Samora Smallwood is an award winning, classically trained actor, writer, & creator 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.
An advocate for actors, Samora's work as co-Chair of ACTRA's Diversity & Inclusion Committee & as an Elected Councillor for ACTRA Toronto is focused on equity, representation, and inclusion. Samora also founded
The Actors Work Studio, an innovative acting studio in Toronto.
Samora's recent television work includes recurring roles on the upcoming OWN/Warner Bros drama "The Kings of Napa", Star Trek Discovery, Good Witch, as well as turns on The Coroner, Star Trek Short Treks, The Expanse, American Gods, Murdoch Mysteries,The Shelter, Shadowhunters, and a role on Frankie Drake Mysteries involving a story close to her heart about white passing & black identity in Canada.
Samora's recent & upcoming film work includes the lead role in "Death She Wrote" a thriller directed by Sharon Lewis, "A Bucket List Christmas" with Jessica Lowndes and Chad Michael Murray & Gloria Kim's award-winning debut feature film “Queen of the Morning Calm” which premiered at the Whistler Film Festival.
Samora won The Theatre Windsor Award for “Best Actress” for her portrayal of May Henning in Norm Foster’s “The Affections of May” & was nominated for a 2020 ACTRA award nomination for Best Series Ensemble for her work in the Canadian Screen Award winning comedy “Tokens” created by Winnifred Jong who won a Canadian Screen Award for directing the series.
Samora's passion is telling fresh stories, working with people who push her creatively, and promoting diversity on-screen, behind the camera, and in every department. 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.