Sheila McCarthy

Sheila McCarthy

Highest Rated: 100% Like a House on Fire (2020)

Lowest Rated: 7% Isabelle (2018)

Birthday: Jan 1, 1956

Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A versatile supporting player and occasional lead, Sheila McCarthy starred in Canadian productions of "Godspell," "Little Shop of Horrors" (as Audrey), and "Cabaret" before breaking into film and TV. Her first film of note was "I've Heard the Mermaids Singing" (1988), which won the Prix de la Jeunesse at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. The redheaded, saucer-eyed McCarthy played a 31-year old photographer who can't organize her life, but through working for a lesbian art gallery owner comes to terms with herself as an artist. By 1990, she was dividing her time between Canada and the US. Her first American film was the independent and little-seen Dermot Mulroney vehicle "Bright Angel" (shot in 1989; released theatrically in 1991). Other prominent roles include the reporter who lends Bruce Willis a hand in "Die Hard 2" (1990) and the pseudo-worldly waitress friend of Melanie Griffith who is no stranger to sexual encounters in "Paradise" (1991). At the opposite end of the spectrum was her quiet member of Liza Minnelli's tap-dancing class who, as it turned out, was battered by her husband in "Stepping Out" (also 1991) and the mother of a girl who uses black magic when she finds out her father is cheating in "The Lotus Eater" (1993). She and Christopher MacDonald play battling spouses held captive by their children in "House Arrest" (1996).

Highest rated movies

Like a House on Fire
Anything for Jackson I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
Bright Angel
Being Julia
The Middle Man
Die Hard 2




71% No Score Yet The Middle Man Unknown (Character) - 2021
100% 57% Like a House on Fire Katherine (Character) - 2020
98% 70% Anything for Jackson Audrey Walsh (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Place Joyce (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet 20% The Christmas Club Miss Maggie (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet 17% Christmas 9 to 5 Rose Stark (Character) - 2019
7% 21% Isabelle Ann Pelway (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Definites Executive Producer - 2017
85% 88% Cardinals Valerie Walker (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2017
67% 35% Still/Born Sheila (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brace for Impact Faradee Gilchrist (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 54% Ice Girls Aunt Ginger (Character) - 2016
38% 69% Milton's Secret Luz (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Martin's Hagge Hagge (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Considering Love and Other Magic Veronica (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 33% Dear Viola Peggy Maitland (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 100% Algonquin Rita (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 58% Year of the Carnivore Mrs. Smalls (Character) - 2009
54% 64% Breakfast With Scot School principal (Character) $46.1K 2007
44% 58% The Stone Angel Doris (Character) $31.9K 2007
No Score Yet 62% Cow Belles Fran Walker (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Multiple Selves of Hannah Maynard Hannah Maynard (Character) - 2005
77% 74% Being Julia Grace Dexter (Character) $7.7M 2004
45% 50% The Day After Tomorrow Judith (Character) $186.7M 2004
14% 35% Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Mrs. Gerard (Character) $29.3M 2004
No Score Yet 60% Geraldine's Fortune Tina Larose (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 44% Full-Court Miracle Mrs. Klein (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 52% Lathe of Heaven Penny (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 59% Haven Eva (Character) - 2001
54% 69% Rare Birds Claire (Character) $17.8K 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Was a Rat Mrs. Tapscrew (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 60% Virtual Mom Holly (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 83% You Know My Name Mrs. Lynn (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Care and Handling of Roses Carol Doster (Character) - 1996
10% 45% House Arrest Gwenna Krupp (Character) $7.0M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Possession of Michael D. Jenny (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 33% The Awakening Nancy (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lotus Eaters Diana Kingswood (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 44% A Private Matter Diane Callaghan (Character) - 1992
36% 50% Paradise Sally Pike (Character) $18.6M 1991
No Score Yet 72% Stepping Out Andy (Character) $232.3K 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet White Room Zelda (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Montreal Vu Par Ann Stuart (Character) - 1991
80% 29% Bright Angel Nina (Character) $17.4K 1990
69% 70% Die Hard 2 Samantha Coleman (Character) $115.3M 1990
No Score Yet 33% Beautiful Dreamers Molly Jessop (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet George's Island Miss Birdwood (Character) $1.7K 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Friends, Lovers and Lunatics Kathy (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Nest of Singing Birds Anna (Character) - 1988
93% 67% I've Heard the Mermaids Singing Polly Vandersma (Character) $6.9K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marriage Bed Lynn Reailly (Character) - 1986


No Score Yet 75% Private Eyes Unknown (Guest Star) 2019
20% 79% Conviction Dr. Jane Soto (Guest Star) 2016
93% 92% Orphan Black Connie Hendrix (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 81% Rookie Blue Leigh Senett (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke Unknown (Character) 1999
82% No Score Yet Picket Fences Unknown (Guest Star) 1995-1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ray Bradbury Theater Francine (Character) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Littlest Hobo Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)