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Kiernan Brennan Shipka (born November 10, 1999) is an American actress known for starring as Sabrina Spellman on the Netflix supernatural horror series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018–present), Sally Draper on the AMC period drama series Mad Men (2007–2015) and B. D. Hyman in the FX anthology series Feud: Bette and Joan (2017). Shipka also voiced Jinora in the Avatar: The Last Airbender sequel, The Legend of Korra (2012–2014).[1]

Kiernan Shipka
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Shipka at PaleyFest 2014
Born
Kiernan Brennan Shipka

(1999-11-10) November 10, 1999 (age 19)
OccupationActress
Years active2006–present

Shipka has also starred in numerous films, including Carriers (2009), Flowers in the Attic (2014), The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015), and The Silence (2019).

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Early lifeEdit

Shipka was born in Chicago, Illinois, to John Young Shipka, a real estate developer, and Erin Ann (née Brennan).[2][3][4] Shipka has been taking ballroom dancing classes since the age of five.[5] Her family relocated to Los Angeles, California, when she was six to support her acting career.[3]

CareerEdit

 
Shipka at the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Shipka made her television debut at five months of age as a baby on the hospital drama, ER.[6] Shipka began doing commercial-print modeling when she was a baby.[2] As part of Mad Men's ensemble cast, she won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2008 and 2009.[7]

Shipka has received praise for her performance on Mad Men. In naming her as his dream nominee for the "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series" Emmy Award, Austin American-Statesman critic Dale Roe remarked, "This 10-year-old actress was so affecting as troubled Sally Draper last season that it seems odd that she's only just been upgraded to series regular. If Shipka's upcoming Mad Men work—struggling with the broken marriage of her parents and entering preteendom in the tumultuous 1960s—remains as amazing as it was in season three, this is a ballot wish that could come true next year."[8]

Initially a recurring guest star, Shipka was upgraded to a series regular with the start of season four.[3] She got the part after two auditions.[9]

Shipka's credits after Mad Men include Flowers in the Attic (2014) and a dual role in the Oz Perkins horror film, The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015).[10]

In 2014, Shipka was named one of "The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014" by Time magazine.[11] In the same year, IndieWire included her in their list of "20 Actors To Watch That Are Under 20".[12]

In 2017, she portrayed B.D. Hyman, daughter of Bette Davis, in the FX television series Feud: Bette and Joan.

In January 2018, it was announced that Shipka would be starring as Sabrina Spellman in Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series based on the comic series of the same name.[1] The first season was released by Netflix on October 26, 2018.[13]

In January 2019, Shipka is set to co-star in a Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Luke Snellin, Let It Snow, based on the novel of the same name.[14] Shooting began in February 2019.[15]

Shipka next played a deaf teenager opposite Stanley Tucci in John R. Leonetti's horror film The Silence, based on the 2015 horror novel of the same name by Tim Lebbon.[16] Netflix released The Silence on April 10, 2019.[17] Shipka learned American Sign Language for the role. Leonetti praised her performance saying "She's acting alongside Stanley Tucci, and believe me, she's more than holding her own. It's been spellbinding watching her."[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Shipka names Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn as fashion influences.[19][20] Shipka has taken Muay Thai boxing classes.[6]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Dimension Molly
2008 Lower Learning Sarah
2009 A Rag Doll Story Girl Short film
Land of the Lost Tar Pits Kid Uncredited
Carriers Jodie
House Broken Tammy Tawber
2010 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Little Girl at playground
The Ryan and Randi Show Lala La Lala Short film
Squeaky Clean Emily Short film
2012 The Empty Room Juliet Short film
2013 Very Good Girls Eleanor
We Rise Like Smoke Young Kyler Short film
2014 The Edge of the Woods Alice Short film
2015 One & Two Eva
When Marnie Was There Marnie English dub
Fan Girl Telulah "Lu" Farrow
The Blackcoat's Daughter Kat
2019 The Silence Ally Andrews
TBA Let It Snow TBA In post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Monk Little Girl Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets a New Shrink"
The Angriest Man in Suburbia Lola TV movie
2007 Cory in the House Sophie's Classmate Episode: "Mall of Confusion"
MADtv Upset Child Episode: "Madtv Ruined My Life"
Heroes Little Girl in Fire Episode: "Four Months Ago..."
2007–2009 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Various 6 episodes
2007–2015 Mad Men Sally Draper Recurring in seasons 1–3
Main role in seasons 4–7
2011 Smooch Zoe Cole TV movie
2012 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Kiernan Shipka Episode: "Parent Trap..."
2012–2014 The Legend of Korra Jinora (voice) Main role (25 episodes)
2013/2018 Sofia the First Oona (voice) 3 episodes
2014 Flowers in the Attic Cathy Dollanganger TV movie
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Kymmi Episode: "Kimmy Has A Birthday!"
2017 Feud: Bette and Joan B. D. Hyman Recurring role; 5 episodes
American Dad! Student (voice) Episode: "The Witches of Langley"
Family Guy Singing Cheerleader (voice) Episode: "The Peter Principal"
Neo Yokio Helenist (voice) Episode: "O, the Helenists"
2018–present Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Sabrina Spellman Lead role (20 episodes)

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role
2014 The Legend of Korra Jinora
2016 Marvel Avengers Academy Jessica Drew / Spider-Woman[21]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2007 Satellite Awards Best Cast – Television Series Mad Men Won [22]
2009 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won [23]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actress Nominated [24]
2010 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won [23]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Short Film – Young Actress Squeaky Clean Nominated [25]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress Carriers Nominated [25]
2011 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated [23]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Ten and Under Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Nominated [26]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Supporting Young Actress Mad Men Nominated [26]
2012 Young Hollywood Awards Scene Stealer Female Won [27]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Leading Young Actress Smooch Nominated [28]
2013 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated [29]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role (Television) – Young Actress The Legend of Korra Nominated [30]
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actress Mad Men Won [30]
Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Lucy Award Won [31]
2014 Young Hollywood Awards You're So Fancy Nominated [32]

ReferencesEdit

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  20. ^ "What Kiernan Shipka Thinks of Mad Men Now That She's Finally Allowed to Watch It". Vanity Fair.
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