Ellen Page Biography (1987-)

Ellen Page. Born Ellen Philpotts-Page on February 21, 1987 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The daughter of a teacher and a graphic designer, took an interest in theater from a young age. She performed in her first local production in the fifth grade and won Canada’s prestigious Gemini nomination for her role in the made-for-TV movie Pit Pony  in 1997. The busy actress went on to appear in several Canadian television series, including the Pit Pony spin-off, Trailer Park Boysand ReGenesis, as well as the award-winning film Marion Bridge.

Though Page was first introduced to American audiences in the Lifetime TV movie Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story, she received her first real publicity for the provocative 2005 indie thriller Hard Candy. Her haunting performance as a 14-year-old victim-turned-attacker caught the attention of director Brett Ratner, who cast her as Kitty Pryde in Page’s first big-budget feature, X-Men: The Last Stand.

But it was Ellen Page’s 2007 performance as a pregnant teen in the much heralded indie dramedy Juno that put her in the international spotlight. Her quick wit and hidden vulnerability as the wise and innocent Juno McGuff earned the young star an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

Upcoming projects include An American Crime, Smart People and Jack and Diane. Page currently resides in her hometown of Halifax.

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