, including Gemini Awards for “Glory Enough For All” and “Lotus Eaters,” and a Genie for his role as ‘Will Sly’ in If You Could See What I Hear. In addition to his wins, he has also received nominations for seven other Gemini Awards, a Juno Award and a Jessie Award.

Known for playing the bumbling ‘Jasper Dale’ on “The Road To Avonlea” series opposite Sarah Polley, Thomson was also seen as Tom Hardwick in the CBC mini-series, “The Englishman’s Boy” directed by John N. Smith, and can be seen in Athanasia, a film shot with Panos Karkanevatos, and in Atom Egoyan’s highly-esteemed feature, Chloe opposite Julianne Moore.

His many stage roles have won him countrywide acclaim as well as a Dora Mavor Moore Award, a Toronto Drama Bench Award, and the prestigious Gascon-Thomas Award, Artist of Distinction from the National Theatre School in 1997. In 2010 he received the Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award "for excellence as well as for serving as an arts advocate and ambassador”.

Despite his busy schedule as an actor, Thomson has developed work of his own for television, winning a Gemini for Best News and Current Affairs in 2003 for “The Lost Boys” based on his great-uncles' experiences in World War I. He co-produced the 2008 installation Vigile 1914-1918 Vigil, individually naming the 68,000 Canadians killed in WWI.

His most recent passion-project, The World Remembers-Le Monde se Souvient, is a five-year international centenary project individually naming the millions killed in WWI. Recently, Thomson directed ‘The Crucible’ at Theatre Calgary and filmed guest star roles in the Showcase series “King,” the CBC series’ “Republic of Doyle” and “Cracked” and starred opposite Toni Collette and Michael Sheen in Dennis Lee’s feature film Jesus Henry Christ. In 2016, Thomson was nominated for a Dora Award, for his amazing portrayal of ‘Edouard,’ a brilliant professor, slipping into dementia, in ‘You Will Remember Me.’