Sarah Gadon

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Sarah Gadon
Sarah Gadon Cannes 2012.jpg
Gadon promoting Cosmopolis at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1987-04-04) April 4, 1987 (age 28)[1]
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present

Sarah Gadon (born April 4, 1987) is a Canadian actress. She had film roles in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis. She has guest starred in a number of notable television series including Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Dark Oracle, Doc, In a Heartbeat, La Femme Nikita, Life with Derek and Mutant X. She also does voice-acting for Mattimeo, My Dad the Rock Star, Ruby Gloom, Total Drama and Wayside. Her most recent project contains a role alongside Jamie Dornan and Aaron Paul in Miramax's upcoming supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax.

Personal life[edit]

Gadon was born in Toronto, Ontario, to a psychologist father and teacher mother.[2] She has an older brother named James. Gadon spent much of her childhood and adolescence training and performing as a dancer, with time spent as a Junior Associate at The National Ballet School of Canada and as a student at the Claude Watson School for the Performing Arts.[3] She graduated high school as an Ontario Scholar from Vaughan Road Academy in 2005.[4] By 2014, she had completed her studies in the University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute at Innis College.[5][6]


Gadon started acting at the age of 10 with her first acting role as Julia in an episode of La Femme Nikita (1998). For the next few years, she took episodic roles in various television series, including Monica in Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1999), Young Laura Burnham in Twice in a Lifetime (2000), Catherine Hartman in Mutant X (2002), Vicki in Life with Derek (2005) and Tasha Redford in Flashpoint (2008).

She also has a number of television films to her credit. She was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Ensemble in a TV movie for her first film, The Other Me (2000), portraying Heather. Other roles include Samantha in What Girls Learn (2001), Amanda in Cadet Kelly (2002), Julia Norton in Code Breakers (2005) and Celeste Mercier in The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream (2008).

Gadon had a recurring role in many television series: Zoe Kessler in The Border (2008-2009), Katie Atkins in Being Erica (2009), Georgia Bravin in Happy Town (2010) and Ruby Odgen in Murdoch Mysteries (2009–11). She is also behind the voice of the title character in the animated series Ruby Gloom (2006–07), Beth in Total Drama Island (2007) and Portia in Friends and Heroes (2007–09). Sarah was nominated for a Gemini Award in 2008 for Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series for her work in Ruby Gloom (2008). She shared in this nomination with Emily Hampshire.

In 2005, she filmed for Where Love Reigns, a promotional film co-starring Douglas Henshall.[7]

Gadon at the 18th CFC Annual Gala and Auction

Her filmography includes both feature length and short films. Her first feature film was Fast Food High (2003) where she portrayed Zoe. She portrayed Margaret in the dark comedy Siblings, Priscilla in Charlie Bartlett (2007) and Laura in Leslie, My Name is Evil (2009). Her short film work includes Haley in Burgeon and Fade (2007), Julia in Grange Avenue (2008) and Gabrielle in Spoliation (2008). Burgeon and Fade won the Special Jury Award at the WorldFest Houston Festival for original dramatic short film.

She stars in the short indie film, The Origin of Teddy Bears, as Madison[8] and Carl Jung's wife, Emma in David Cronenberg's film, A Dangerous Method. She starred in Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, alongside Robert Pattinson, as his on-screen wife of 22 days, Elise Shifirin. She is cast in the television adaptation of Ken Follett’s global bestseller World Without End as an eight-hour event series.[9]

She featured in Brandon Cronenberg's debut feature, Antiviral (2011) as Hannah Geist, a mega-star in a sci-fi world where fans pay to be infected with the diseases of the rich and famous.[10][11]

Her next role is a Canadian short film, Yellow Fish, alongside J. Adam Brown.[12] On May 23, 2012 in Cannes, Birks presented the first Birks Canadian Diamond award to Gadon and Emily Hampshire during Telefilm Canada's inaugural Tribute To Canadian Talent press event and reception.[13] She played Lady Elizabeth Murray in the 2013 release of the film "Belle".

She is featured in Denis Villeneuve's Enemy (2013), based on the José Saramago book, The Double (2002).[14] Gadon co-starred in David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars (2014), a dark comic look at Hollywood excess.[15]

She participated in the CBC "Canada Reads" competition in March 2014. In September 2014, it was announced that she was cast in Miramax's upcoming supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax, along with Jamie Dornan and Aaron Paul.[16] Gadon played Dracula's wife Mirena (and briefly the modern-day Mina) in the historical action film Dracula Untold, released in October 2014.[17]

Gadon made her directorial debut with an episode of Reelside, a documentary series, featuring her collaborative relationship with photographer Caitlin Cronenberg. The episode premiered on The Movie Network in Canada June 4, 2015.[18]

Gadon will star opposite Logan Lerman in Indignation, an adaptation of Philip Roth's 2008 novel of the same name. She will also star opposite James Franco in a mini-series version of Stephen King's novel 11/22/63,[19] and with Fan Bingbing in the 2015 action thriller film The Chopper.



Gadon in 2011
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Fast Food High Zoe
2004 Siblings Margaret
2007 Charlie Bartlett Priscilla
2007 Burgeon and Fade Haley Short
2008 Orange Avenue Julia MacMillan Short
2008 Spolitation Gabriella Short
2008 The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream Celeste Mercier
2009 Manson, My Name Is Evil Laura
2011 Dangerous Method, AA Dangerous Method Emma Jung
2011 Moth Diaries, TheThe Moth Diaries Lucy Blake
2011 Dream House Cindi
2012 Bear Hug Madison Short
2012 Antiviral Hannah Geist
2012 Cosmopolis Elise Shifrin
2012 Yellow Fish Cait Short film
2013 Enemy Helen St. Claire
2013 Belle Lady Elizabeth Murray
2013 What If Megan
2014 Nut Job, TheThe Nut Job Lana Voice
2014 Amazing Spider-Man 2, TheThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 Kari
2014 Maps to the Stars Clarice Taggart
2014 Dracula Untold Mirena / Mina
2015 Girl King, TheThe Girl King Ebba Sparre Filming
2015 The 9th Life of Louis Drax Natalie Filming
2015 A Royal Night Out Princess Elizabeth
2016 Indignation Olivia Hutton Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1998 La Femme Nikita Julia Episode: "Last Night"
1999 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Monica Episode: "The Tale of the Forever Game"
2000 Twice in a Lifetime Young Laura Burnham Episode: "Even Steven"
2000 Other Me, TheThe Other Me Heather Movie
2000 In a Heartbeat Jennifer 2 episodes
2000 Mattimeo: A Tale of Redwall Cynthia Vole / Tess Churchmouse Voice
Regular role (13 episodes)
2001 What Girls Learn Samantha Movie
2002 Mutant X Catherine Hartman Episode: "Whiter Shade of Pale"
2002 Cadet Kelly Amanda Movie
2002 Mom's on Strike Jessica Harris Movie
2002 Strange Legacy of Cameron Cruz, TheThe Strange Legacy of Cameron Cruz Lucy Montgomery Movie
2002 Society's Child Nikki Best Voice
2003 Doc Terri Lewis Episode: "Angels in Waiting"
2003 My Dad the Rock Star Alyssa Voice
3 episodes
2004 This Is Wonderland Zoe Kelsey Episode: "1.13"
2004 Dark Oracle Claudia Episode: "Crushed"
2004–05 Eleventh Hour, TheThe Eleventh Hour Cassie Redner Episodes: "Gone Baby Gone", "Kettle Black"
2005 Time Warp Trio Jodie (voice) Series Regular
2005 Life with Derek Vicki Episode: "The Wedding"
2005 Code Breakers Julia Nolan Movie
2006–07 Ruby Gloom Ruby Gloom Voice
Main role (26 episodes)
2007–09 Friends and Heroes Portia Voice
Main role (35 episodes)
2007–10 Total Drama Beth Voice
Regular role (47 episodes)
2008 Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream, TheThe Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream Celeste Mercier Movie
2008 Flashpoint Tasha Redford Episode: "Attention Shoppers"
2008–09 Border, TheThe Border Zoe Kessler Recurring role (14 episodes)
2009 Aaron Stone Dr. Martin Episode: "In Hall We Trust"
2009 Being Erica Katie Atkins Recurring role (14 episodes)
2009–11 Murdoch Mysteries Ruby Ogden 4 episodes
2010 Happy Town Georgia Bravin Main role (8 episodes)
2010 Dating Guy, TheThe Dating Guy Darlene Voice
Episode: "Gross Encounters of the Virgin Kind"
2012 World Without End Philippa Miniseries
2015 Reelside Self Documentary, Episode Director

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Year Title of work Award Category Result Notes
2001 Other Me, TheThe Other Me Young Artist Award Best Ensemble in a TV Movie Nominated Shared with Andrew Lawrence, Brenden Jefferson, Tyler Hynes and Alison Pill
2003 Ruby Gloom Gemini Award Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series Nominated Shared with: David Berni, Stacey DePass, Emily Hampshire, Jeremy Harris, Peter Keleghan, Scott McCord and Adrian Truss.(For the episode, "Hairless the Musical - part 1")
2009 Flashpoint ACTRA Awards Outstanding Performance - Female Nominated Awarded to Rosemary Dunsmore
2012 Cosmopolis Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film[20] Won
2014 Enemy Canadian Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Won


  1. ^ "Sarah Gadon: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ Brian D. Johnson (June 1, 2012). "Sarah Gadon: this smart blonde didn’t let Cannes go to her head". Maclean's. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ "A Dangerous Method -Cast and Crew". Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ Alison Broverman (June 2010). "Sarah Gadon Our area’s star-in-waiting dishes on her spooky new TV show, a recent brush with Bond and growing up in Bayview". Bayview Post via (Post City Magazines, Inc.). Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Q&A with ‘Rising Star’ and Cinema Studies student Sarah Gadon". University of Toronto. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Actors, screenwriters, alumni and students celebrate re-opening of Innis Town Hall". University of Toronto News. March 13, 2015. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Where Love Reigns". Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Origin of Teddy Bears". Indiegogo. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Sarah Gadon Plays Phillippa". Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Sarah Gadon, Malcolm McDowell Join 'Antiviral'". The Hollywood Reporter. November 3, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ Chris Knight (October 9, 2012). "Antiviral’s Sarah Gadon examines the process behind performance". National Post. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Yellow Fish". Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  13. ^ "The first Birks Canadian Diamond awards were presented to Emily Hampshire and Sarah Gadon last night at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival". (CNW Group). Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Jake Gyllenhaal's An Enemy Adds Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, & Isabella Rossellini". Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  15. ^ Kevin Jagernauth (May 8, 2013). "Mia Wasikowska & More Join David Cronenberg's 'Maps To The Stars,' Some Story Details Revealed". The Playlist, Indiewire. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  16. ^ Jen Yamato (September 24, 2014). "Sarah Gadon Joins Miramax’s ‘The 9th Life Of Louis Drax’". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Sarah Gadon Under ‘Dracula’ Spell for Universal". Variety. May 2, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Reelside". The Movie Network. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  19. ^ Jaafar, Ali (April 6, 2015). "Sarah Gadon & Logan Lerman Join James Schamus’ Directorial Debut ‘Indignation’". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 6, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Vancouver Film Critics Circle: 13th Annual Award Winners". Vancouver Film Critics. January 8, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 

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