Amber Marshall doesn’t just play a horse lover on television; she lives the cowgirl lifestyle. Strong, independent and talented, Amber has been pursuing her life goals since she was old enough to explain them to her parents.
Born and raised in London, Ontario, a city with one foot in its rural past and another in its urban future, Amber grew up with that same blend of big-city smarts and down-home groundedness that has enabled her to accomplish success in each of her many passions. Now in her eleventh year starring as Amy Fleming, the horse-whispering miracle girl at the centre of the television drama Heartland, Amber plays a character who, not by accident, rings true with the show’s millions of fans around the world.
Amber was introduced to horses shortly after saying goodbye to her toddler years. It was a match made in heaven as Amber, an accomplished rider, and the horses in her life have shared a never-ending love story. Horses are as big a part of her home life as they are of her workday. She currently has several horse companions on her Alberta ranch including — Cash, Talon and Hawk and Screech. Talon is an especially precocious fellow, bringing a full-sized horse’s charisma to his miniature horse size. Amber’s passion for animals is not limited to horses, as she has surrounded herself with a veritable menagerie of dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and cattle.
Amber also engaged with her other passion, acting, at an equally young age, joining The Original Kids Theatre Company in London. She performed in many productions over the next several years, while also enrolling in the Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts, an elementary school in London geared to artistic young people. Developing rapidly as an artistic presence, Amber obtained a theatrical agent in Toronto by the age of 11, and within the year was cast as a young Lorna Luft in her first major production, a mini-series called Me and My Shadows: The Life of Judy Garland.
As is often the case for talented, hard-working people, success came quickly. Soon she was cast as Ally on the YTV Network’s Super Rupert. This was her first opportunity to play a principal character, and she quickly demonstrated that her combination of talent, charisma and passion for her work enabled her to carry a grand production on her young shoulders.
When she was 14, Amber was cast in the title role in The Elizabeth Smart Story, a movie-of-the-week based on the true story of the 2002 abduction of a Utah teenager. Amber’s unique combination of strength and vulnerability shone through this role. People took notice and rewarded her performance with a nomination for the prestigious Los Angeles-based Young Artist Award for Best Actress in a Movie. At this point, Amber could clearly see the career path that lay before her and she pursued it with all her being.
Still living in London, but effectively based in Toronto, Amber continued to appear in roles on episodic television. She made the most of her opportunities to show her range as an actor, appearing is such varied productions as Resident Evil, Power Strikers and Dark Oracle. It was at this time that the hand of fate brushed her cheek and brought together her two great passions, horses and acting.
Now more than a decade later both Amy Fleming and Amber Marshall have grown into strong, capable young women. Amber left behind the rolling hills of southwestern Ontario and now proudly makes her home in the same beautiful terrain of southern Alberta that is depicted on Heartland. This is where reality departs from the myth-making of television as Amber competently manages her own ranch and is a fiercely independent soul fully capable of disappearing into the mountains for a weekend of fishing, trail riding and camping. During the winter, Amber enjoys snowmobile trips to the mountains and spending time with her animals and family.
During the hiatus between season 7 and 8 of Heartland, Amber took the opportunity to play a supporting role in a movie-of-the-week called Mutant World, to be featured on the Syfy network’s 2014-2015 schedule.
Never one to become involved in organized sports, Amber has nevertheless always led a very active life. Whether it is daily farm chores around her ranch today or riding her beloved horses every day when she was a youngster, Amber is a living example of the old adage that an active life is a healthy life and a healthy life is a happy life. Amber is at her happiest when the sun is shining and she is stealing away for a quiet afternoon of riding in the hills and fly-fishing.
Amber has always been deeply gratified by her one-to-one connections with her fans, making multiple personal appearances each year. She is now the proud publisher and principle writer of her own magazine, Amber Marshall Life & Style in which she details her many interests and highlights her bond with her fans around the world.
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