Fiona Reid


Fiona Reid, CM (born 24 July 1951) is an English-born Canadian television, film, and stage actress. She is best known for her roles as Cathy on the TV series King of Kensington and Harriet Miller in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Fiona Reid

Born (1951-07-24) 24 July 1951 (age 71)
Whitstable, Kent, England
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)McCowan Thomas (m. 1977)

Early lifeEdit

Reid was born in Whitstable, Kent, England. Her father was a doctor in the British Army.[1][2] She lived in Germany, Africa, and the United States before settling in Canada with her family in 1964.

She studied acting at McGill University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972, and at the Banff Centre for the Arts.


Fiona Reid is one of Canada’s best known stage actors, having performed in theatres across the country, including five seasons with the Stratford Festival and twelve seasons at the Shaw Festival, as well as theatres in Great Britain and the U.S.. Over her career her performances have garnered her two Dora Mavor Moore awards, a Jessie Award (Vancouver) and a Sterling Award (Edmonton). In 2015, Fiona received the Toronto Critics’ Award for her performance of Sonia in Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Mirvish Productions).

Her career has been marked by diverse signature roles that include Rose in The Children, Amanda (The Glass Menagerie), Julie (London Road), Blanche Dubois (A Streetcar Named Desire), Lady Bracknell (The Importance of Being Earnest), Martha (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf), Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Hedda Gabler and Clare (A Delicate Balance), amongst many others. Her film credits include My Big Fat Greek Wedding, One Week and The Time Traveler's Wife.

In 2016, Reid starred as Queen Elizabeth II in the Mirvish Productions presentation of The Audience at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto.

In 2019 Fiona began her run in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway.


She has twice won the Dora Mavor Moore Award, in 1993 for Fallen Angels and in 1995 for Six Degrees of Separation.[2] She won an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award (Sterling Award) for her performance in August: Osage County.[2]

In 2006, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada[3] She received The Barbara Hamilton Award in 2008.[2] and an award of excellence from ACTRA Toronto in 2010.[4]

Fiona has received an honorary doctorate from Bishop's University and is a graduate of McGill University. She is past president of the Actor’s Fund of Canada (The AFC).

Personal lifeEdit

Reid met McCowan Thomas [5] doing summer stock theatre[6] and married him in 1977. They have two children, Alec and Julia.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1974–1975 Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins Television series
1975–1976 Coming Up Rosie Mona Swicker Television series
1975–1978 King of Kensington Cathy ACTRA Award for Best Performance in a Continuing Role in a Television Program
1978 Witch's Night Out Nicely Voice
1982 An Honourable Member Trish Baldwin
1987 Heaven on Earth Abigail
1988 Switching Channels Pamela Farbrother
1988 Milk and Honey
1990 Friday the 13th: The Series Dr. Cynthia Galen Episode: "Midnight Riders"
1992 Beethoven Lives Upstairs Mother
1992-2000 Noddy's Toyland Adventures Mrs. Tubby Bear, Mrs. Noah (voices) US version
1996 Any Mother's Son Doris TV Film
1998-2000 Noddy Charlene VonPickings 4 episodes
1998 At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story Sandra Burtch
2000 Timothy Goes to School Mrs. Jenkins Voice
2000 Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse Diamonds Voice
2000 PR Deirdre Duncan Television series
2002 Duct Tape Forever Judge Hanson
2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding Harriet Miller Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2002 Henry's World Doris Voice
2003 Jacob Two-Two Ms. Sourpickle Television series
2003 Luck Mom
2004 Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story Lucinda Pilcher TV Movie
2008 One Week Mary Tyler
2009 The Time Traveler's Wife Lucile Abshire
2010 Haven Piper Landon Television series
2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Harriet Miller
2018 Bravest Warriors Slippy Napkins Season 4
2018 Chateau Laurier Mrs. Bracebridge Web series


  1. ^ Ahearn, Victoria (23 February 2011). "ACTRA honouree Fiona Reid still torn over split from 'King of Kensington'". Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "Fiona Reid entry". Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  3. ^ Governor General announces new appointments to the Order of Canada Archived 16 August 2006 at
  4. ^ "ACTRA to honour theatre veteran Fiona Reid". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Cathy Has Left the King". The Windsor Star. 8 April 1978. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  6. ^ St. Germain, Pat (15 March 2007). "Theatre: Fiona Reid happily returns to 'Peg". Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  7. ^ Ouzonian, Richard (9 April 2011). "Fiona Reid: Showing us everything she's got". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 12 April 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011.

External linksEdit

  • Fiona Reid at IMDb
  • Fiona Reid at Northern Stars