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Turner plays the hospi­tal’s on-call psy­chi­a­trist, Dr. Gavin Mur­phy, whose fo­cus is very dif­fer­ent from that of the ER physi­cians deal­ing with life-or­death, blood-and-guts is­sues.

“I very much feel like I’m in the play­ground by my­self,” he ex­plained. “For my char­ac­ter — and from speak­ing with a lot of psych res­i­dents in Toronto, as well — there is def­i­nitely that vibe where we’re kind of the kids who no­body else talks to un­less they have to. We’re seen as the less-pres­ti­gious arm of medicine, and yet these are prob­a­bly the most self-aware peo­ple in the hospi­tal.

“From an act­ing per­spec­tive, it’s a lot of fun for me, be­cause I’m deal­ing with the hu­man as­pect of things, and my job is not to dis­as­so­ci­ate, but to ob­serve and be able to con­nect on a hu­man level.”

It’s the no­tion of con­nec­tion that has driven Turner since his ear­li­est in­cli­na­tions to be­come an ac­tor. The St. Vi­tal prod­uct (a grad­u­ate of Glen­lawn Col­le­giate and the Univer­sity of Win­nipeg) cred­its his grand­mother, Mavis Turner, for in­tro­duc­ing him to the world of theatre.

“She’s 91 years old now, and she’s been go­ing to theatre in Win­nipeg since, well, I don’t know when,” he said. “She took me to MTYP, Shake­speare in the Ru­ins, all sorts of theatre around Win­nipeg. Be­cause of her, I grew up watch­ing all of that, and I wanted to be part of it ever since I was a lit­tle kid.”

Af­ter study­ing theatre at U of W, Turner be­gan his TV-act­ing ca­reer a decade ago in the lo­cally shot se­ries 2030 CE and later ap­peared in such Cana­dian se­ries as rene­gade­press. com, Mur­doch Mys­ter­ies and In­stant Star.

In ad­di­tion to the two TV-se­ries projects cur­rently on the air, Turner also ap­peared re­cently in the in­die hor­ror com­edy A Lit­tle Bit Zom­bie, and made a stop in his home­town last month with di­rec­tor Casey Walker to pro­mote a screen­ing of the film at the Globe Theatre.

“It isn’t quite the same as work­ing in Win­nipeg, but it’s nice to be able to bring some work that I’ve done back to Win­nipeg to let peo­ple come out and see it,” he said.

Turner isn’t the only mem­ber of the Sav­ing Hope cast with Win­nipeg roots. Co-star Daniel Gil­lies ( The Vampire Diaries) was born here but — like an­other well-known ac­tor, Anna Paquin — left at a very young age and was raised in New Zealand, and re­cent cast ad­di­tion Wendy Crew­son, who was born in Hamil­ton but dis­cov­ered act­ing while at­tend­ing high school (West­wood Col­le­giate) in Win­nipeg.


Push Girls Schaike­witz (from left) An­gel, Rock­wood and Adams.

Turner is part of The L.A. Com­plex, air­ing on CW net­work in the U.S.

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