BIO | LAARA SADIQ
Laara Sadiq is an award winning actor with over 25 years experience in theatre, film, television and voice-over across Canada and the US. Her work has taken her from Vancouver, BC to St. Johns, Newfoundland, and in the US from San Francisco, CA to Washington DC. She holds a BFA from the University of British Columbia.
Recent film and TV credits include recurring roles on Arrow (Guest Star/The CW), Remedy (Supporting /Global TV) and Heartland (Guest Star / CBC); Search and Destroy, Colony, The Crossing, The Arrangement, Eyewitness, The Code, The Strain, The Baroness Von Sketch Show, Rogue; Special Correspondents (Feature / Dir: Ricky Gervias), Happily Ever After (Feature / Dir: Joan Carr-Wiggin).
Selected feature films: Stepchild, The Dick Knost Show, A Night for Dying Tigers, Excited – Leo Award Best Actress (TIFF, Palm Springs Film Festival), The Invisible, Antarctica, Willard, Josie and the Pussycats, American Venus, Live Bait.
Other selected TV: Killjoys, Hemlock Grove, The Listener, Cracked, The Firm, King, Degrassi, Covert Affairs, Michael Tuesdays and Thursdays, Flashpoint, Fringe, Battlestar Galactica (recurring), Stargate SG1 (recurring), Da Vinci’s Inquest.
Laara also works extensively in theatre. Selected recent credits include: Happy Place (Touchstone Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing & A Winters Tale (Bard on the Beach), Brothel # 9 - Jessie Award Best Supporting Actress (Touchstone Theatre), Our Town (Caravan Farm Theatre), Cake and Dirt (Tarragon Theatre), Eternal Hydra (Touchstone Theatre); The Penelopiad (Arts Club Theatre); No Exit – Jessie Nomination Best Actress (Electric Company on tour @ American Conservatory Theatre/Nightwood Theatre/High Performance Rodeo/Theatre Calgary/WCTC); St Carmen of The Main, Nativity, Romeo & Juliet (National Arts Centre resident acting company 2010/2011).
Laara’s selected theatrical credits elsewhere include Noises Off, Guys and Dolls, An Ideal Husband (Vancouver Playhouse); The Age of Arousal, The Matka King – Jessie Award Best Supporting Actress, Threepenny Opera (Arts Club Theatre); Palace of the End – Jessie Award Best Actress, Life After God, The Orphan Muses – Jessie Nomination Best Supporting Actress (Touchstone Theatre); Ali and Ali 7, Adrift on the Nile, Crime and Punishment – Jessie Nomination Best Supporting Actress (neworld theatre); Hecuba (Blackbird Theatre); as well as various productions with Solo Collective, Gateway Theatre, Caravan Farm Theatre, BAM, Kennedy Centre, Push Festival, Magnetic North, Women in View Festival, Judith Marcuse’s Kiss Project etc.
As a voice-over artist, Laara can be heard in cartoons, documentary narration, audiobooks and radio/TV commercials throughout Canada and the US. She was recently honoured with a nomination for Outstanding Voice Performance at the Annie Awards in LA, for her work in The Breadwinner. This animated feature film, executive produced by Angelina Jolie, was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, and was the recipient of the LA Film Critics Circle Award, the Annie Award for Best Independent Feature, and the Cinema for Peace Justice Award.
Laara is an active member of her community and a lifelong activist who has served on numerous cultural boards, granting bodies and community organizations. In addition to her work as an artist, she is a mama, an avid runner, and a killer baker of cupcakes.