Natalie Lisinska is here to make us all feel safer. Born in England but raised on Vancouver Island, Lisinska is the one to watch on the new CBC-TV comedy series InSecurity.
Filmed in Regina, the show's premise follows the misadventures of a hopelessly inept unit of Canadian spies, with Lisinska cast as team leader Alex Cranston, arguably the only person keeping the team from falling over each other.
If Lisinska's face looks familiar, it's likely because you remember her from guest turns in the UPN series Kevin Hill, or on the CBC miniseries At the Hotel or from multiple appearances on Degrassi: The Next Generation.
When Lisinska does find time to watch television, she normally opts for thoughtful and intelligent viewing, as evidenced in three of her current favourites.
The Victorian Farm My mother and I watched a marathon of this show on Christmas Day. It's so fascinating to see the hardships people went through in that era. Imagine a time when you had to make your own bricks out of clay. There's so much work involved just in surviving and it really makes you have new respect for those Victorian farmers.
Iron Chef I'm a bit of a foodie, so this has become one of my favourite shows. I just love the campiness of the competition. It's so over the top, but so aware of being over the top. Even the chefs don't take it too seriously. I also like the fact it's not lesson-based and the chefs are working at a normal speed.
Breaking Bad I'm always very conscious of the writing on this show because it's so good, and good writing is a gift to any actor. It has more story turns than any show on television and there's such a great balance between the drama and dark comedy. The characters are all so human and the story could go anywhere at this point. They've got me.