Cara Pifko

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Cara Pifko
Born (1976-03-15) March 15, 1976 (age 43)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActress
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)
Gareth Bennett(m. 2004)

Cara Pifko (born March 15, 1976) is a Canadian actress known primarily for her work on television shows produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Canadians citizens of Canada

Canadians are people identified with the country of Canada. This connection may be residential, legal, historical or cultural. For most Canadians, several of these connections exist and are collectively the source of their being Canadian.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, branded as CBC/Radio-Canada, is a Canadian federal Crown corporation that serves as the national public broadcaster for both radio and television. The English- and French-language service units of the corporation are commonly known as CBC and Radio-Canada.

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Life and career

Pifko was born in Toronto, Ontario. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, [1] she started acting at the age of 8 and worked all through the nineties, but it was in 2000 that she landed her first starring role, in the series Our Hero , which was aimed at young teens. Her first acting role was The Elephant Show hosted by Sharon, Lois, and Bram in which she was present in all seasons.

Toronto Provincial capital city in Ontario, Canada

Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the most populous city in Canada, with a population of 2,731,571 in 2016. Current to 2016, the Toronto census metropolitan area (CMA), of which the majority is within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), held a population of 5,928,040, making it Canada's most populous CMA. The city is the anchor of the Golden Horseshoe, an urban agglomeration of 9,245,438 people surrounding the western end of Lake Ontario. Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

Ontario Province of Canada

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National Theatre School of Canada college located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The National Theatre School of Canada is Canada's foremost centre for professional theatre studies. Established in 1960 in Montreal, Quebec The NTS receives its principal funding from grants awarded by the Government of Canada and from cultural ministries in each of the provinces, with added financial support from private and corporate donors.

In 2004 she showed her dramatic range by appearing as a foreign aid worker in the acclaimed mini-series Human Cargo . Pifko then landed the lead role in the legal drama This is Wonderland , which garnered her a Gemini Award in 2005 for best actress. [2] In early 2006, she appeared as Isolda in Tarragon Theatre's production of Léo. [3] In 2007 she starred in the Lifetime TV movie I Me Wed . In 2009, she joined the soap opera General Hospital as the recurring character of Louise Addison.

Human Cargo is a 2004 Canadian television miniseries. The series won seven Gemini Awards and two Directors Guild of Canada Awards. It premiered on CBC Television on January 4, 2004 and starred Kate Nelligan, Cara Pifko, and Nicholas Campbell.

Tarragon Theatre

The Tarragon Theatre is a theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and one of the main centers for contemporary playwriting in the country. Located near Casa Loma, the theatre was founded by Bill and Jane Glassco in 1970. Bill Glassco was the artistic director from 1971 to 1982. In 1982, Urjo Kareda took over as artistic director and remained in that role until his death in December 2001. Richard Rose was appointed artistic director in July 2002, and Camilla Holland was appointed general manager in July 2006.

Lifetime (TV network) American cable and satellite television

Lifetime is an American pay television channel that is part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, a subsidiary of A&E Networks, which is jointly owned by the Hearst Communications and The Walt Disney Company. It features programming that is geared toward women or features women in lead roles. As of January 2016, it is received by 93.8 million households in America.

In 2010 Cara lent her voice to Suu, a pink Twi'lek in the "Deserter" episode, and as scientist Sionver Boll in "The Zillo Beast" and "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back" episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars . She also voiced Yeoman Kelly Chambers in the video games Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 .

<i>Star Wars: The Clone Wars</i> (2008 TV series) 2008 TV series

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<i>Mass Effect 2</i> 2010 video game

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<i>Mass Effect 3</i> 2012 video game

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In 2016 she joined the Season 2 cast of Better Call Saul as recurring character Paige Novick, senior legal counsel for Mesa Verde Bank and Trust, and friend of Kim Wexler. [4]

<i>Better Call Saul</i> American crime drama television series

Better Call Saul is an American television crime drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It is a spin-off prequel of Gilligan's prior series Breaking Bad. Set in the early and mid 2000s, Better Call Saul follows the story of con-man turned small-time lawyer, Jimmy McGill, six years before the events of Breaking Bad, showing his transformation into the persona of criminal-for-hire Saul Goodman. Jimmy becomes the lawyer for former beat cop Mike Ehrmantraut, whose relevant skill set allows him to enter the criminal underworld of drug trafficking in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The show premiered on AMC on February 8, 2015. The 10-episode fourth season aired between August and October 2018. The show has been renewed for a fifth season, which is planned to premiere in 2020.

Personal life

She has been married to Gareth Bennett since 2004. [5]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993 Ordinary Magic Lucy
1996 Mariette in Ecstasy Sister Hermance
1999Below the BeltJillShort
2000CyberWorldComputer (voice)Short
2001One of ThemCarlaShort
2002Interviews with My Next GirlfriendWoman with Nose PiercingShort
2003 Name of the Rose Kim
2005The UnfoldingSadieShort
2007BethBethShort
2014 The Possession of Michael King Samantha
2015SharkskinFranki
2015 Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Laura
2018 Ready Player One Leslee

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1984–88 The Elephant Show Cara / VariousRecurring role
1993 Family Pictures Mary (age 13-15)TV film
1993 Are You Afraid of the Dark? MariahEpisode: "The Tale of the Dark Dragon"
1994 Incident in a Small Town NancyTV film
1996 Road to Avonlea Mavis PritchardEpisodes: "Out of the Ashes", "Davey and the Mermaid", "So Dear to My Heart"
1999 The City ArielEpisode: "Haunted"
2000The Royal Diaries: Isabel - Jewel of CastillaCatalinaTV film
2000 Twice in a Lifetime Young Delia HarmonyEpisode: "The Night Before Christmas"
2000–02 Our Hero Kale StiglicLead role
2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Dorothy Virginia "Jimmie" Gumm (adult)TV miniseries
2002 Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story Jane HanssenTV film
2002Salem Witch TrialsMarry WarrenTV film
2003 Blue Murder Allison BarrowEpisode: "Ladykillers"
2003 Bliss MarieEpisode: "Chastity"
2003 Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids Eunice (voice)TV film
2003 Missing VeraEpisode: "Ties That Bind"
2004 Human Cargo Helen WadeTV miniseries
2004–06 This Is Wonderland Alice De RaeyMain role
2004–06 Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends Eunice Earwig (voice)Recurring role
2006 CSI: Miami Donna HicksEpisode: "Come as You Are"
2007 Without a Trace Nora ManningEpisode: "One and Only"
2007 The Jane Show BethEpisodes: "Till Beth Do Us Part", "Who's Got Spirit?"
2007 I Me Wed AmyTV film
2008 Charlie & Me Dr. Fran GilfordTV film
2008For the Love of GraceJenTV film
2008–17 Heartland Mackenzie HuttonEpisodes: "Corporate Cowgirls", "Divorce Horse", "Our Sons and Daughters"
2009 General Hospital ADA Louise AddisonRecurring role
2010–12 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Dr. Sionver Boll / Various (voice)Recurring role
2011 Flashpoint Kerry McCormickEpisode: "Collateral Damage"
2011 NCIS Kelsey DonnerEpisode: "Dead Reflection"
2012 Castle Roberta CambridgeEpisode: "Dial M For Mayor"
2012 CSI: NY Rachel MooreEpisode: "Where There's Smoke"
2013 Monday Mornings Beth HostetlerEpisodes: "Pilot", "Deus Ex Machina", "Forks Over Knives"
2016–present Better Call Saul Paige NovickRecurring role
2016 Rosewood Barbara GainesEpisode: "Thorax, Thrombosis & Threesomes"
2018 The Fosters NatalieEpisodes: "Mother's Day", "Giving Up The Ghost"

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2010 Mass Effect 2 Yeoman Kelly Chambers
2010 Kinect Adventures! AmeliaEnglish version
2012 Mass Effect 3 Yeoman Kelly Chambers
2012 Guild Wars 2 Valka
2013 God of War: Ascension Bliss Whore
2018 Final Fantasy XV Garuda (FFXIV version) Final Fantasy XIV Collab

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