Samora Smallwood is an award winning, classically trained actor, writer, & cool feminist of West African & Caucasian descent. Samora is fluent in French, proficient in Spanish & a lover of action who is trained in stage combat, fighting for TV & Film, and archery.
She is Co-Chair of ACTRA's Diversity Committee as well as the founder of The Actors Work Studio, an innovative acting studio in Toronto.
Samora's recent television work includes Star Trek Discovery, Star Trek Short Treks, The Expanse, American Gods, Coroner, The Shelter, Shadowhunters, and an episode of Frankie Drake Mysteries involving a story close to her heart about white passing & black identity in Canada.
Upcoming projects include a recurring role on "Good Witch", "Coroner", “Counting on Christmas” , "Death She Wrote" , “Toni & Solo” & the feature film “Queen of the Morning Calm” which premiered at the Whistler Film Festival & is directed by 2020 Canadian Screen Award nominated Director Gloria Kim.
Samora won The Theatre Windsor Award for “Best Actress” for her portrayal of May Henning in Norm Foster’s “The Affections of May” & is nominated for a 2020 ACTRA award nomination for Best Series Ensemble for her work in the comedy “Tokens”.
Samora's passion is telling fresh stories, pushing herself creatively, and promoting diversity on-screen and behind the camera. She was recently a jury member for The Female Eye Film Festival as well as a selected participant in The Reelworld Film Festival's "Emerging 20" Talent to Watch Program. Samora is also a passionate public speaker whose recent appearances include hosting panels at TIFF, The Toronto Black Film Festival, Official International Women’s Day & ACTRA Toronto.