Ellen Page landed her first role as Maggie MacLean in the popular Canadian family television movie, Pit Pony (1997), as well as a part in the 1999 spin-off television series of the same name. Just 10 years old, her performance garnered her a Young Artist Award nomination, as well as a Gemini (the Canadian equivalent of an Emmy) nomination.
2002 was a busy year for Page. She appeared in the Canadian TV series, Trailer Park Boys, which received a Gemini nomination for best ensemble cast, and Rideau Hall, as well as the Canadian feature films, Marion Bridge, and The Wet Season. The following year, after appearing in Touch & Go, and the Canadian TV movie, Mrs. Ashboro's Cat, she made her US television debut on the Lifetime Network's Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story.
For her performance as Emily Anderson in the 2004 film, Wilby Wonderful, Page won a best actress award at the Atlantic Film Festival. She also appeared as a regular that year in the popular Canadian sci-fi series, ReGenesis.
Ellen Page's next film brought the young actress her first major American publicity – Hard Candy (2006), a provocative film in which she portrays a strong-willed 14-year-old who is targeted by an internet predator, but who turns the tables, exacting revenge on her would-be attacker.
Her searing performance caught the eye of Brett Ratner, the director of X-Men: The Last Stand, who called her up to offer her the part of Kitty Pryde, a.k.a. Shadowcat. Reluctant at first, Page accepted the role of the beloved mutant who has the uncanny ability to walk through walls and "phase" through solid objects. The character had appeared briefly in the previous two X-Men films, but was played by two different actresses.
Recently Ellen Page has appeared with Catherine Keener, James Franco and Bradley Whitford in An American Crime, and opposite Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, Michael Cera, and Allison Janney in Juno. 2008 has been a breakout year for Ellen as she won Best Female Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards and she was nominated for Best Actress Academy Awards. Both awards were for her role in Juno.
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