1. Anna Silk and Ksenia Solo (Bo and Kenzi, Lost Girl)
Bisexual succubus who feeds off of other people’s life energy – check.
Wise-ass sidekick with a penchant for pizza and crazy outfits – check.
Succubus Bo (Silk) and her human bff Kenzi (Solo) are a match made in Saturday night slumber party junk food heaven. Lost Girl may seem cheesy at times, but these ladies run with it. Silk and Solo add depth the even the most shallow (albeit funny) lines, but what the show really does well is their character’s friendship. And, to be honest, Kenzi’s declaration of love for coffee in season 2 should be reason enough to watch this show.
2. Zoie Palmer (Lauren, Lost Girl)
No explanation need.
3. Erin Karpluk (Erica, Being Erica)
I’ll just cut to the chase: Being Erica ended it’s 4 season run 2 years ago. However, it’s one of those shows that stays with you – like a friend you haven’t seen in ages, but nothing changes when you reunite (that’s a very literal simile, but you get the idea). The heart and soul of the show is Karpluk. She can do painfully embarrassing slapstick comedy one scene and then heart-wrenching breakdown the next. Being Erica was a free weekly therapy session and Karpluk was your friend you’d call to tell her anything and everything. Hopefully in the future Karpluk gets another lead role as complex as this one.
4. Ali Liebert (Betty, Bomb Girls)
Let me tell you something about that face. It hurts. A LOT.
Ok, Bomb Girls is a little history lesson about flawless,fierce and fancy women in an ammunition factory in Canada during WWII, but then there’s this woman Betty. This lady has so much sass and swagger, but she’s also a big softy when it comes to other ladies. It’s like you came for the 1940’s theme and feminist story-lines, but she shows up and wrecks your life because of her unrequited love (there was some reprieve for her little heart when she fell for a female soldier, but we all know her heart belongs to someone else). AND THERE WERE ONLY 2 SEASONS!
Liebert also played a lady-lover in the newest season of Lost Girl and, to be honest, I don’t mind if she continues to be typecast.
5. The Women of Rookie Blue
(from left to right: Missy Peregrym – Andy, Charlotte Sullivan – Gail, Enuka Okuma – Traci)
These are the 3 main women of the show, though season 4 has added Priscilla Faia as Chloe and Aliyah O’Brien as Holly. At first this show may seem like the early seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, but Meredith Grey wishes she was as sassy as Sullivan’s character Gail. Each season has gotten better and better and these women bring their acting A-game.
6. Evelyne Brochu (Delphine, Orphan Black)
She’s Québécois, which means she is fluent in French, English and adorableness. This woman does French-Canadian indie movies that will blow your mind and then pops up on this year’s biggest cult hit – and in the process we were all mesmerized by her magnificent mane (and obviously her acting chops). She even made lip-biting an art form.
7. Tatiana Maslany (Everyone but the kitchen sink, Orphan Black)
Ms. Thang has been flying under the radar since her early teens. She even did a couple episodes of one of the other shows on this list: Being Erica (actually if you look closely actresses from all these shows have been on each others shows). You all know about her now thanks to playing SEVEN different characters over the course of just 10 episodes, but this list wouldn’t be complete without her super-freaking talented presence. You’re Damn Right.
8. Honorable Mention: Caroline Dhavernas (Alana, Hannibal)
(Hannibal is filmed in Canada, like the other shows, but it is a US show.) This Québécois actress (again, French, Canadian, fierce) has been in TV shows and movies for 20 plus years now. Hannibal, in all of it’s gory, deliciousness, may seem like a dude-run show, but Dhavernas is such a scene stealer. Like, you can’t yell at Morpheus and not expect repercussions, however she did and it was awesome.
9. Honorable Mention: Cobie Smulders (Robin, How I Met Your Mother)
(Obviously this is a US show.)
HIMYM is most definitely an ensemble show, but some of the best episodes revolve around Robin. Sure, Smulders can be freaking hysterical as Robin (Sparkles), but then she can also break your heart like in the episode “The Symphony of Illumination” from season 7. If you weren’t a blubbering mess by the end of the episode then you’re as cold as Barney after a one night stand.