Tatiana Maslany

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Tatiana Maslany
Tatiana Maslany by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Maslany at Comic Con in 2013
Born (1985-09-22) September 22, 1985 (age 30)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Known for Orphan Black

Tatiana Gabriele Maslany[1][2] (born September 22, 1985[3]) is a Canadian actress. She has starred in television series such as The Nativity, Being Erica, Heartland, and Orphan Black. In 2013, she won an ACTRA for her role as Claire in the film Picture Day, and a Phillip Borsos Award for her performance in the film Cas & Dylan. Other notable films starring Maslany are Diary of the Dead and Eastern Promises, the latter of which she narrated.

Since March 2013, Maslany has played the lead in the Canadian science-fiction thriller series Orphan Black. She has received widespread critical acclaim for her multiple-roles performance, winning two Critics' Choice Television Awards, a TCA Award, and three Canadian Screen Awards, in addition to receiving Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations.

Early life[edit]

Maslany was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, the daughter of Dan, a woodworker, and Renate, a translator.[4][5] She has two younger brothers, Daniel and Michael.[4][6][7] She has Austrian, German, Polish, Romanian, and Ukrainian ancestry.[5][8] For elementary school, Maslany was in French immersion, and was taught to be fluent in German by her mother before learning English.[9] She also speaks some Spanish.[10] She has danced since age four and started community theatre and musicals at the age of nine.[11]

Maslany attended Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School, where she participated in school productions and improvisation, and graduated in 2003.[12][13] While attending high school, she found paying acting jobs that allowed her to travel all over Canada with her parents' approval. She would work for a few months at a time and then return to school in Regina. She stated, "It wasn't an easy transition. I felt a little outside of it. Outside of both experiences, really."[9] After completing high school, she spent some time doing theatre performances and travelling before settling in Toronto, Ontario at the age of 20.[9]


Maslany was one of the stars of the 2002 Canadian TV series 2030 CE. She appeared as the character Ghost in the 2004 film Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed. Maslany performed comedic improvisation for ten years.[14] She participated in improvisational theatre, including the Canadian Improv Games,[15] and has since become a member of the General Fools Improvisational Theatre.[16] She is now a certified improvisation trainer.[17]

In 2007, Maslany appeared in The Messengers as Lindsay Rollins. She also starred in the CBC series Heartland where she plays a barrel racer, Kit Bailey, with her horse Daisy. During 2008, she had a recurring role in the Instant Star TV series. She had a lead role in the Hallmark Channel movie, An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving. In September 2008, she portrayed Penny, a kidnapping victim in the Canadian series Flashpoint.

Maslany at Comic Con International in 2015

Maslany appeared as Sarah Wexlar, the heroin-addicted daughter of Dr. Tom Wexlar in the second season of the Canadian comedy drama television series Being Erica in 2010. Also in 2010, she appeared as the protagonist Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the British four-part television series The Nativity, which received excellent ratings.

Maslany appeared in Grown Up Movie Star as Ruby, a role which earned the actor a special jury breakout role award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.[18] She played Hannah Simmons in one episode of The Listener. In 2010, she appeared in the direct-to-video film Hardwired as Punk Red. In late 2011, she co-starred in the film adaptation of John Sandford's Certain Prey as a contract killer named Clara Rinker. In 2012, Maslany appeared as lead character Claire in the full-length feature Picture Day, for which she won a Phillip Borsos Award for Best Performance at the 2012 Whistler Film Festival.

Maslany with Orphan Black cast members in 2014

In 2013, Maslany guest starred on Parks and Recreation for a two-episode arc as Dr. Nadia Stasky. She portrayed the lead character Dylan in the independent film Cas & Dylan, for which she won a Phillip Borsos Award for Best Performance at the 2013 Whistler Film Festival.[19]

On June 11, 2013, Maslany signed with the U.S. talent agency Resolution, which serves as her United States representation. In Canada, she continues to be managed by Magnolia Entertainment and represented by Characters Talent Agency.[20] The 2013 Juno Award ceremonies were held in Regina, Maslany's home town, and Maslany was chosen as one of the presenters.[21]

On May 17, 2014, Maslany guest starred on the season 39 finale of Saturday Night Live. She played the character Bridget in the episode's second digital short entitled Hugs. She guest starred alongside Pharrell Williams and The Lonely Island.[22]

Maslany co-starred in the 2015 film, Woman in Gold, in the WWII flashbacks as a younger version of Maria Altmann, Helen Mirren's character. The film also starred Max Irons, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, and Katie Holmes.[23] She almost exclusively spoke German in the film.

As of December 2014, Maslany is set to star in the upcoming independent film The Other Half which is currently in development.[24] The film, written by Joey Klein, will be produced by Motel Pictures with A71 and Sienna Films and will costar partner Tom Cullen.[25]

On January 30, 2015, it was announced that Maslany has been cast in the leading role of Lucy in the upcoming indie drama film Two Lovers and a Bear. She will star alongside Dane DeHaan, who plays the character Roman. The film follows the two characters as they come together to find peace in their lives.[26]

Maslany will next be seen as the female lead in the film Stronger, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal who will play Jeff Bauman, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing and Erin's boyfriend.[27]

Orphan Black[edit]

Main article: Orphan Black
The five main clone characters all played by Tatiana Maslany (from left to right, top to bottom: Sarah, Alison, Helena, Cosima, and Rachel)

Maslany currently stars in the BBC America and Space original series Orphan Black.[28] She plays the lead character, Sarah Manning, as well as Sarah's cohort of clones: Cosima Niehaus, Alison Hendrix, Helena, Rachel Duncan, Elizabeth Childs, Veera Suominen (also known as M.K.), Katja Obinger, Janika Zingler, Aryanna Giordano, Danielle Fournier, Jennifer Fitzsimmons, Krystal Goderitch, and Tony Sawicki.[citation needed] Maslany won two Critics' Choice Television Award and TCA Award for her performance in the series. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for these roles, but lost to Robin Wright of House of Cards.[29]

In 2014, The Guardian praised Maslany's performance in the series, calling it "Olympic-level acting," writing:

Maslany plays half a dozen different clones over season one, with who knows how many more promised for the imminent second season. We start with the street-smart Sarah, but soon meet her test tube sisters: soccer mom Alison, microbiology student Cosima, assassin Helena and more. Delivering one creditable performance for a show is tough enough, but Maslany nails several here, often appearing in scenes as multiple versions interacting seamlessly. This is Olympic-level, endurance acting. It's like watching a long-distance runner do several races all at once. It's always clear which clone she's playing – accent, attitude and body language, along with wardrobe and makeup conspire to create Maslany's collection of characters. Each new turn is full of surprises, such as with the aforementioned soccer mom Alison, who starts off strident and uptight, seeming to be no fun at all, then rapidly steals all the wittiest and most moving scenes. But the real fun comes from watching Maslany immersing herself in myriad layers of performance: such as the scene when Sarah has to adopt the personality of another clone. It's dizzying, impressive stuff to watch, let alone act.

In 2015, Maslany was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance. She was again nominated in 2016.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Maslany has been dating Welsh actor Tom Cullen since 2011.[31] The two met while filming the Channel 4 miniseries World Without End.[9][32][33] They reside in Toronto, Ontario.[34]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Recital, TheThe Recital Diana Mills Short film
2004 Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed Ghost
2007 Messengers, TheThe Messengers Lindsay Rollins
2007 Eastern Promises Tatiana Voice role
2007 Diary of the Dead Mary Dexter
2007 Late Fragment India
2008 Flash of Genius Older Kathy
2009 Defendor Olga
2009 Grown Up Movie Star Ruby
2009 Hardwired Punk Red
2010 Up & Down Girl Short film
2010 In Redemption Margaret
2010 Toilet Lisa
2011 Darla Friend Short film
2011 Entitled, TheThe Entitled Jenna
2011 Violet & Daisy April
2012 Waiting for You Short film
2012 Vow, TheThe Vow Lily
2012 Picture Day Claire
2012 Blood Pressure Kat
2014 Cas and Dylan Dylan Morgan
2015 Woman in Gold Young Maria Altmann
2016 The Other Half Emily
2016 Two Lovers and a Bear Lucy
2016 Apart From Everything Fran Short film
2017 Stronger Erin Hurley In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1997–2002 Incredible Story Studios Various Unknown episodes
1999 Subterranean Passage Narrator
2002–2003 2030 CE Rome Greyson 6 episodes
2004–2006 Renegadepress.com Melanie 12 episodes
2005 Dawn Anna Lauren "Lulu" Dawn Townsend (Age 12) Movie
2006 Trapped! Gwen Movie
2006 Booky Makes Her Mark Beatrice "Booky" Thomson Movie
2006 Prairie Giant Tommy's Doctor's Receptionist 2 episodes
2007 Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming Sammi Movie
2007 Sabbatical Gwyneth Marlowe Movie
2007 The Robber Bride Augusta Movie
2008 Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, AnAn Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Mathilda Bassett Movie
2008 Instant Star Zeppelin Dyer 8 episodes
2008 Would Be Kings Reese 2 episodes
2008 Flashpoint Penny Episode: "Planets Aligned"
2008–2010 Heartland Kit Bailey 15 episodes
2009 Listener, TheThe Listener Hannah Simmons Episode: "One Way or Another"
2009–2011 Being Erica Sarah Wexler 4 episodes
2010 Cra$h & Burn Lindsay Episode: "Closure"
2010 Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures Janice Episode: "All Souls"
2010 The Nativity Mary 4 episodes
2011 Certain Prey Clara Rinker Movie
2011 Alphas Tracy Beaumont Episode: "Anger Management"
2012 World Without End Sister Meir 7 episodes
2013 Cracked Haley Coturno / Isabel Ann Fergus Episode: "Spirited Away"
2013–2014 Captain Canuck Redcoat (voice) 4 episodes
2013–present Orphan Black Sarah Manning / Elizabeth Childs / Alison Hendrix / Cosima Niehaus /
Helena / Rachel Duncan / Tony Sawicki / Jennifer Fitzsimmons / Katja
Obinger / Pupok (Scorpion, voice) / Krystal Goderitch / Veera Suominen (MK)
Lead role(s)
Producer (season 3–)
2013 Parks and Recreation Nadia Stasky 2 episodes
2014 Saturday Night Live Bridget Episode: "Andy Samberg/St. Vincent"
2015 BoJack Horseman Mia McKibbin (voice) Episode: "Let's Find Out"
2016 Robot Chicken Barbie (voice) Episode: "Hopefully Salt"

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song
2013 The Lonely Island feat. Pharrell "Hugs"
2015 Son Lux "You Don't Know Me"

Other works[edit]


Year Title Role Venue Ref.
1995 Oliver! Orphan Regina Summer Stage [35][36]
2003–04 The Secret Garden Mary Globe Theatre, Regina [37]
2006 George Dandin Angel Globe Theatre, Regina [38]
2007 A Christmas Carol Belle, Agnes, Debtor's Wife, Fan, Belinda Globe Theatre, Regina [38]
2009 Dog Sees God CB's Sister Six Degrees Theatre, Toronto [39]
2012 Other People Petra Tank House Theatre, Toronto [40]

Audio books[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Locke & Key Dodge 13-hour audio drama [41]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2005 Gemini Awards Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Renegadepress.com Nominated [42]
2009 Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series Flashpoint Won [42]
2010 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Special Jury Prize For Acting Grown Up Movie Star Won [43]
2010 Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series[citation needed] Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures Won [42]
2010 Genie Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Grown Up Movie Star Nominated [42]
2012 Whistler Film Festival Best Actor in a Borsos Film Award Picture Day Won [citation needed]
2013 ACTRA Awards Outstanding Performance - Female Picture Day Won [44]
2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series Orphan Black Won
2013 TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Orphan Black Won
2013 Young Hollywood Awards Breakthrough Performance – Female Orphan Black Won
2013 EWwy Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Orphan Black Won [45]
2013 Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough Performer Picture Day Won [citation needed]
2013 Whistler Film Festival Best Actor in a Borsos Film Award Cas & Dylan Won [citation needed]
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress Orphan Black Nominated
2014 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Orphan Black Nominated
2014 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Orphan Black Nominated
2014 Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Dramatic Role Orphan Black Won [42]
2014 Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Cas & Dylan Nominated [42]
2014 ACTRA Awards Outstanding Performance – Female Orphan Black Nominated [46]
2014 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actress in a Canadian Film Picture Day Nominated
2014 Gracie Awards Outstanding Female Actor in a Breakthrough Role Orphan Black Won
2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series Orphan Black Won
2014 TCA Award Individual Achievement in Drama Orphan Black Nominated
2014 Constellation Awards Best Female Performance in a 2013 Science Fiction Television Episode Orphan Black Won
2014 Constellation Awards Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television in 2013 Orphan Black Won
2014 EWwy Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Orphan Black Won [47]
2015 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Orphan Black Nominated
2015 ACTRA Awards Outstanding Performance – Female Orphan Black Won [48]
2015 Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Dramatic Role Orphan Black Won [42]
2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Orphan Black Nominated
2016 Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Dramatic Role Orphan Black Won [49]
2016 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Orphan Black Pending [30]


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