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Kim Roberts is a Canadian actress, best known for her roles as Christine in The Handmaids Tale, Regina from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Marnie in Schitt's Creek, Neeva in The Strain, Gloria in Lucky Seven, Camilla in Being Erica, Mazz in The Doodlebops, Mrs. Arvin in I'm Not There and Mrs. Bosco in The Cheetah Girls.

She played Deborah in Saw III and Saw IV.

Early Life

Kim Robert’s parents are from the Caribbean. Her mother, Josephine, is from the creole island of Dominica and her late father, Oswald, was born in Jamaica. They met and married in Toronto, Canada, where Roberts and her brother Mark were born. Roberts still has close ties to both islands. As a child, she performed as a member of The Friendship Circle, a group of young singers and dancers directed by Lois Lilienstein of Sharon, Lois and Bram and her partner Louise. The ensemble toured locally, singing folk songs at schools and festivals like Mariposa, as well as appearing on Bram’s television show.

Under the direction of her older cousins, Roberts would begin her stage career as a leading lady in home productions put on for friends and parents. She attended a drama lab at the University of Toronto at the age of 12, which solidified her interest in the craft. While enrolled in the gifted program at Earl Haig Secondary School, she was given special permission to enter the acting stream at Claude Watson School for the Arts. Roberts finished her studies at C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute. Her friendships with acting and scholastic alumni Rachael Crawford and Louis Ferreira were formed during these years.

Career

Roberts attended the University of Western Ontario majoring in political science and minoring in philosophy, with a view to becoming a lawyer. A theater class taken at York University one summer led to an invitation from Ron Singer, the chair of the Theater department, to study at York. Roberts accepted the invitation, but before completing her studies, auditioned for and was cast in the Company of Sirens touring production of No Problems Here. She performed as well as produced and directed for the company for the next three years.

Roberts branched out into film and television and became the first woman of African descent to portray the speaking heroine in a nationally televised Canadian commercial. The spot was for Benalyn cough syrup. Since then, her resume has grown to include leading and recurring roles in over 100 different on-screen credits. She has shared screen and stage with the best of the artistic community, including Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, Jackie Chan, Lindsay Lohan, Eugene Levy, Debbie Gibson, James Garner, Julie Andrews, Robin Williams, Alfre Woodard, Mariah Carey, Wesley Snipes, Tom Selleck, Farah Fawcett and more. She has been directed and produced by many industry luminaries, of note, Steven Spielberg, Maya Angelou, Todd Haynes, Sydney Lumet and Peter Bogdanovich.

Roberts received the Harold Award for theater in 1996 and the Real World Trailblazer award at the ReelWorld Film Festival in 2014 for her body of work in film and television.

Obsidian Theatre Company, Canada’s premiere black theatre company, was founded in Kim Roberts’s home and she is one of its twelve founding members. Roberts narrated and performed The Book of Negroes for the CBC podcast ‘Between the Covers.’

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role
1996 Extreme Measures Home Nurse
1997 When Innocence Is Lost Rita
Melanie Darrow Nurse Dayton
Bad Day on the Block 911 Operator
Critical Care Intern #1
The Defenders: Payback Psych Receptionist
On the 2nd Day of Christmas Clerk #2
1998 Blues Brothers 2000 Dancer
The Wall Woman at the Wall
Thanks of a Grateful Nation Nurse #2
Down in the Delta Isabelle
Naked City: Justice with a Bullet Washburn
Aldrich Ames: Traitor Within Secretary
Naked City: A Killer Christmas Officer Washburn
1999 God's New Plan Pearl Dunn
Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story Church Friend, 1983
The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer Jury Foreperson
Half a Dozen Babies Nurse Jacki
Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol Nurse
In the Company of Spies Donna Talbot
Dizzy Sylvia
One Special Night Nurse Sarah
2000 Chain of Command Stephanie Ellis
Steal This Movie Auditor
Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble
The Ride
Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire Miss Cruson
When Andrew Came Home Margaret Granger
Range of Motion Gloria
Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story Preacher's Wife
2001 A Colder Kind of Death Woman in Parking Lot
Jewel May
The Judge Julie Hovander
Glitter Mrs. Wilson
Ruby's Bucket of Blood Phyllis
2002 Sins of the Father Mrs. Wesley
Two Against Time Nurse Anne
Too Young to Be a Dad Mrs. Bennett
Get a Clue Miss Stern
RFK Joshua's Mother
The Tuxedo ER Nurse
2003 The Cheetah Girls Mrs. Bosco
2004 Dawn of the Dead Cora
Open Heart Lynn Riddick
Kink in My Hair Verona
2005 14 Hours Helen
Recipe for a Perfect Christmas Dotty
2006 Man of the Year Make-Up Artist
One Way Norah
Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy Operating Room Nurse
Saw III Deborah
2007 Jump In! Ms. Roberts
Vollidiot Wanda
Charlie Bartlett Dr. Linda Jenkins
What If God Were the Sun? Maricela
Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming Head Nurse
I'm Not There. Mrs. Arvin
Saw IV Deborah
2008 Nurse.Fighter.Boy Intern
Saving God Dr. Munson
2009 Too Late to Say Goodbye Judge
2010 The Devil's Teardrop The Mayor
The Night Before the Night Before Christmas Yolanda
Reviving Ophelia Lindsay
Clown Therapy Patient #2
2011 Desperately Seeking Santa Tonya
In Between Life Kiki
2013 The Railpath Hero Damon's Mom
Star Spangled Banners Jenelle Ludwig
Carrie Ms. Arlene Walsh
2014 Dr. Cabbie Courtroom Clerk
Midnight Masquerade Merry
2015 The Music in Me Bonnie
Remember Paula
Fading Light Ms. Thomas
2016 A Man's Story Léonie Eganda
Sound of Christmas Samantha Washington
2017 Mary Goes Round Palliative Care Nurse

Television

Year Title Role
1993 Street Legal Immigration Officer
E.N.G. Nurse
1999-2001 Twice in a Lifetime Mimi / Brenda
1999 Little Man Sylvia Walker
2000 The City Secretary
The Others Nurse
2001 Doc Neighbour
The Associates Delores
Soul Food Shelley
2002 Tracker Miss Price
Odyssey 5 Dr. Egrari
2003-2008 Degrassi: The Next Generation Mrs. Smith
2004 Wonderfalls Peggy
Paradise Falls The Doctor
2005-2006 The Doodlebops Mazz
2005 Mayday Ruth Green
2006 The Path to 9/11 Pan Am Administrator
72 Hours: True Crime Church Lady Olive Williams
2007 ReGenesis G.G. Gryce
2008 The Trojan Horse E.R. Nurse
2009 Turbo Dogs Delivery Dog
Soul Roslyn
'Da Kink in My Hair Alisha
Guns Althea Beckford
Warehouse 13 Smithsonian Tour Guide
2010-2013 Rookie Blue Nan / Anita Nash
2010 Wingin' It Mrs. Carter
Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures Nurse Ronai
The Bridge Marta Davin
Blue Bloods Judge Waters
Lost Girl Esther
Razzberry Jazzberry Jam Mrs. Trumpet
Being Erica Camilla
The Ron James Show Manager
2011 Suits Glenda
Against the Wall Alice
2012 The L.A. Complex Child Services Worker
2013 Lucky 7 Gloria
2014 Remedy 'Auntie' Priscilla
The Strain Neeva
2015 Schitt's Creek Marnie
Single Ladies DA Amelia Lawrence
MsLabelled Reggie
2016 American Gothic Hospital Administrator
Four in the Morning Moon Poet
Shoot the Messenger Business Editor
2017 Ransom Penny Williams / Mrs. Lewis
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Regina Devereaux
The Handmaid's Tale Christine
Baroness Von Sketch Show Kim / Spa Woman #3 / Sauna Woman #3

Video Games

Year Title Role
1999 Toron ni kobun Digger

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