R.H. Thomson

Acclaimed Canadian stage and screen actor R.H. Thomson, was awarded in 2015 the prestigious Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and was the recipient of the 2014 ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence.  Most recently, he won the CSA for Best Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series for his portrayal of Matthew Cuthbert in Anne with an E for CBC/Netflix.

He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2010 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 Will Sly in If You Could See What I Hear.  In addition to his wins, he has also received nominations for 7 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 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.”

In his busy schedule, 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 in seventy locations in Canada and eight other nations.

Recently, Mr. Thomson directed The Crucible at Theatre Calgary and filmed guest star roles on 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 portrayal of ‘Edouard’, a brilliant professor, slipping into dementia, in You Will Remember Me. He has recently completed shooting the second season of the latest adaptation of Anne of Green Gables; Anne with an E, for CBC and Netflix.