Michelle Thrush



Actor, Artist, Dancer


Michelle Thrush has worked professionally in film, television, and theatre for more than 30 years. She is a multi award winning actress that did her first film at the age of 17 called Isaac Little Feathers, which was filmed in Edmonton in 1984. Michelle knew she wanted to do something with her life that created change for Indigenous people, not realizing at the time acting would become her career. She is best known for her intense character performances including her leading role as Gail Stoney on the APTN hit series BLACKSTONE. For this stunning portrayal she was awarded the Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role, as well as 4 Rosie Awards for Best Alberta Actress in Film and Television, In 2015 she received a Leo Award for her role on Arctic Air, and then in 2019 she was honoured with the August Schellenburg Award of Excellence for her career in the film industry.

Michelle is Cree with French and Scottish on both sides of her parents. Her family comes from Maple Creek Saskatchewan in treaty 4. Part of her family are from Nekaneet First Nation and the other part are Metis. She has always felt comfortable walking in both worlds and this has allowed her to use her voice with children and youth promoting culture and overcoming diversity. She has utilized the teachings of her family’s cultural strengths alongside growing up in the city to find her voice as a role model and advocate for women. Michelle’s greatest achievement to date is her two beautiful daughters which she admits were a co production. She currently resides with her daughters in Mohkinstsis (Calgary Alberta) and is continuing to act, direct and produce Indigenous led projects.

Adapted from AAWC, 2023

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