Elliot Page

Active - 1997 - 2019  |   Born - Feb 21, 1987 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy Drama

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Biography by Cammila Collar

Born February 21, 1987 Elliot Page has done everything in their power to set themself apart from the mainstream. Beginning their career in their native Canada, Page debuted in the 1997 TV movie Pit Pony when they were only ten years old, playing the role of Maggie Mclean; the movie was then spun off into a series, in which they reprised his role from the film. Their ability to handle complex emotions and dialogue at a young age impressed directors, and they continued to build up their resumé, consciously avoiding the typical teenage girl roles of most movies, which they found to be sexist. In 2005, Page took on the challenging lead role in Hard Candy, a film about a young girl who lures in and traps a man she believes is a sexual predator. Their performance was praised as haunting and real, and soon after that Page contrasted it with a lighter role, playing Kitty Pryde in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. By then, audiences and critics alike were noticing Page's impressive screen presence, and they signed on for several projects for the next year, including Juno with Michael Cera. They also joined the cast of An American Crime, playing a true-life victim of torture and murder at the hands of a demented housewife played by Catherine Keener.

As the pregnant title character in Jason Reitman's Best Picture Oscar nominee Juno, Page served up a brilliant portrait of an articulate teen dealing with the ramifications of such a major life event. Their witty, touching work earned them universal praise, as well as Best Actress nominations from the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy, and a host of kudos that dubbed them the breakout star of the year. Following the success of Juno, Page appeared in Smart People (2008), Peacock (2009), and Super (2010). Though all of those film were relatively well-received, Page wouldn’t experience a resurgence in popularity until they co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2010 psychological sci-fi Inception. Soon, Page was enjoying their immense reputation by appearing in films like Woody Allen's To Rome with Love.

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  • In 1997, made acting debut in the Canadian TV-movie Pit Pony and became a regular on its spin-off series.
  • Made U.S. TV debut in 2003's Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story.
  • Won a 2004 Best Actress Gemini Award for the Canadian sci-fi series ReGenesis.
  • At 20 years of age, received Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in Juno.
  • In 2008, participated in an online ad series for the U.S. Campaign for Burma, which aimed to spotlight human-rights issues. Is an environmentalist who studied permaculture design in an eco-village near Eugene, OR. Prior to filming the roller-derby movie Whip It, trained for three months to learn how to skate and take hits.