Kiernan Brennan Shipka
November 10, 1999
Kiernan Brennan Shipka (born November 10, 1999) is an American actress known for her roles as Sally Draper in the AMC drama series Mad Men and as Sabrina Spellman in the Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. She also appeared as B. D. Hyman in the FX series Feud: Bette and Joan and voiced Jinora in The Legend of Korra.
Kiernan Brennan Shipka was born in Chicago, Illinois, to John Young Shipka, a real estate developer, and Erin Ann Brennan. Shipka has been taking ballroom dancing classes since the age of five. Her family relocated to Los Angeles, California when she was six to support her acting career.
2006–2015: Beginnings and Mad Men
Shipka made her television debut at five months of age on the hospital drama ER. She also began doing commercial-print modeling when she was a baby. After undertaking numerous small television roles, her first major role was as Sally Draper, the daughter of main character Don Draper, on the 2007–2015 TV series Mad Men. She won the role after two auditions. She was a recurring guest star for the show's first three seasons, then became a series regular in season four.
As part of Mad Men's ensemble cast, she won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2008 and 2009. Shipka received praise for her performance on Mad Men. In 2010, Austin American-Statesman critic Dale Roe named her as his dream nominee for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, writing, "This 10-year-old actress was so affecting as troubled Sally Draper last season that it seems odd that she's only just been upgraded to series regular. If Shipka's upcoming Mad Men work—struggling with the broken marriage of her parents and entering preteendom in the tumultuous 1960s—remains as amazing as it was in season three, this is a ballot wish that could come true next year."
In 2014, Shipka was named one of "The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014" by Time magazine. That same year, IndieWire included her in their list of "20 Actors To Watch That Are Under 20". Shipka starred in the 2014 Lifetime movie Flowers in the Attic, and co-starred (with Emma Roberts) in the 2015 Oz Perkins horror film The Blackcoat's Daughter.
2016–present: Further work and streaming projects
In 2017, she portrayed B.D. Hyman, daughter of Bette Davis, in the FX television series Feud: Bette and Joan. In January 2018, it was announced that Shipka would be starring as Sabrina Spellman in Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series based on the comic series of the same name. The first season was released by Netflix on October 26, 2018. Shipka co-starred in a 2019 Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Luke Snellin, Let It Snow, based on the novel of the same name. Shooting began in February 2019.
Shipka next played a deaf teenager opposite Stanley Tucci in John R. Leonetti's horror film The Silence, based on the 2015 horror novel of the same name by Tim Lebbon. Netflix released The Silence on April 10, 2019. Shipka learned American Sign Language for the role. Leonetti praised her performance saying "She's acting alongside Stanley Tucci, and believe me, she's more than holding her own. It's been spellbinding watching her."
|2009||A Rag Doll Story||Girl||Short film|
|Land of the Lost||Tar Pits Kid||Uncredited|
|House Broken||Tammy Tawber|
|2010||Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore||Little Girl at playground|
|The Ryan and Randi Show||Lala La Lala||Short film|
|Squeaky Clean||Emily||Short film|
|2012||The Empty Room||Juliet||Short film|
|2013||Very Good Girls||Eleanor Berger|
|2014||The Edge of the Woods||Alice||Short film|
|2015||One & Two||Eva|
|When Marnie Was There||Marnie (voice)||English dub|
|The Blackcoat's Daughter||Kat|
|2019||The Silence||Ally Andrews|
|Let It Snow||Angie|
|2006||Monk||Little Girl||Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets a New Shrink"|
|The Angriest Man in Suburbia||Lola||TV movie|
|2007||Cory in the House||Sophie's Classmate||Episode: "Mall of Confusion"|
|MADtv||Upset Child||Episode: "Madtv Ruined My Life"|
|Heroes||Little Girl in Fire||Episode: "Four Months Ago..."|
|2007–2009||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Various||6 episodes|
|2007–2015||Mad Men||Sally Draper||Recurring in seasons 1–3|
Main role in seasons 4–7
|2011||Smooch||Zoe Cole||TV movie|
|2012||Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23||Herself||Episode: "Parent Trap..."|
|2012–2014||The Legend of Korra||Jinora (voice)||Main role (25 episodes)|
|2013–2018||Sofia the First||Oona (voice)||3 episodes|
|2014||Flowers in the Attic||Cathy Dollanganger||TV movie|
|2015||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Kymmi||Episode: "Kimmy Has A Birthday!"|
|Fan Girl||Telulah "Lu" Farrow||TV movie|
|2017||Feud: Bette and Joan||B. D. Hyman||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|American Dad!||Student (voice)||Episode: "The Witches of Langley"|
|Family Guy||Meg's Bully #3/Singing Cheerleader (voice)||Episode: "The Peter Principal"|
|Neo Yokio||Helenist (voice)||Episode: "O, the Helenists"|
|2018–2020||Chilling Adventures of Sabrina||Sabrina Spellman / Sabrina Morningstar||Lead role (36 episodes)|
|2013||"We Rise Like Smoke"||Kyler England||Young Kyler|
|2020||"Straight to Hell"||Kiernan Shipka & LVCRAFT||Sabrina Spellman|| |
|2014||The Legend of Korra||Jinora|
|2016||Marvel Avengers Academy||Jessica Drew / Spider-Woman|
Awards and nominations
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- "Kiernan Shipka: wide awake in dreamland". Dazed. Dazed. February 9, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
- Galanes, Philip (March 26, 2015). "Growing Up on 'Mad Men': A Conversation With Matthew Weiner and Kiernan Shipka". The New York Times. New York. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Anthony McCartney (January 24, 2010). "Stars of TV and Film Mingle at SAG Awards – ABC News". abcnews.go.com. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
- Dale Roe. "Devoted TV watchers name their dream Emmy winners", Austin American-Statesman, July 4, 2010, page H-1.
- "The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014". Time. Time Inc. October 13, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- Staff, The Playlist. "On The Rise: 20 Actors To Watch That Are Under 20". Indiewire. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
- "Trail of Blood In 'February'". Bloody Disgusting. BD. October 13, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- Lutes, Alicia (October 26, 2018). "Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season 1 Review". IGN. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
- N'Duka, Amanda (December 17, 2018). "Kiernan Shipka, Isabela Moner, Shameik Moore, Odeya Rush & More To Star In Netflix YA Film 'Let It Snow'". Deadline Hollywood.
- "Let It Snow". Backstage. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
- Lodderhose, Diana (May 12, 2017). "Kiernan Shipka To Star In John Leonetti's 'The Silence' From Constantin Film & EMJAG – Cannes". Deadline Hollywood.
- Keveney, Bill (March 19, 2019). "New on Netflix in April 2019: Kevin Hart, 'Sabrina' and more Noah Centineo". USA Today.
- Roxborough (November 3, 2017). "How Deafness Is Adding Extra Scares to John Leonetti's Horror Movie 'The Silence'". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. Page 159.
- "What Kiernan Shipka Thinks of Mad Men Now That She's Finally Allowed to Watch It". Vanity Fair.
- Rearick, Lauren (January 9, 2020). "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Drops Music Video Featuring Kiernan Shipka Singing". Teen Vogue. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
- "Straight To Hell (from Netflix's "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina")". Retrieved June 17, 2021.
- Eric Goldman (February 4, 2016). "Marvel Avengers Academy Launches with an All-Star Cast". IGN. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- "2007 12th Annual Satellite Awards". International Press Academy. Archived from the original on October 15, 2008. Retrieved December 21, 2008.
- Kiernan Shipka at SAG Awards, retrieved May 1, 2012
- 30th Annual Young Artist Awards, archived from the original on July 19, 2011, retrieved May 1, 2012
- 31st Annual Young Artist Awards, archived from the original on October 12, 2013, retrieved May 1, 2012
- 32nd Annual Young Artist Awards, archived from the original on August 8, 2013, retrieved May 1, 2012
- Jon Weisman. "CW to Broadcast Young Hollywood Awards Aug. 1". Variety. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
- "Young Artist Awards – President's Message". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
- "'Lincoln,' 'Silver Linings' top SAG film noms". Variety.com. December 12, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
- "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on April 2, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
- "Crystal + Lucy Awards 2013". Women in Film Los Angeles. April 29, 2013. Archived from the original on August 9, 2014. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
- Douglas Cobb. "2014 Young Hollywood Awards Show Nominees". Guardian Liberty Voice. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
- Mancuso, Vinnie (July 16, 2019). "'Avengers: Endgame', 'Game of Thrones' Lead the 2019 Saturn Awards Nominations". Collider. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
- Moreau, Jordan (June 19, 2019). "'Avengers: Endgame,' 'Riverdale,' 'Aladdin' Top 2019 Teen Choice Award Nominations". Variety. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
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