Leah Cairns

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Star on Super Storm


6/2/1974, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Canadian actress Leah Cairns is perhaps best known to U.S. audiences for her role as Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson on the Sci Fi Channel original series Battlestar Galactica. Leah grew up in Kamloops, British Columbia. She trained to be a dancer but she was forced to change her plans when she broke her back in a car accident at the age of 16. Her car was demolished by a drunk driver. In her final year at school, as the dance team traveled to an international competition, she went to Costa Rica. This was the first stop on a backpacking voyage through 36 countries over eight years. She began her acting career in an acting class at an ashram in India. Her first television appearance was in a March 2002 episode of The Chris Isaak Show. Her first credited film role was "Sharon" in the short film, The Mall Man (2003). She appeared in a direct-to-video movie titled Thralls, which was released in March 2005. She also obtained roles in the TV movies I Want to Marry Ryan Banks, Deep Evil, and Saving Milly. She played the role of "Jenna" on the television series Godiva's, which airs on Bravo! Canada. The first season aired in the spring of 2005. She had a guest appearance in the comedy series Robson Arms, which airs on CTV. She married Kevin Hawryluk in 2004. Paul Campbell ("Billy Keikeya" on Battlestar Galactica) and Colby Johannson ("Lt. Dwight 'Flat-Top' Saunders") were among the friends and guests in attendance.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Leah Cairns



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    North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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    • (When asked if she is like her Battlestar Galactica character, "Racetrack") Leah: I would have to say no, I don't think so. I'm the kind of person that wears my heart on my sleeve. I have a really hard time hiding my feelings. I'm a bit like a cheerleader. I love to rally people together and raise them up not knock them down! I think Racetrack is a bitter angry scared person right now that I don't find much similarity between myself and her... which is what makes her so much fun to play! And I don't think I could ever... in a million years... learn how to fly a raptor. There's so many button[s] and it looks so difficult! And I'm sure you'd have to use a lot of math skills which I have very little of. I can barely drive my own car!

    • (When asked if she got the role she wanted on Battlestar Galactica) Leah: I auditioned for Six. Thank god I didn't get it because I can't imagine anyone but Tricia playing Six. So yes, I got exactly the role I wanted.

    • Leah: I really love acting. I find it a very self absorbing profession and I never really saw myself doing something that was this self absorbing. I always saw myself, you know....... I spent most of my time travelling, working in orphanages building schools or doing things for other people so I'm still quite surprised that I'm in a profession like this but I quite love it.

    • Leah: (discussing her character Racetrack) I definitely think the first thing I would do is make her a viper pilot. Definitely! I really want to fly vipers! Then I would love to see... I'd love to find out why Racetrack is so hard and bitter. My gut feeling is that she is hiding a huge amount of pain and that the crusty exterior is just her way of protecting herself.

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    • Leah's best friend among the cast of Battlestar Galactica is Nicki Clyne (Cally).

    • In a March 2007 interview with The SciFi World, Leah said that she has never appeared on the stage as a professional actor. Her last stage performance was in 7th grade.

    • Leah received a 2006 Leo Award nomination in the category of Best Supporting Performance By A Female in a Dramatic Series for the episode "Fancy Footwork" of the TV series Godiva's. The Leo Awards honor excellence in film and television work produced in British Columbia.

    • Leah starred in the low-budget horror movie Thralls, also known as Blood Angels (2004). Her character, Leslie, is part of a group of young, female vampires trying to escape their master.

    • Leah appeared in the 2004 TV movie I Want to Marry Ryan Banks, starring Jason Priestley and Emma Caulfield.

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