Liane Balaban

Liane Balaban

Highest Rated: 92% New Waterford Girl (2000)

Lowest Rated: 21% Eternal (2004)

Birthday: Jun 24, 1980

Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

With an exotically beautiful appearance attributable to her Canadian mother and Uzbekistani-Jewish father, brunette actress Liane Balaban was born in North York, Ontario, in 1980, and grew up in nearby Willowdale, where her parents worked as a medical secretary and a real estate agent. Balaban never seriously intended to become an actress, but a chance encounter with Canuck producer Julia Sereny (April One) -- who reportedly lived in the same neighborhood as her aunt and uncle and became acquainted with the young woman via holiday dinners -- changed all that. Sereny invited Balaban to audition for the low-budget drama The New Waterford Girl (1999), to be directed by Allan Moyle (Pump up the Volume). She not only landed the lead role of doe-eyed teenager Agnes-Marie "Moonie" Pottie in that film, but received a Special Jury Congratulation at the Toronto Film Festival and snagged a nomination at the annual Canadian Comedy Awards. Those successes set the young woman on the path to stardom, and though she spent her first several years as a thespian in mostly Canadian efforts -- such as the 2001 feature After the Harvest and the 2006 miniseries Above and Beyond -- she eventually began to branch out into Hollywood roles, commencing in 2008 with a turn as the bride-to-be daughter of Dustin Hoffman in the low-key romantic drama Last Chance Harvey (2008) and a small supporting turn in the Ryan Reynolds/Isla Fisher romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe (2008).


Highest Rated Movies



25% The People Garden Wardrobe Girl 2016
59% The Grand Seduction Kathleen 2014
53% Maniac Actor $21.1K 2013
No Score Yet Finding Joy Joy 2013
No Score Yet Up in Cottage Country Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Future Is Now! The Woman of Tomorrow/Saleswoman 2011
No Score Yet The New Tenants Irene 2009
No Score Yet Not Since You Heather 2009
67% You Might as Well Live Edna Kemperton 2009
71% Last Chance Harvey Susan $14.9M 2009
No Score Yet Coach Gabrielle 2009
70% Definitely, Maybe Kelly $32.1M 2008
50% One Week Samantha Pierce 2008
No Score Yet St. Urbain's Horseman Actor 2007
No Score Yet Above and Beyond Shelagh Emberly 2006
21% Eternal Lisa 2004
No Score Yet Seven Times Lucky Fiona 2004
No Score Yet Spliced Mary 2003
48% Happy Here and Now Amelia 2002
34% World Traveler Meg 2002
No Score Yet After the Harvest Linda Archer 2001
92% New Waterford Girl Agnes Marie `Mooney' Pottie 2000


93% Man Seeking Woman
Claire 2016
93% Supernatural
Amelia 2013
93% Covert Affairs
Natasha Petrova 2010
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
Emma Mastin 2010
No Score Yet Numb3rs
Jessie Robertson 2009


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