Ellen Page biography
Tales of the City (Netflix)
Date of Birth: February 21, 1987
After training at the Neptune Theatre School, Halifax born-and-raised Ellen Page made her television debut at the age of 10 in the TV movie Pit Pony (1997). When it was turned into a TV series just over a year later, Page reprised her role as younger sister Maggie. Even at such a young age, she showed enormous talent, earning both a Genie nomination and a Young Artist Award nomination for her work in the series.
From there, she played roles in two more Canadian series, Trailer Park Boys and Rideau Hall (both 2002). Although she made her feature film debut in the family flick I Downloaded a Ghost, it wasn't released until 2004. In the meantime, she won a 2003 ACTRA Maritimes Award for Outstanding Performance—Female for her second film, the small budget Canadian drama Marion Bridge .
Page won her first Gemini award for the TV movie Mrs. Ashboro's Cat (2003), playing a remarkably mature teenager who moves with her father (Michael Ontkean) to the small town where her recently-deceased mother grew up. Roles followed in more TV movies such as Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story, Going for Broke (both 2003) and small budget films such as Love That Boy (2003) and Mouth to Mouth (2004).
She joined a cast of well-known Canadian actors such as Paul Gross, Sandra Oh> and Rebecca Jenkins for Wilby Wonderful (2004), about the odd inhabitants of a small town, and received another Genie award nomination for her supporting role, as well as an Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor Award at the Atlantic Film Festival.
Back on TV, Ellen joined the cast of The Movie Network's sci-fi series ReGenesis in 2004, winning a second Gemini award for her work in the episode "Black Out." On the big screen, she turned in a remarkable performance as a 14-year-old girl out for revenge when she turns the tables on a pedophile (Patrick Wilson) in Hard Candy (2006).
When she was cast as Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Ellen gained international attention. Since filming the big budget blockbuster, she's returned to the genre she loves best—dark films such as the upcoming The Tracy Fragment, which she told Tribute TV she finds "intriguing to delve into."
In 2007, Hollywood sat up and took notice when Page starred in the runaway independent hit Juno . For her work as a sassy pregnant teenager, she received both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, as well as winning numerous awards from international film festivals and societies. Since then, she's starred as Dennis Quaid's daughter in the major motion picture Smart People (2008), been directed by Drew Barrymore in Whip It (2009), starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010) and played one half of a young honeymooning couple in Woody Allen's To Rome With Love (2012). She also starred in the drama Touchy Feely (2013) and reprised her role in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2015).
More recently, she starred in Into the Forest (2016) alongside Evan Rachel Wood, the Netflix dramedy Tallulah (2016) with Allison Janney, and lent her voice to the animated film Window Horses (2017). She also had roles in films such as My Days of Mercy (2017), and sci-fi remake Flatliners (2017)
Once a soccer player at the provincial (Nova Scotia) level, Page keeps in shape by snowboarding, swimming, running, and bicycling.
In 2014, Ellen came out as gay during her speech in Las Vegas at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive conference.
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