Comedian & Actress
Mental Health Advocate
Mary Walsh is a comedian, actress and mental health advocate. She is best known for her Gemini-Award-winning work on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Outside of the entertainment industry, Mary is also a well-regarded advocate for mental health and addiction. She shares her personal experiences with alcoholism in an effort to create change in the lives of others.
The Canadian actress wrote, produced and starred in the Gemini Award-winning show Hatching, Matching and Dispatching (2006). In 2017, the show returned to CBC as a feature-length presentation called A Christmas Fury, with Walsh and the original cast reprising their roles. She has also been nominated for two Genies for her performances in feature films Crackie (Official selection at TIFF) and New Waterford Girl.
Additionally, Mary has appeared in the films Mambo Italiano, The Divine Ryans with Pete Postlethwaite, and Violet, in which she played the title role. Most recently in The Grand Seduction and Closet Monster, which were official selections at TIFF 2014 and 2015, respectively. In 2017, Mary released her debut novel Crying for the moon to widespread critical acclaim.
Among her many awards and honorary doctorates, Mary is also the recipient of the Order of Canada. She was also honoured with the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the Performing Arts.
Photo Credit: Sarah Rostotski
Acclaimed comedian and television personality Mary Walsh, with her trademark humour, draws on her life’s triumphs and tribulations, and in doing so hopes to help dispel the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction.