Katie Boland

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Katie Boland
Katie Boland at the 2017 CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser (36331880624) (cropped).jpg
Boland in 2017
Katherine Lenora Boland

1987/1988 (age 34–35)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActress, writer, director, producer
Years active1995–present

Katie Boland (born 1987 or 1988) is a Canadian actress, writer, director, and producer.[1] She began her career as a child actress in film and television and has since branched out into adult roles, in addition to writing, directing, and producing her own projects.[2]

Early life[edit]

Boland was born and raised in Toronto,[2] and began her career as a child actor and her first role was in the CBS mini-series The Third Twin (1997), opposite Kelly McGillis and Jason Gedrick.[2]


In her youth, Boland became well known for her roles in the Canadian children's television shows Noddy and The Zack Files. Since subsequently starred in the drama miniseries Terminal City (2005). In 2007, Boland starred as Christine in the Hallmark Channel original film The Note; she also starred in its 2009 sequel Taking a Chance on Love.[2]

In 2008, Boland appeared in Atom Egoyan's Adoration, and in 2009, she was chosen by Elle as one of three Canadians to watch.[3] The following year, she played a supporting role in Michael Goldbach's Daydream Nation (2010). In 2012, she was featured in the Paul Thomas Anderson film The Master.[2]

In 2013, Boland wrote, produced, and starred in the Hulu web series Long Story, Short, co-created with her mother Gail Harvey, who also directed it. The series was filmed in the house where she grew up and was based on her personal essays "The Summer I Lost My Mind."[4] For her role in the series, Boland won a Canadian Screen Award in 2014.[5][6] She also won the Best Actress award at the inaugural Vancouver Web Series Festival, among other nominations, for her performance in Long Story, Short.[7] Later that same year, she was chosen as one of Playback's annual "10 To Watch".[8]

From 2013 to 2015, Boland starred in the recurring role of Clarissa on the hit CW series Reign.[9][10][11] In 2015, Boland played a supporting role in Born To Be Blue (2015), alongside Ethan Hawke,[12][13] which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and also starred as part of an ensemble cast in the film People Hold On,[14] which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award.[15]

In 2017, she starred in the low-budget thriller film Cardinals opposite Sheila McCarthy, Grace Glowicki, and Noah Reid. The film premiered in the Discovery section of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.[16]

In 2016, Boland was awarded a grant by bravoFACT to direct and star in a short film, which she also wrote, titled Lolz-Ita.[17] The film is about the life of a naïve but internet savvy 22-year-old who becomes a celebrity on Instagram. Gail Harvey (her mother) and Lauren Collins co-produced the film alongside Boland.[18] In 2017, it was announced that Lolz-Ita would screen at the TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of the Toronto International Film Festival's Share Her Journey campaign to "champion female storytellers".[19] The film was also selected to screen at the 24th annual Austin Film Festival.[20]

In 2020, production began on Boland's full-length directorial debut, We're All in This Together. Based on the novel of the same name by Amy Jones, the film also stars Boland as twins Finn and Nicki Parker alongside Martha Burns and Alisha Newton. Boland wrote the screenplay adaptation.[21] The film was released on 6 July 2021.[22]

In addition to acting, screenwriting, and directing, Boland has written a novel and works as an occasional journalist for the various media publications, including the Toronto Star, BlogTO, SheDoesTheCity, and TChad Quarterly. Boland's written work focuses mainly on women's issues and relationships.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Boland's mother is award-winning Canadian director Gail Harvey.[24][25] Together, they own a production company, Straight Shooters.[26] Her father is journalist Kevin Boland and her brother, who goes by the stage name Spark Houston, is a rapper.[27]

The documentary Paper Promises (2010) is about her grandfather Larry Harvey, a Country musician, and was directed by her uncle Shane Harvey.[28]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story Young Ellie Nesler
1999 Striking Poses Motel Girl Video
1999 The Life Before This Jake's Daughter
2003 Guest Room Short film
2004 Some Things That Stay Tamara Anderson
2006 Mount Pleasant Nadia
2008 Adoration Hannah
2008 Growing Op Hope
2009 Dancing Trees Martha Rooney
2009 Fateful Nomi Short film
2010 The Making of Plus One Starlet
2010 Die Melody Chambers
2010 Daydream Nation Jenny
2010 Pooka Abigail "Pooka" Cooke Short film
2012 Where Are the Dolls Short film
2012 The Master Young Woman
2012 Looking Is the Original Sin Anna
2012 Close Your Eyes Claire Short film
2013 Sex After Kids Markee
2013 Ferocious Tess
2013 The Spirit Game Maggie Fox Short film
2013 Gerontophilia Désirée
2013 Method Barista / A.D. Short film
2013 A Subsequent Life Sophie Short film
2014 Fall Chelsea
2014 Given Your History Alanna Short film
2014 The Date Short film
2014 Throwing Cotton Shona Short film
2015 The Babysitter Martha Short film
2015 Street Meet Linda Short film
2015 Hunter's Moon Betty
2015 Dennis Jackie Short film
2015 The Craft: Based on the Life & Work of H.P. Lovecraft Sonia Greene Short film
2015 Born to Be Blue Sarah
2015 People Hold On Alycia
2016 Joseph and Mary Rebekah
2016 Renaissance Alex
2017 Love of My Life Zoe
2017 South of Hope Street
2017 Cardinals Eleanor Walker
2017 Lolz-Ita Lolz-Ita Short film, also wrote and directed
2021 We're All in This Together Nicki/Finn Directed/starred/adapted


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Lollo rosso TV series
1997 The Third Twin Bold Twin TV film
1998-1999 Noddy Kate Tomten TV series
1999 God's New Plan Lindsay Hutton TV film
2000 In a Heartbeat Amy "Thing That Go Bump in the Night", "A Night to Remember"
2000 One True Love Laura TV film
2000-02 The Zack Files Gwendolyn "Gwen" Killerby Main role
2002 Guilty Hearts Elly Moran TV film
2002 Salem Witch Trials Annie Putnam TV film
2005 Shania: A Life in Eight Albums Jill (13–24 years) TV film
2005 The Stranger I Married Tracy Evenshen TV film
2005 Terminal City Sarah Sampson Main role
2006 Four Extraordinary Women Mary TV film
2007 The Note Christine TV film
2009 Taking a Chance on Love Christine TV film
2011 Murdoch Mysteries Sister Theresa "Voices"
2011 Lost Girl Bianca "It's Better to Burn Out Than Fae Away"
2012 The Listener Fawn "She Sells Sanctuary"
2013 Long Story, Short Kristen Harvey TV series
2013 Cold Spring Erin Potts TV film
2013 Off2Kali Comedy Kathleen "Bisexual Date"
2014 Darknet Kim "Darknet 4"
2013-15 Reign Clarissa de Medici Supporting role; 9 episodes
2015 Motive Nika Reid "Best Enemies"
2015 Christmas Incorporated Rebekah TV film
2018 My Daughter Was Stolen Kayla Lifetime TV film
2020 Private Eyes Sabrina Campbell Episode: Family Plot[29]


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  4. ^ Elavsky, Cindy (16 February 2014). "Celebrity Extra". King Features. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
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  6. ^ "Gabrielle, Enemy among big winners at Canadian Screen Awards". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  7. ^ "2014 VWF Winners".
  8. ^ "The 2013 10 to Watch: Katie Boland". Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Reign's Clarissa Explains It All! Katie Boland Talks Acting Under a Burlap Sack and Shia LaBeouf Plagiarizing Her Look on Reign". E! News. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
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  15. ^ Jancelewicz, Chris (19 January 2016). "2016 Canadian Screen Awards nominees: 'Rookie Blue,' 'Vikings,' 'Big Brother Canada' nominated". Global News. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Toronto Film Festival Adds International Films, Talks With Angelina Jolie and Javier Bardem". The Wrap. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  17. ^ Pinto, Jordan (1 September 2016). "BravoFACT distributes $560K across 12 shorts". Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  18. ^ Lolz-ita (2017), retrieved 28 October 2016
  19. ^ "Share Her Journey Short Film Programme". TIFF. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  20. ^ "2017 Austin Film Festival and Conference Schedule: Lolz-Ita". Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  21. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (5 August 2020). "Alisha Newton & Martha Burns Among Cast For Canadian Feature 'We're All in This Together' From Writer-Director-Actress Katie Boland". Deadline. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  22. ^ "We're All in This Together (2021)". IMDb. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  23. ^ "TorontoVerve.:: Actress Katie Boland: What Happened After 'the Summer She Lost Her Mind'". torontoverve.org. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  24. ^ "Actor Katie Boland & Film maker Gail Harvey – from Beaches to Hollywood | Beaches|Life magazine". beachesliving.ca. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  25. ^ "Gail Harvey". Straight Shooter. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  26. ^ Caroline (28 August 2015). "CAROLINELEAVITTVILLE: Three award-winning women: filmmaker, producer and photographer Gail Harvey; actress, screenwriter and novelist Katie Boland (her daughter); and the great singer songwriter Rickie Lee Jones talk about their new documentary The Other Side of Desire, how and why they work, rap and feminism, being a parent, and so much more". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  27. ^ deCarufel, Laura. "TIFF JOURNAL: Meet Katie Boland | Elle Canada". Elle Canada. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  28. ^ "Larry Harvey". Dignity Memorial.
  29. ^ ""Private Eyes" Family Plot (TV Episode 2020)". IMDB.

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