Tatiana Maslany

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Tatiana Maslany
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Maslany in July 2013
Born(1985-09-22) September 22, 1985 (age 28)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Years active1997–present
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Tatiana Maslany
Tatiana Maslany by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Maslany in July 2013
Born(1985-09-22) September 22, 1985 (age 28)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Years active1997–present

Tatiana Gabrielle Maslany (born September 22, 1985) is a Golden Globe-nominated Canadian actress. She has starred in television series such as The Nativity and Heartland. In 2013, Maslany won an ACTRA for her role as Claire in the feature film Picture Day, and a Philip Borsos Award for her performance in the independent film Cas & Dylan. She currently stars in the series Orphan Black, for which she won a Critics' Choice Television Award and TCA Award in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Tatiana Maslany was born to Dan, a woodworker, and Renate, a translator, in Regina, Saskatchewan.[1][2] She has two brothers, Daniel and Michael,[1] who are three and twelve years younger respectively.[3][4] Maslany has Ukrainian, Polish, German, Austrian, and Romanian ancestry.[2] She began dancing when she was four and moved into community theater and musicals at about nine.[5] She attended Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School, where she participated in school productions and improv, and graduated in 2003.[6][7]

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.[8] She participated in improvisational theatre, including the Canadian Improv Games,[9] and has since become a member of the General Fools Improvisational Theatre.[10]

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.[11] 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 Borsos Award for Best Performance at the Whistler Film Festival. Maslany stars as the lead character Sarah, as well as her six clones Alison, Beth, Cosima, Katja, Helena, and Rachel, in the 2013 BBC America and Space original series, Orphan Black.[12] She won a Critics' Choice Television Award and TCA Award for her performance in the series.

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 Philip Borsos Award for Best Performance at the 2013 Whistler Film Festival.[13]



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


1997Incredible Story StudiosVarious characters
2002–20032030 CERome Greyson6 episodes
2004Renegadepress.comMelaine4 episodes
2006Prairie GiantTommy's doctor's receptionistMiniseries
2007Redemption SKMargaretMiniseries
2008Would Be KingsReeseMiniseries
2008Instant StarZeppelin Dyer8 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"
2010Nativity, TheThe NativityMaryMiniseries
2011AlphasTracy BeaumontEpisode: "Anger Management"
2012World Without EndSister MeirMiniseries
2013CrackedHaley Coturno / Isabel Ann FergusEpisode: "Spirited Away"
2013–presentCaptain CanuckRedcoatVoice
Episodes: "Happy Canada Day!", "Out Foxed", and "Rocky Mountain Fly"
2013–presentOrphan BlackSarah Manning and othersMain character
2013Parks and RecreationNadia StaskyEpisodes: "Gin It Up!" and "Filibuster"

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.[14]

2003Blizzard AwardBest Performance by a Leading Actress2030 CEWon
2005Gemini AwardBest Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or SeriesRenegadepress.comNominated
2005Chainsaw AwardBest Supporting ActressGinger Snaps 2: UnleashedWon
2009Gemini AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic SeriesFlashpointWon
2010Sundance Film FestivalSpecial Jury Prize, World Cinema - DramaticGrown Up Movie StarWon
2011Genie AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleGrown Up Movie StarNominated
2012Philip Borsos AwardBest Performance in a Borsos Competition FilmPicture DayWon
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
2013Philip Borsos AwardBest Performance in a Borsos Competition FilmCas & DylanWon
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 BlackPending
2014Canadian Screen AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleCas & DylanPending
2014ACTRA AwardOutstanding Performance - FemaleOrphan BlackPending
2014VFCC AwardBest Actress in a Candian FilmPicture DayPending


  1. ^ a b Dedekker, Jeff (May 23, 2013). "Challenging role earns Maslany nomination". The Leader-Post (Regina) (Canada.com). Archived from the original on January 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Lee, Luaine (March 23, 2013). "Tatiana Maslany stars in BBC America’s ‘Orphan Black’". McClatchy-Tribune News Service (Washington Post). Archived from the original on July 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ Taylor, Kate (March 27, 2013). "Meet Tatiana Maslany: a small-town Canadian ‘salivating, starving for’ her latest TV role". The Globe and Mail. 
  4. ^ "Tatiana Maslany with parents and brothers". The Leader-Post (Regina) (Canada.com). February 1, 2010. Archived from the original on January 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Q&A with ‘Orphan Black’ Star Tatiana Maslany". BBC America. April 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ Strachan, Alex (January 9, 2013). "Sci-fi series stars Regina actress Tatiana Maslany". Postmedia News (Leader Post). 
  7. ^ Cupryn, Isabel (May 29, 2013). "Interview: Actress Tatiana Maslany talks 'Picture Day'". Criticize This!. 
  8. ^ Smith, Krista (March 29, 2013). "Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany on Growing Up in Rural Canada and Playing an Intense Soccer Mom". Vanity Fair. 
  9. ^ Maga, Carly (March 27, 2013). "Five things you should know about Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany". North Stars. Yahoo.ca. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ Macdonald, Daniel (2013). "Regina: A Little City with a Wild Side". Canadian Theatre Review 154: 32–36. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ Chua, June (January 31, 2010). "Canadian actress celebrates Sundance win". CBC News. 
  12. ^ Zlotnick, Tyler. "Orphan Black". BBC America Press. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ Vlessing, Etan (December 8, 2013). "Tatiana Maslany Repeats as Best Actor at Whistler Film Festival". The Hollywood Reporter. hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Regina’s Tatiana Maslany, Anne Murray and others announced as presenters for Junos broadcast". Regina Leader Post. April 17, 2013. Archived from the original on May 2, 2013. "Presenters will include 24-time Juno Award winner Anne Murray, who will be inducting k.d. lang into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy, Canadian musician and co-founder of Broken Social Scene, Kevin Drew, as well as Regina native and star of Space’s Orphan Black series, Tatiana Maslany." 

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