Her star-turn as Rosie Deela in the 1990s CBC drama opened up more roles for indigenous Canadian film and TV actors.
Tina Louise Bomberry, who played the memorable role of Rosie Deela in the 1990s Canadian drama North of 60, has died. She was 52.
Her agent, Penny Noble of Noble Caplan Abrams in Toronto, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Bomberry died at her home on the Six Nations reserve near Brantford, Ontario on Feb. 10. Cause of death was not immediately available.
A member of the Mohawk clan, Bomberry starred in all six seasons of the North of 60 drama from 1992-1997. She played Rosie Deela again in three spin-off North of 60 TV movies between 1999 and 2005, also set in the fictional native Canadian community of Lynx River, Northwest Territories.
Bomberry’s role as the feisty, yet compassionate Rosie Deela is credited with opening the way for a host of indigenous Canadian actors in film and TV roles, like Suicide Squad actor Adam Beach and Arctic Air and Blackstone star Michelle Thrush.
She trained to be an actor at the Center for Indigenous Theatre in 1986 and Ryerson University in Toronto in 1988. Her film career started in 1989 with a walk-on role in the movie Where the Spirit Lives.
Her other screen credits included the 1993 TV movie Medicine River, Song of Hiawatha, the crime drama Blue Murder, and the 2005 TV movie Shania, A Life in Eight Albums, about the Canadian country superstar Shania Twain.