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Ellen Page
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Page at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International
Ellen Grace Philpotts-Page

(1987-02-21) February 21, 1987 (age 31)
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1997–present
Emma Portner (m. 2018)
AwardsFull list

Ellen Grace Philpotts-Page[1] (born February 21, 1987)[2][3] is a Canadian actress and producer. Her career began with roles in Canadian television shows including Pit Pony, Trailer Park Boys, and ReGenesis. Page starred in the 2005 drama Hard Candy, for which she won the Austin Film Critics Association's Award for Best Actress. Her breakthrough role was the title character in Jason Reitman's comedy film Juno (2007), for which she received nominations for Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress, and won awards including the Independent Spirit Award, MTV Movie Award and Teen Choice Award for Best Actress Comedy.

Page portrayed Kitty Pryde in the X-Men series of films. She also appeared in the crime-drama film An American Crime (2007); the drama The Tracey Fragments (2007), a role that won her the Vancouver Film Critics Award for Best Actress; Smart People (2008); the sports-comedy-drama film Whip It (2009); Super (2010); and Inception (2010). She also provided the voice acting, motion capture, and likeness for the character Jodie Holmes in the video game Beyond: Two Souls (2013).

Early life

Page was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the daughter of Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer.[4] She attended the Halifax Grammar School until grade 10, spent some time at Queen Elizabeth High School, and graduated from the Shambhala School in 2005. She also spent two years in Toronto, Ontario, studying in the Interact Program at Vaughan Road Academy, along with close friend and fellow Canadian actor Mark Rendall.[5][6] Growing up, Page enjoyed playing with action figures and climbing trees.[7]


Page in 2007

Page first acted in front of the camera in 1997 at age ten in the CBC television movie Pit Pony, which later spun off into a television series. This led to more roles in several small Canadian films (including Marion Bridge, her first feature film role) and in television series, notably playing Treena Lahey in season two of Trailer Park Boys. At 16, she was cast in Mouth to Mouth, an independent film shot in Europe. Page starred in the 2005 movie Hard Candy as a young girl who takes a pedophile hostage, and won praise for "one of the most complex, disturbing and haunting performances of the year."[8]

Page appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)[9] and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) as Kitty Pryde, a girl who can walk through walls. In the previous X-Men movies, the part had been used in brief cameos played by other actresses, but never as a main character. Page was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scene Stealer for the role.

Page portrayed the title character in the 2007 film Juno. Film critic A. O. Scott of The New York Times described her as "frighteningly talented"[10] and Roger Ebert said, "Has there been a better performance this year than Ellen Page's creation of Juno? I do not think so."[11] Page was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, but lost to Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose. The role, however, did win her more than 20 awards, including a Canadian Comedy Award, an Independent Spirit Award, and a Satellite Award besides the likes of numerous Critics awards including Detroit Film Critics Society, Austin Film Critics Association and Florida Film Critics Circle.

Page also co-starred in Smart People, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Shot before Juno, but released afterwards, the film saw her playing overachieving daughter to Dennis Quaid's college professor.[12] Page's other film credits include An American Crime, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival; The Tracey Fragments, which was released in November 2007 in Canada and May 2008 in the US; and The Stone Angel.

In 2007, she was attached to play the title character in an adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre[13][14] and had planned to work on an as-yet unmade film entitled Jack and Diane opposite Olivia Thirlby, with whom she co-starred in Juno,[15] but it was announced in August 2009 that her role in Jack and Diane would be played by the actress Alison Pill. Before his death in January 2008, Heath Ledger had discussed with Page the idea of starring in his directorial debut, The Queen's Gambit.[16]

In 2008, she was ranked #86 on FHM's Sexiest Women in the World list, and placed at #93 for 2009.[17] In June 2008, Page was listed in Entertainment Weekly's future A-List stars list.[18] Page hosted Saturday Night Live on March 1, 2008.[19] On May 3, 2009, she guest starred in the episode "Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'oh" of the animated series The Simpsons as a character named Alaska Nebraska, a parody of Hannah Montana.[20] She also starred in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, Whip It, alongside Juliette Lewis, Marcia Gay Harden, Drew Barrymore and Kristen Wiig.[21] The film premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and had its wide release on October 2, 2009.[22]

A photograph of the cast of the 2010 film Inception, including Ellen Page in the middle
Page (center) with the cast of Inception at the premiere in July 2010

She featured in Michael Lander's film Peacock, opposite Cillian Murphy, Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman and Josh Lucas, which was released in 2010 despite an original release date of 2009.[23][24] In August 2009, Page began shooting the big-budget Christopher Nolan thriller Inception, alongside co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ken Watanabe.[25] The film was released on July 16, 2010.[26] She has starred in the film Super,[27] and was announced to be playing Stacie Andree in a film about Laurel Hester,[28] finally released in 2015 as Freeheld.

Page at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013

As of 2010, she serves as a spokesperson for Cisco Systems in a series of advertisements, appearing in three commercials set in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. On May 26, 2010, it was reported in a column on Deadline Hollywood and by Entertainment Weekly that Page would star in the HBO series Tilda alongside Diane Keaton, who was cast in the lead role. Tilda is based on the life of Nikki Finke, the founder of the influential Hollywood blog,[29] Tilda was reportedly dropped by HBO due to friction between the creators.[30] She is also the narrator of the documentary on colony collapse disorder, Vanishing of the Bees, directed by Maryam Henein.

In April 2011, it was announced that Page would co-star in the Woody Allen film To Rome with Love alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Penélope Cruz, and Alec Baldwin.[31] In June 2012, Quantic Dream announced a video game entitled Beyond: Two Souls in which Page and Willem Dafoe portray the protagonists Jodie Holmes and Nathan Dawkins, respectively. It was released on October 8, 2013, in North America.[32][33][34] Page reprised her role as Katherine "Kitty" Pryde in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).[35][36] In February 2013, Page confirmed that her directorial debut would be titled Miss Stevens and would star Anna Faris and be produced by Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz and Doug Wald;[37][38] the project eventually moved forward without Page, with scriptwriter Julia Hart replacing Page as the director.[39] In December 2014, Page portrayed Han Solo in a staged reading of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.[40]

Page co-starred in Zal Batmanglij's 2013 thriller film The East a movie inspired by the experiences and drawing on thrillers from the 1970s, alongside Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgård; Page replaced Felicity Jones, who had been attached to the project, but later dropped out.[41] The same year she starred in Lynn Shelton's Touchy Feely alongside Rosemarie DeWitt.[42] Page starred in the film Tallulah alongside her Juno costar, Allison Janney,[43] and had two other releases slated for 2015, Canadian drama film Into the Forest and Peter Sollett's Freeheld.[44]

Personal life

In 2008, Page was one of 30 celebrities who participated in an online ad series for US Campaign for Burma, calling for an end to the military dictatorship in Burma.[45] She describes herself as a pro-choice feminist.[46] She attended Buddhist school in her youth and practised meditation and yoga.[47] She practices a vegan lifestyle, and PETA named her and Jared Leto the Sexiest Vegetarians of 2014.[48] She is an atheist.[49]

On February 14, 2014, Page came out as gay during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign's "Time to Thrive" conference in Las Vegas.[50][51][52] In 2014, she was included as part of The Advocate's annual "40 Under 40" list.[53][54]

On November 10, 2017, Page alleged that filmmaker Brett Ratner outed her as gay on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand, when she was 18 years old, nearly a decade before she came out publicly in 2014.[55][56] Fellow actress Anna Paquin expressed support of Page, stating that she was present when Ratner made the comment.[55]

In January 2018, Page married dancer and choreographer Emma Portner.[57][58]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Wet Season Jocelyn Short film
2002 Marion Bridge Joanie
2003 Touch & Go Trish
2003 Love That Boy Suzanna
2004 Wilby Wonderful Emily Anderson
2005 Hard Candy Hayley Stark
2005 Mouth to Mouth Sherry
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat
2007 An American Crime Sylvia Likens
2007 Juno Juno MacGuff
2007 The Tracey Fragments Tracey Berkowitz
2007 The Stone Angel Arlene Simmons
2008 Smart People Vanessa Wetherhold
2009 Vanishing of the Bees Narrator Environmental documentary
2009 Whip It Bliss Cavendar / Babe Ruthless
2010 Peacock Maggie
2010 Inception Ariadne
2010 Super Libby / Boltie
2012 To Rome with Love Monica
2013 The East Izzy
2013 Touchy Feely Jenny
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat
2014 Tiny Detectives Detective Ellen Short film
2015 Into the Forest Nell Also producer
2015 Freeheld Stacie Andree Also producer
2016 Tallulah Tallulah
2016 Window Horses Kelly (voice)
2016 My Life as a Zucchini Rosy (voice) English dub
2017 My Days of Mercy Lucy Also producer
2017 The Cured Abbie Also producer
2017 Flatliners Courtney
2019 Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphins Dusky (voice)
TBA Robodog Izzy (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Pit Pony Maggie Maclean Television film
1999–2000 Pit Pony Maggie Maclean 29 episodes
2002 Trailer Park Boys Treena Lahey 5 episodes
2002 Rideau Hall Helene Episode: "Pilot"
2003 Homeless to Harvard Young Lisa Television film
2003 Going for Broke Jennifer Television film
2003 Ghost Cat
a.k.a. Mrs. Ashboro's Cat or The Cat That Came Back
Natalie Merritt Television film
2004 I Downloaded a Ghost Stella Blackstone Television film
2004 ReGenesis Lilith Sandström 8 episodes
2008 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "Ellen Page/Wilco"
2009 The Simpsons Alaska Nebraska (voice) Episode: "Waverly Hills, 9-0-2-1-D'oh"
2011 Glenn Martin, DDS Robot Assistant (voice) Episode: "Date with Destiny"
2011 Tilda Carolyn Pilot
2012 Family Guy Lindsey (voice) Episode: "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream"
2013 Out There Amber (voice) Episode: "Ace's Wild"
2016–present Gaycation Herself (host) Documentary series on Viceland
Also executive producer
2019 The Umbrella Academy Vanya Hargreeves Main cast
2019 Tales of the City Shawna Main cast

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Beyond: Two Souls Jodie Holmes Also motion capture

Awards and nominations


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