Tanya Clarke is a Canadian-American actress and sculptress. She is the daughter of Tony Clarke, a leading environmental and political activist. Born on 2nd February 1972, in Chicago, Tanya moved with her family to Ottawa, Canada as a child. She grew up there with an interest in acting and arts. As a young adult, she came to New York City to pursue acting. She spent many years performing in Broadway and Off-Broadway shows as well as the regional theater. She debuted with her role in the Tony Award-winning, Herb Gardner’s play ‘ I’m Not Rappaport’, directed by Daniel Sullivan. It revolved around the unlikely friendship between two retirees, a Jew and an African-American. It also starred Judd Hirsch & Ben Vereen.

In 2001, she appeared in a minor role in the Academy Awards winning movie ‘ A Beautiful Mind’, starring Russell Crowe as the lead and directed by Ron Howard. She also acted in “Delivery Method (2004)”. For her role, she received a nomination for The Best Actress in the Method Fest Independent Film Festival Awards. She also appeared in the Jude Law movie “Repo Man”, which came out in 2010. Her other films include “Tenderness” (2009), “Death Warrior” (2009), “ Blackbird” (2012), etc She has a few television credits to her as well, including “CSI: Miami”, “NCIS: Los Angeles”, “Heartland”, “ Glee”, “Supernatural”, etc. She also joined the cast of “Banshee”, as Emily Lotus, in 2015.

Besides acting, Tanya is also into sculpting and has established her series of sculptures called Liquid Light. Her art has been and continues to be showcased in galleries and museums in the US, Canada and other countries. Many of her sculptures are in the personal collections of many personalities including Russell Crowe, Seth Rogen, Susan Sarandon and Prince Albert II of Monaco. Owing to her upbringing, Tanya is also an environmentalist and currently lives in California.

Bonnie Somerville English Actress

Bonnie Somerville

Bonnie Somerville is an American singer and actress. She is an actress in both TV and film media. She has been active in the entertainment industry since 1998 and has been part of many successful TV series and films. She was born on February 24, 1974, in New York. Acting and singing have been in her veins. She used to take part in school plays, and thus her passion for acting became double when she completed a Musical Theater major from Boston College and wanted to make acting as her profession. She got her first break as a singer for a hometown band through an agent. She sang the back up on Joshua Radin's first album 'We Were Here.’ However, her luck in acting took a backseat. She was an extra in the 1996 film 'City Hall.' TV miniseries 'Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story' (1999) was her first break in Tv, in which Bonnie played the lead role along with Brad Hawkins. The show was aired on CBS channel. In the year 2000-2001, she appeared in an American Sitcom 'Grosse Pointe.' The sitcom starred Rene Molloy, William Ragsdale in lead roles. Although her career in movies started from 2000 onwards, she continued getting small roles in movies like Spider-Man 2, Without a Paddle, Shades of Ray, The Ugly Truth etc. It was only in the year 2010, Somerville got a lead role in the movie 'The Best and the Brightest' in which she was cast opposite Patrick Harris who played the character of Sam and Jeff respectively. She played the role of a detective in 'Golden Boy' which is an American crime drama series created by Nicholas Wootton.

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Melissa Leo

'Melissa Leo', whose birth name is Melissa Chessington Leo, born on September 14, 1960 in Manhattan, New York, USA, is a television and film actress who has predominantly worked in Hollywood. Her mother Margaret was a school teacher while her father Arnold Leo III was a fisherman, Grove Press's editor, and used to be a spokesperson of the Association of East Hampton Baymen. She also has a sibling named Erik Leo. When she was a child, her parents separated, and her mother shifted to her maternal home in Red Clover Commune, Putney, with both her children with her maternal grandparents namely Frances and James Chessington. Roger Leo, her uncle, is a journalist while her aunt Christine Leo Roussel is an art historian. Melissa studied at Bellows Falls High School. As a child, she was interested in performing arts and was a regular performer at the Bread and Puppet Theater Company. He has also taken formal education in acting from London's Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and SUNY Purchase. However, she left the institution before graduating and started to give audition for other crucial roles. In 1984, she made her debut with ‘All My Children’. It was a huge success, and she also won a nomination in the Emmy Awards in the category of the Outstanding Ingenue/Woman in a Drama Series. Since then she has appeared in several TV series and films like Last Summer in the Hamptons, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Night of the Living Jews, among many others. She is a very versatile actress who has acted on projects of several genres. She also has several award and trophies in her kitty including the coveted Oscar. However, her self-promoting strategy at the Oscar had gotten her into trouble with her Hollywood studio. While most actresses like to call themselves feminist, Melissa hates the categorization and has denounced the word several times in her interviews. Her speech at an awards function where she belittled actress Kate Winslet also created quite a ruckus for her and she had to apologize for the controversy to stop.Currently, she resides in Stone Ridge, New York. In 1987, she and her then-boyfriend John Heard, became the parent to a baby son named Jack Matthew Heard.

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Melissa Leo English Actress