Tanaya Beatty

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Tanaya Beatty
Tanaya Beatty

(1991-02-12) February 12, 1991 (age 28)
Alma materVancouver Film School
Years active2011–present

Tanaya Beatty (born February 12, 1991) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her role as Rachel Black in the movie adaption of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 as well as her starring roles as Jessica Finch in True Justice, Caitlin Javier on the hit Canadian television series Arctic Air, and Sacagawea in the upcoming HBO miniseries Lewis and Clark.[1] In 2016 she was added to the cast of NBC's The Night Shift as Dr. Shannon Rivera. In 2018 she had the lead role as Annie in a film adaptation of Joseph Boyden's novel Through Black Spruce and as Avery in Yellowstone.

Early life[edit]

Tanaya Beatty was born on February 12, 1991, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Beatty's mother is of Da'naxda'xw First Nations descent and her father of Himalayan descent.[citation needed] She was adopted and raised by an Italian family.[2] Beatty spent her childhood living in the interior of British Columbia, including Midway, Nelson, and Grand Forks.[2]


In December 2010, Beatty graduated from the Vancouver Film School, successfully completing the full-time Essentials and Acting Program.[2] Prior to this, she earned a certificate from a social work program.[2]

Beatty has been included in the group of Native American actresses considered with "both the talent and the beauty to be an A-List",[3] and was cast in the role of Sacagawea for the planned HBO miniseries, Lewis and Clark,[1][4][5][6] which has been in development hell since 2016.[7][8] She has the lead role in Through Black Spruce, an adaptation of Joseph Boyden's novel of the same name.[9]



Year Film Role Notes
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 Rachel Black
2013 Words and Pictures Tammy
2016 The Last Hunt Crystal Short film
2017 Hochelaga, Land of Souls Akwi
Hostiles Living Woman
2018 Through Black Spruce Annie


Year Title Role Notes
2012 True Justice[10] Jessica Finch Recurring role; 7 episodes
Blackstone Sandra Episode: "Hitchin"
2012–2014 Arctic Air Caitlin Janvier Main role; 18 episodes
2013 Continuum Rebecca Recurring role; 3 episodes
2014 The 100[11] Mel Recurring role; 2 episodes
2016–2017 The Night Shift Dr. Shannon Rivera Main role (Season 3–4); 23 episodes
2018-2019 Yellowstone Avery Guest role (season 1), Recurring role (season 2); 5 episodes
TBA Lewis and Clark Sacagawea Upcoming television mini-series


  1. ^ a b Moya-Smith, Simon (11 June 2015). "HBO Finds Their Sacagawea; Network Hires Cultural Advisor for 'Lewis and Clark' Miniseries". Indian Country Today Media Network. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Arctic Air Cast". CBC. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  3. ^ Rondeau, Chantal (March 19, 2014). "Hollywood Wants To Cast Rooney Mara As A Native American, We Native Americans Want Hollywood To Give Us A Chance". xoJane. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  4. ^ staff (May 27, 2014). "La miniserie de HBO 'Lewis and Clark' contrata a Tanaya Beatty, Aidan Kahn, Stephen Hill y Creed Garnick" (in Spanish). Pizquita. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  5. ^ Tiggett, Jai (June 1, 2015). "Stephen Hill and Tanaya Beatty Cast as York and Sacagawea in HBO's 'Lewis and Clark' Miniseries". Indiewire. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (May 27, 2015). "'Lewis And Clark' Miniseries Adds Four To Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  7. ^ "Why Tom Hanks' Lewis And Clark Miniseries Is Shutting Down Production At HBO". Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  8. ^ "HBO Redeveloping 'Lewis & Clark' Miniseries with Michelle Ashford Rewriting". February 3, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Schneller, Johanna (September 2, 2018). "TIFF 2018: Waiting for Tanaya Beatty's perfect world". globeandmail.com. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  10. ^ Ferrar, Pietro (June 20, 2015). "Stasera in tv su Rete 4: "True Justice II - L'angelo della morte" con Steven Seagal" (in Italian). Blogo. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  11. ^ Donguines, Arvin (May 13, 2015). "'The 100' Season 3 News, Update: New Season New Territories to Explore, Which Characters Will Return?". Christian Post. Retrieved June 30, 2015.

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