Graham Wardle (born September 6, 1986) is a Canadian actor, filmmaker and photographer best known for his role as Ty Borden in CBC’s Heartland series.
Graham Wardle was born on September 6, 1986 in Mission, British Columbia. He was raised in New Westminister near Vancouver with his five brothers. Wardle and his mother simply sat in a room not knowing it was for children waiting to take the test. He took the test and was selected for a toy commercial and appeared in a variety of TV shows, including The New Addams Family.
At the age of 12, Graham got his first TV role in The Sentinal. Later, he appeared on TV shows such as The Outer Limits (2001), Life as we Know it (2004) and Supernatural (2005). In 2003, Graham was on the inaugural New Westminster Hyack soccer team when a concussion affected his future. Already interested in acting and arts, he enrolled in the Capilano University Film and Production Program in Vancouver, where he participated in the creation of several films before graduating in 2007.
In 2007, Wardle participated in In the Land of Women with Meg Ryan and Adam Brody. That year he was selected to play a leading role as Ty Borden in the CBC Heartland series. Wardle appeared in almost every Heartland episode and in A Heartland Christmas, a movie released in 2010. In 2009 and again in 2010, he was nominated for the LEO Award for Summer’s End and The Starting Gate episodes. Between the filming seasons, Wardle appeared in Rob Grant’s zombie horror movie Yesterday (2009), which received great reviews in the North American festival circuit. He also appeared in That One Night (2008), Mon Ami (2012), Supernatural and Halloween Record, an original film made for Syfy Channel as part of the 31 days of Halloween 2013.
Graham has been involved in film and television since the age of six. Growing up in commercial toy sets like Micro Machines and Nerf Guns, he has always had his eye on creating his own works. With a huge passion for stories and mythology, Graham studies the works of Alan Watts and Joseph Campbell regularly.
Graham is a motivator and seeks to improve his life experiences while motivating others to a healthy and rewarding lifestyle. When at home, he enjoys reading. When he’s away from home, he loves both wheels, both bicycles and motorcycles. He runs, snowboards with friends, and exercises. Graham can often be found in a Vancouver Canucks game.
Graham donates his time freely to raise funds and charitable endeavors. When he went home for a meeting of the Hyacks soccer team, he contributed with his former team, so that they could make a trip to play in the United States. To quote Graham “I think it’s great to give back and I think when you are blessed to be able to share with others, I think that life is this: share what you have and give …”
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In 2013, Graham found several ways to contribute and give back to others. He helped raise funds for Men of Hope, an organization that helps victims of sexual abuse. Graham ran a marathon at the Calgary Pineapple Challenge for leukemia cancer. When Alberta and High River City were severely damaged by a flood, Graham participated in several flood relief efforts to raise funds. The Heartland for High River event raised funds by inviting Heartland fans from around the world to Heartland studios. There they could meet the stars, take pictures and bid on auction items. All the money raised was donated to the city of High River. Graham spent more time in Abbotsford with Agrifair fundraising for humanitarian aid in Alberta. He returned to Calgary just in time to perform at the HaloHighWater charity concert.
Still wanting to do more, Graham co-founded ‘Cruise With A Cause’ with his friend Don McLeod. They started with a gala evening event on August 31, 2013 to raise funds. On September 1, they took their motorcycles with friends to tour British Columbia for six days, meeting with sponsors and the public to raise awareness about prostate cancer and raise funds for the BC Prostrate Foundation.
Wardle is also a writer, photographer and filmmaker. In 2012, he produced The Vessel with friends and Capilano Alumni as part of the Crazy 8’s project. Graham wrote a book full of his writings and personal photographs called Find Your Truth. In the summer of 2013, Wardle co-founded Lone Maverick, a film production and entertainment company. The first film produced by Lone Maverick was “Cold Lights”, with Wardle playing Sam Ross, a character who is abducted by aliens.