Shirley Douglas to receive ACTRA Toronto excellence award

Shirley Douglas

Actress Shirley Douglas has been named the 2013 recipient of ACTRA Toronto’s award of excellence.

She will receive the honour at the ACTRA Awards on Feb. 23 at The Carlu, the actors’ group announced Tuesday.

An officer of the Order of Canada, in 2009 she received the Women in Film and Television’s Crystal Award. She is also a previous winner of ACTRA’s Bernard Cowan Award.

Douglas is the daughter of Canada’s first federal NDP leader, Tommy Douglas, and the mother of three children, Thomas Douglas and Rachel and Kiefer Sutherland.

Along with handing out the award of excellence, the February event will see the handing of out three juried awards: the ACTRA awards for outstanding performance, female and outstanding performance, male, and the ACTRA Award for outstanding performance, voice.

Born in Saskatchewan, Douglas is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in England.

She began her stage and television career in England and has performed in the U.K., Canada and the U.S.

She is best known to Canadians for playing May Bailey on the long-running television series, Wind at My Back, a role for which she received a Gemini nomination.

She won a Gemini for Shadow Lake and was also nominated for Passage of the Heart.