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Ruth Secord's Bio

The multi award-winning Ruth Secord is one of the most sought-after costume designers in the country. Her deft sense of colour and style allow her to move with ease among decades, centuries and settings.


She has created costumes for a Scottish family in the 1800's (The Campbells), a 1900’s Prince Edward Island community (the Emmy Award winning Road to Avonlea starring the then 11 year old Sarah Polley), for contemporary Washington (DC 9/11: A Time of Crisis) and for a time that does not yet exist (Deathlands and Control Factor-science fiction).


Secord fashioned looks for Whoopi Goldberg and Ving Rhames (A Day Late and a Dollar Short-contemporary), for Gordon Pinsent (Wet Bum-contemporary), for Kim Catrall (Brown Bread Sandwiches-1950’s), for Colm Feore and Rip Torn (Beautiful Dreamers-1880’s), for Charlton Heston and Bruce Greenwood (Little Kidnappers-1880’s), for Amanda Plummer, Megan Follows and Teresa Stratas (Under the Piano-1930-1960), for Gena Rowlands and Laura Linney (Wild Iris-contemporary).

Secord’s television series credits include three seasons of The Border, five seasons of Wind at My Back, two seasons of Wildcard, Cracked, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Men with Brooms, Rent-a-Goalie, Eric’s World and one hundred episodes of the Campbells.


Her movies of the week include Fir Crazy, Sunshine Sketches of a little Town,  science fiction titles Bugs, Webs, Encrypt and Do or Die as well as Cadet Kelly, Breakfast with Dick and Dorothy and Clubland.


Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Secord spent her early years on Baffin Island and in Guelph, Ontario.  She graduated from Ryerson University and then went on to The National Theatre School in Montreal. She is a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and sits on Emmy Awards and Canadian Screen Awards jury committees.



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