Lenore Elizabeth Zann is an Australian-Canadian actress and politician who has represented the electoral district of Truro-Bible Hill in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly since 2009 as a member of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party. As an actress she is known for her role as Rogue in X-Men: The Animated Series.
Lenore Zann was born November 22, 1959 in Sydney, Australia, the daughter of Janice, a high school teacher, and Paul Zann, a professor. Her great-grandfather, named Zanninovich, came to Australia from Yugoslavia.
Zann emigrated with her parents to Canada in 1968, first to Regina, Saskatchewan, then to Truro, Nova Scotia, and later graduated from Cobequid Educational Centre, a high school in Turbo which was noted for it's student musical productions. She graduated from York University in Toronto where she studied drama, fine arts and political science.
Zann worked as a screen, television, stage, and voice actress and appeared in numerous television shows and films. As an actress, she is best known for providing the voice of Rogue on X-Men: The Animated Series.
Zann is also known for her roles in Def-Con 4 (1985), Happy Birthday to Me (1981), and Visiting Hours (1982).
After living in Halifax, Toronto, London, Stalkholm, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and New York City, with her dog Buster Keaton (who was named after an actor of the same name), in 2008 Zann moved back to her adopted hometown of Truro while still retaining apartments in New York City, Vancouver, and Toronto. That fall she started a community campaigh to reestore a historic former academic building in downtown Truro, the Provincial Normal College, into a cultural centre.
On April 8, 2009, Zann successfully ran for the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party nomination in the riding of Truro-Bible Hill. On the same day, an employee of the Liberal Party leaked a topless photo of her to the media from her appearance on The L Word. Zann was elected in the 2009 provinicial election and served as the Ministerial Assistant for the Department of Tourism, Culture, and Heritage. She was subsequently re-elected in the 2013 provincial election to represtent the reconfigured electoral district, now called Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River.
In that election the NDP was reduced to seven seats in the Legislature and no longer formed the government. Currently Zann is party critic for Aboriginal Affairs, Community Culture and Heritage, Community Services, Education, Human Rights Commission/Status of Women, and Seniors and Disabled.
Zann has also taken a lead position in regard to environmental racism and has introduced Bill-111, the Environmental Racism Prevention Act, to address this issue in Nova Scotia.
On June 12, 2015, Zann announced her bid for the leadership of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.
- While casting Rogue in X-Men: The Animated Series the creators of the series had in mind a voice that sounded like actress and singer, Ava Gardner.