Ellen Page
Page at the premiere of Inception, Los Angeles, July 13, 2010
Ellen Philpotts-Page

(1987-02-21) February 21, 1987 (age 37)
Years active1997–present

Ellen Philpotts-Page (born February 21, 1987), known professionally as Ellen Page, is a Canadian actress. She started out her career in Canada with roles in the television shows Pit Pony, Trailer Park Boys, and ReGenesis. Page ventured into films, appearing in Juno, Inception, Super, Smart People, Whip It, and as Katherine "Kitty" Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand and its upcoming sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past.

For her performance in Juno, Page received Best Actress nominations for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA, and the Screen Actors Guild Award.

Early life

Page was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the daughter of Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer.[1] She attended the Halifax Grammar School until grade 10, spent some time at Queen Elizabeth High School, and graduated from the Shambhala School in 2005. She also spent two years in Toronto, Ontario studying in the Interact Program at Vaughan Road Academy, along with close friend and fellow Canadian actor Mark Rendall.[2][3] Growing up, Page enjoyed playing with action figures and climbing trees.[4]


Page in 2007

Page began acting at age four, appearing in numerous school plays. She first acted in front of the camera in 1997 at age ten in the CBC television movie Pit Pony, which later spun off into a television series. This led to more roles in a number of small Canadian films and television series, notably playing Treena Lahey in season two of Trailer Park Boys. At 16, she was cast in Mouth to Mouth, an independent film shot in Europe.

Page starred in the 2005 movie Hard Candy and gained praise for "one of the most complex, disturbing and haunting performances of the year".[5] She also appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand as Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat), a girl who can walk through walls. In the previous X-Men movies, the part had been used in brief cameos played by other actresses, but never as a main character.

As the title character in Juno, Page garnered substantial praise; A. O. Scott of The New York Times noted her as being "frighteningly talented"[6] and Roger Ebert said, "Has there been a better performance this year than Ellen Page's creation of Juno? I do not think so".[7] Page was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Juno, but lost to Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose. The role, however, did win her several other awards, including a Canadian Comedy Award, Independent Spirit Award, and Satellite Award. Page also has starred in Smart People, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Although released after Juno, Smart People was shot earlier.[8] Her other film credits include An American Crime, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival; The Tracey Fragments, which was released in November 2007 in Canada and May 2008 in the U.S.; and The Stone Angel.

In 2007, she was attached to play the title character in an adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre[9][10] and had planned to work on an as-yet unmade film entitled Jack and Diane opposite Olivia Thirlby, with whom she co-starred in Juno[11] but it was announced in August 2009 that her role in Jack and Diane would be played by the actress Alison Pill. Before his death in January 2008, Heath Ledger had discussed with Page the idea of starring in his directorial debut, The Queen's Gambit.[12] In 2008 she was ranked No. 86 on FHM's Sexiest Women in the World list, and No. 93 for 2009.[13] In June 2008, Page was listed in Entertainment Weekly's future A-List stars list.[14]

Page at the Toronto International Film Festival, 2009

Page hosted Saturday Night Live on March 1, 2008[15] and on May 3, 2009, she guest starred in the episode "Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'oh" of the animated series The Simpsons as a character named Alaska Nebraska, a parody of Hannah Montana.[16] She also starred in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, Whip It, alongside Juliette Lewis, Marcia Gay Harden, Drew Barrymore and Kristen Wiig.[17] The film premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and had its wide release on October 2, 2009.[18]

She features in Michael Lander's film Peacock, opposite Cillian Murphy, Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman and Josh Lucas, which was released in 2010 despite an original release date of 2009.[19][20][21] In August 2009, Page began shooting the thriller Inception, a film directed by Christopher Nolan and co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ken Watanabe.[22] The film was released on July 16, 2010.[23]

She has starred in the film Super,[24] and will reportedly play Stacie Andree in an upcoming film about Laurel Hester.[25]

As of 2010, she serves as a spokesperson for Cisco Systems in a series of ads appearing in three commercials set in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. On May 26, 2010 it was reported in a column on "Deadline Hollywood" and by Entertainment Weekly that Page will star in the new HBO series Tilda alongside Diane Keaton, who plays the title role. Tilda is based on the life of Nikki Finke, the founder of the influential Hollywood blog, DeadlineHollywood.com.[26] Tilda was reportedly dropped by HBO due to friction between the creators.[27] She is also the narrator of the documentary on colony collapse disorder, Vanishing of the Bees.

In April 2011 it was announced that Page would co-star in the Woody Allen film To Rome with Love alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Penélope Cruz, and Alec Baldwin.[28] In June 2012, Quantic Dream announced a video game entitled Beyond: Two Souls in which Page will portray the protagonist Jodie Holmes, with a planned launch date in late 2013.[29][30]

In January 2013, Bryan Singer tweeted revealing that Page will be back to repeat her role as Katherine "Kitty" Pryde in X-Men: Days of Future Past.[31][32] In February 2013, Page confirmed that her directorial debut will be titled Miss Stevens and star Anna Faris.[33]

Personal life

In a 2007 interview with Maclean's, Page expressed a preference for remaining in Halifax to moving to Los Angeles. "I'm pretty open to whatever wants to take place. If all of a sudden people stopped putting me in movies--if I didn't break through this whole 'Oh, you're 20 now, good luck!' kind of thing--there are other things I love to do. There's a lot more going on in the world than the friggin' film industry. But when you're down there [in Hollywood] it feels like it's the only thing because that's all people are absorbed with."[34]

In 2008, Page was one of 30 celebrities who participated in an online ad series for U.S. Campaign for Burma, calling for an end to the military dictatorship in Myanmar.[35] She describes herself as a pro-choice feminist.[36][37]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Pit Pony Maggie Maclean TV movie
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Leading Young Actress,
Nominated—Gemini Awards for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series
2002 The Wet Season Jocelyn Short Film
2002 Marion Bridge Joanie ACTRA Maritimes Award for Outstanding Female Performance
2003 Ghost Cat Natalie Merritt Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series
2003 Touch & Go Trish
2003 Homeless to Harvard Young Lisa TV movie
2003 Going for Broke Jennifer TV movie
2003 Love That Boy Suzanna
2004 I Downloaded a Ghost Stella Blackstone TV movie
2004 Wilby Wonderful Emily Anderson Atlantic Film Festival Atlantic Canadian Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor - Female
2004 Mrs. Ashboro's Cat Natalie Merritt TV movie
2005 Hard Candy Hayley Stark Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress,
Nominated—Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer.
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
2005 Mouth to Mouth Sherry
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat
2007 An American Crime Sylvia Likens
2007 Juno Juno MacGuff Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Pauline Kael Breakout Award
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance - Female
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Comedy
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Breakout Female
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
MTV Movie Awards - Best Female Performance
Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
Empire Award for Best Actress
National Movie Award for Best Performance - Female
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
MTV Movie Awards - Best Kiss (Shared with Michael Cera)
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
2007 The Tracey Fragments Tracey Berkowitz Atlantic Film Festival Canadian Award for Best Actress
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
2007 The Stone Angel Arlene
2008 Smart People Vanessa Wetherhold
2009 Vanishing of the Bees Narrator Environmental documentary
2009 Whip It Bliss Cavendar/Babe Ruthless
2010 Peacock Maggie
2010 Inception Ariadne MTV Movie Award for Best Frightened Performance
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (Shared with Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best WTF Moment (Shared with Leonardo DiCaprio)
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress
2010 Super Libby / Boltie
2012 To Rome with Love Monica
2013 The East Izzy
2013 Touchy Feely Jenny
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat Filming
Year Title Role Notes
1999–2000 Pit Pony Maggie Maclean 29 episodes
2001–2002 Trailer Park Boys Treena Lahey 5 episodes
2002 Rideau Hall Helene Episode: "Pilot"
2004 ReGenesis Lilith Sandström 8 episodes
Gemini Award for Best Supporting Actress
2009 The Simpsons Alaska Nebraska (voice) Episode: "Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'oh"
2011 Glenn Martin, DDS Robot Assistant (voice) Episode: "Date with Destiny"
2011 Tilda Carolyn Failed pilot
2012 Family Guy Lindsey (voice) Episode: "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream"
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Beyond: Two Souls Jodie Holmes

Other awards and nominations

See also


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