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  • Genre: Comedy
  • Episodes: Season 1: 8x30, Season 2: 20x30, Season 3: 20x30, Season 4: 18x30, Season 5: 14x30, Season 6: 11x30

Little Mosque is the hit comedy that takes an affectionate, warts-and-all look at a small Muslim community trying to fit into rural Canada.

 

Amaar Rashid is a young lawyer who turned his back on his career to reinvent himself as an Imam in a small town. But nothing could prepare him for his new position at Mercy Mosque. For starters, how come no one mentioned that his mosque is in an Anglican Church?

 

The mosque in Mercy is the epicenter of a group of colorful characters. There is the Hamoudi clan, whose father Yasir is a contractor who sees nothing wrong with mixing his worship with a little business. His wife Sarah converted to Islam when she married, but doesn’t take the religion too seriously. Their lovely daughter Rayyan is a devout yet progressive Muslim who thinks the town’s new Imam is a sight for sore eyes…in more ways than one.

 

Other characters include Baber Siddiqui, the resident conservative zealot who sees plenty wrong with Western values and almost everything else, except when it comes to his teenage daughter Layla. Fatima Dinssa, a Nigerian immigrant, holds court over the town café that welcomes Muslims and Christians alike.

 

But the Muslim community has more than internal squabbles to deal with. There’s the local right wing radio shock jock, Fred Tupper, who doesn’t trust the growing foreign population in his hometown. The Mayor who’ll do whatever will give her more votes. Luckily, Amaar and the Muslims have a friend in Reverend Magee, who gave their congregation a space in his church for (mostly) noble reasons. Later, when the new Reverend Thorne takes over the church, the Muslims quickly learn how good they had it.

 

Ultimately, in the world of Mercy, peace always triumphs over hate, enemies can become friends, and friends can sometimes become something much, much more.

 

Modern life in Mercy is surprising indeed…and surprisingly funny.

 

Website: www.littlemosque.ca

Awards

  • Festival
  • Location
  • Award
  • 2011 Seoul International Drama Awards
  • Seoul, Korea
  • Nominated (Best Drama Series)
  • 2009 INPUT
  • Poland
  • Official Selection
  • 2009 Rose D’Or
  • Switzerland
  • Nominated (Best Sitcom)
  • 2009 CFTPA
  • Ottawa, ON Canada
  • Nominated (Best Comedy)
  • 2009 Dawn Breakers International Film Festival
  • Phoenix, Arizona USA
  • Official Selection
  • 2008 INPUT
  • South Africa
  • Official Selection
  • 2008 The New York Festival
  • New York, New York USA
  • International TV Broadcasting Situation Comedy Award
  • 2008 Gemini Awards
  • Toronto, ON Canada
  • Nominated(Best Director in a Comedy Series, Best Wardrobe)
  • 2007 Gemini Awards
  • Regina, SK Canada
  • Canada Award, Nominated (Best Direction, Best Writing)
  • 2007 Cologne Comedy Festival
  • Germany
  • Selected to screen at Best of TV Comedy
  • 2007 Cinema Tout Ecran
  • Geneva
  • Audience Award for Best Series, Special Jury Mentiony
  • 2007 Roma FictionFest
  • Rome, Italy
  • Maximo Award, Teleplay Award, Best Screenplay
  • 2007 Rose D'Or
  • Switzerland
  • Nominated (Best Sitcom)
  • 2007 Banff Television Awards (Rockies)
  • Banff, AB Canada
  • Nominated (Best Comedy)
  • 2007 Media Awards (The Muslim Public Affairs Council)
  • Los Angeles, CA USA
  • Voices of Courage & Conscience Award(Zarqa Nawaz)
  • 2007 Chris Awards
  • Columbus, OH, USA
  • Bronze Plaque
  • 2007 Yorkton Film Festival
  • Yorkton, SK Canada
  • Best Comedy


NEIL CRONE (“Fred Tupper”)

Neil Crone is an actor and writer who has performed in dozens of TV shows, television and radio commercials, and is the voice of numerous Saturday morning cartoon characters including: YTV's hit series “Erky-Perky”, “Pearlie” and “The Adventures of Bob and Doug Mackenzie”. Crone starred in the recent comedy feature “Eating Buccaneers” and as a series lead in “Really Me”. A Second City Mainstage alumnus, Crone has been performing improvised and sketch comedy for over twenty years and was awarded the Canadian Comedy Award for his radio work as Q107's Bad Santa.

 

When not acting, Crone is busy writing; as an award-winning weekly humor columnist and blogger for Metroland papers and as the author of stories in verse for "Big and Little Kids." His first children's book, “I Am Dead at Recess”, is published on the Internet by Tumblehome books and his award-winning book “Coby Builds a House” is published by Geranium Homes with proceeds going to charity. “The Secret Farmers Midnight Dance” is Crone's latest project. A cancer survivor himself, Crone is the National Spokesperson for Colon Cancer Canada and a supporter of a number of other cancer organizations.

NEIL CRONE (“Fred Tupper”)


ARLENE DUNCAN (“Fatima”)

Arlene Duncan is a multi-talented singer and actor who works in television, film, theatre and radio. Her recent film and television credits include: “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, “Get Rich Or Die Tryin”, “The Music Man”, “Eloise at Christmastime”, “Wingin’ It”, “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” and “Flashpoint”.  She can also be seen in the recurring role of Phoebe Crosby on the CBC-TV hit series “Being Erica”.

 

Her theatre credits include: “Sophisticated Ladies”, “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, “Once on this Island” and “The Who’s Tommy”. Her next challenge will be performing the role of Caroline in the Tony Award-winning musical “Caroline or Change”. Arlene is also heard as the voice of Officer Rabbit on the popular children’s cartoon “Franklin the Turtle” and she recently participated in the CBC documentary series “Africa on the Move”.

ARLENE DUNCAN (“Fatima”)


BRANDON FIRLA (“Reverend Thorne”) 

Not only do viewers know Brandon as "that tall priest on Little Mosque", but as "that tall priest on Little Mosque who offends both Muslims and Christians alike." He is delighted to have been a part of this uniquely Canadian success story and wants to make it very clear to fans of the show that he is nothing like the scheming, manipulative character he portrays. In actual fact, he's far, far worse. Some of his past roles include: a scheming, manipulative lawyer in “Billable Hours”; and a scheming, manipulative sports agent in “Score: a Hockey Musical”. His hobbies include scheming, manipulating, and being typecast.

BRANDON FIRLA (“Reverend Thorne”)


SITARA HEWITT (“Rayyan”)

Sitara Hewitt is of Welsh and Pakistani descent and is based out of Toronto, Canada. A classically trained dancer, she has worked in many facets of the entertainment industry as a dancer, host, model and actress on both stage and screen. Enjoying the success of Little Mosque on the Prairie worldwide, Sitara is also the spokesperson for La Leche League Canada and the face of Vasanti Cosmetics.

SITARA HEWITT (“Rayyan”)

SHEILA McCARTHY (“Sarah”)

A Genie Award-winner for the classic Canadian films “I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing” and “The Lotus Eaters”, Sheila McCarthy has appeared in the films “Being Julia”, “Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen”, “The Day After Tomorrow” and “Die Hard”. She starred in director Sook Yin Lee’s “Year of the Carnivore” and will be seen in Brandon Cronenberg’s debut feature “Antiviral”.

 

McCarthy shines on the small screen as well as the stage. Among her television credits “Picket Fences”, “I Was A Rat”, “Roxana”, “Missing”, “Wonderland”, “Road To Avonlea”, “Street Legal” and “Virtual Mom”, which she also produced.  She won a Gemini for Best Actress for her roles in both “Emily of New Moon” and “Sesame Street”.

SHEILA McCARTHY (“Sarah”)

DEBRA McGRATH (“Mayor Ann Popowicz”)

Debra McGrath has many television, feature film and stage credits to her name. She just finished shooting Single White Spenny season one. In addition to creating, writing and starring in Getting Along Famously for CBC, she has appeared in such television shows as The Ron James Show, Living in My Car, Love Letters, This is Wonderland, Burnt Toast, Paradise Falls, Wind at My Back and Due South among others. Features include The Real Blonde, Termini Station, One Magic Christmas and Expecting for which she was nominated for an ACTRA Award. McGrath is also an accomplished stage actor who has appeared in many theatre productions, several of which were nominated for Dora Mavor Moore Awards. She is a founding member of Women Fully Clothed and appeared in the show at the Edinburgh Festival. Deb is always pitching in the hope of doing another television show with her husband actor Colin Mochrie.

DEBRA McGRATH (“Mayor Ann Popowicz”)

CARLO ROTA (“Yasir”) 

Carlo Rota was born in London, England and grew up in various places in Europe, the Far East and the Carribean. His recent popular television credits include the show “24”, “Othello, The Tragedy of the Moor”, “N.C.I.S. Los Angeles” and “Stargate Universe” to name a few. Aside from Little Mosque on the Prairie, Carlo is probably best known in Canada for his kinetic show that celebrated Canadian cuisine entitled “The Great Canadian Food Show”. Rota currently makes his home in Los Angeles.

CARLO ROTA (“Yasir”)

ZAIB SHAIKH (“Amaar”, Consulting Producer)

Honoured with a Leo Award for his performance as Imam Amaar Rashid, Zaib Shaikh has worked across Canada as an actor, director and producer. He co-wrote, directed and co-produced the Gemini Award-winning TV film, “Othello, the Tragedy of the Moor”. His other television work includes lead or guest starring roles in “Metropia”, “Da Vinci’s City Hall” and “The Dead Zone”. Award-winning director Deepa Mehta cast Zaib in her film adaptation of Sir Salman Rushdie’s novel “Midnight’s Children”. A regular guest host for Jian Ghomeshi on CBC Radio’s Q, he has been featured in the award-winning radio drama series “Afghanada”.

 

Zaib has been a member of some of the most highly respected  theatre companies in Canada including Canadian Stage, National Arts Centre, Globe Theatre, Grand Theatre and the Stratford Festival of Canada. A graduate of the joint University of Toronto/Sheridan College Acting Program, Zaib holds an MFA in Directing from the University of British Columbia and has served as an Artistic Producer for the Whistler Theatre Project.

 

Zaib has travelled across Canada and internationally speaking on the power of arts and the media as a platform to greater understanding between Eastern and Western culture.  Zaib is a board member for the Canadian Centre for Diversity and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.

ZAIB SHAIKH (“Amaar”, Consulting Producer)

MANOJ SOOD (“Baber”) 

Manoj Sood was born in Mombasa, Kenya and grew up in Western Canada. Manoj has appeared in more than 50 television and feature film productions including, “The Dead Zone”, “Dead Like Me” and more recently in “The Haunting Hour” and “The End Game”.  Manoj has also acted in popular films such as “American Meltdown”, “Rat Race”, and more recently the feature films, “Watchmen”, “Fathers and Sons” and “Repeaters”. Manoj lives in the Vancouver area and is also an avid amateur astronomer and well-known fly fisherman.

MANOJ SOOD (“Baber”)

DEREK McGRATH (“Reverend Magee”) 

Derek McGrath is an accomplished screen and stage actor. His long list of television credits include “This Is Wonderland”, “Star Trek: Voyager”, “Ellen”, “The Red Green Show”, “Married With Children”, “Cheers”, “Street Legal”, “Dallas”, “Family Matters” and “Newhart”, to name a few. He also has many film credits to his name including “Charlie Bartlett”, “Full Of It”, “Stuart Bliss”, “Chameleon”, “She’s Out Of Control”, “Police Academy IV”, “Mr.Mom” and “Nothing Personal”. In addition, Derek has performed in numerous stage productions for Second City and The Shaw Festival Theatre.

DEREK McGRATH (“Reverend Magee”)

ALIZA VELANI (“Layla”) 

Aliza Velani is a Canadian born daughter of Indian immigrants from East Africa. She lives in Vancouver. The role of Layla in the Little Mosque on the Prairie is Aliza’s first major assignment in the entertainment industry. Aliza has also appeared in Nickelodeon's “The Troop”, as well as Carl Bessai's upcoming film, “Fathers and Sons”. Her extensive training includes acting, dancing, improv, singing and taekwando. She began dance classes in jazz and hip hop when she was 5 years old. Aliza’s dancing skills extend to bollywood style dancing as well. In high school, she was an active member of the drama class and senior improv team. She also coached her school's junior improv team for 3 years. She received both the BC (2007 & 2008) and National Istar Award for Arts and Culture (2007).

ALIZA VELANI (“Layla”)