Duncan Ollerenshaw


Duncan is a Canadian actor raised in Calgary, Alberta. He attended York University in Toronto where he received an Honours Bachelor Degree in Performance in 1986. Upon graduation, he became a member of the Shaw Festival ensemble in Niagara on the Lake and spent 4 seasons immersed in Edwardian drama. Duncan then became a member of the Stratford Festival Young Company and spent 3 seasons at the largest classical theatre festival in North America. Duncan has performed in theatres across the country since the late 80’s. Duncan was an associate artist with the Necessary Angel Theatre company in Toronto in the nineties, a company dedicated to the development of new Canadian plays. He was also a member of the Theatre Junction ensemble in Calgary. He has been nominated twice for Dora Mavor Moore Awards for his work on Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love for Crow’s Theatre, and Glenn for Necessary Angel. He was also nominated for two Betty Mitchell acting awards for his work on The Good Life for Theatre Junction, and for his performance in Frozen for Sage Theatre. He is a two time recipient of Tyrone Guthrie awards from the Stratford Festival and was an Ampia award winner for best actor in 2012 and 2013 for his work on the AMC television series ‘Hell on Wheels’ (2011) in which he portrayed Mr. Toole. Duncan also appeared as Cornelius Slotter in the first and only season of CBC’s ‘Strange Empire’ (2014). Duncan’s other television credits include ‘Prison Break’, and 9 episodes as Dr.Sholomenko on ‘Van Helsing’. In 2020 Duncan will appear in 3 episodes of ‘Cardinal’. He teaches currently at the Rogues West Actors Studio in Vancouver.

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