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Tatiana Maslany

Tatiana Maslany

Canadian actress
Tatiana Maslany
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Quick Facts

Intro Canadian actress
A.K.A. Tatiana Gabrielle Maslany
Is Actor Television actor Film actor
From Canada United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 22 September 1985, Regina, Division No. 6, Saskatchewan, Canada
Age 35 years
Star sign Virgo
Residence Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Awards
Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series 2016
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Biography

Tatiana Gabriele Maslany (/məˈslɑːni/; born September 22, 1985) is a Canadian actress. She is known for portraying multiple characters in the science fiction television series Orphan Black (2013–2017), which aired on Space in Canada and BBC America in the United States. For her performance in Orphan Black, Maslany won a Primetime Emmy Award (2016), a TCA Award (2013), two Critics' Choice Awards (2013 and 2014), and five Canadian Screen Awards (2014–18), in addition to receiving nominations for a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Maslany is the first Canadian actor to win an Emmy in a major dramatic category for work in a Canadian series.

She has also appeared in television series such as Heartland (2008–2010), The Nativity (2010), and Being Erica (2009–2011). In 2013, she won an ACTRA Award for her lead role in the film Picture Day and the Phillip Borsos Award for her performance in the film Cas and Dylan. Her other notable films include Diary of the Dead (2007), Eastern Promises (2007), The Vow (2012), Woman in Gold (2015), Stronger (2017), and Destroyer (2018).

Early life

Maslany was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, the daughter of Dan, a woodworker, and Renate, a translator. She has two younger brothers, including fellow actor Daniel Maslany. She has Austrian, German, Polish, Romanian, and Ukrainian ancestry. For elementary school, Maslany was in French immersion, and was taught in German by her mother before learning English. Additionally, her grandparents spoke German around her as a child. She also speaks some Spanish. She has danced since age four and started community theatre and musicals at the age of nine.

Maslany attended Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School, where she participated in school productions and improvisation, and graduated in 2003. 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."

After completing high school, she spent some time doing theatre performances and travelling before settling in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 20.

Career

2002–2012: Early career

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

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 film An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving. In September 2008, she portrayed Penny, a kidnapping victim in the Canadian series Flashpoint.

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 was critically well received.

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. 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 Clara Rinker, a contract killer. 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.

2013–2017: Breakthrough and Orphan Black

From 2013 to 2017, Maslany starred in the BBC America and Space original series Orphan Black. She plays the lead character, Sarah Manning, as well as Sarah's cohort of clones: Cosima Niehaus, Alison Hendrix, Helena, Rachel Duncan, Elizabeth Childs, Krystal Goderitch, Veera "M.K." Suominen, Katja Obinger, Jennifer Fitzsimmons and Tony Sawicki. Maslany won two Critics' Choice Television Awards and one TCA Award for her performance in the series. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and in 2015 received a nomination for an Emmy Award for her performance. She was again nominated in 2016 and won the category. Maslany received a nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the 7th Critics' Choice Television Awards, her third total nomination from the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. 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 ... 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.

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 and Dylan, for which she won a Phillip Borsos Award for Best Performance at the 2013 Whistler Film Festival.

On June 11, 2013, Maslany signed with the US 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. The 2013 Juno Award ceremonies were held in Regina, Maslany's home town, and Maslany was chosen as one of the presenters.

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.

Maslany co-starred in the 2015 film, Woman in Gold, in the World War II flashbacks as a younger version of Maria Altmann, Helen Mirren's character. She mostly spoke German in the film.

Maslany starred in the independent film The Other Half. The film, written by Joey Klein, was produced by Motel Pictures with A71 and Sienna Films and co-stars her then partner Tom Cullen. It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 12, 2016. Maslany played the leading role of Lucy in the 2016 indie drama film Two Lovers and a Bear, starring alongside Dane DeHaan as Roman. The film follows the two characters as they come together in Apex, Iqaluit to find peace in their lives.

Maslany starred in the 2017 film Stronger, as Erin Hurley, the love interest of Jeff Bauman, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing; Bauman was played by Jake Gyllenhaal.

2018–present: Continued success

Maslany was cast as a series regular in Ryan Murphy's 2018 drama series Pose, but was later replaced by Charlayne Woodard. She starred alongside Nicole Kidman in the crime thriller film Destroyer, which had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in August 2018. She next starred alongside Bryan Cranston in the Broadway production of Network in 2019. Maslany starred as Sister Alice, alongside Matthew Rhys, in the HBO period drama miniseries Perry Mason, which premiered in June 2020. On September 17, 2020, it was announced that Maslany would be playing the Marvel Comics character She-Hulk in the live-action Disney+ show based on the character and set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Recital Diana Mills Short film
2004 Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed Ghost
2007 The Messengers Lindsay Rollins
Eastern Promises Tatiana (voice)
Diary of the Dead Mary Dexter
Late Fragment India
2008 Flash of Genius Older Kathy
2009 Defendor Olga
Grown Up Movie Star Ruby
Hardwired Punk Red
2010 Up & Down Girl Short film
In Redemption Margaret
Toilet Lisa
2011 Seven Sins: Lust Woman (voice) Short film
Darla Friend Short film
The Entitled Jenna
Violet & Daisy April
2012 Waiting for You Unknown Short film
The Vow Lily
Picture Day Claire
Blood Pressure Kat
2014 Cas and Dylan Dylan Morgan
2015 Woman in Gold Young Maria Altmann
2016 The Other Half Emily
Two Lovers and a Bear Lucy
Apart From Everything Fran Short film
2017 Stronger Erin Hurley
Souls of Totality Lady 18 Short film
2018 Destroyer Petra
2019 Pink Wall Jenna Delaney

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1997–2002 Incredible Story Studios Various Unknown episodes
2002–2003 2030 CE Rome Greyson 7 episodes
2004–2006 Renegadepress.com Melanie 4 episodes
2005 Dawn Anna Lauren "Lulu" Dawn Townsend (age 12) Television film
2006 Trapped! Gwen Television film
Booky Makes Her Mark Beatrice "Booky" Thomson Television film
Prairie Giant Tommy's Doctor's Receptionist 2 episodes
2007 Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming Sammi Television film
Sabbatical Gwyneth Marlowe Television film
The Robber Bride Augusta Television film
Redemption SK Margaret Miniseries
2008 An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Mathilda Bassett Television film
Instant Star Zeppelin Dyer 8 episodes
Would Be Kings Reese 2 episodes
Flashpoint Penny Episode: "Planets Aligned"
2008–2010 Heartland Kit Bailey 15 episodes
2009 The Listener Hannah Simmons Episode: "One Way or Another"
2009–2011 Being Erica Sarah Wexler 4 episodes
2010 Cra$h & Burn Lindsay Episode: "Closure"
Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures Janice Episode: "All Souls"
The Nativity Mary 4 episodes
2011 Certain Prey Clara Rinker Television film
Alphas Tracy Beaumont Episode: "Anger Management"
2012 World Without End Sister Mair 7 episodes
2013 Cracked Haley Coturno / Isabel Ann Fergus Episode: "Spirited Away"
Parks and Recreation Nadia Stasky 2 episodes
2013–2014 Captain Canuck Redcoat (voice) 4 episodes
2013–2017 Orphan Black Sarah Manning / Elizabeth Childs / Alison Hendrix / Cosima Niehaus / Helena / Rachel Duncan / Various Lead role(s); also producer seasons 3–5
2015 BoJack Horseman Mia McKibbin (voice) Episode: "Let's Find Out"
2016 Robot Chicken Barbie (voice) Episode: "Hopefully Salt"
2018 Drunk History Emmeline Pankhurst Episode: "Civil Rights"
Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia Aja (voice) 2 episodes
Animals Sherman (voice) Episode: "Roachella"
2018–2019 3Below: Tales of Arcadia Aja / Queen Coranda (voice) Main role
2020 Perry Mason Sister Alice
2022 She-Hulk Jennifer Walters / She-Hulk Main role

Other works

Theatre

Year Title Role Venue Ref.
1995 Oliver! Orphan Regina Summer Stage
2003–2004 The Secret Garden Mary Globe Theatre, Regina
2006 George Dandin Angel
2007 A Christmas Carol Belle / Agnes / Debtor's Wife / Fan / Belinda
2009 Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead CB's Sister Six Degrees Theatre, Toronto
2012 Other People Petra Tank House Theatre, Toronto
2018 Mary Page Marlowe Mary (ages 27 and 36) Second Stage Theater, New York City
2018–2019 Network Diana Christensen Belasco Theatre

Audio books

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Locke & Key Dodge 13-hour audio drama
2018 The Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen 10-hour young adult fiction
2019 Catching Fire Katniss Everdeen 11-hour young adult fiction
2019 Mockingjay Katniss Everdeen 11-hour young adult fiction
2019 Orphan Black: The Next Chapter Narrator 10-episode audio drama

Podcasts

Year Title Role Episodes
2015–2019 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself 377: "Good Night In The Morning"
446: "Scrounging and Lounging"
478: "Spank Me With A Feather!"
536: "Live from SXSW 2018"
615: "The Chastman Family"
2015 How Did This Get Made? Herself 120: "Masters of the Universe"
2016 The Wandering Wolf Herself 118
Unqualified Herself 34 (two-part episode)
2017 Spontaneanation Herself 110: "The Manager's Office of a Miniature Golf Course"
2019 Hollywood Handbook Herself 321: "Tatiana Maslany, Our Close Friend"

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2005 Gemini Awards Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Renegadepress.com Nominated
2009 Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series Flashpoint Won
2010 Sundance Film Festival Awards World Cinema Special Jury Prize For Acting Grown Up Movie Star Won
Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures Won
Genie Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Grown Up Movie Star Nominated
2012 Whistler Film Festival Awards Best Actor in a Borsos Film Award Picture Day Won
2013 ACTRA Awards Outstanding Performance – Female Picture Day Won
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series Orphan Black Won
TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Orphan Black Won
Young Hollywood Awards Breakthrough Performance – Female Orphan Black Won
Hamptons International Film Festival Awards Breakthrough Performer Picture Day Won
Whistler Film Festival Awards Best Actor in a Borsos Film Award Cas and Dylan Won
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress Orphan Black Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Orphan Black Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Orphan Black Nominated
Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Dramatic Role Orphan Black Won
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Cas and Dylan Nominated
ACTRA Awards Outstanding Performance – Female Orphan Black Nominated
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress in a Canadian Film Picture Day Nominated
Gracie Awards Outstanding Female Actor in a Breakthrough Role Orphan Black Won
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series Orphan Black Won
TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Orphan Black Nominated
Constellation Awards Best Female Performance in a 2013 Science Fiction Television Episode Orphan Black Won
Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television in 2013 Orphan Black Won
EWwy Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Orphan Black Won
2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Orphan Black Nominated
ACTRA Awards Outstanding Performance – Female Orphan Black Won
Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Dramatic Role Orphan Black Won
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
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Orphan Black Won
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series Orphan Black Nominated
ACTRA Awards Outstanding Performance – Female Orphan Black Nominated
2017 Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Series – Drama or Genre Orphan Black Nominated
Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Dramatic Role Orphan Black Won
Best Television Series – Drama Orphan Black Won
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role The Other Half Won
ACTRA Awards Outstanding Performance – Female Two Lovers and a Bear Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series Orphan Black Nominated
2018 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Orphan Black Nominated
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