Shauna MacDonald (born October 6, 1970) is a Canadian television and film actress and radio announcer, best known for her roles in Trailer Park Boys, Undercover Brother and the Saw franchise as well as her work for CBC Radio One.

She played Tara Abbott in Saw VI and Saw 3D.

Early Life

Shauna MacDonald was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She graduated from Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School in Antigonish and later attended Montreal's McGill University, earning a degree in Russian and Slavic Studies.


MacDonald has appeared in various Canadian TV series, including Trailer Park Boys as Officer Erica Miller, These Arms of Mine as Claire Monroe and This Hour Has 22 Minutes as a substitute newsreader, among other roles. In 2003, she starred in the two part miniseries Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion. MacDonald also played the role of Tara Abbott in Saw VI and reprised the role for a brief appearance in Saw 3D. In 2013, MacDonald and Kate Johnston co-wrote and co-directed the film Tru Love, in which MacDonald also starred.

However, she is likely best known as the former national continuity announcer for CBC Radio One, a role she held from the start of Radio One's 2004 summer season. With MacDonald's identity kept secret, the voice was quickly dubbed Promo Girl. MacDonald was ultimately outed by The Globe and Mail in early 2005. Her distinctive voice and the quirky sense of humour in the promotional items she read, made her a polarizing figure among long time Radio One listeners, particularly in the context of several other changes to the network's programming intended to attract a younger audience. The promo spots were taken over in May 2007 by Steve Fletcher.

In the summer of 2005, Radio One ran a series of weekly "comedy-mysteries" titled The Mystery of..., starring MacDonald, along with other Radio One personalities. Short segments designed to highlight various CBC Radio programmes and the upcoming fall season were repeated a number of times each day, with prizes going to listeners who correctly solved the various clues or mysteries. The series was not completed due to a lockout of CBC employees that began in the late summer.



Year Title Role
1997 The Restlessness of Water Kate
Someone to Love Ex-Girlfriend
1998 Jack & Jill Jill
Apocalypse Kerry
2002 Time of the Wolf Anna McKenzie
Undercover Brother Wendy Marshall - TV Anchor
2003 Spinning Boris Lisa
2004 Saint Ralph Emma Walker
The Porcelain Pussy Velma
While I Was Gone Detective Geary
2005 Riding the Bus with My Sister Nona
Terry Truck-Stop Waitress
Love Is Work Celia
2007 The Mad Monica Tepper
Breakfast with Scot Joan
2008 Production Office Jane
Loving Loretta Lily
Toronto Stories Lowry
2009 At Home by Myself... with You Erin
Saw VI Tara Abbott
Doppelganger Lenny 'The Weasel'
2010 Turn the Beat Around Cynthia
Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars Violetta
Ninety-one Simone
Love Letter from an Open Grave Mona
Saw 3D Tara Abbott
2011 Salem Falls Carol
2012 Seven Years Sandra
Moving Day Brenda
Attachments Davina
2013 Tru Love Tru
The Twelve Trees of Christmas Better Greven
2014 Siren Impatient Woman
Midnight Masquerade Helen
2015 Lead with Your Heart Catherine
2016 Group Home Nancy
A Nutcracker Christmas Sharon
2017 Backstabbing for Beginners Reporter
Unplugged Mom
2018 Backstabbing for Beginners Reporter


Year Title Role
1997 Diabolik Naomi
1998 Earth: Final Conflict Katya Petrenko
1999-2001 These Arms of Mine Claire Monroe
1999 Mythic Warriors: Guardians of the Legend Lachesis
Tales from the Cryptkeeper Mom
2003-2004 Trailer Park Boys Officer Erica Miller
2003-2005 The Blobheads Kiki Barnes
2003 Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion Dr. Barbara Paxton
2004 The Newsroom Yvonne
Kevin Hill Dana Goyer
2005 This Is Wonderland Jen Brookes
This Hour Has 22 Minutes Claire Monroe
2006-2007 Jeff Ltd. Dorota
2006 ReGenesis Heather Michelle
Puppets Who Kill Ophelia McCoy
Angela's Eyes Erika Bell
Sons of Butcher Vegan Activist / Tammi
Runaway Reporter
2007 Friends and Heroes Jezebel / Lydia / Naomi
The Best Years Mary Hawke
2008 Life with Derek Olga
Flashpoint Ruth Skellar
Paradise Falls Grace Coleman
Less Than Kind Cougar
Testees Amy
2009-2010 Being Erica Majorie
2009-2011 Majority Rules! Alana Richards
2009 The Listener Margaret
Aaron Stone Amanda Landers
2010 Republic of Doyle Charlotte
Warehouse 13 Sutton Harris
Lost Girl Dean Peretti
The Dating Guy Nautica 5000
2011 The Kennedys Janet Auchincloss
Covert Affairs Emma
2012-2014 Degrassi: The Next Generation Mrs. Novak
2012 Murdoch Mysteries Mrs. Billings
2013 Cracked Dr. Vanessa Currie
Waterloo Road Yvonne Hegarty
Hard Rock Medical Pippa
Saving Hope Sheila Birk
Rookie Blue Audrey Harding
Kid's Town Sue Redshaw
2014 Remedy Detective Parker
Reign Hortenza de' Medici
Hemlock Grove Dr. Galina Zheleznova-Burdukovskaya
The Divide Karen Woods
2015 Bitten Lily Bevelaqua
The Plateaus Young Nun #1
2016 11.22.63 Jeanne De Mohrenschildt
Rogue AUSA Samantha Polley
The Five Younger Julie Wells
In Plain Sight Agnes Muncie
2017 Ransom Alexis Duspleis
The Girlfriend Experience
2018 Little Dog Tammy Mackie

Video Games

Year Title Role
2016 World of Warcraft: Legion


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