Annie Murphy is regarded by many Hollywood insiders as the next big thing to come out of Canada. It is believed that she is just one more good role away from being mentioned in the same breath as other great female Canadian actors like Rachel McAdams, Ellen Page, and Evangeline Lilly.
Murphy came into the limelight in 2015 when she appeared in the comedy television series, Schitt’s Creek, playing the role of Alexis Rose. Prior to her landing a role on the Dan and Eugene Levy-created show which has garnered her a few nominations from different award-giving bodies, the actress had featured in guest-starring roles on numerous television series and in minor roles in a few low budget movies.
How Her Acting Career Began
The Schitt’s Creek star, who was born on December 19, 1986, in Ottawa, Ontario, is an only child. Due to this, she received all the love and care in the world from her parents who are reported to have been school teachers. Her parents are further believed to have been huge admirers of the performing arts and so they encouraged their daughter’s growing interest in it.
Annie Murphy attended Elmwood School, an all-girls high school located in Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa. It was here that her passion for acting was ignited as she was a part of the school’s drama and theatre club and featured in several school productions which helped her hone her acting skills.
After graduating from high school, Murphy gained admission to attend the prestigious Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. While it is not clear what she studied at the institution, she opted to drop out after a year to further hone her acting skills. She subsequently moved to Montreal, Quebec and enrolled at Concordia University to pursue a degree in theatre performance.
Following the completion of her program, Annie Murphy went further to enroll at the Canadian Film Centre Actors’ Conservatory where she graduated from before launching her career.
Her Rise To Stardom
Annie Murphy made her acting debut in 2007. That year, she appeared in the TV film Lethal Obsession where she played the role of Sarah and also portrayed the guest role of a Lawyer in an episode of the TV series, The Business. The following year, she landed only minor roles in films like Picture This and Story of Jen. 2009 looked to be an even poorer year for her as the only role she landed was in the pilot episode of the teen drama series, The Beautiful Life: TBL.
Things did not look to be going the way of the actress in the early 2010s as the only work she could get were guest roles in shows like Blue Mountain State, Against the Wall, Beauty and the Beast, Good God, and Rookie Blue. Before that, she had played the minor role of Jennifer in the film Lick in 2010.
By 2015, however, Annie Murphy finally got her big break after she played the main role of Morgan in the TV series, The Plateaus. Later on in the year, she was approached by the father-son duo of Eugene and Dan Levy to play the character of socialite Alexis Rose in Schitt’s Creek.
The Alexis Rose character was originally given to actress Abby Elliot but following a slight change in the schedule for Elliot, she left the show after having portrayed the character in the presentation pilot. For her performance in the role of Alexis Rose, Annie has received nominations from the Canadian Screen Awards, Critics’ Choice Television Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2019, she won a Gracie Award for Actress in a Breakthrough Role.
Who is Annie Murphy’s Husband?
Annie Murphy, who is an ambassador for the global relief agency, CARE Canada, is happily married to singer Menno Versteeg, a member of the popular but now disbanded Hollerado rock band in Canada. Versteeg served as a guitarist and lead vocalist of the band that has gone on many successful tours across South America, North America, Europe, and Asia.
While it is not clear how the paths of the actress and the singer crossed, it would interest you to know that both of them are from Ottawa, Ontario. The couple is reported to have tied the knot in 2011, long before Murphy became famous for her acting ability. Her husband, on the other hand, had at the time already began recording and releasing music with his indie rock band which disbanded in late 2019.
Versteeg and Murphy have since then managed to keep their marital life private and out of the spotlight. Not much has been heard about them in the media outside of the time when the couple lost all their personal belongings in an unexplained house fire.