Kate Lynch

Kate Lynch (born June 29, 1959) is a Canadian film, television and stage actress, drama teacher, theatre director and playwright.

Kate Lynch
Born (1959-06-28) June 28, 1959
  • Actress
  • theatre director
  • playwright
  • drama teacher


In 1980 she won the Genie Award for Best Actress for Meatballs.[1] She was notably adept at improvisation against the formidable Bill Murray; director Ivan Reitman commented,

I ... chose her because I felt she could perform the strength that was required. And she was attractive without being overly beautiful, and I thought in a strange way that was going to be good. If you look at my other films with Bill, I’m really proud of the male/female pairings. They’re always with very strong women. Kate was very strong in Meatballs. Certainly P.J. Soles stands up to him in a different way in Stripes. And certainly Sigourney Weaver in the two Ghostbuster films. But you still feel the romance in each one of those.[2]

In her acceptance speech, however, she communicated the belief that she had won the award more for the fact of being a Canadian actress in a popular hit film, at a time when Canadian films still predominantly cast bigger-name stars from the United States, than for her actual performance.[3] She was nominated for the same award in 1988 for her role in Taking Care; although she did not win on that occasion, she told the press that being nominated for that film meant more to her than winning for Meatballs, as by this time the quality of Canadian film had significantly improved and the controversial division of the Genie acting categories into separate awards for Canadian and foreign actors had been discontinued.[4]

Her other film credits include Lie with Me, Soup for One, Def-Con 4, God Bless the Child and The Guardian, while her television credits include Custard Pie, Anne of Avonlea and guest roles in Adderly, Danger Bay, Seeing Things, Queer as Folk, This Is Wonderland, Lost Girl and Degrassi.[5]

As a playwright, her plays include Newcomer, Ten Minute Play: The Musical, The Road to Hell (cowritten with Michael Healey), Tales of the Blonde Assassin and Early August.[6]

As a director, she has directed plays for the Shaw Festival, the Blyth Festival and Theatre Passe Muraille, including productions of William Shakespeare's Henry V, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Pericles and Cymbeline, Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Terence Rattigan's French Without Tears, Noël Coward's Star Chamber, Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues[7] and Michael Healey's The Nuttalls. She has taught for University College Drama Program, the Stratford Festival, the Shaw Festival, George Brown College[8] and Ryerson University.



Year Title Role Notes
1979 Meatballs Roxanne
1979 Summer's Children Kathy
1980 Nothing Personal Audrey Seltzer
1983 Skullduggery Janet
1985 Def-Con 4 Jordan
1987 Taking Care Angie
1989 Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! Lyndsay Caputo
1992 The Shower Sheila
2003 The Republic of Love Dr. French
2003 Masterpiece Monday Vivian Short
2005 Lie with Me Marla
2010 New Year Carla Cook
2011 The Fair Sex Kim Short
2014 The Box Woman Short
2016 Acting Up Missy Taylor Short


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Custard Pie Sheila Ann Murphy TV series
1978 For the Record Becky "Cementhead"
1979 The Littlest Hobo Susan "Smoke"
1984 Seeing Things Edna "An Eye on the Future"
1984 The Guardian Fran TV film
1985 The Edison Twins Diane Comstock "Running on Empty"
1985 Murder in Space Eleanor TV film
1985 Murder: By Reason of Insanity Eleanor Sterling TV film
1986 Reckless Disregard Lauren Gartner TV film
1986 Easy Prey Fran Altman TV film
1986 Murder Sees the Light Eleanor Sterling TV film
1986-87 Danger Bay Dr. Woodward "The Ultimate Gift", "Time Out"
1987 Adderly Dr. Cook "Nemesis"
1987 Anne of Avonlea Pauline Harris TV miniseries
1987 Sadie and Son Angela Pedroza TV film
1987 Night Heat Sally Koretski "The Victim"
1987 Street Legal Anne Madison "Gold Rush"
1988 The Ray Bradbury Theater Alicia Hart "Gotcha!"
1988 God Bless the Child Carrie TV film
1988 The Twilight Zone Claire "Acts of Terror"
1991 Maniac Mansion Erlene "Brainiac Mansion"
1991 Road to Avonlea Theodora Dixon "It's Just a Stage"
1991 Counterstrike Maureen "Tie a Yellow Ribbon"
1991 Street Legal Daria Roberts "Reasonable Doubt"
1992 Amy Fisher: My Story Roseann Fisher TV film
1993 E.N.G. Dr. Claire Shemko "Pandora's Box"
1993 X-Rated Louise Foster TV film
1994 Lives of Girls & Women Greta Storey TV film
1996 The Haunting of Lisa Ann TV film
2003 Coast to Coast Nessle Carroway TV film
2003 Doc Mrs. Stoddard "Angels in Waiting"
2004 Open Heart Violet Wells TV film
2004 Fungus the Bogeyman Septic TV series
2005 This Is Wonderland Barbara Spiddick "2.3", "2.9"
2008 Of Murder and Memory Anna TV film
2011 Lost Girl Baba Yaga "Mirror, Mirror"
2012 Degrassi: The Next Generation Dr. Frank "Need You Now: Part 2"
2015 Saving Hope Dr. Clara Levine "Beasts of Burden"


  1. Tom Henighan, The Maclean's Companion to Arts and Culture. Raincoast Books, 2000; ISBN 978-1551922980.
  2. Labrecque, Jeff (12 June 2012). "Bill Murray in 'Meatballs': Ivan Reitman on the film that started it all". Entertainment. Meredith Corporation.
  3. Manjunath Pendakur, Canadian Dreams and American Control: The Political Economy of the Canadian Film Industry. Wayne State University Press, 1990. ISBN 978-0814319994. p. 192.
  4. "What has winning a Genie meant to you?" Cinema Canada, February/March 1989. p. 27.
  5. "Kate Lynch". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  6. "Actors take us backstage in Early August", London Free Press, August 12, 2011.
  7. Jeanne Beker, Finding Myself in Fashion. Viking Canada, 2011. ISBN 978-0670064571.
  8. "Kate Lynch". Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies. 2018-06-08. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
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