Sarah Polley

Sarah Polley

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Sarah Polley, actress, director,
Photo of Sarah Polley scanned from an original still set for The Sweet hereafter in the Northernstars Collection.
B: January 8, 1979 in Toronto, Ontario
Sarah Polley had the odds stacked against her if she wanted to grow up to be anything else other than an actor, or filmmaker. Her dad is an actor and her mom is a casting agent. So it should come as no surprise that she began her career at the tender age of just 4 in One Magic Christmas. She liked the process enough to keep pushing her parents into letting her do more. She has gone on to accomplish so much that in January of 2006 it was announced that Polley would receive ACTRA Toronto’s Award of Excellence. The announcement said, in part, “Sarah Polley is one of Canada’s treasures. She is a commanding actor who has taken on varied and challenging roles while becoming one of our most recognizable Canadian stars.” Sarah Polley was honoured for her work with the Order of Canada in 2014.

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Also See: Alias Grace.


Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

One Magic Christmas (1985)
The Big Town (1987)
Hands of a Stranger (TV-1987)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Babar The Movie (voice, 1989)

Lantern Hill (TV-1990)
Johann`s Gift to Christmas (TV-1991)
Exotica (1994)
Joe`s So Mean to Josephine (1996)
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
The Planet of Junior Brown (1997)
The Hanging Garden (1997)
Last Night (1998)
Jerry & Tom (1998)
White Lies (TV-1998)
The Life Before This (1999)
eXistenZ (1999)
Guinevere (1999)
Go (1999)

The Weight of Water (2000)
Love Come Down (2000)
The Claim (2000)
The Law of Enclosures (2000)
This Might Be Good (2000)
No Such Thing (2001)
The I Inside (2003)
The Event (2003)
My Life Without Me (2003)
Dermott`s Quest (2003)
Luck (2003)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Sugar (2004)
Siblings (2004)
Don’t Come Knocking (2005)
The Secret Life of Words (2005)
3 Needles (2005)
Beowulf & Grendel (2005)
Cock & Bull (2006)
Splice (2009)
Mr. Nobody (2009)

Trigger (2010)


TV series – Cast:
Ramona (1988)
Road to Avonlea (1989-1995)
Slings and Arrows (2006)
John Adams (mini-series, 2008)


Credits as a Director:

The Best Day of My Life (1999)
Don’t Think Twice (1999)

I Shout Love (2001)
All I Want for Christmas (2002)
Away from Her (2006)

Take This Waltz (2011)
Stories We Tell (2011, documentary)


Credits as a Screenwriter:
Don’t Think Twice (1999)

I Shout Love (2001)
Away from Her (2006)

Take This Waltz (2011)
Stories We Tell (2011, documentary)
Alias Grace (2017, mini-series)



Poster for Away From Her courtesy of Mongrel Media
Poster for Away From Her courtesy of Mongrel Media


Poster for the 2011 movie, Take This Waltz. Copyright © 2011 Mongrel Media. Used with permission
Poster for the 2011 movie, Take This Waltz. Copyright © 2011 Mongrel Media. Used with permission