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Ellen Page was plucked from her Halifax elementary school by a casting agent for Pit Pony at age 10, and has been acting steadily ever since. Bouncing between Canadian television -- Trailer Park Boys, Rideau Hall -- and film -- Andrea Dorfman's Love That Boy, Marion Bridge, Wilby Wonderful -- for years, a pair of harsh, polarizing indies helped to establish her as an actor to watch. First there was Alison Murray's Mouth to Mouth, in which Page, who shaved her head for the role, played a drifting teen lured into a cult in Berlin. Then there was Hard Candy, which polarized and sickened audiences at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival with its scenes of Page, 18 playing 14, castrating an internet predator. It was the latter film that caught the eye of Brett Ratner, who cast her as Kitty Pride in X-Men: The Last Stand, which was supposed to be her big break, except she disappeared into a CGI-enhanced star ensemble. It was Hard Candy's 2006 wide release that brought her critical acclaim and got her cast in Juno. The comedy -- about a pregnant teen who decides to adopt her baby out to a yuppie couple -- was released on the festival circuit in the fall of 2007, became a $100-million hit by January, and received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress for Page.

Page has two films slated for release in 2008: An American Crime, a devastating drama based on the true story of Sylvia Likens, a small-town teen who was tortured by a neighbour (Catherine Keener) in the 60s; and the comedy Smart People, in which Page plays an uptight young Republican. She has signed on to shoot two projects in the coming months: Whip It, a roller derby film directed by Drew Barrymore and the dual personality thriller Peacock with Cillian Murphy.

Full filmography here.

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