Tara Spencer-Nairn returns as the voice of deadpan police officer Karen Pelly in Corner Gas Animated, a role she played in the International Emmy-nominated, Gemini-winning, #1-rated CTV sitcom Corner Gas and the Golden Screen Award-winning hit film Corner Gas: The Movie, earning her and her cast-mates a Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance and two Gemini nominations.
A graduate of the Vancouver Film School, her big breakthrough came in 1999 when she was cast in the highly acclaimed New Waterford Girl. The film screened at the Sundance Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival and received seven Genie Award-nominations including Best Picture. She garnered rave reviews for her portrayal of the disaffected Lou – a Bronx-raised teenager who moves to a small Nova Scotia town and quickly turns it on its ear.
She subsequently starred alongside Don McKellar in the independent film Rub and Tug. The 2002 offering was Tara’s first foray into comedy and resulted in a Canadian Comedy Award-nomination for her portrayal of the street-smart Betty.
She has appeared in the recurring role of Sandy in the hit drama “The Listener” and in numerous other television productions including “The Outer Limits,” “The Strain,” “Murdoch Mysteries,” “Waking Up Wally (The Walter Gretzky Story),” “Flashpoint,” “Saving Hope” and “Degrassi.”
Tara was born in Montreal, raised in Vancouver and now calls Toronto home. The youngest of three siblings, the actress spent 12 years as a competitive gymnast before pursuing acting. She is married and the mother of two young sons.