Christine Willes


Christine Willes began her professional acting career in Canadian theatre over 45 years ago. She has performed with theatre companies large and small across the nation, and earned three Jessies for Excellence in Theatre in Vancouver. She segued to film and television when she started a family. Over the last 25 years she has performed in dozens of TV series, including fan favorites Delores Herbig (Dead Like Me); Gladys the DMV Demon (Reaper – Leo nomination); Patty Deckler (Mistresses); and Rita Sever (You Me Her). Film credits include Mrs. Henderson (Trick ’r Treat); Mme Lazar (Red Riding Hood) and Nurse Davis (If I Stay). Recent credits include Sacred Lies season 2, Family Law, and Turner and Hooch. A labour activist in Vancouver’s film and television industry, she has been a recognized leader in advocating for gender equality in Canada’s screen-based media for many years. She served for 12 years on UBCP/ACTRA’s Executive Board. As an ACTRA national councillor, she chaired the ACTRA National Women’s Committee. She is one of the founders of Canadian Unions for Equality on Screen, and contributed to the first ever national report on women’s employment in Canada’s screen-based media, 2013’s Focus on Women. CUES received WIFT Vancouver’s Please Adjust your Set award that year. A three-term chair of UBCP/ACTRA’s Women’s Committee, she directed one of Canada’s first responses to the #MeToo revelations stemming from the international film industry’s Weinstein scandal. She was behind the push to have extra counselling support for actor survivors of sexual abuse, harassment and misconduct through their union. She then advanced negotiation of the first clause negotiated by actors in any jurisdiction prohibiting auditions in hotel rooms in UBCP/ACTRA’s collective agreement with Canadian and American producers. She led the initial steps in UBCP/ACTRA’s campaign to lobby the province of BC to adjust the current tax credit system to incentivize the employment of Indigenous workers, women, racialized workers and workers with disabilities. Christine has served on the Women in Film and Television Vancouver’s Advocacy Committee since 2018, championing the campaign to modernize the current tax credit system to incentivize an equitable workplace reflective of Vancouver’s population in BC’s thriving film and television industry.

  • Area(s) of Interest: Actors; Other
  • Current Profession: Actor
  • Company/Employer: Self
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