2013 Toronto Film Festival Up and Comers

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Katheryn Winnick
Actress, Vikings
Canadian actress Katheryn Winnick stars in The History Channel's breakout cable TV series, Vikings. Her role as "Lagertha" garnered her a nomination in the "Best Performance by a Lead Dramatic Actress" category at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Katheryn is an accomplished martial artist, she received her first Black Belt at the ripe old age of 13...
“ The Art of the Steal ” - jeffvespa
 
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Misty Upham
Actress, Frozen River
Misty Anne Upham, born in Kallispell, Montana, grew up in south Seattle, the fourth of five children. She began her career at the age of thirteen when she joined a community theater group, Red Eagle Soaring. What began as a summer workshop soon turned into a full-time job. By the age of fourteen she was writing and directing short skits and performing on tours throughout the northwest...
 
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Liane Balaban
Actress, The Trotsky
Before taking the starring role in New Waterford Girl, Liane Balaban's only film experience was in A Divine Film, produced and directed by friends, in which she had a small role as a dead body. Her only other acting experience was in three short high school plays. "Happy Here and Now" was directed...
 
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Theo Landey
Theo Landey was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Classically trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Theo has performed to audiences around the world in many highly successful productions. With over twenty years of experience; Theo has acted in numerous films and stage...
 
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Jeremy Irvine
Actor, War Horse
Jeremy Irvine is an English stage and screen actor. He was born Jeremy William Fredric Smith in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire, England, to Bridget (Glockling), a local politician, and Christopher Fredric Smith, an engineer. His stage surname, "Irvine", was his grandfather's first name. He attended one year...
 
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Sam Reid
Actor, Anonymous
Sam Reid was born on February 19, 1987 in New South Wales Australia. He relocated to London where he graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art as the 'star' student in 2010. During his final semester at LAMDA, he was cast in Anonymous (2011). He has worked with some of the biggest names in the British film industry including Vanessa Redgrave, Tom Wilkinson and Miranda Richardson.
 
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James Fraser
James made his film debut in 2007 opposite Daniel Radcliffe in 'December Boys'. His most recent film work includes 'The Turning' and Russell Crowe's directorial debut 'The Water Diviner'. In 2014 has was labeled as "One to Watch" by GQ magazine. In 2015 he will be seen alongside Sam Worthington, Hugh Dancy and Charles Dance in 'Deadline Gallipoli'.
 
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Tom Hobbs
Actor, King Kong
Hobbs attended studied at the Victorian College of the Arts where he appeared onstage in productions such as, Innocence, Christie in Love, Much Ado About Nothing, Ghetto, and The Hollow. Hobbs also co-created and starred in Womb Division. Hobbs made his film debut in Peter Jackson's and later worked with Jackson again on the short film Crossing the Line...
 
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Sarah Gadon
Sarah Gadon was born in a quiet residential area in Toronto, Ontario, to a teacher mother and a psychologist father. She grew up with the support and encouragement of her parents and older brother James and with this was inspired to reach her limits in acting and dance alike. Sarah spent much of her...
 
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Adèle Exarchopoulos
Adèle Exarchopoulos is a French actress with partially Greek roots (her grandfather was Greek). She was born in Paris, France. Her mother, Marina (Niquet), is a nurse, and her father, Didier Exarchopoulos, is a guitarist. At the age of 9 she started acting and watching movies. As she said on the French newspaper L'Express...
 
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Olimpia Melinte
Actress, Caníbal
Olimpia Melinte was born in Iasi, Romania, on November 7, 1986. She is an actress, known for Cannibal (2013), My Baby (2013), Seven Acts of Mercy (2011), Killing Time (2012) and Cele ce plutesc (2010). Born on November 7, 1986, in Iasi, Romania, Olimpia Melinte has always wanted to be an actress. Supported by her parents...
 
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Jess Weixler
Actress, Teeth
 
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Li Jun Li
Actress, Quantico
Li Jun Li was born in Shanghai, China and moved to New York City in 1992, by way of Bogotá, Colombia, where she spent a number of years during childhood. She is trilingual; speaking English, Mandarin and Spanish. She attended Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts as a dance major and switched to studying acting in college...
 
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Marta Milans
Actress, Shame
Marta Milans is a Spanish actress born and raised in Madrid. Marta fulfilled her dream of living in New York and studying theater, when she graduated from NYU with a double major in Acting and Art History. Since then, she has been fighting to make room for herself in Hollywood, slowly but steadily....
 
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Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
Actor, Misfits
Nathan was born in 1985. Brought up in Wandsworth,London,he jokes that he was 'pushed' into acting by his mother,a 'frustrated actress' and he studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama, from where he graduated in 2006. He made his professional stage debut playing a number of roles in 'Brixton...
 
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Rob Brown
Rob Brown was born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, New York. A natural who never studied acting and who had no professional acting experience, made his acting and motion picture debut in Finding Forrester. Rob celebrated his 16th birthday just before the start of production. He is a talented athlete in high school playing both basketball and football.
 
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Gemma Chan
Actress, Humans
 
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Jai Courtney
Actor, Divergent
Born March 15, 1986 in Sydney, Australia, Courtney and his sister were raised in Sydney's leafy northwest suburbs, attending Galston Public School where their mother, Karen, was a teacher. His father, Chris, was a civil servant with the state electricity company, implying that there were no show business influences in the family when Jai caught the acting bug as a 10-year-old...
 
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Sarah Roberts
Actress, Wolf Creek 2
Sarah, who credits her striking looks to an eclectic mix of Australian and Sri Lankan was born Sarah Kathryn Roberts in Melbourne, Australia. Her youth was spent at a dance studio. At age 18, promptly after high school graduation, she left her Melbourne life for a career in dance in Tokyo, Japan. She...
 
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John Boyega
John Boyega is a British actor best known for playing Finn in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Boyega rose to prominence in his native United Kingdom for his role of Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block, before attaining international recognition for his work as Finn in the seventh film of the Star Wars series...
 
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Sami Gayle
Actress, Blue Bloods
Actress Sami Gayle stars as "Nicky Reagan-Boyle" on CBS' cop drama Blue Bloods. Gayle began her acting career as Baby June in the off-Broadway production of "Gypsy," starring Patti LuPone. She then reprised her role when the production transferred to Broadway shortly thereafter. Gayle later co-starred...
 
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Tye Sheridan
Actor, Mud
Having been named one of Variety's 10 Actors to Watch, Tye Sheridan has emerged as one of Hollywood's most sought after young talents. Most recently, he was seen in Bryan Singer's highly anticipated film X-Men: Apocalypse, release on May 27, 2016. He starred as young Cyclops alongside a star studded cast including Jennifer Lawrence...
 
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Maika Monroe
Actress, It Follows
Santa Barbara-born Maika Monroe's initial desire was to pursue a career in professional freestyle kiteboarding (kite surfer). Following in her father's footsteps, she started the sport at the age of 13. She moved to the Dominican Republic's north coast of Cabarete in her senior year of high school to train full-time while she completed her studies online...
 
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Dylan Minnette
Actor, Prisoners
Dylan Christopher Minnette was born December 29, 1996 in Evansville, Indiana, to Robyn and Craig Minnette. Scouted by an agent in Chicago, Dylan began work on commercial modeling and acting at the age of seven. He later relocated to Los Angeles, CA to continue his acting career. Dylan scored his first major television role at the age of 8...
 
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Gattlin Griffith
Actor, Changeling
Gattlin Griffith began auditioning at the tender age of seven years old. His first attempt at acting followed in the footsteps of his father, stuntman Tad Griffith, when he auditioned for a commercial role requiring stunt work. While he did not get that part, Gattlin did catch the eye of the casting director who had him audition for a national commercial for Yamaha motorbikes...
 
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Sean Biggerstaff
Actor, Cashback
Sean Biggerstaff was born to a firefighter and a community education worker. He joined a local drama group and he acted as "Augustus Gloop" in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". After that, for six years, he joined the Scottish Youth Theatre. It was there he got his big break when Alan Rickman asked him be Tom in The Winter Guest...
 
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Pauline Burlet
Actress, Le passé
Born in April 9, 1996 in Mons, Belgium, Pauline Burlet started taking drama lessons at the age of five. She was discovered by Olivier Dahan at the age of nine, who chose her to be the young Édith Piaf in his film La Vie en Rose, playing the young version of Marion Cotillard's character. With her role in Dead Man Talking by Patrick Ridremont...
 
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Sonia Rolland
Born in Kigali, Rwanda, from a Rwandese mother, Landrada, and a French father, Jacques, the family escaped to the neighbouring country of Burundi, the year before the civil war started (1990), preceding the Tutsi genocide in 1994. Leaving the family business (a printing company), the family decided to move to France before the same ethnical war between Hutus and Tutsis happened in Burundi...
 
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Jack O'Connell
Actor, Unbroken
Jack O'Connell was born in Alvaston, Derby, England, to Alison J. (Gutteridge) and John Patrick O'Connell. His mother is English, and worked at British Midland, and his father was Irish (from County Kerry), and worked on the railways for Bombardier. Jack went to Saint Benedict Catholic School, and began...
 
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Jessica Tovey
Actress, Home and Away
Jessica Tovey was born on November 10, 1987 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She had never acted professionally prior to winning the role of Belle Taylor on Channel 7s Home and Away, apart from a role in 2005 in "Wicked Science". She had an OP score of 98.8, and had the option of becoming a doctor or a lawyer, but chose acting...
 
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Emma Booth
Actress, Parker
 
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Laura Ramsey
Actress, She's the Man
Laura Jill Ramsey was born in Brandon, Wisconsin. After arriving in LA at the age of 19 and a stint of gypsy living, Laura was "discovered" while waiting tables and was sent out the next day on her first audition. She booked the job and her career has been dotted by strong and consistent work, ever since...
 
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“ Blue Ruin ” - jeffvespa
 
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“ Horns ” - jeffvespa
 
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“ Proxy ” - jeffvespa
 
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Kristina Klebe
Actress, Halloween
Actor and director, Kristina Klebe was born in New York City in 1985 and raised between NY, Germany, France and Italy. She is the only daughter of two European immigrants making her first generation American. She speaks four languages fluently, though she didn't speak a single word until she was two...
“ Proxy ” - jeffvespa
 
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“ The Sacrament ” - jeffvespa
 
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AJ Bowen
For the past decade, AJ has worked prolifically in independent film, focusing primarily on art house genre fare. He's garnered critical acclaim for performances in such notable films as The Signal (2007), A Horrible Way To Die (Best Actor, Fantastic Fest/Frightfest UK), You're Next, Sun Don't Shine, Grow Up Tony Phillips, The Sacrament, and The Frontier. He is an actor, writer, and producer.
“ The Sacrament ” - jeffvespa
 
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“ Sex Drugs and Taxation (Spies & Glistrup) ” - jeffvespa
 
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“ The Strange Color of Your Body Tears ” - jeffvespa
 
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Logan Huffman
Actor, V
“ We Gotta Get Out of This Place ” - jeffvespa
 
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Mackenzie Davis
Actress, The Martian
Mackenzie Davis was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and went to McGill University in Montreal. She studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Shortly thereafter, she was discovered by Drake Doremus, and made her acting debut in his feature film, Breathe In.
“ We Gotta Get Out of This Place ” - jeffvespa
 
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Caitlin Stasey
Actress, Neighbours
Caitlin Jean Stasey is an Australian actress who is well known for her roles as Francesca Thomas in The Sleepover Club, Rachel Kinski in Neighbours and Ellie Linton in the film adaptation of John Marsden's best seller 'Tomorrow When the War Began' Caitlin is from Victoria, Australia, She began taking an interest in acting/performing when she was about six years of age...
“ All Cheerleaders Die ” - jeffvespa
 
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“ All Cheerleaders Die ” - jeffvespa
 
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Brooke Butler
Actress, The Sand
Brooke Butler was born in Woodinville, Washington to parents Greg and Sunny Butler. She has one older brother, Bret Butler. She began dancing and singing at age five after falling in love with Phantom of the Opera. Brooke attended the University of Southern California where she was a USC Cheerleader and received a Bachelor's degree in Dramatic Arts.
“ All Cheerleaders Die ” - jeffvespa
 
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“ All Cheerleaders Die ” - jeffvespa
 
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“ All Cheerleaders Die ” - jeffvespa
 
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“ The Green Inferno ” - jeffvespa