Sarah E. Polley was born on January 8, 1979 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Polley attended Subway Academy II, then Earl Haig Secondary School, but dropped out at age 15.
Her first cinematic appearance was at the age of four, as Molly in the Disney film “One Magic Christmas” (1985). At age eight, she was cast as Ramona Quimby in the television series ‘Ramona’ (1988), based on Beverly Cleary's books. That same year, she also played one of the lead characters in Terry Gilliam's “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen”. Polley burst into the public eye the following year, 1990, as Sara Stanley on the popular CBC television series ‘Road to Avonlea’. As an actress Sarah has appeared in, “Exotica” (1994), “The Sweet Hereafter” (1997), “Guinevere” and “Go” (both1999), “The Weight of Water” (2000), “My Life Without Me” (2003), “Dawn of the Dead” (2004), “Splice” and “Mr. Nobody” (both 2009).
Polley made her feature film directorial debut with “Away from Her” (2006), for which she won a Genie Award for Best Achievement in Direction and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Polley's second film, “Take This Waltz”, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. Her latest film, “Stories We Tell”, is her first feature-length documentary. It had its world premiere at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, and its North American premiere followed at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Toronto Film Critics Association awarded it the $100,000 prize for best Canadian film of the year. Her next film “Every Thing Will Be Fine” is scheduled for release in 2014.
Sarah has appeared in three Euro-westerns: The TV film ‘By Way of the Stars’ (1992) as Ursula, “The Claim” (1999) as Hope Dillon and “Don’t Come Knocking” (2004) as Sky.
Today we celebrate Sarah Polley’s 35th birthday.