Sarah Polley

Highest Rated: 100% The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Lowest Rated: 30% No Such Thing (2002)
Birthday: Jan 8, 1979
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Known as much for her intelligence as for her talent, Canadian actress Sarah Polley has been wowing television and film audiences since she was barely out of diapers. Born January 8, 1979, in the Toronto area, Polley got her first screen role at the age of six, in Disney's One Magic Christmas. From 1987 to 1988, Polley made her name in the title role of the Canadian television series Ramona. Her work on the show led to more screen work, first in the Matt Dillon flop The Big Town (1987) and then in Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989). In 1990, Polley got a lead role on the acclaimed TV series The Road to Avonlea, a part that she played for five seasons. In 1994, she had a small but significant role in Atom Egoyan's Exotica and again collaborated with the director in 1997, for his critically lauded The Sweet Hereafter. The film was nominated for a host of awards, including a Best Director Oscar for Egoyan, and won a Special Grand Prize at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Polley drew her share of praise for her performance as the paralyzed survivor of a catastrophic bus accident and soon Hollywood was courting the waifishly unconventional actress, whom one critic remarked looked like Uma Thurman's wiser younger sister. However, for her next picture, Polley opted for a small Canadian production, The Last Night (1998), directed by Don McKellar. Hollywood did become part of the picture with Polley's casting in Doug Liman's Go (1999), in which she starred with such other young notables as Katie Holmes, Scott Wolf, Taye Diggs, and Breckin Meyer. Her role in the film, combined with her performance in David Cronenberg's eXistenZ (1999) and a lead role in Guinevere (also 1999), helped to classify her as one of the most talented actresses of her generation, not a bad accomplishment for someone who repeatedly stated that her primary goal in life was to become a writer.In 2000, Polley returned to Canada to star in Kathryn Bigelow's The Weight of Water, a drama about the efforts of a photojournalist and her husband (Catherine McCormack and Sean Penn) to investigate a 19th century murder. That same year, she also appeared in Michael Winterbottom's The Claim, playing the daughter of a gold miner (Peter Mullan) who sells his family for a bag of gold.Over the next four years, Polley continued to stick mostly to smaller independent films. She played a journalist opposite a monster in Hal Hartley's 2001 fantasy No Such Thing and won rave reviews and a Vancouver Film Critics Circle award for her performance as a terminally ill young woman in 2003's My Life Without Me.In 2004, Polley took another stab at Hollywood, heading up the ensemble cast in the remake of George Romero's horror classic Dawn of the Dead. She returned to artier fare with the 2005 film The Secret Life of Words opposite Tim Robbins.Polley made her direcotiral and screenwriting debuts in 2007 with Away From Her, an adaptation of Alice Munro's story The Bear Came Over the Mountain, a beautifully observed drama about an elderly married couple dealing with the wife alzheimer's disease. The film earned a handful of year-end awards and nominations, garnering Polley a nod for Best Adapted Screenplay from the Academy.She returned to acting in the award-winning miniseries John Adams, and appeared in the sci-fi film Splice in 2010. Her released her sophomore directorial effort, Take This Waltz the next year. The movie, starring Michelle Williams as a young married woman contemplating cheating on her husband, was a festival favorite and got a release in the United States in the summer of 2012.


Highest Rated Movies



67% Mr. Nobody Elise $4.1K 2013
94% Stories We Tell Director Screenwriter $1.6M 2013
78% Take This Waltz Screenwriter Producer Director $1.2M 2012
86% Trigger Hilary 2011
76% Splice Elsa Kast $17M 2010
94% Away From Her Director Screenwriter $15.9M 2007
69% The Secret Life of Words Hanna 2006
47% Beowulf & Grendel Selma 2006
43% Don't Come Knocking Sky $0.4M 2006
43% The I Inside Clair 2005
43% Luck Margaret 2004
75% Dawn of the Dead Ana Clark $58.9M 2004
86% Sugar Pregnant Girl 2004
No Score Yet Siblings Tabby 2004
43% The Event Dana 2003
65% My Life Without Me Ann $0.3M 2003
30% No Such Thing Beatrice 2002
No Score Yet Love Come Down Actor 2001
35% The Weight of Water Maren Hontvedt 2001
62% The Claim Hope 2000
No Score Yet The Law of Enclosures Beatrice 2000
86% Guinevere Harper 1999
74% Existenz Merle 1999
91% Go Ronna Martin 1999
No Score Yet Premiere Films Director 1999
80% The Life Before This Connie 1999
84% Last Night Jennifer Wheeler 1998
94% The Hanging Garden Teen Rosemary 1998
75% Jerry and Tom Deb 1998
100% The Sweet Hereafter Nicole Burnell 1997
No Score Yet The Planet of Junior Brown (Junior's Groove) Actor 1997
No Score Yet Joe's So Mean to Josephine Josephine 1997
97% Exotica Tracey 1994
No Score Yet Lantern Hill (Jane of Lantern Hill) Jody Turner 1990
No Score Yet Babar - The Movie Young Celeste 1989
92% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Sally 1989
No Score Yet Heaven on Earth Actor 1989
No Score Yet Ramona: The Patient Actor 1988
No Score Yet Ramona: New Pajamas Actor 1988
No Score Yet Ramona: Ramona's Bad Day Actor 1988
No Score Yet Ramona Actor 1988
57% The Big Town Christy Donaldson 1987
No Score Yet Blue Monkey Ellen 1987
No Score Yet Prettykill Karla 1987
No Score Yet Hands of a Stranger Actor 1987
No Score Yet Ramona: The Great Hair Argument Actor 1987
No Score Yet Ramona Actor 1987
47% One Magic Christmas Molly Monaghan 1985


99% Alias Grace
Screenwriter Producer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
  • 2013
81% John Adams
Abigail 'Nabby' Adams (Adult) Abigail 'Nabby' Adams
  • 2008
No Score Yet Avonlea
Sara Stanley
  • 1995
  • 1993
  • 1991
  • 1990