A quick-witted chameleon, Sylvie Léonard enjoyed enormous success as an actress and writer. Born July 17, 1955, Sylvie Léonard made her screen debut on the series "Rue des pignons" (Radio-Canada, 1966-1977) but spent much of the subsequent decade honing her craft in theatrical productions. Her screen career picked up again in the late 1970s, and she became a TV mainstay with performances on such series as "Terre humaine" (Radio-Canada, 1978-1984) where she played Annick Jacquemin, known to her beloved grandfather as his "petite fleur;" a Best Actress Gémeaux-winning turn on "L'Héritage" (Radio-Canada, 1987-1990) and "La petite vie" (Radio-Canada, 1993-98). A gifted writer, comedian and actress, Léonard charmed alongside Guy A. Lepage on the hilarious comedy vignettes series "Un gars, une fille" (Radio-Canada, 1997-2003), for which she won eight Gémeaux Awards both in front of and behind the camera. After winning another Gémeaux for her role on "Vice caché" (TVA, 2005-07), Léonard was nominated for a Best Actress Jutra Award for her performance in "L'âge des ténébres" ("The Age of Ignorance") (2007) as the unfaithful, workaholic wife of an unhappily daydreaming civil servant (Marc Labrèche). Despite her success in films, Léonard found her greatest successes on television, including memorable turns as a cooking-show guru on "Les soeurs Elliot" (TVA, 2007-08), "Le gentleman" (TVA, 2009- ) and "Les Boys" (Radio-Canada, 2007-2012), based on the widely popular film franchise.
By Jonathan Riggs