Telek, April Biography
biography of Telek, AprilApril Amber Telek
29 April 1975, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Award-winning film & television actress April Telek was born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia. After landing her first modeling gig at the age of ten, April quickly realized her love for the camera, and while growing up as a child actor and international model, April was enrolled in a "Super Achievers" program designed specifically for kids with professional careers in school. Upon graduation, she decided to commit herself full-time to "the craft" and hasn't stopped working since. In 1994, April went on to win the title of "Miss Canada", which took her to 17 international competitions, including "Miss Asia Pacific" in the Philippines, and "Miss Top Model of the World" in Istanbul, Turkey. She has also had the honor of being titled "Hottest Canadian Talent" on the web and was voted "First Wave Babe of the Month" on more than one occasion. April's longevity as a film and television actor has led her to work on numerous projects over the years. She has worked with some of Hollywood's top A-List talent in feature films such as _Mr. Troop Mom (2009) (TV)_ (qv) ('George Lopez (I)' (qv), 'Jane Lynch (I)' (qv)), _Gray Matters (2006/I)_ (qv) ('Heather Graham (I)' (qv), 'Molly Shannon' (qv)), and _White Noise (2005)_ (qv) ('Michael Keaton' (qv)), just to name a few. April's television credits include a recurring role as "Nell" on AMC's highly-anticipated _"Hell on Wheels" (2011)_ (qv), and co-starring in CTV's Canadian hit show, _"Robson Arms" (2005)_ (qv), for the last two seasons as "Sasha". Her most recent television appearances include Hallmark Hall of Fame's _Duke (2012) (TV)_ (qv), Disney's _Radio Rebel (2012) (TV)_ (qv) (aka "Shrinking Violet"), as well as being featured, along with her beautiful home, on MTV _"Cribs" (2000)_ (qv). Some of the roles April is most proud of include A&E's Emmy Award-winning MOW, _Flight 93 (2006) (TV)_ (qv), where she played "Liz Glyk", the wife of one of the heroes/passengers on the ill-fated United Flight 93 that met its demise on September 11th, "Cathy Evelyn Smith" (the last person to see 'John Belushi' (qv) alive), in _Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Mork & Mindy' (2005) (TV)_ (qv) (aka "The Mork & Mindy Story") for NBC, and most recently as "Jana" in _Amazon Falls (2010)_ (qv), for which April won a number of awards. Despite her hectic schedule between acting and being a mom, April served as a director on the board for the Lions Gate Hospice Society for 3 years. She became passionate about the Hospice Society when her aunt was diagnosed with a terminal illness and passed away at St. James Cottage Hospice in Vancouver. April was very involved in the capital campaign to raise funds (over 7 million dollars) for the first free-standing hospice on the North Shore. April has also been involved with her church's outreach program for the Downtown Eastside and supports The Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Operation Smile and Canuck Place charities. April resides on the North Shore in her recently designed and renovated home with her husband, Jamie Campbell, and daughter, Ava Marie Campbell.
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- 'Jamie Campbell' (20 December 2009 - present)
- (1991) Graduated from Carson Graham Secondary School in North Vancouver
- April gave birth to daughter, Ava Marie, in 2006.
- Her husband Jamie Campbell, is the first cousin of film/television director Raul Sanchez Inglis ('Raul Inglis' (qv), who is a close friend.
- Cousin-in-law of 'Anna Galvin' (qv).
- Winner of the Women in Film and Television Award of Merit for her portrayal of "Jana" in _Amazon Falls (2010)_ (qv), at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2010. "Amazon Falls" had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in Sept 2010.
- Winner of a 2011 Leo Award for Best Female Performance in a Leading Role in a Feature Film. Other nominees included 'Lauren Lee Smith' (qv) and 'Amanda Crew' (qv).
- Successful jewelry designer
- "The National Post" (Canada), 15 September 2010, by: Brad Frenette, "TIFF FAQ: April Telek, from 'Amazon Falls'"
- "Metro Toronto" (Canada), 9 September 2010, by: Brian McKechnie, "TIFF 2010 Reviews: Trigger, Amazon Falls, Jack Goes Boating"
- "Toronto Star" (Canada), 8 September 2010, by: Sarah Gopaul, "Review: Amazon Falls"
- "Cult Times" (USA), August 2001, Iss. 71, pg. 11, by: Steven Eramo, "The Guest-List"
- "TV Zone" (USA), December 2000, Iss. 133, pg. 34-35, by: Steven Eramo, "Avenging April"
- "The Globe and Mail" (Canada), 18 March 2011, by: James Adams, "Amazon Falls: The bad side of Hollywood, on a worse budget"
- "CTV News" (Canada), 16 March 2011, by: Andrea Baillie, "Former Miss Canada says 'Amazon Falls' was turning point"
- "Straight.com" (Canada), 14 October 2010, by: Craig Takeuchi, "Amazon Falls' star April Telek wins the WIFTV Artistic Merit Award"
- "Metro" (Canada), 19 February 2008, pg. 16, by: Catherrine "Cat" Barr, "Social Eyes"
- "Hello!" (Canada), 4 February 2008, Iss. 69, pg. 30, by: Nicole Harvey, "Diary Of The Week- Racy Rendevous"
- "Hello! Canada" (Canada), 4 February 2008, Iss. 69, pg. 30, by: Nicole Harvie, "Diary of the Week"
- "Vancouver View" (Canada), January 2008, pg. 70, by: Paul Duchart, "People & Places"
- "The Vancouver Sun" (Canada), 8 December 2007, pg. B4, by: Malcolm Perry, "About Town"
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