Leah Cairns

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Leah Cairns
Leah Cairns
Portrays: Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson
Date of Birth: June 2, 1974
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Age: 50
Nationality: CAN CAN
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Leah Cairns is a Canadian film and television actor.

Cairns was born on June 2nd 1974 in North Vancouver and grew up in Kamloops, B.C., with dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Those dreams were dashed when she broke her back in a car accident at 16. When her dance team went to an international competition in her graduating year, rather than stay at home, she headed off to Costa Rica, starting an eight-year backpacking odyssey that took her to 36 countries. Prior to returning to Canada, she stumbled into an improv class at an ashram in India, where she began her acting career.[1]

Cairns has appeared in CTV’s comedy series Robson Arms. She has also appeared as a regular on the cancelled Canadian CITY-TV comedy series Godiva's, as 'Jenna', a waitress & dancer.

Cairns was one of the many actresses who auditioned for the role of Number Six[1], which later went to Tricia Helfer. Cairns first appeared as Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson in the Re-imagined Series season one episode, "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part II," initially intended as a one-episode character. However, the production team liked Cairns' performance so much that Racetrack became a recurring role.

Cairns appeared opposite actor Al Pacino in the feature film 88 Minutes, as well as in a recurring role on the new TNT television series Saved. She also appeared in the pilot for the web-based series, Sanctuary, as a character who became the basis of the witches of William Shakespeare's MacBeth.[1] She also stars as Emily Hollander in Season 2 of Kyle XY.

Following Battlestar, she appeared in the genre series Travelers over three seasons.

Cairns is married.[1]

On 09 February 2020, she informed her fans of her fight with stage 3 breast cancer, which she herself had been diagnosed with after starting her first gig since Travelers. Attributing a supportive cast and crew on that production for helping her while undergoing chemotherapy, she was able to complete her work there. As of that announcement, she noted that she finished 3 of the 8 chemotherapy treatments, which would segue into surgery, radiation treatment, and an additional 17 weeks of post-surgery treatments.[2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Nuytens, Giles (21 March 2007). The Scifi World: Leah Cairns interview (backup available on Archive.org) (in ). Retrieved on 10 April 2007.
  2. Cairns, Leah (09 February 2020). Leah Cairns Instagram Cancer Announcement (backup available on Archive.org) (in English). Retrieved on 09 February 2020.

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