Nancy Sorel is an award winning American and Canadian actor and voice artist known for Less Than Kind (2008), Heaven Is for Real (2014), Breakthrough (2019), How It Ends (2018), The Grudge (2020), Once Upon a Christmas Miracle (2018), The Man in the High Castle (2015) & Barbie: Fairytopia (2005).
Nancy Sorel was born on May 14, in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA. The third child of tool maker, Alphonse J Weglowski and R.N. Diane Sorel Weglowski. She attended B.M.C. Durfee High School of Fall River and then went on to receive a degree in Theatre and Film from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. While at U Mass Amherst, she booked her first professional acting gig at the University Playwrights festival with guest artist, Bill Pullman. He inspired her to move to New York City pursue acting professionally. After earning her degree and moving to New York City, she began acting Off Broadway at the Ernie Martin and Intar Theaters. During this time she also worked in commercials, print and after a few months in New York, won the the role of Coco, on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. Shortly thereafter, Nancy relocated to Los Angeles to star in the NBC daytime series Generations (1989). During that time she also guest-starred in Prime Time shows, Movies of the Week and Pilots including Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989), Murder, She Wrote (1984), Empty Nest (1988), The X Files (1993) and The Outer Limits (1995). She then went on to play the role of Sammy, on Fox’s sitcom Down the Shore (1992).
After shooting numerous projects in Vancouver and spending her early 20’s filming back and forth between LA and Vancouver, she eventually called Canada home, where she continued to worked on numerous television projects such as Hope Island (1999), Beggars and Choosers (1999), Seven Days (1998), First Wave (1998), The Twilight Zone (2002), Stargate SG-1 (1997), Tru Calling (2003), The 4400 (2004), and many MOW’s.
It was in Canada that Nancy met and married her husband, manufacturer and actor, Paul Magel. They have two children. Nancy is most well known for her more recent projects including playing Clara Fine, on the HBO critically acclaimed and multi award winning series, Less Than Kind, for which she won 2 Canadian Comedy Awards ( 2009 & 2010), and an ACTRA Award (2014) and was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in 2014, for her role on the series. The following year she was nominated for 2 more ACTRA Awards, for her performances in the Sony feature film (with Greg Kinnear) Heaven is for Real, in which she played Dr. Charlotte Slater, and for her portrayal of Marm McGoldrick, the 1860’s New York City mob boss on the series The Pinkertons.
Whether she is playing a Hallmark mom (Kathy Krueger, in Once Upon A Christmas Miracle 2018), an FBI Agent ( Agent Cole Grudge 2019) a recently widowed school teacher grappling with her faith (“Mrs Abbott” Fox 2000’s Breakthrough 2019) or a 1960’s socialite of the Third Reich ( Mary Dawson, Man In The High Castle, season 2 & 3, 2017-2018) Nancy has enjoyed becoming a sought after veteran of both the US and Canadian film & television industries.