Sarah Polley

Sarah Polley

Highest Rated: 98% The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

Lowest Rated: 30% No Such Thing (2001)

Birthday: Jan 08, 1979

Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Actress-writer-director Sarah Polley's diverse career has taken her from child star in her native Canada to an acclaimed filmmaker and performer, whose refusal to conform to Hollywood conventions allowed her a creative freedom enjoyed by few of her contemporaries. Polley began acting at an early age, but a traumatic experience under director Terry Gilliam in "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" (1988), a growing disillusionment with the industry, and a series of personal upheavals led a teenage Polley to reconsider her chosen profession during the early 1990s. She returned to deliver an emotionally devastating performance in Atom Egoyan's heartrending drama "The Sweet Hereafter" (1997) and later took part in genre fare such as Zack Snyder's caffeinated zombie remake, "Dawn of the Dead" (2005). A growing interest in filmmaking eventually yielded Polley's debut as a writer-director, "Away from Her" (2006), an affecting drama that garnered widespread critical acclaim. Although she still acted in projects such as the sci-fi horror story "Splice" (2009), Polley continued to grow as a writer-director with her second feature "Take This Waltz" (2011), starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, and "Stories We Tell" (2012), an inventive documentary about her own childhood. Immeasurably talented and fiercely independent, Polley bravely continued to pursue her own artistic inclinations as an actor and filmmaker.


Highest Rated Movies



94% 79% Stories We Tell Unknown (Character),
$1.6M 2012
79% 58% Take This Waltz Director,
$1.2M 2011
88% 64% Trigger Hillary (Character) - 2010
75% 37% Splice Elsa (Character) $17M 2009
68% 76% Mr. Nobody Elise Adult (Character) $3.6K 2009
No Score Yet 88% Wrath of Gods Unknown (Character) - 2006
94% 81% Away From Her Director,
$4.5M 2006
43% 60% Don't Come Knocking Sky (Character) $438.7K 2005
47% 40% Beowulf & Grendel Selma (Character) $66.9K 2005
69% 86% The Secret Life of Words Hanna (Character) $20K 2005
No Score Yet 66% Siblings Tabby (Character) - 2004
75% 77% Dawn of the Dead Ana (Character) $58.9M 2004
86% 61% Sugar Pregnant Girl (Character) - 2004
43% 43% The I Inside Clair (Character) - 2004
43% 52% The Event Dana (Character) $35.5K 2003
65% 87% My Life Without Me Ann (Character),
$395.6K 2003
43% 38% Luck Margaret (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 33% The Law of Enclosures Beatrice (Character) - 2001
30% 58% No Such Thing Beatrice (Character) $60K 2001
35% 39% The Weight of Water Unknown (Character) - 2001
62% 48% The Claim Hope Dillon (Character) $622K 2000
No Score Yet 60% The Weight of Water Maren Hontvedt (Character) $102.6K 2000
No Score Yet 53% Love Come Down Sister Sarah (Character) - 2000
86% 54% Guinevere Harper Sloane (Character) $614.2K 1999
80% 62% The Life Before This Connie (Character) - 1999
91% 78% Go Ronna Martin (Character) $16.8M 1999
74% 69% eXistenZ Merle (Character) $2.8M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet White Lies Catherine Chapman (Character) - 1998
75% 71% Jerry and Tom Deb (Character) - 1998
84% 85% Last Night Jennifer 'Jenny' Wheeler (Character) $493.5K 1998
98% 86% The Sweet Hereafter Nicole (Character) $4.4M 1997
94% 72% The Hanging Garden Teen Rosemary (Character) $965.3K 1997
No Score Yet 67% The Planet of Junior Brown Butter (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Joe's So Mean to Josephine Josephine (Character) - 1996
97% 83% Exotica Tracey Brown (Character) $5M 1994
No Score Yet 92% Lantern Hill Jody Turner (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Road to Avonlea Sara Stanley (Character) - 1990
92% 82% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Sally Salt (Character) $8.6M 1989


No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Grace Producer,
No Score Yet No Score Yet q Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Filmmakers Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Q With Jian Ghomeshi Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kickin' It: With Byron Allen Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet John Adams Abigail Adams Smith (Character) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Slings and Arrows Unknown (Character) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Road to Avonlea Sara Stanley (Character) 1990-1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Friday the 13th: The Series Unknown (Guest Star) 1987


Sky says: Why did you let so much time go by?

Howard Spence says: I didn't know it was passing.

Sky says: I think I like the movies better.

Doreen says: Than what? Better than what?

Sky says: Than real life.

Ana says: She died in a gunshot. She wasn't bitten.

Kenneth says: Say something!

Ana says: Please.

Claire says: Some things just don't get lost. Sometimes I can't help but think we're paying for what happened.

Selma says: You are a herd dog?

Beowulf says: I've been called worse...

Nemo says: Together we can do it.

Elise says: If I stay here, you're all gonna end up drowning with me.

Nemo says: We'll learn to swim. I love you.

Elise says: I love you.

Nicole Burnell says: We're all citizens of a different town now. A place with its own special rules and its own special laws. A town of people living in the sweet hereafter. Where waters gushed and fruit trees grew, and flowers put forth a fairer hue, and everything was strange and new.

Elsa says: What do you want? What do you want?

Dren says: Inside... you...