Justin Rain is a professionally trained actor, multimedia artist and public speaker of Plains Cree descent. He was born and currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia and was introduced to the local film and television industry soon after graduating high school. He worked with the East Vancouver Urban Native Theatre Company for three years before beginning formal study at the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts, William Davis Centre, Second Avenue Studios among others throughout Greater Vancouver.
Five short years later and he’s an accomplished dramatic artist with over ten lead, supporting and recurring film and television roles to his name. Some include a guest star role on the dramatic original Global Network series, The Guard (Search and Rescue), Ayaa; A Hero’s Journey, Journeying Fourth, Dance of My Beating Heart and CTV’s Halq’emeylem Legend. Justin continues to explore new territory in the realm of dramatic arts and most notably he appeared in the widely popular third installment of Summit Entertainment’s supernatural romance fantasy film series, The Twilight Saga; Twilight Eclipse (2010).
As a dedicated, diverse and versatile theatre performer, Justin has taken the stage in various productions in Vancouver. Most recently, he co- starred in the Centre Theatre Group production, Richard Montoya’s critically acclaimed Palestine, New Mexico which premiered at the prestigious Mark taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles in December 2009. With a passion for tackling complex, dramatic roles, Justin has most recently taken on the recurring role of the kind and strong hearted Alan Fraser in the new original series, Blackstone. Set on the fictional Blackstone First Nations Reserve, the series is an authentic drama set to launch in January, 2011 on Showcase and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). More information about the series can be found at www.blackstonetheseries.com and www.aptn.ca/pages/blackstone.
To add to the long list of accolades and recognition received throughout his career is Justin’s recent lead performance as the stubborn and fiercely intelligent character, Adam, in Two Indians Talking. His performance in the feature length film won the Rogers Peoples Choice Award at the 2010 Vancouver International Film Festival and landed him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the 2010 American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. Most recently, the young rising star took home the award for Best Actor at the 2010 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival and has just recently been nominated for a Leo Award for his leading performance.
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