Who is Catherine Disher?
Catherine Wilder Disher was born in England on 22 June 1960 – her zodiac sign is Cancer and she holds Canadian nationality, as her family moved to Canada not long after she was born. She is an actress and a comedienne, who is perhaps still known best for her portrayal of Minister Audrey Flankman in the 2004 drama mini-series “Snakes & Ladders”, created by Wayne Grigsby, and which starred Amy Price-Francis, Jeremy Akerman and Robert Bockstael. It follows Shannon Jennings who has just graduated from college and is now working for a federal Cabinet Minister as his executive assistant; the series won two awards and was nominated for five others.
Early life and education
Catherine was raised an only child in Montreal, Canada, by her mother Martha who was a housewife, and her father about whom nothing is known.
She grew up being interested in acting as well as in creative writing, while also dreaming about becoming a model. Catherine began working on her acting skills while attending Phillips Exeter Academy, and upon matriculating in 1978, she enrolled at the National Theatre School of Canada, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre in 1982.
Catherine has been credited with portraying and voicing characters in around 120 movies and TV series, and we are about to mention some of her most notable performances in this article.
She made her debut voicing performance in 1983, when she lent her voice to Tanya in a single episode of the animated family comedy series “Fred and the Nature Gang”. She gained recognition as a voice actress in 1989 for providing additional voices in the animated comedy series “Babar”, which starred Richard Binsley, Gordon Pinsent and Wan Greenhalgh, and follows the life of the king of elephants; the series won four awards and was nominated for two others. The year 1994 heard her voice various characters in the video game “X-Men: Children of the Atom”, and she went on to voice Jean Grey in the animated superhero series “Spider-Man: The Animated Series”, Topaz in the animated action science fiction series “Ultraforce”, and Psylocke in the video game “Marvel Super Heroes”.
From 1995 to 1997, Catherine voiced various characters in the family series “Mr. Men and Little Miss”, and she also lead characters in both “X-Men: The Animated Series” and “The Busy World of Richard Scarry”. In 1998, Catherine voiced one of the main characters in the animated action adventure series “B.R.A.T.S. of the Lost Nebula” and she then voiced the title character in the animated family comedy series “Noddy”. She became famous worldwide after voicing Jill in the popular action horror video game “Resident Evil 3: Nemesis” released in 1999.
Some of Catherine’s following notable voice roles were in the 2000 animated action-adventure series “Sailor Moon”, the 2001 animated adventure series “Redwall”, and the animated family comedy series “Rolie Polie Olie” in which she voiced three characters from 1998 to 2005. From 2004 to 2011, Catherine voiced Penelope and Queen Penelobee in the animated action series “Atomic Betty”, and then lent her voice to Queen Sara Saturday and several other characters in 41 episodes of the animated family series “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”.
Two of Catherine’s most recent voice roles have been in 51 episodes of the animated comedy series “Numb Chucks” (2014-2016), and 11 episodes of the animated adventure series “Abby Hatcher, Fuzzly Catcher” (2018-2020).
Roles in movies
She made her debut film appearance in 1986, when cast to portray Catherine Collins in the action science fiction thriller “The Vindicator”. A couple of her following roles in movies were in the 1986 mystery thriller “Murder Sees the Light”, the 1987 horror “Haunted by Her Past”, and the 1988 comedy “A New Life”.
Her first notable performance was in the 1989 comedy drama “The Long Road Home”, which received positive reviews but attracted little attention. In 1995 Catherine appeared in the drama “Grand Larceny”, which starred Damir Andrei and Justine Campbell, and follows Betsy Bigley, a con-artist who escapes from jail to have her revenge on the corrupt judge who put her there. In 2003, she portrayed Paula Hobday in the drama “Coast to Coast”, and the following year saw her play Leda in the crime mystery drama “Plain Truth”, which is about a teenage Amish girl charged with murdering her child.
Perhaps Catherine’s most notable performance in a movie has been in the 2005 biographical drama “Terry”, which is about Terry Fox who ran across Canada on his artificial leg; the movie won one and was nominated for 10 other awards. The year 2008 saw her portray Martha Tinsdale, one of the lead characters in the family fantasy drama “The Good Witch”, which follows a beautiful woman who arrives into a mysterious town and settles into a haunted mansion, making the local people wonder whether or not she’s a witch. Catherine reprised her role in “The Good Witch’s Garden” in 2009, and “The Good Witch’s Gift” in 2010.
Two of her most recent roles in movies have been in the 2015 mystery crime drama “Regression”, and the 2016 romantic comedy “Love’s Complicated”.
Roles in TV series
Catherine made her debut TV series appearance in 1986, when cast to play a female cop in the episode “Pay Day” of the crime drama “Night Heat”, while she gained recognition in 1988 when she starred as Sopie in the crime drama “T and T”.
She went on to appear in single episodes of various series, before being invited to portray Mana in the 1990 action horror drama “War of the Worlds”, and she also portrayed the lead character Dr. Natalie Lambert in the critically acclaimed crime horror drama “Forever Knight”, which aired from 1992 to 1996, and follows an 800-year-old vampire working in Toronto as a cop.
Catherine’s next notable performance was in 2006, when she played Diana Dena in the historical drama “The Path to 9/11”, which won three awards including a Primetime Emmy, and was nominated for nine other awards. From 2008 to 2010, Catherine starred as Maggie Norton in the action crime drama “The Border”, and then appeared in a single episode of both the mystery crime drama “Murdoch Mysteries”, and the fantasy drama “Saving Hope”.
One of her most recent roles in TV series was in 2015, when she portrayed Linda Tuttle in 10 episodes of the family drama “Remedy”, which won three and was nominated for nine other awards.
Awards and nominations
Catherine has been nominated for four Gemini Awards, winning one. She was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for “Forever Knight” in 1994 and 1996, and in 2004 won the same award but for her performance in “Snakes & Ladders”.
In 2008, she was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series for the action crime series “The Border”.
Catherine maintained a ‘normal weight’ during her early roles, and was perhaps even slimmer than normal, however, she eventually stopped being physically active and turned to food. It is widely believed that this started when she gave birth, and worsened after she divorced her husband. Today, her height is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) and she weighs around 165lbs (75kgs).
Love life and relationships
Catherine was married once – she exchanged vows with Cedric Smith, a famous British-Canadian actor and musician, known best for voicing Professor X in the animated superhero series “X-Men”. They are both very secretive when it comes to their personal matters, and thus the dates of their wedding and later divorce are not known. In 1993, Catherine gave birth to their son Darcy Montgomery Smith.
Neither Catherine nor Cedric have talked about any other people they might have dated since their divorce, however, there are rumors circulating the internet that Catherine fell in love again, and has been dating the same man for over a decade now without marrying him, but this hasn’t been confirmed.
As of January 2021, Catherine is single, was once married and has one son.
Hobbies and other interests
Catherine loves to act, which also makes it her hobby rather than just a job. She usually does whatever it takes to prepare for her roles, including the time when she spent an entire day at a morgue watching how the autopsy is done.
She likes to play video games, which is why she was very happy when she voiced her first video game character.
Travelling is one of Catherine’s favorite hobbies and her acting career has taken her all around the world, visiting various US states and European and Asian countries. Her dream travel destination is Venice in Italy.
Catherine has her own favorite actors, some of whom are Matt Damon, Robert De Niro and the late Heath Ledger, and a couple of her favorite movies are “Good Will Hunting”, “Taxi Driver” and “The Sleepers”.
Age and net worth
Catherine’s age is 60 – she has long brown hair and blue eyes.
As of January 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $2 million.