A popular fixture on Canadian stages for four decades, McCarthy’s most recent theatre credits include “Half Way There”, “Therefore Choose Life”, “The Arsonists”, “Lost In Yonkers”, the world premiere of “Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out” and “Love, Loss & What I Wore”. A veteran of The Stratford Festival, she headlined productions of “Anything Goes”, “School for Scandal”, “The Imaginary Invalid”, “Guys & Dolls”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and “Three Penny Opera “. She is a two-time Dora Mavor Moore Award winner for her work in “Really Rosie” and “Little Shop of Horrors”.
Her extensive film credits include I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing [Genie Award/Best Actress, Charles Chaplin Award in Vevey, Switzerland, and People’s Choice Award at the Cannes Film Festival, 1987], Lotus Eaters [Genie Award, Best Actress, 1994]. Other films include Cardinal, Considering Love and Other Magic, Milton’s Secret, Brace for Impact, Ice Girls, Algonquin, No Stranger Than Love, Antiviral, Breakfast with Scot, The Stone Angel, Die Hard 2, The Day After Tomorrow, Being Julia, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Rare Birds, and Stepping Out (with Liza Minnelli).
McCarthy played a leading role on CBC’s hit TV series “Little Mosque on the Prairie” as well as on CBC’s “Emily of New Moon” (for which she won the Best Actress Gemini Award twice). She has guest starred on countless series including “Conviction”, “Orphan Black”, “Saving Hope”, and “Murdoch Mysteries”. She was featured on the hit ABC series “Picket Fences” as well as on CBC’s “Street Legal”, “This Is Wonderland”, “Sesame Street” [Gemini/Best Featured Actress, 2000] and on “A Nest of Singing Birds”.
An accomplished writer, producer, choreographer and director, McCarthy trained at the University of Victoria and with the National Ballet School, as well as in NYC with Uta Hagen at HB Studio. She has taught at The National Theatre School, Humber College, at Stratford Shakespeare’s Summer School, and has also mentored Stratford apprentices. She has several scripts in development, both for the stage and the screen.