Hanchard is a veteran actor who, in recent years, has become one of the nation's most sought after performers. Although no stranger to film and television, this dynamic and versatile actor has made his name in the world of theatre. His knack for bringing a degree of humanity to flawed characters has become the hallmark of his career to date. He has played leading roles in theatres across the nation, including several seasons at both The Shaw and Stratford Festivals and his critically acclaimed 2011 portrayal of Booth in TopDog/Underdog, garnered him one of his two Dora Mavor Moore nominations for outstanding performance by a male.
His other credits have included episodes of Due South, Tales from the Cryptkeeper, The Eleventh Hour, Metropia, 1-800-MISSING, Naturally, Sadie, Suits, Saving Hope, Nikita, Republic of Doyle, The Firm, Lucky 7, Degrassi, The State Within and The Listener, and the films High Chicago, Savage Planet, This Beautiful City, Guidance, Born to Be Blue, Four Brothers, and Suicide Squad, as the Casino Boss.
On stage, Hanchard is known primarily for his performances at the Stratford Festival and the Shaw Festival, including productions of Fuenteovejuna, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Topdog/Underdog, The Millionairess and His Girl Friday. He is a two-time nominee for the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role – Play, in 2009 for Miss Julie: Freedom Summer and in 2011 for Topdog/Underdog, and was a shortlisted nominee in the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for Orphan Black at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards.