Sara Canning in 2011.
July 14, 1987 |
Gander, Newfoundland, Canada
Sara Canning (born July 14, 1987) is a Canadian actress. She co-starred on The CW television series The Vampire Diaries as Jenna Sommers, and starred in the 2009 feature film, Black Field. She starred as Dylan Weir in the Canadian television series Primeval: New World.
Canning was born in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of Wayne and Daphne Canning. She lived in Gander until age eleven, and was then raised in Sherwood Park, near Edmonton, Alberta. She competed as a figure skater in her childhood and early adolescent years, and became interested in theatre as a student at F.R. Haythorne Junior High. Canning starred in several stage productions while attending Bev Facey Community High School, and acted in shows at her hometown stage at Festival Place.
Canning made her professional acting debut in George Orwell's 1984 at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton at the age of 18. She began studying general arts at the University of Alberta, and considered going into journalism. Still interested in performing, Canning left university at 19 and moved to Vancouver to pursue a career in acting. She graduated from a year-long screen acting program at Vancouver Film School in 2007.
Canning found an agent and began acting in television series and TV films produced in Vancouver. She worked in a restaurant and would take time off to film. Her first role was in 2008, playing Nicky Hilton in Paparazzi Princess: The Paris Hilton Story. In 2009, she guest-starred on Smallville, and Kyle XY, and starred in the based-on-real-events TV movie, Taken in Broad Daylight. She played Anne Sluti, a 17-year- old girl who was abducted by a demented criminal (James Van Der Beek).
In 2009, Canning filmed a pilot for The Vampire Diaries, a CW network television series. She then starred in the feature film Black Field, a 19th-century gothic period piece, directed by Danishka Esterhazy. Canning shot the drama in May 2009, near Tyndall, Manitoba, Canada. She played Maggie McGregor, the older of two Scottish sisters struggling take make their way on the Canadian Prairies. The film premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2009. The Vampire Diaries was picked up as a television series three weeks after she completed work on the film.
Canning co-starred on The Vampire Diaries as Jenna Sommers, the aunt and guardian of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), and her younger brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen). Canning was the same age, or younger, than her fellow cast members who played high school students. Makeup artists and the wardrobe team worked to make her look older than she usually did. Canning also downplayed her Canadian accent for the role. Her character's love interest, Alaric, was played by Matthew Davis. Canning appeared on the second season of The Vampire Diaries from 2010–2011, until her character was killed in the episode, "The Sun Also Rises".
Canning is interested in writing and directing. As of September 2010, she was co-writing a love story set in the Western time period. In 2011, she worked on a short film noir, titled Corvus. She shot the Lifetime network film, Hunt for the I-5 Killer, that year in Vancouver, and signed on to play the lead in the Canadian horror film, Blitzed. She starred alongside Greystone Holt in the Hallmark Movie Channel film, Hannah's Law, a Western which filmed in Calgary, Alberta in late-2011.
Canning will appear in the romantic comedy, I Think I Do, which began filming in January 2012 in Edmonton. She stars as Audrey, an event planner who runs a business alongside her two sisters (Mia Kirschner and Jenny Cooper). It will air on the W and Lifetime networks in 2013. Canning filmed the independent romantic comedy, The Right Kind of Wrong, in Banff, Alberta in late 2012. Directed by Jeremiah Chechik, she starred alongside Ryan Kwanten and Catherine O'Hara.
Canning starred in the 2012–2013 Space channel television series, Primeval: New World, a Canadian spin-off of the British sci-fi series Primeval. She played predator control expert Dylan Weir, a member of a dinosaur hunting team. The series was filmed in Vancouver. Canning will star in I Put a Hit on You with Aaron Ashmore, a dark romantic comedy directed by Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart. She also joined the cast of an untitled psychological drama, starring Michael Eklund, based on the life of 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Canning will play his wife, Flora.
Canning will play a general surgeon in Remedy, a Global Television medical drama, which co-stars Sarah Allen, Dillon Casey, and Enrico Colantoni. The series is being produced in Toronto through January 2014.
Canning relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to film The Vampire Diaries. She stated to Parade that she found that the Southern U.S. had "a much different culture than the west coast of Canada", but it became like her "second home". Canning lived in Atlanta for two years and returned to Vancouver after finishing the series.
|2008||Paparazzi Princess: The Paris Hilton Story||Nicky Hilton||TV film|
|2008||Slap Shot 3: The Junior League||Hope||Direct-to-video film|
|2009||Black Rain||Dorothy||TV film|
|2009||Taken in Broad Daylight||Anne Sluti||TV film|
|2009||Kyle XY||Redhead||TV series, episode: "In the Company of Men"|
|2009||Come Dance at My Wedding||Andrea Merriman||TV film|
|2009||Black Field||Maggie McGregor||Feature film|
|2009–2012||The Vampire Diaries||Jenna Sommers||TV Series - 31 episodes
Regular Cast : Seasons 1–2
Guest Star: Season 3 : Episode 22
|2011||The Hunt for the I-5 Killer||Beth Williams||TV film|
|2012||Supernatural||Lydia||TV series, episode: "The Slice Girls"|
|2012||Hannah's Law||Hannah Beaumont||TV film
Nominated – Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama
|2012–2013||Primeval: New World||Dylan Weir||TV series, Lead Role|
|2013||I Think I Do||Audrey Ryan|
|2013||The Right Kind of Wrong||Colette|
|2013||I Put a Hit on You||Harper|
- Hall, Jamie (July 27, 2010). "Canning sinks her teeth into television and movie career". The Edmonton Journal. Retrieved on October 2, 2013.
- Rae, Kate (September 6, 2013). "Sara Canning: Her closet is ‘totally nuts’". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved on October 2, 2013.
- Brioux, Bill (August 13, 2009). "TV brimming with Canadians". The Toronto Star. Retrieved on October 17, 2009.
- "The Vampire Diaries – Cast – Sara Canning". The CW. Retrieved on October 17, 2009.[dead link]
- Leiren-Young, Mark (January 3, 2013). "Hollywood North: Vancouver’s Sara Canning takes a vacation from vampires and velociraptors". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved on January 5, 2013.
- Proulx, Ben (September 1, 2010). "Vampires draw in Park actor". Sherwood Park News. Retrieved on September 4, 2010.
- "Acting Like A Hilton". January 29, 2008. Vancouver Film School. Retrieved on October 9, 2009.
- Caddell, Ian (October 2009). "Field of Dreams". Reel West. Retrieved on October 9, 2009.
- Mithrush, Fawnda (April 30, 2010). "Vampire Vixen". Avenue Magazine. Retrieved on May 1, 2010.[dead link]
- Gilovoy, Jackie (September 25, 2009). "In Review: The Vampire Diaries". Ponte Vedra Recorder. Retrieved on October 17, 2009.[dead link]
- Hill, Erin (January 28, 2010). "Sara Canning: 'Vampire Diaries' Will Pave Its Own Way". Parade. Retrieved on January 30, 2010.
- MacKenzie, Carina (March 25, 2010). "'The Vampire Diaries': Sara Canning makes her own luck". Los Angeles Times Retrieved on May 8, 2010.
- Wilkinson, Amy (May 5, 2011). "'Vampire Diaries' Post-Mortem: Sara Canning Talks About Last Night's Shocking Episode". MTV. Retrieved on May 13, 2011.
- Volmers, Eric (June 23, 2011). "State of the Arts: Director blazing his own trail in film". Calgary Herald. Retrieved on June 25, 2011.[dead link]
- Nordyke, Kimberly (October 3, 2011). "'Vampire Diaries' Actress to Star in Hallmark Movie Channel Western (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on November 9, 2011.
- Baxter, Meaghan (January 31, 2012). "Park actress branches out to comedy". Sherwood Park News. Retrieved on January 31, 2012.
- Hall, Jamie (January 12, 2012). "A movie 'for the world to see'". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved on January 14, 2012.
- Volmers, Eric (October 4, 2012). "Alberta ranch plays host to stars of romantic comedy, The Right Kind of Wrong". Calgary Herald. Retrieved on October 5, 2012.
- Vlessing, Etan (March 7, 2012). "Sara Canning Stars in Canadian 'Primeval: New World' Sci-Fi Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on March 9, 2012.
- Vlessing, Etan (November 9, 2012). "Sara Canning, Aaron Ashmore Cast in Canadian Indie 'I Put a Hit on You'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on November 10, 2012.
- Kit, Borys (June 28, 2013). "'Vampire Diaries,' 'Continuum' Actors Join Eadweard Muybridge Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on June 29, 2013.
- Vlessing, Elan (October 2, 2013). "Sara Canning, Sarah Allen Board Canadian Medical Drama 'Remedy'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on October 2, 2013.
- MacKenzie, Carina Adly (May 6, 2011). "'The Vampire Diaries': Sara Canning says goodbye to Jenna Sommers". Zap2it. Retrieved on November 9, 2011.
- Harris, Aleesha (May 3, 2012). "Leo Awards 2012: The full list of nominees". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved May 26, 2012.[dead link]
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