The readiness is all.”

-—William Shakespeare (Hamlet, Act V, Scene II)

Colm Feore

2019 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (Film)

Colm Feore’s extraordinary career as a stage and screen actor has earned him international acclaim. From Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould and The Red Violin to Bon Cop, Bad Cop, his many roles in Canadian films alone have showcased his remarkable depth and versatility. He regularly appears at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and has more than 140 film and TV credits to his name. Fluently bilingual, he is an eloquent champion of the arts in Canada and a distinguished cultural ambassador to the world.
 
Born in 1958 in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Feore trained at the National Theatre School and made his Stratford debut in 1981. In 17 seasons at Stratford, he has established himself as one of Canada’s top stage actors, playing virtually all of Shakespeare’s leading men as well as many other classic and contemporary roles—over 60 in all. In 2006, he played the lead in Stratford’s production of Don Juan in both English and French, directed by fellow GGPAA laureate Lorraine Pintal.
 
On screen, he starred in François Girard’s acclaimed Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould. Other notable films include The Red Violin (Jutra Award, Best Supporting Actor), The Perfect Son (Genie nomination, Best Actor), and the hit comedy Bon Cop, Bad Cop and its sequel, Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2.
 
Mr. Feore won a Gemini for his performance as Canadian prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau in the CBC TV mini-series “Trudeau.” His recurring television roles include those of Sanjay in the cult hit “Slings and Arrows,” First Gentleman Henry Taylor in “24,” Cardinal Della Rovere in “The Borgias,” General Brockhart in the Netflix mega-hit “House of Cards,” and Sir Reginald Hargreeves in “The Umbrella Academy.”
 
An active member of his community, he donates his time and expertise to not-for-profit initiatives that support children and youth, particularly the Shakespearience and Reel Canada education programs. He is no stranger to the GGPAA, having hosted several editions of the Awards Gala at the National Arts Centre.
 
Colm Feore is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of, among other recognitions, the Gascon–Thomas Award (National Theatre School), the Earle Grey Award (Academy of Canadian Film and Television), and two honorary doctorates.