Ellen Grace Philpotts-Page (born February 21, 1987) is a Canadian actress and producer. Her career began with roles in television shows such as Pit Pony, Trailer Park Boys and ReGenesis. She starred in the 2005 drama Hard Candy, for which she won the Austin Film Critics Association's Award for Best Actress. Her breakthrough role was the title role in Jason Reitman's film Juno (2007), for which she received nominations for an Academy Award, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress and won the Independent Spirit Award, an MTV Movie Award and a Teen Choice Award.
Page in 2009
Ellen Grace Philpotts-Page
February 21, 1987
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Emma Portner (m. 2018)
Page played Kitty Pryde in the X-Men films (2006, 2014). She also appeared in An American Crime (2007), The Tracey Fragments (2007) – a role that won her the Vancouver Film Critics Award for Best Actress – Smart People (2008), Whip It (2009), Super (2010) and Inception (2010). She provided the voice, motion capture and likeness of Jodie Holmes in the video game Beyond: Two Souls (2013). In 2017, she was cast as Vanya Hargreeves in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy.
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 several small Canadian films (including Marion Bridge, her first feature film role) and in 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 as a young girl who takes a pedophile hostage, and won praise for "one of the most complex, disturbing and haunting performances of the year."
Page appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) as Kitty Pryde, 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. Page was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scene Stealer for the role.
Page portrayed the titular character in the 2007 film Juno. Film critic A. O. Scott of The New York Times described her as "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, an Independent Spirit Award, and a Satellite Award besides the likes of numerous Critics awards including Detroit Film Critics Society, Austin Film Critics Association and Florida Film Critics Circle.
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 the overachieving daughter to Dennis Quaid's college professor. 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 US; 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 #86 on FHM's Sexiest Women in the World list, and placed at #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 featured 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 was announced to be playing Stacie Andree in a film about Laurel Hester, finally released in 2015 as Freeheld.
As of 2010[update], she serves as a spokesperson for Cisco Systems in a series of advertisements, 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 would star in the HBO series Tilda alongside Diane Keaton, who was cast in the lead 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, directed by Maryam Henein.
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. It was released on October 8, 2013, in North America. Page reprised her role as Katherine "Kitty" Pryde in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). In February 2013, Page stated that her directorial debut would be Miss Stevens, and would star Anna Faris and be produced by Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz and Doug Wald; the project eventually moved forward without Page, with scriptwriter Julia Hart replacing Page as the director. In December 2014, Page portrayed Han Solo in a staged reading of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
Page co-starred in Zal Batmanglij's 2013 thriller The East, a film inspired by the experiences and drawing on thrillers from the 1970s, alongside Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgård; Page replaced Felicity Jones, who had been attached to the project, but later dropped out. The same year she starred in Lynn Shelton's Touchy Feely alongside Rosemarie DeWitt. Page had two releases slated for 2015, Canadian drama film Into the Forest and Peter Sollett's Freeheld. Page then starred in the 2016 film Tallulah alongside her Juno costar, Allison Janney.
On November 9, 2017, it was announced that Page was cast in the main role of Vanya Hargreeves in the Netflix series, The Umbrella Academy, which was renewed for a second season in April 2019. The same month, she and co-host Ian Daniel started filming a documentary about environmental racism; the film, There's Something in the Water, is slated to premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2008, Page was one of 30 celebrities who participated in an online ad series for US 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. She practices a vegan lifestyle, and PETA named her and Jared Leto the Sexiest Vegetarians of 2014. She is an atheist, having remarked that religion "has always been used for beautiful things, and also as a way to justify discrimination".
On February 14, 2014, Page came out as gay during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign's "Time to Thrive" conference in Las Vegas. In 2014, she was included as part of The Advocate's annual "40 Under 40" list.
On November 10, 2017, Page alleged that filmmaker Brett Ratner outed her as gay on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand, when she was 18 years old, nearly a decade before she came out publicly. In a long Facebook post, she expressed gratitude towards people who were breaking the silence against abuse, and expressed her frustration at the pattern of looking the other way in industry. Fellow actress Anna Paquin expressed support for Page, stating she was present when Ratner made the comment.
|Denotes works that have not yet been released|
|2002||The Wet Season||Jocelyn||Short film|
|2003||Touch & Go||Trish|
|Love That Boy||Suzanna|
|2004||Wilby Wonderful||Emily Anderson|
|2005||Hard Candy||Hayley Stark|
|Mouth to Mouth||Sherry|
|2006||X-Men: The Last Stand||Kitty Pryde|
|2007||An American Crime||Sylvia Likens|
|The Tracey Fragments||Tracey Berkowitz|
|The Stone Angel||Arlene Simmons|
|2008||Smart People||Vanessa Wetherhold|
|2009||Vanishing of the Bees||Narrator||Documentary|
|Whip It||Bliss Cavendar / Babe Ruthless|
|Super||Libby / Boltie|
|2012||To Rome with Love||Monica|
|2014||X-Men: Days of Future Past||Kitty Pryde|
|Tiny Detectives||Detective Ellen||Short film|
|2015||Into the Forest||Nell||Also producer|
|Freeheld||Stacie Andree||Also producer|
|Window Horses||Kelly (voice)|
|My Life as a Zucchini||Rosy (voice)||English dub|
|2017||My Days of Mercy||Lucy Moro||Also producer|
|The Cured||Abbie||Also producer|
|2019||There's Something in the Water||Herself||Documentary, also director|
|TBA||Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphin||Dusky (voice)||Post-production|
|1997||Pit Pony||Maggie Maclean||Television film|
|1999–2000||Pit Pony||Maggie Maclean||Main cast|
|2002||Trailer Park Boys||Treena Lahey||5 episodes|
|Rideau Hall||Helene||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2003||Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story||Young Lisa||Television film|
|Going for Broke||Jennifer||Television film|
|Ghost Cat||Natalie Merritt||Television film|
|2004||I Downloaded a Ghost||Stella Blackstone||Television film|
|ReGenesis||Lilith Sandström||8 episodes|
|2008||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: "Ellen Page/Wilco"|
|2009||The Simpsons||Alaska Nebraska (voice)||Episode: "Waverly Hills, 9-0-2-1-D'oh"|
|2011||Glenn Martin, DDS||Robot Assistant (voice)||Episode: "Date with Destiny"|
|2012||Family Guy||Lindsey (voice)||Episode: "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream"|
|2013||Out There||Amber (voice)||Episode: "Ace's Wild"|
|2016–17||Gaycation||Herself (host)||Documentary series on Viceland|
Also executive producer
|2019–present||The Umbrella Academy||Vanya Hargreeves||Main cast|
|2019||Tales of the City||Shawna Hawkins||Main cast|
|2013||Beyond: Two Souls||Jodie Holmes||Also motion capture|
Awards and nominations
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