The Canadian actress Chelah Horsdal started acting professionally in the year 2002 and has since gone on to appear in many commercials, films and on television. She is well known for many of her roles in television series and movies such as Hell on Wheels, The Man in the High Castle, When Calls the Heart, Stargate SG-1, Level Up, Arrow, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Chelah Horsdal is a very versatile actress and as such plays any role with ease. She is among the Hollywood actresses who have neither taken a break nor been inactive for a very long time since she started acting. Learn more about her below.
Chelah Horsdal Bio
Born on 19th June 1973 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Chelah Horsdal lived on her parents’ farm for the first three years of her life. Her mother later took her to Kitsilano, Vancouver, where she grew up, studying at the Bayview Elementary before moving on to Lord Byng Secondary School.
Upon completion of her high school education, the then-18-year-old Chelah began modeling in local commercials and TV shows. Subsequently, she moved to the Caribbean, where she stayed for a year. Upon her return to Canada, Chelah Horsdal tried doing several things such as event production, restaurant management, directing, and interior design, among others. Sadly, she could not make anything tangible out of any of these jobs.
Acting Career and Rise to Fame
According to the actress, she did not start pursuing acting until she was in her late twenties even though a part of her had always known that she was a closeted actor. Speaking in an interview, Chelah said before her decision to go into acting, she had been working at an agency as a voiceover agent but one day, she walked out the door at the close of work and walked all the way to Lyric School of Acting, where she auditioned for Kate Twa and Michelle Lonsdale Smith. This marked the beginning of rigorous years of studying under the two women in addition to Gina Chiarelli, Ben Ratner, Ivana Chubbuck, John Cassini, and Larry Moss.
Ready to face the professional acting world head-on, Chelah Horsdal kicked off her carer in 2002. However, she was first credited for her role as Misabo Ahm in an episode of the science fiction television series, Andromeda. She eventually landed her first role in a 2004 movie, appearing as Jan in The Truth About Miranda. In 2005, her amazing portrayal of the character Alice in the short film, Dark Room, earned her a Leo Award nomination for Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama.
The actress was finally cast in her breakthrough movie role as Darcy Benson in the 2007 science fiction action film Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, directed by the Strause Brothers (Colin and Greg Strause). She got her breakthrough in television in 2013 when she was cast as the major character, Maggie Palmer, in the series Hell On The Wheels which ran on AMC TV from 2013 to 2016. While on the series, she got another juicy role in 2015 as Helen Smith in the long-running series, The Man In The High Castle, for which she won a Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Female Dramatic Series in 2017.
Apart from films and television series, Chelah Horsdal has also appeared in lots of television films; some of which are Fallen (2006), A Decent Proposal (2007), Gym Teacher: The Movie (2008), Come Dance at My Wedding (2009), Lying to Be Perfect (2010), Wishing Well (2011), It’s Christmas, Carol! (2012), and Pretty Little Addict (2016).
Chelah has remained active since she started acting professionally and has appeared in more than a hundred movies, television films, and series. In the line of her work, she has worked alongside a number of popular actors, including Mary McDonnell, Rufus Sewell, James Franco, Sir Ben Kingsley, Kris Kristofferson, and John Lithgow, among others. She has also appeared in more than 70 product/brand ads.
Having been in the industry for many years, the actress said it has become evident that at some point, one must find a way to have more control and influence in the direction of one’s career and in line with that, Chelah Horsdal revealed her intention to spread her wings to writing, directing, and producing in 2017. According to her, she had established a company named Phoebe Films, Inc in a bid to achieve the vision.
Married – Who is The Husband or Boyfriend?
Chelah is a very private person and as such keeps her personal life away from the public. There is nothing to prove that she has ever been married or has any child/children. As far as we know, she is currently single and any relationship she has going on is well hidden from the media.
Other Facts about Chelah Horsdal
1. Chelah Horsdal is the daughter of Lindsay Whalen and Paul Valdemar Horsdal. Her
father is an iconic Canadian folk and country musician popularly known as Valdy.
2. She has two brothers.
3. Alongside her acting career, Chelah Horsdal is also a humanitarian with an affinity for the welfare of animals. She has worked with a number of charities such as Caleb’s Hope, Doctors Without Borders, and the Canadian Red Cross.
4. Her paintings and still photography have been auctioned and the money realized given to various charity groups.