Michelle Thrush has worked professionally in film, television and theatre for more than 35 years, with over fifty professional credits in the entertainment industry. Ms. Thrush is best known for her leading role as Gail Stoney in Blackstone, for which she won the Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. Other credits include her regular role in Sky Atlantic’s drama Tin Star, opposite Tim Roth. She also starred in the popular APTN/Showcase series Moccasin Flats and starred as Kate in the comedy hit Mixed Blessings. Michelle was also Sylvie Lebret in the hit CBC series North of 60 and was recurring on CBC’s Arctic Air. Feature film credits include AKA: Jimmy P, opposite Benicio Del Toro, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Other feature films include the award winning Unnatural and Accidental, Pathfinder, Don't Call Me Tonto, Bury Me at Wounded Knee and Dreamkeeper. One of Ms. Thrush`s most memorable experiences were working opposite Johnny Depp and Gary Farmer in the feature film Deadman directed by Jim Jarmusch. Michelle can soon be seen in 20 th Century Studios’ latest Predator film Prey.
Ms. Thrush continues to write, direct, and produce theatre, and has played many leading roles across Canada. She is a founding member, actor and director of Making Treaty 7. She tours extensively through North America with her one-woman show Inner Elder, which has been touring in Canada to sold out audiences and will be a part of the Indigenous Season at The National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 2020. Ms Thrush was awarded the August Schellenburg Award of Excellence in November 2019 at the Imaginative Film Festival for her body of work and involvement in mentorship and community work. She was also presented the Betty Mitchell Award for Inner Elder in 2018 for Outstanding Actress and was nominated in two other categories including Best Overall Production.
In 2018 Ms. Thrush also directed Honour Beat at a Theatre Calgary. Her work with youth and children is her greatest passion with characters such as "Majica”, the Aboriginal Healing Clown and "Kookum Martha”, a sprite old Indian Elder. Michelle explains laughter is a natural part of her culture. The mother of two wonderful daughters, Michelle and her family are currently residing in Calgary, Alberta.