Jason Priestley returns as former hockey player turned PI Matt Shade in the international hit series Private Eyes, where he also serves as executive producer and director.
In addition to Private Eyes, recent credits include the features Away from Everywhere, and Zoom, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Additional credits include Raising Expectations, Love and Death on Long Island, Eye of the Beholder co-starring Ashley Judd and Ewan McGregor, Charles Busch’s comedy Die, Mommie, Die!, Medium, and My Name is Earl.
Priestley garnered multiple awards for the Canadian comedy series Call Me Fitz, (which he also produced and directed several episodes), including Best Comedy Actor at the Canadian Screen Awards, Best Comedy Actor at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, and Best TV Performance by a Male at the Canadian Comedy Awards. He received the ACTRA National Award of Excellence, and has been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Behind the camera, Priestley has spent a good part of his career directing successful films and television shows, for which he has received numerous accolades. Beyond starring on Beverly Hills 90210, Priestley also directed and executive produced multiple episodes of the iconic series. He directed Barenaked in America, a documentary about the Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was recognized as a turning point of fame for Barenaked Ladies.
Priestley’s notable directing credits include Dark Matter, Van Helsing, Rookie Blue, Saving Hope, and Haven. His first independent film, Cas & Dylan, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany received critical acclaim, including a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Additionally, the film received the Best Canadian Film Award at the Toronto International Film Festival’s “Film Circuit People’s Choice Awards” and the Audience Award and Best Actress Award at the Whistler Film Festival.
Priestley is a native of Vancouver, B.C. and resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Cindy Sampson was born and raised in Halifax, N.S. She attended the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and spent many years singing and dancing her way across the stage. Sampson became involved in sketch comedy and a regular on the series Sketch Troop, which led to performing and writing sketches and being a part of the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival.
She has over 40 film and television credits under her belt, most notably Lisa Braedan in the CW’s Supernatural, the demonic lead in The Shrine and the loveable heroin-addicted lead in Long Gone Day. She has also had recurring roles on Being Human, Durham County, Global’s Rookie Blue, and Rogue.
Sampson is also the voice of Ontario Toyota Dealers.
One of Canada’s most prolific film and television performers, Barry Flatman has appeared in over 30 movies, has had leading and guest star roles in countless TV series, performed featured roles in several dozen movies for television and created many voice characters for animation. Flatman has also produced, written, directed, and taught for stage, TV, film, and radio, has a Gold Record, and has been nominated for both JUNO and Gemini Awards (now known as the Canadian Screen Awards).
In addition to Private Eyes Flatman’s notable recurring roles include Taken, Hell On Wheels, Fargo, The Strain, The Kennedys, Guns and Defiance, and guest star appearances on Hannibal, Marilyn, Good Witch and Gangland Undercover. Recent films include Amber Alert, No Stranger Than Love, Saw 3, Dr. Cabbie, Apple Mortgage Cake, Patch Town and Just Friends.
On stage Flatman starred as Ken Lay in Enron (Theatre Calgary), George “W” Bush in Stuff Happens (Studio 180) and Old Man in Fool For Love (Red One Theatre Collective). His performance as Big Daddy in the Segal Centre Production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof garnered him a nomination for Best Actor. He also starred as General Waverley in the U.S. national touring production of Kevin McCollum’s Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.
Flatman served on the National, Guild, and Toronto executives of ACTRA for over ten years and received the honorary title of President Emeritus for Toronto and Life Membership. He served as a Member of the Board of the Actors’ Fund of Canada from 2000 and as its President until 2011.
He is the loving father of two magnificent children and is a season ticket holder to the Toronto Maple Leafs for over forty years – although he is a rabid Montreal Canadiens fan!
Detective Kurtis Mazhari
In addition to his role on Private Eyes as Detective Kurtis Mazhari, Ennis Esmer currently portrays billionaire criminal mastermind turned FBI consultant Rich Dotcom on NBC’s hit series Blindspot. He can also be seen as Dave Amari on DirecTV’s You Me Her. Previously, Esmer starred as Nash on the Amazon series Red Oaks, which ran for three seasons, and Oz Bey on CTV’s The Listener, which ran for five seasons. His work on the later show earned him an ACTRA Award nomination and multiple Canadian Comedy Award nominations.
Upcoming for Esmer is a recurring role on the fifth season of Schitt’s Creek on CBC and Netflix. His other television credits include a series regular role on The LA Complex, which aired on the CW in the United States. He has recurred and guest starred on numerous series including Syfy’s Dark Matter, FXX’s Man Seeking Woman, Syfy’s Lost Girl, USA’s Covert Affairs, CBC’s Republic Of Doyle, CW’s Nikita, and TNT’s The Transporter, among others. Esmer also served as a co- host of the Canadian edition of the game show Wipeout, and hosted the Gemini Awards, Canada’s version of the Emmy Awards, two years in a row.
On the silver screen, Esmer will next be seen opposite Troian Bellisario and Patrick J. Adams in the indie Clara, which is set to screen at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Other independent film credits include How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town, directed by Jeremy LaLonde, Big News From Grand Rock, directed by Daniel Perlmutter, Dirty Singles, directed by Alex Pugsley, Sex After Kids, directed by Jeremy LaLonde, and the breakout hit Young People Fucking, directed by Martin Gero.
Esmer originally came to Toronto from Ankara, Turkey at the age of 3. He trained at Second City while attending the fine arts high school Earl Haig. He made it through three years of theatre training at York University before getting the boot, while spending much of the early 2000s working on stand up, sketch (with Mustered & Relished) and musical comedy (as front man of Calcu-Lator & The Oral Presentation) at clubs around Toronto.
Samantha Wan is a Toronto-based actor-filmmaker. Known as one of the creators and stars of the comedy series, Second Jen, Wan is also the creator and star of Sudden Master, an online Kung Fu series. The show has accumulated numerous awards, including Best Action Series at the Action on Film Festival. The Festival also awarded Wan with a “Woman With A Vision Award” for her work as a producer and creator and best Female Action Performer of the Year for the project. She was also named “Best Actress in a Drama” at the Hollyweb Festival. Samantha also works in theatre, co-creating the play Madame Mao that went on to win five “Best of Fest” awards from NOW Magazine.
Wan graduated from the National Theatre School in 2011 and has since appeared in various other works, a few being The Devil’s Mile, Leslieville, Ruby Skye PI, and Out With Dad.
Wan is also a dancer, with a particular love for jazz and urban street dance, and a martial artist, studying Wing Chun under Grand Master Sunny Tang.
Officer Danica Powers
Ruth Goodwin is an actor, producer and writer from Toronto. She is a Founding Member of The Howland Theatre Company (known for their “Best Of Toronto Fringe” and “Patron’s Pick” winning shows Entrances and Exits, Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons and 52 Pick-Up). She has most recently starred in The Howland Company’s Dora Award nominated production of Punk Rock and has appeared on screen in Workin’ Moms (CBC), Angry Angel (ABC), Save Me (CBC), Designated Survivor (ABC), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC) and Lost Girl (Showcase). You can see Goodwin next on stage at Crow’s Theatre in the Pulitzer Prize nominated play The Wolves or during JFL 42 joining the cast of the Workin’ Moms improv show!