Sarah Gadon Career Milestones
Born: Sarah Gadon
Birth Date: April 4, 1987
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sarah Gadon was born in a quiet residential area in Toronto, Ontario, to a teacher mother and a psychologist father. She grew up with the support and encouragement of her parents and older brother James and with this was inspired to reach her limits in acting and dance.
Sarah spent much of her adolescence training as a performer as a Junior Associate at the National Ballet School of Canada and as a student at the Claude Watson School for the Performing Arts. She also studied cinema at the prestigious University of Toronto.
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 (2007-2011) 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. 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 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.
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. Her next role was a Canadian short film, Yellow Fish, alongside J. Adam Brown. 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. 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). Gadon co-starred in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars (2014), a dark comic look at Hollywood excess.
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. Gadon played Dracula’s wife Mirena (and briefly the modern-day Mina) in the historical action film Dracula Untold, released in October 2014.
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.
Gadon will star opposite Logan Lerman in Indignation, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s 2008 novel of the same name. In 2016 she will star opposite James Franco in a television mini-series version of Stephen King’s novel 11/22/63, and with Fan Bingbing in the 2015 action thriller film The Chopper.
In late-2015, Gadon appeared as Princess Elizabeth in A Royal Night Out, a heavily fictionalized account of the future Queen’s incognito night on the town, along with her sister Princess Margaret, on the evening of VE Day.