Tatiana Maslany

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Tatiana Maslany
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Maslany at the 2014 Comic-Con International
BornTatiana Gabrielle Maslany
(1985-09-22) September 22, 1985 (age 28)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Years active1997–present
Home townToronto, Canada
Height5ft 4in
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Tatiana Maslany
Tatiana Maslany SDCC 2014 (cropped).jpg
Maslany at the 2014 Comic-Con International
BornTatiana Gabrielle Maslany
(1985-09-22) September 22, 1985 (age 28)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Years active1997–present
Home townToronto, Canada
Height5ft 4in

Tatiana Gabrielle Maslany[1] (born September 22, 1985) is a German-Canadian actress. She has starred in television series such as The Nativity, Being Erica and Heartland. In 2013, Maslany won an ACTRA for her role as Claire in the feature film Picture Day, and a Phillip Borsos Award for her performance in the independent film Cas & Dylan. She is currently the series lead of the hit Canadian science fiction thriller series Orphan Black, for which she won two Critics' Choice Television Awards, in 2013 and 2014, a TCA Award in 2013, and a Canadian Screen Award in 2014.

Other notable films starring Maslany are Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed, Diary of the Dead and Eastern Promises, the latter of which she narrated.

Early life[edit]

Tatiana Maslany was born to Dan, a woodworker, and Renate, a translator, in Regina, Saskatchewan.[2][3] She has two brothers, Daniel and Michael,[2] who are three and twelve years younger, respectively.[4][5] Maslany has Ukrainian, Polish, German, Austrian, and Romanian ancestry.[3] Maslany attended a French immersion school when she was young, and her mother taught her German before she knew English.[6] She also knows a little Spanish.[7]

Maslany began dancing when she was four and moved into community theatre and musicals at the age of nine.[8] She attended Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School, where she participated in school productions and improv, and graduated in 2003.[9][10] While attending high school, Maslany found paying acting jobs that allowed her to travel to Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver with her parents' approval. She would work for a few months at a time and then return to school in Regina. Maslany stated that "it wasn't an easy transition. I felt a little outside of it. Outside of both experiences, really."[6] After completing high school, Maslany spent some time doing theatre performances and traveling before settling in Toronto at the age of 20.[6]

Acting career[edit]

Maslany was one of the stars of the 2002 Canadian TV series 2030 CE. She appeared as the character Ghost in the 2004 film Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed. Maslany did comedic improv for ten years.[11] She participated in improvisational theatre, including the Canadian Improv Games,[12] and has since become a member of the General Fools Improvisational Theatre.[13]

In 2007, Maslany appeared in The Messengers as Lindsay Rollins. She also starred in the CBC series Heartland where she plays a barrel racer, Kit Bailey, with her horse Daisy. During 2008, she had a recurring role in the Instant Star TV series. She had a lead role in the Hallmark Channel movie, An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving. In September 2008, she portrayed Penny, a kidnapping victim in the Canadian television series Flashpoint.

Maslany appeared as Sarah Wexlar, the heroin-addicted daughter of Dr. Tom Wexlar in the second season of the Canadian comedy drama television series Being Erica in 2010. In 2010, Maslany appeared as the protagonist the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the British four-part television series The Nativity opposite Andrew Buchan which received excellent ratings.

Maslany appeared in Grown Up Movie Star as Ruby, a role which earned the actor a special jury breakout role award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.[14] She played Hannah Simmons in one episode of The Listener. In 2010, she appeared in the direct-to-video film Hardwired as Punk Red. In late 2011, she co-starred with NCIS star Mark Harmon in the film adaptation of John Sandford's Certain Prey as a contract killer named Clara Rinker. In 2012, Maslany appeared as lead character Claire in the full-length feature Picture Day, for which she won a Phillip Borsos Award for Best Performance at the 2012 Whistler Film Festival.

Maslany currently stars in the BBC America and Space original series, Orphan Black.[15] She plays the lead character Sarah Manning as well as Sarah's assorted clones; Alison Hendrix, Cosima Niehaus, Helena, Rachel Duncan, Elizabeth Childs, Katja Obinger, Janika Zingler, Aryanna Giordano, Danielle Fournier, Jennifer Fitzsimmons, and Tony Sawicki. Maslany won a Critics' Choice Television Award and TCA Award for her performance in the series. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for these roles, but lost to Robin Wright of House of Cards.[16]

On June 11, 2013, Maslany signed with the U.S. talent agency Resolution, which serves as her United States representation. In Canada, she continues to be managed by Magnolia Entertainment and represented by Characters Talent Agency.[17] In 2013, Maslany guest starred on Parks and Recreation for a two-episode arc as Dr. Nadia Stasky. Maslany portrayed the lead character Dylan in the independent film Cas & Dylan, for which she won a Phillip Borsos Award for Best Performance at the 2013 Whistler Film Festival.[18]

On May 15, 2014, it was announced that Maslany was cast as Young Maria Altmann in the upcoming film, The Woman in Gold. She plays a younger version of Helen Mirren's character and will be seen in the WWII flashbacks. Maslany will star alongside Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, and Daniel Brühl.[19] On May 17, 2014, Maslany guest starred on the season 39 finale of Saturday Night Live. She played the character Bridget in the episode's second digital short entitled "Hugs". She guest starred alongside Pharell Williams and The Lonely Island.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Maslany has been dating Welsh actor Tom Cullen since 2011.[21] The two acted together in the BBC miniseries World Without End, and they have attended various events together, including the Toronto International Film Festival and the 71st Golden Globe Awards, at which Maslany was a nominee.[6][22]



2003Recital, TheThe RecitalDiana MillsShort film
2004Ginger Snaps 2: UnleashedGhost
2005Dawn AnnaLauren "Lulu" Dawn Townsend (age 12)Television film
2006Trapped!GwenTelevision film
2006Booky Makes Her MarkBeatrice "Booky" ThomsonTelevision film
2007The Robber BrideAugustaTelevision film
2007Messengers, TheThe MessengersLindsay Rollins
2007Eastern PromisesTatianaVoice
2007Diary of the DeadMary Dexter
2007Late FragmentIndia
2007Stir of Echoes: The HomecomingSammiTelevision film
2007SabbaticalGwyneth MarloweTelevision film
2008Flash of GeniusOlder Kathy
2008Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, AnAn Old Fashioned ThanksgivingMathilda BassettTelevision film
2009Grown Up Movie StarRuby
2009HardwiredPunk Red
2010Up & DownGirlShort film
2010In RedemptionMargaret
2011DarlaFriendShort film
2011Entitled, TheThe EntitledJenna
2011Violet & DaisyApril
2011Certain PreyClara RinkerTelevision film
2012Waiting for YouShort film
2012Vow, TheThe VowLily
2012Picture DayClaire
2012Blood PressureKat
2013Cas & DylanDylan Morgan
2015The Woman in GoldYoung Maria AltmannIn-production


1997–2002Incredible Story StudiosVariousUnknown episodes
2002–20032030 CERome Greyson6 episodes
2004-2006Renegadepress.comMelanie12 episodes
2006Prairie GiantTommy's Doctor's ReceptionistMiniseries
2 episodes
2008Instant StarZeppelin Dyer8 episodes
2008Would Be KingsReeseMiniseries
2 episodes
2008FlashpointPennyEpisode: "Planets Aligned"
2008–2010HeartlandKit Bailey15 episodes
2009Listener, TheThe ListenerHannah SimmonsEpisode: "One Way or Another"
2009–2011Being EricaSarah Wexler4 episodes
2010Cra$h & BurnLindsayEpisode: "Closure"
2010Bloodletting & Miraculous CuresJaniceEpisode: "All Souls"
2010The NativityMaryMiniseries
4 episodes
2011AlphasTracy BeaumontEpisode: "Anger Management"
2012World Without EndSister MeirMiniseries
7 episodes
2013CrackedHaley Coturno / Isabel Ann FergusEpisode: "Spirited Away"
2013–presentCaptain CanuckRedcoatVoice
4 episodes
2013–presentOrphan BlackSarah Manning
Alison Hendrix
Cosima Niehaus
Helena (Last name unknown)
Rachel Duncan
Elizabeth Childs
Tony Sawicki
Katja Obinger
Jennifer Fitzsimmons
Janika Zingler
Aryanna Giordano
Danielle Fournier
Lead roles
2013Parks and RecreationNadia Stasky2 episodes
2014Saturday Night LiveBridgetEpisode: "Andy Samberg/St. Vincent"

Awards and nominations[edit]

The 2013 Juno Award ceremonies were held in Regina, Maslany's home town, and Maslany was chosen as one of the presenters.[23]

2005Gemini AwardBest Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or SeriesRenegadepress.comNominated
2009Gemini AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic SeriesFlashpointWon
2010Sundance Film FestivalSpecial Jury Prize, World Cinema - DramaticGrown Up Movie StarWon
2010Gemini AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic SeriesBloodletting and Miraculous CuresWon
2011Gemini AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-SeriesThe NativityNominated
2011Gemini AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic SeriesBeing EricaNominated
2011Genie AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleGrown Up Movie StarNominated
2013ACTRA AwardOutstanding Performance - FemalePicture DayWon
2013Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesOrphan BlackWon
2013TCA AwardIndividual Achievement in DramaOrphan BlackWon
2013Young Hollywood AwardBreakthrough Performance - FemaleOrphan BlackWon
2013EWwy AwardBest Actress in a Drama SeriesOrphan BlackWon
2013Hamptons International Film FestivalBreakthrough PerformerPicture DayWon
2014People's Choice AwardFavorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy ActressOrphan BlackNominated
2014Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Television Series DramaOrphan BlackNominated
2014Satellite AwardBest Actress – Television Series DramaOrphan BlackNominated
2014Canadian Screen AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Dramatic RoleOrphan BlackWon
2014Canadian Screen AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleCas & DylanNominated
2014ACTRA AwardOutstanding Performance - FemaleOrphan BlackNominated
2014VFCC AwardBest Actress in a Canadian FilmPicture DayNominated
2014Gracie AwardOutstanding Female Actor in a Breakthrough RoleOrphan BlackWon
2014Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesOrphan BlackWon
2014TCA AwardIndividual Achievement in DramaOrphan BlackNominated
2014Constellation AwardBest Female Performance in a 2013 Science Fiction Television EpisodeOrphan BlackWon
2014Constellation AwardOutstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television in 2013Orphan BlackWon
2014EWwy AwardBest Actress in a Drama SeriesOrphan BlackWon


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