Catherine Lough Haggquist

61 min 04 sec | Actor

Words, stories, and images have been recurring themes in the career of Catherine Lough Haggquist.

 

Born in Vancouver, Canada, but raised early on in the Canadian Prairies, Haggquist was drawn to various creative mediums through her exposure to local Canadian television and storytelling in school. She returned to Vancouver at the age of 11 and at 16, a shared paper route between Haggquist and her brothers led to them all being cast in a commercial, inspiring her to train professionally in acting.

 

On the acting circuit, Haggquist got her first big break as a stand-in for Holly Robinson Peete on the television series, 21 Jump Street. Following appearances on TV mainstays like The Commish, Highlander, The X-Files, and Dark Angel, Haggquist added to her acting credits with lead roles on two Canadian series - The Unprofessionals and Rockpoint PD, and appearances across film and television projects like Supernatural, Stargate: SG1, Stargate: Universe, Fringe, Once Upon a Time, Bates Motel, Van Helsing, Zoo, Godzilla, The Good Doctor, and Life Sentence.

 

Following a three-season run as Inspector Nora Harris on Continuum, she enjoyed an ongoing role as Terry Sternholz in the Aurora Teagarden mystery series for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, while also appearing in other Hallmark projects like Autumn Dreams, Every Christmas Has a Story, Garage Sale Mystery: The Beach Murder, The Sweetest Heart, Falling for You, Jingle Around the Clock, and a supporting role as Linda Nelson on Chesapeake Shores that remains active today. Elsewhere, she co-starred in holiday favorites Angels in the Snow for UPtv and Christmas Pen Pals for Lifetime.

 

With over 135 professional acting credits, Haggquist is currently gaining fanfare and acclaim in the supernatural drama genre of television, with a recurring role on Motherland: Fort Salem as Petra Bellweather, a military General as well as a mother and mentor to Abigail (Ashley Nicole Williams).

 

Catherine Lough Haggquist’s has been equally influential off-screen. In addition to having served in four capacities – including Vice President - on the executive board of the Union of BC Performers and as a National Councillor of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, she founded Biz Books in 1996 to provide a dedicated source for film, television, and theatre products. Over 25 years later, Catherine still operates BizBooks.net and owns TheDramaClass.com – which both inspire creatives to feel welcomed, encouraged, and supported in pursuing their industry dreams.

 

The recipient of the 2008 Women in Film and Television Vancouver's Special Jury Award, Catherine Lough Haggquist is also very proud to have been named as the 2013 International Women’s Day Honoree by UBCP/ACTRA. She was enthusiastically recognized again by UBC/ACTRA in 2017 with a lifetime membership, and in 2020 with the Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award.

 

As she enjoys the prime of her professional pursuits, Catherine Lough Haggquist continues to relish the journey and strives to be an authentic inspiration and lasting influence on the industry she loves.

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