Veteran Vancouver actress Janet Wright plays "Emma," the long-suffering wife of "Oscar" (Eric Peterson) and mother to Brent Butt's character "Brent Leroy." She is the glue that holds this unusual family together.
Janet was born in England, and moved to Saskatoon, SK, at a very young age. Janet and her three siblings all became successful actors. She has performed for virtually every major theater company in Canada, and has been affiliated with the Vancouver Arts Club Theater since the early 1970s, performing and directing in over 40 productions for that company alone.
Janet enjoys the behind the scenes and technical end of production as much as she does acting. She had directed for many major theater companies across Canada, including productions at the Stratford Festival.
Her film credits include The Perfect Storm (with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg) and Bordertown Cafe for which she won a genie award for best actress. Her television credits include appearances on recent series such as Dark Angel and Lexx, as well as Canadian classics such as The King of Kensington and The Beachcombers.
Janet was recently honoured with a Gemini for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for her performance in the feature length television drama Betrayed as well as the 2007 Gemini for Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series for Corner Gas.
In an unusual bit of casting, Janet and Eric Peterson, who play Brent Butt's parents, have been friends for 35 years, first appearing together on stage in the early 1970s. All three are proud Saskatchewan natives.