Marianne Farley

Marianne Farley (born Marianne Therien in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian actress and director, best known for her roles as Gem Whitman in Imaginaerum, Nicole Breen in This Life, Dillan Vanderson in Vampire High and Stella and Nancy in The Intruder.

Marianne Farley
Marianne Therien

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
OccupationActress and director
Years active1999–present
Notable work
Imaginaerum, This Life, Vampire High, The Intruder, The Christmas Choir

Early lifeEdit

Marianne Farley grew up in Quebec.[1] She is bilingual (English and French). Her family was an artistic family that made a lot of music. So Farley started to sing from a very young age. When she was 19 she met a couple with their own record company. She worked together with them to release the single Histoire sans prénom and a music album.[2] Several songs of hers made it into the top 10.[3] She signed a record contract in France, where the album was never released.[4] Later Farley wanted to become an actress.[3] So she went to several workshops and learned acting.[2]


In 1999 Farley played Stella and Nancy Brooke in The Intruder.[5]

When Meghan Ory wanted to leave Vampire High in 2002 the producers needed to introduce another main character, Dillan Vanderson.[6] Farley auditioned for the part and was cast after three auditions. Since the producers were searching for a girl who looked quirky Farley dyed her then blonde hair red. This look was inspired by the character Lola (Franka Potente) from the German film Run Lola Run.[7] However, the series was canceled and so Farley remained only six episodes in the series.[6]

In 2014 Farley could be seen as Anna in Uvanga, directed by Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu.[8] From 2014 to 2015 Farley played Judith Laramée in the series Mémoires vives from Radio-Canada.[9] In 2015 she could be seen as Julia in four episodes of the series Heroes Reborn. She plays Julia, the wife of Noah Bennet (Jack Coleman), one of the main figures of the series.[10] From 2015 to 2016 she starred as Nicole Breen in the TV series This Life.[11][12] Farley later said that she loved playing Nicole since she was a bit of everything. She was very emotional and tried to be in control in which she did not succeed much. Farley enjoyed the complexity of her character.[1]

Farley has also worked as a producer, director and screenwriter.[2] In 2015 Farley directed the short film Saccage.[13] In 2017 she wrote and directed the short film Marguerite.[14] This film has won 20 prestigious film awards, has been selected for over 70 film festivals,[15] and was named as a shortlisted Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film nominee at the 91st Academy Awards.[16]

Private lifeEdit

Farley is a mother.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Intruder Stella and Nancy Brooke
2004 White Skin Claire Lefrançois
2008 Afterwards Judy
2008 The Christmas Choir Marilyn TV Movie
2010 Snow and Ashes Stef
2012 Imaginaerum Gem Whitman
2013 Uvanga Anna
2015 Swept Under Sheila Butler
2016 9 (9, le film) Vicky
2017 Marguerite N/A Short film; director and writer
2020 Our Own (Les Nôtres) Isabelle Jodoin
2021 North of Albany (Au nord d'Albany) N/A Feature film directorial debut


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Vampire High Dillan Vanderson 6 Episodes
2007–2009 Nos étés Lison Belzile 5 Episodes
2009 Le gentleman Kim Leviel 8 Episodes
2012 Les Rescapés Alexandra 5 episodes
2014 30 vies Lydia Anderson 8 episodes
2014-2015 Mémoires vives Judith Laramée 6 episodes
2015 Heroes Reborn Julia 4 episodes
2015-2016 This Life Nicole Breen 19 episodes
2017 Bellevue Jackie Edmonds 3 episodes

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Wilson, A.R. (28 October 2016). "This Life's Marianne Farley on Nicole's journey to find herself". TV Eh. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Nunes, Kim (20 November 2016). "Les multiples talents de Marianne Farley". Journal de Montreal. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Marianne Farley as Marilyn on The Christmas Choir". Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  4. ^ Nunes, Kim (21 November 2016). "Les multiples talents de Marianne Farley". Canoe. Archived from the original on 22 November 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Intruz". Telemagazyn. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  6. ^ a b "The Official Vampire High: 10 Years Later Documentary". Vampire High. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Marianne Farley Interview". Vampire High. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  8. ^ Joseph, Elfassi (28 April 2014). "5 objets inspirants pour Marianne Farley". Voir. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  9. ^ Bourbonnais, Louise (15 October 2016). "Le week-end culturel de Marianne Farley". Journal de Montreal. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  10. ^ Therrien, Richard (25 September 2015). "La Québécoise Marianne Farley dans la suite de Heroes". La Presse. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  11. ^ David, Greg (24 January 2017). "This Life cancelled by CBC after two seasons". TV Eh. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  12. ^ Liszewski, Bridget (30 October 2016). "This Life: Marianne Farley On Exploring New Facets of Nicole". La Presse. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  13. ^ Duchesne, André (28 July 2014). "Marianne Farley réalisera son premier court métrage". La Presse. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  14. ^ Duchesne, André (19 November 2016). "Nouveau court métrage pour Marianne Farley". La Presse. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Best Live Action Short Award at Rhode Island International Film Festival". Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Two Quebec filmmakers receive first-ever Academy Award nominations". CBC News Montreal, January 22, 2019.

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