January 8, 1979
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5' 2"
Education: Left school during her senior year of high school to devote herself to political activism.
Father: Michael Polley (British; actor, insurance agent, born in 1933)
Mother: Diane Polley (casting director, actress; born in 1935; died of cancer on January 10, 1990)
Brother: Mark Polley (actor)
Claim to fame: as Nicole in Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
SARAH POLLEY began acting at age four, but it was Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter in 1997 that marked her breakthrough into adult roles. Polley earned her first Best Actress Genie Award nomination from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television for her performance in The Sweet Hereafter, as well as Best Supporting Actress awards from the Boston and Chicago Societies of Film Critics.
Most recently, Polley starred in Jaco van Dormeal's fantasy drama Mr. Nobody, and in the award-winning HBO miniseries John Adams.
Her film credits include Zack Snyder's remake of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead, Doug Liman's Go, Kathryn Bigelow's The Weight of Water, David Cronenberg's eXistenZ, Hal Hartley's No Such Thing,Thom Fitzgerald's The Event, Isabel Coixet's My Life Without Me, for which she earned a Best Actress Genie Award, The Secret Life of Words,Audrey Wells' Guinevere,Wim Wenders' Don't Come Knocking, Michael Winterbottom's The Claim," Atom Egoyan's Exotica and Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
Polley made her feature film directorial debut with the 2006 drama Away From Her, for which she also wrote the Oscar®-nominated screenplay based on Alice Munro's short story The Bear Came Over the Mountain. Critically acclaimed around the globe, "Away From Her" was a gala selection at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals and earned awards for Best Direction and Best Feature Film from The Director's Guild of Canada, Best Screenplay from the San Francisco Film Critics, the New Generation Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics and Best First Film from the New York Film Critics.
As a filmmaker, Polley will next direct her original screenplay "Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, shooting in Canada in July.