Melanie Virginia Sydney Morse MacQuarrie is the daughter of well-known British/Canadian actors Barry Morse and Sydney Sturgess. After the family emigrated from England to Canada in 1951, she began acting in numerous productions on stage and television alongside her father, mother, and brother, Hayward Morse. Her film work includes roles in Prom Night with Jamie Lee Curtis and Murder by Phone with Richard Chamberlain. On stage she performed in such diverse venues as Boston, Massachusetts and the Canada Shakespeare Stratford Festival. At the age of 19, she was admitted on scholarship to the famed Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, and in the early 1970s she joined the Ryerson University Drama department in Toronto, where she worked for 30 years prior to her retirement in 1991.