No stranger to television audiences, Mary Walsh may be best known for her work on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, CBC’s wildly popular take on current affairs. The series, which she also created, earned her many of her numerous Gemini awards and showcased her dynamic range of characters, including the flagrantly outspoken ‘Marg Delahunty’.
Walsh wrote, produced and starred in the Gemini award-winning Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, which returned to CBC in 2017 as a feature-length presentation called A Christmas Fury, with Walsh and the original cast reprising their roles. She has also been nominated for two Genies for her performances in feature films Crackie (Official selection at TIFF) and New Waterford Girl.
Walsh’s recent TV credits include CBC’s Little Dog and Republic of Doyle, Rookie Blue, and Sensitive Skin, for which she was nominated for a 2017 Canadian Screen Award.
Select feature film credits include Mambo Italiano; The Divine Ryans with Pete Postlethwaite; Violet, in which she played the title role; The Grand Seduction and Closet Monster (Official selection at TIFF 2014 and 2015, respectively).
Outside of the film, TV and theatre world, Walsh is an outspoken advocate for mental health and addiction awareness. Among the many charities and organizations she supports are the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa, the CNIB, St. Joseph’s Hospital and CAMH.
Among her many awards and doctorates, Walsh is also the recipient of the Order of Canada and the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the Performing Arts.