Tatiana Maslany

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Tatiana Maslany
Tatiana Maslany SDCC 2014 (cropped).jpg
Maslany at the 2014 Comic-Con International.
Born Tatiana Gabrielle Maslany
(1985-09-22) September 22, 1985 (age 29)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Partner(s) Tom Cullen

Tatiana Gabrielle Maslany[1] (born September 22, 1985) is a Canadian actress. She has starred in television series such as The Nativity, Being Erica, Heartland, and Orphan Black. In 2013, she won an ACTRA for her role as Claire in the film Picture Day, and a Phillip Borsos Award for her performance in the film Cas & Dylan. Other notable films starring Maslany are Diary of the Dead and Eastern Promises, the latter of which she narrated.

Maslany is currently the lead of the hit Canadian science fiction thriller series Orphan Black, for which she has received widespread critical acclaim, winning two Critics' Choice Television Awards, a TCA Award, and two Canadian Screen Awards, and has also received Golden Globe and SAG nominations.

Early life[edit]

Maslany was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, the daughter of woodworker Dan and translator Renate.[2][3] She has two younger brothers named Daniel and Michael.[2][4][5] She has Austrian, German, Polish, Romanian, and Ukrainian ancestry.[6][3] For elementary school, Maslany was in French immersion, and was fluent in German before learning English from her mother,[7] and also speaks some Spanish.[8]

Maslany has danced since age four and started community theatre and musicals at the age of nine.[9] She attended Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School, where she participated in school productions and improvisation, and graduated in 2003.[10][11] While attending high school, she 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. She stated: "It wasn't an easy transition. I felt a little outside of it. Outside of both experiences, really."[7] After completing high school, she spent some time doing theatre performances and traveling before settling in Toronto at the age of 20.[7]


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 improvisation for ten years.[12] She participated in improvisational theatre, including the Canadian Improv Games,[13] and has since become a member of the General Fools Improvisational Theatre.[14] She is now a certified improvisation trainer. [15]

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 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. Also in 2010, she appeared as the protagonist Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the British four-part television series The Nativity, 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.[16] 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 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.[17] 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 two 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.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20]

On May 15, 2014, it was announced that Maslany was cast as Young Maria Altmann in the upcoming film, 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, Daniel Brühl, and Katie Holmes.[21] 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 Pharrell Williams and The Lonely Island.[22]

As of December 2014, Maslany is set to star in the upcoming independent film The Other Half, which is currently in development.[23] The film, written by Joey Klein, will be produced by Motel Pictures with A71 and Sienna Films and will costar partner Tom Cullen.[24]

On January 30, 2015, it was announced that Maslany has been cast in the leading role of Lucy in the upcoming indie drama film Two Lovers and a Bear. She will star alongside Dane DeHaan, who plays the character Roman. The film follows the two characters as they come together to find peace in their lives.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Maslany has been dating Welsh actor Tom Cullen since 2011.[26] The two met while filming the BBC miniseries World Without End and have attended various events together, including the Toronto International Film Festival and the 71st Golden Globe Awards, at which Maslany was a nominee.[7][27][28]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Recital, TheThe Recital Diana Mills Short film
2004 Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed Ghost
2005 Dawn Anna Lauren "Lulu" Dawn Townsend (Age 12) Television film
2006 Trapped! Gwen Television film
2006 Booky Makes Her Mark Beatrice "Booky" Thomson Television film
2007 The Robber Bride Augusta Television film
2007 Messengers, TheThe Messengers Lindsay Rollins
2007 Eastern Promises Tatiana Voice
2007 Diary of the Dead Mary Dexter
2007 Late Fragment India
2007 Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming Sammi Television film
2007 Sabbatical Gwyneth Marlowe Television film
2008 Flash of Genius Older Kathy
2008 Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, AnAn Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Mathilda Bassett Television film
2009 Defendor Olga
2009 Grown Up Movie Star Ruby
2009 Hardwired Punk Red
2010 Up & Down Girl Short film
2010 In Redemption Margaret
2010 Toilet Lisa
2011 Darla Friend Short film
2011 Entitled, TheThe Entitled Jenna
2011 Violet & Daisy April
2011 Certain Prey Clara Rinker Television film
2012 Waiting for You Short film
2012 Vow, TheThe Vow Lily
2012 Picture Day Claire
2012 Blood Pressure Kat
2013 Cas & Dylan Dylan Morgan
2015 Woman in Gold Young Maria Altmann
2015 Two Lovers and a Bear Lucy Filming
2016 The Other Half In development


Year Title Role Notes
1997–2002 Incredible Story Studios Various Unknown episodes
1999 Subterranean Passage Narrator
2002–2003 2030 CE Rome Greyson 6 episodes
2004–2006 Renegadepress.com Melanie 12 episodes
2006 Prairie Giant Tommy's Doctor's Receptionist 2 episodes
2008 Instant Star Zeppelin Dyer 8 episodes
2008 Would Be Kings Reese 2 episodes
2008 Flashpoint Penny Episode: "Planets Aligned"
2008–2010 Heartland Kit Bailey 15 episodes
2009 Listener, TheThe Listener Hannah Simmons Episode: "One Way or Another"
2009–2011 Being Erica Sarah Wexler 4 episodes
2010 Cra$h & Burn Lindsay Episode: "Closure"
2010 Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures Janice Episode: "All Souls"
2010 The Nativity Mary 4 episodes
2011 Alphas Tracy Beaumont Episode: "Anger Management"
2012 World Without End Sister Meir 7 episodes
2013 Cracked Haley Coturno / Isabel Ann Fergus Episode: "Spirited Away"
2013 Parks and Recreation Nadia Stasky 2 episodes
2013–2014 Captain Canuck Redcoat Voice
4 episodes
2013–present Orphan Black Sarah Manning
Cosima Niehaus
Alison Hendrix
Rachel Duncan
Tony Sawicki
Jennifer Fitzsimmons
Katja Obinger
Elizabeth Childs
Janika Zingler
Aryanna Giordano
Danielle Fournier
Main Character(s)
2014 Saturday Night Live Bridget Episode: "Andy Samberg/St. Vincent"


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Oliver! Orphan Regina Summer Stage[29][30]
2003–2004 The Secret Garden Mary Globe Theatre, Regina[31]
2006 George Dandin Angel Globe Theatre, Regina[32]
2007 A Christmas Carol Belle, Agnes, Debtor's Wife, Fan, Belinda Globe Theatre, Regina[33]
2009 Dog Sees God CB's Sister Six Degrees Theatre, Toronto[34]
2012 Other People Petra Tank House Theatre, Toronto[35]

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.[36]

Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Gemini Award Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Renegadepress.com Nominated
2009 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series Flashpoint Won
2010 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, World Cinema - Dramatic Grown Up Movie Star Won
2010 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures Won
2011 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series The Nativity Nominated
2011 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series Being Erica Nominated
2011 Genie Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Grown Up Movie Star Nominated
2013 ACTRA Award Outstanding Performance - Female Picture Day Won
2013 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series Orphan Black Won
2013 TCA Award Individual Achievement in Drama Orphan Black Won
2013 Young Hollywood Award Breakthrough Performance - Female Orphan Black Won
2013 EWwy Award Best Actress in a Drama Series Orphan Black Won
2013 Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough Performer Picture Day Won
2014 People's Choice Award Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress Orphan Black Nominated
2014 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Drama Orphan Black Nominated
2014 Satellite Award Best Actress – Television Series Drama Orphan Black Nominated
2014 Canadian Screen Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Dramatic Role Orphan Black Won
2014 Canadian Screen Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Cas & Dylan Nominated
2014 ACTRA Award Outstanding Performance - Female Orphan Black Nominated
2014 VFCC Award Best Actress in a Canadian Film Picture Day Nominated
2014 Gracie Award Outstanding Female Actor in a Breakthrough Role Orphan Black Won
2014 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series Orphan Black Won
2014 TCA Award Individual Achievement in Drama Orphan Black Nominated
2014 Constellation Award Best Female Performance in a 2013 Science Fiction Television Episode Orphan Black Won
2014 Constellation Award Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television in 2013 Orphan Black Won
2014 EWwy Award Best Actress in a Drama Series Orphan Black Won
2014 NOW's Best of Toronto Best Actress Orphan Black and Cas & Dylan Won
2015 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Orphan Black Nominated
2015 ACTRA Award Outstanding Performance - Female Orphan Black Won
2015 Canadian Screen Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Dramatic Role Orphan Black Won


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