Ellen Philpotts-Page (born February 21, 1987), known professionally as Ellen Page, is a Canadian actress. She started her career in Canada with roles in the television shows Pit Pony, Trailer Park Boys, and ReGenesis. Page ventured into films, winning attention after starring in 2005 drama Hard Candy, before her breakthrough role as Juno (2007). Her other notable film roles have been in Smart People (2008), Whip It (2009), Super (2010), Inception (2010), and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), as well as providing the voice acting, motion capture and likeness for Jodie Holmes in the video game Beyond: Two Souls (2013).
Page has won more than 25 awards, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA for Juno.
Page was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the daughter of Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer. She attended the Halifax Grammar School until grade 10, spent some time at Queen Elizabeth High School, and graduated from the Shambhala School in 2005. She also spent two years in Toronto, Ontario studying in the Interact Program at Vaughan Road Academy, along with close friend and fellow Canadian actor Mark Rendall. Growing up, Page enjoyed playing with action figures and climbing trees.
Page first acted in front of the camera in 1997 at age ten in the CBC television movie Pit Pony, which later spun off into a television series. This led to more roles in a number of small Canadian films and television series, notably playing Treena Lahey in season two of Trailer Park Boys. At 16, she was cast in Mouth to Mouth, an independent film shot in Europe.
Page starred in the 2005 movie Hard Candy and gained praise for "one of the most complex, disturbing and haunting performances of the year". She also appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand as Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat), a girl who can walk through walls. In the previous X-Men movies, the part had been used in brief cameos played by other actresses, but never as a main character.
As the title character in Juno, Page garnered substantial praise; A. O. Scott of The New York Times noted her as being "frighteningly talented" and Roger Ebert said, "Has there been a better performance this year than Ellen Page's creation of Juno? I do not think so". Page was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, but lost to Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose. The role, however, did win her more than 20 awards, including a Canadian Comedy Award, Independent Spirit Award, and Satellite Award.
Page also co-starred in Smart People, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Shot before Juno, but released afterwards, the film saw her playing overachieving daughter to Dennis Quaid's college professor character. Page's other film credits include An American Crime, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival; The Tracey Fragments, which was released in November 2007 in Canada and May 2008 in the U.S.; and The Stone Angel.
In 2007, she was attached to play the title character in an adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre and had planned to work on an as-yet unmade film entitled Jack and Diane opposite Olivia Thirlby, with whom she co-starred in Juno but it was announced in August 2009 that her role in Jack and Diane would be played by the actress Alison Pill. Before his death in January 2008, Heath Ledger had discussed with Page the idea of starring in his directorial debut, The Queen's Gambit.
In 2008 she was ranked No. 86 on FHM's Sexiest Women in the World list, and No. 93 for 2009. In June 2008, Page was listed in Entertainment Weekly's future A-List stars list.
Page hosted Saturday Night Live on March 1, 2008. On May 3, 2009 she guest starred in the episode "Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'oh" of the animated series The Simpsons as a character named Alaska Nebraska, a parody of Hannah Montana. She also starred in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, Whip It, alongside Juliette Lewis, Marcia Gay Harden, Drew Barrymore and Kristen Wiig. The film premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and had its wide release on October 2, 2009.
She features in Michael Lander's film Peacock, opposite Cillian Murphy, Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman and Josh Lucas, which was released in 2010 despite an original release date of 2009. In August 2009, Page began shooting the big-budget Christopher Nolan thriller Inception, alongside co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ken Watanabe. The film was released on July 16, 2010.
She has starred in the film Super, and will reportedly play Stacie Andree in an upcoming film about Laurel Hester.
As of 2010, she serves as a spokesperson for Cisco Systems in a series of ads appearing in three commercials set in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. On May 26, 2010 it was reported in a column on "Deadline Hollywood" and by Entertainment Weekly that Page will star in the new HBO series Tilda alongside Diane Keaton, who plays the title role. Tilda is based on the life of Nikki Finke, the founder of the influential Hollywood blog, DeadlineHollywood.com.Tilda was reportedly dropped by HBO due to friction between the creators. She is also the narrator of the documentary on colony collapse disorder, Vanishing of the Bees.
In April 2011 it was announced that Page would co-star in the Woody Allen film To Rome with Love alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Penélope Cruz, and Alec Baldwin. In June 2012, Quantic Dream announced a video game entitled Beyond: Two Souls in which Page and Willem Dafoe portray the protagonists Jodie Holmes and Nathan Dawkins, respectively, released on 8 October 2013 in North America.
In January 2013, Bryan Singer tweeted revealing that Page will be back to reprise her role as Katherine "Kitty" Pryde in X-Men: Days of Future Past. In February 2013, Page confirmed that her directorial debut will be titled Miss Stevens and will star Anna Faris. The script is written by Julia Hart and will be produced by Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz and Doug Wald.
In 2008, Page was one of 30 celebrities who participated in an online ad series for U.S. Campaign for Burma, calling for an end to the military dictatorship in Burma. She describes herself as a pro-choice feminist. She attended Buddhist school in her youth and practiced meditation and yoga. On February 14, 2014, Page came out as gay in remarks at the Human Rights Campaign's "Time to Thrive" conference.
Wet Season, TheThe Wet Season
ACTRA Maritimes Award for Outstanding Female Performance
Touch & Go
Love That Boy
Atlantic Film Festival Atlantic Canadian Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor - Female
Won -, Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer, Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Mouth to Mouth
X-Men: The Last Stand
Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat
An American Crime
Won -, Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress, Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Florida Film Critics Circle Pauline Kael Breakout Award, Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress, Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress, National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance - Female, St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Comedy, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Breakout Female, Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, MTV Movie Awards - Best Female Performance,
Nominated -, Empire Award for Best Actress, National Movie Award for Best Performance - Female, Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress, MTV Movie Awards - Best Kiss (Shared with Michael Cera), Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Tracey Fragments, TheThe Tracey Fragments
Won -, Atlantic Film Festival Canadian Award for Best Actress, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress,
Nominated -, Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Stone Angel, TheThe Stone Angel
Vanishing of the Bees
Bliss Cavendar/Babe Ruthless
Won -, MTV Movie Award for Best Frightened Performance,
Nominated -, MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (Shared with Joseph Gordon-Levitt), MTV Movie Award for Best WTF Moment (Shared with Leonardo DiCaprio),
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble, Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble, Saturn Award for Best Actress
Libby / Boltie
To Rome with Love
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat
Nominated - Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Leading Young Actress, Gemini Awards for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series
Trailer Park Boys
Homeless to Harvard
Going for Broke
Ghost Cat, a.k.a. Mrs. Ashboro's Cat
Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series
Downloaded a Ghost, II Downloaded a Ghost
8 episodes, Gemini Award for Best Supporting Actress
Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons
Alaska Nebraska (voice)
Episode: "Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'oh"
Glenn Martin, DDS
Robot Assistant (voice)
Episode: "Date with Destiny"
Episode: "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream"
Beyond: Two Souls
Nominated -, Spike TV VGX Best Voice Actress, British Academy Video Game Award for Best Performer
Other awards and nominations:
Page was also nominated for the 2008 BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award.