Birth Date: June 8, 1973 / Age: 40
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Biography: Alexandra L. Doig (born 8 June 1973) is a Canadian actress best known for her role on the science-fiction television series Andromeda.
Doig's "exotic" appearance stems from her mixed heritage - Irish/Scottish on her father's side, Filipina on her mother's. She was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, where her family held season tickets to their local theatre, and caught the acting bug at the age of nine, after seeing a production of Porgy and Bess. At the age of sixteen, she enrolled in a modelling course and was immediately picked up by an agent. She did commercials and modelling work, before dropping out of high school during her final year to pursue an acting career. She worked on stage productions of Romeo and Juliet and Arsenic and Old Lace while auditioning for film and television roles.
Her first significant role was on William Shatner's series TekWar. Doig recalls the time she heard the news of this role: "I walked out of the audition absolutely convinced I had blown it, and then my agent called to tell me I got the part. I was leaping around my parents' house and screaming at the top of my lungs. I knew then I'd chosen the right profession and I've never looked back since."
Doig landed the role of Tina Backus on the short-lived series CI5: The New Professionals in 1998, and finally burst into the spotlight with her role as the title character on the sci-fi series Andromeda. More recently, she has expanded into significant feature film roles, including the female lead in Jason X (2001). Doig has also reportedly shot several episodes for the ninth season of Stargate SG-1, in a recurring guest role as the team's new doctor, Carolyn Lam. She also has a recurring role as college professor Wendy Paulson in the second season of The 4400.
When not performing, Doig enjoys reading, rollerblading and playing RPG video games and Dungeons and Dragons. On 2 August 2003 she married fellow actor Michael Shanks, and the two welcomed daughter Mia Tabitha on 13 September 2004. Doig, Shanks and Mia divide their time between Toronto and Vancouver, the centre of the Canadian film industry, with plans to move to Los Angeles in the near future.