ACTRA taps Crewson for honor


TORONTO -- Canadian performers union ACTRA on Friday said it will give Canadian actress Wendy Crewson ("24," "Air Force One") an award of excellence this February in recognition of her on-screen work and backroom lobbying to raise Canadian TV program expenditures.

ACTRA Toronto Performers, the guild's largest national local, which represents about 13,000 performers, said Crewson will receive the tribute Feb. 23 during an awards gala in Toronto.

"Wendy Crewson is so deserving of this honor for her ongoing contributions to our film and television industry -- both as an award-winning actor and as a star who graciously leads the fight for our culture," Karl Pruner, president of ACTRA Toronto Performers, said in a statement.

In recent years, Crewson has been a frequent visitor to Parliament Hill in Ottawa to lobby federal politicians for more program expenditures by domestic broadcasters on homegrown dramas and more exposure for Canadian actors.