Date of Birth
September 5th, 1978, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Laura Maureen Bertram
5′ 5″ (1.65 m)
Attended high school at Leaside Secondary School in Toronto
First year of University was at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario)
Laura graduated in 2004 with a BA in Early Modern (c. 1485-1700), Continental European history from The University of Guelph
Here is an article written by Rebecca Kendall about Laura Bertram at Guelph
Gemini Award For Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series “Ready or
Not” Nominated for in 1996 and Won in 1995 & 1998
Gemini Award For Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series Platinum Won – 1998
Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Dramatic Series – Nominated Female for Andromeda (2000)
• For episode “The Dark Backward”.
Is an instructor at Biz Studio
She sings, and Laura was brought into the world of acting due to her performance in various operas. Her singing in the CCOC (Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus) started her into operas.
Attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario for one year before transferring to The University of Guelph closer to her home in Toronto.
Spent nine years training to be a ballerina.
Auditioned for the part of Rogue in X-Men (2000).
Worked as a waitress and in a snow board shop while at university
Went to high school at Leaside High School in Toronto, only a couple of years apart from another former Leaside student, actress Brooke Nevin
She also speaks French
She spent 1,750 hours in the make-up chair over the five year run of Andromeda for her character, Trance Gemini
“I love Canada! I hope that I can always work here. Obviously I would not turn away an offer in the States if it was something that I thought would be a great opportunity, but I really would love to just stay here. The reason I would love to stay in Canada is because it is my home and I love it here!”
I am not sure why I was drawn to the performing arts. It may have something to do with the fact that I was a bit of a loser (guess I still am!), and somehow I felt that performing on stage gave me a confidence that I didn’t have in real
life. Through that, I met many wonderful and inspiring people and grew to love the Arts, and I will always, until the end of my life, support the Performing Arts. They have shaped so much of my life.
I wish I were still a dancer… that is a skill I can no longer claim to have. I began ballet classes just before my fourth birthday with a local dance
teacher and some other neighborhood girls. I was a student for twelve years and now wish that I had kept it up – dancers are just so amazing to watch. I would hardly consider myself a “triple threat” – but that’s kinda cool that someone would consider me as such. To add to that, my voice is also nothing to write home about.
I have certainly realized that people know a lot more about me than I had expected. Once I checked out a site where someone had posted my high school graduation caption… which freaked me out – who would post that? One has to learn to respond to questions about one’s career, and that by working in the film industry, one actually has to expect to have questions asked of them. As for my personal life, I generally do not delve into it in interviews… except for my education. That is a topic I do not feel is too personal to discuss, especially since it has been such a formative and enjoyable part of my life so far. I suppose that I have a feeling of responsibility when I give interviews, and that my answers should be genuine, because people want to know what you think.
Where Are They Now
(2012) Is an instructor at Biz Studio, a studio that specializes in Small-Group Professional Film & TV Acting Classes for Kids & Teens in downtown Vancouver. She is also a licensed and practicing high school teacher in the Province of BC.