Toronto, ON – September 29, 2014
Award winning actor Jean-Michel Le Gal stars in the new teen comedy Max and Shred, premiering on October 6th, 2014 at 7:30 PM ET/PT on Nickelodeon and October 7th, 2014 at 7 PM ET/PT on YTV.
Max and Shred is about an unlikely friendship that forms when an easy-going superstar snowboarder moves in with a neurotic superstar academic and his family. The show centres on the boys’ evolving relationship as they navigate the trials of teenage life including school, dating and popularity.
Jean-Michel’s character, Lloyd Ackerman, is the patriarch of the household, and yet he’s usually more childish than the rest of them. Always wanting to hang with his kids, Lloyd likes to think of himself as a fun dad. Now with Max in the house, Lloyd can live out his father-son sporting hopes – much to the relief of his son.
Jean-Michel can be recognized for his roles in television series including Space’s Orphan Black, Global’s Rookie Blue, CTV’s Flashpoint, HBO Canada’s Transporter, Discovery Channel’s Mayday, Showtime’s Jeremiah, and the French series Ramville and Météo+.
Additionally, Jean-Michel’s film credits include Take This Waltz (TIFF 2011), John A: Birth of a Nation, Foxfire (TIFF 2012), Change of Plans, the BravoFact short She Sings For Me and What We Have, which was screened at the 2014 Atlantic Film Festival and the 2014 Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival.
Born in Toronto, and raised in Toronto, England and Ottawa, Jean-Michel grew up in a household rich with arts and creativity, building an interest in acting at an early age. Following graduation from a three-year professional theatre program at Studio 58 in Vancouver, he was invited to join the Birmingham Conservatory of Classical Theatre Training at the Stratford Festival; he went on to perform choice roles over four repertory seasons in productions The Tempest, As You Like It, Merchant of Venice and Noises Off, earning him a John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Actor and a Globe and Mail review that exclaimed “A star is born.”
After playing Molière in Toronto and at Montreal’s renowned Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Jean-Michel was invited to participate in the inaugural Actors Conservatory at the Canadian Film Centre, where he trained with Kiefer Sutherland, Norman Jewison, and Sarah Polley, to name a few.
When not working, Jean-Michel Le Gal enjoys a number of outdoor activities including archery, fishing, boating, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and backcountry camping. His indoor pursuits include playing guitar and piano, watching theatre, the opera and art galleries. Currently, Jean-Michel lives in Toronto, but his second home is a family farm in Quebec, Canada.
Over the last 10 years, Jean-Michel has been sharing his knowledge of the classics in both English and French with school children. He also helps disadvantaged youth to write, develop and perform their own plays.
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