Yannick Bisson to receive ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence

The Murdoch Mysteries star will receive the prize, which has previously been awarded to Sarah Gadon and Tantoo Cardinal.

Yannick Bisson pictureMurdoch Mysteries star Yannick Bisson will receive the ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence.

Bisson will get the prize, which recognizes outstanding on-screen contributions by Canadian performers, at a ceremony on Feb. 25, 2017 at the Carlu in Toronto.

In addition to his work on Murdoch, which has continued to post audience numbers well in excess of one million per episode in its tenth season, ACTRA Toronto also pointed to Bisson’s work advocating for Canadian performers as a reason for his selection. (Most recently, Bisson appeared at the CRTC’s English-language licence renewal hearing to speak on behalf of ACTRA before the commission.)

Best known for his portrayal of William Murdoch in the Shaftesbury-produced detective series, Bisson has also amassed more than 60 film/TV and theatre credits over his career, including kids TV series The Adventures of Napkin Man, CTV series Learning the Ropes and 1984 CBC MOW Hockey Night.

Earlier this year, Bisson won the Fan’s Choice Award at the Canadian Screen Awards for his role in Murdoch, which is currently in its tenth season. The show currently airs in more than 110 territories globally.

Previous winner of the award include Sarah Gadon, Tantoo Cardinal, Rick Mercer and Sarah Polley.