Not a lot of actors get to express the range of their acting chops over the course of their career. Even fewer get to play two different characters in one project. Certainly, a tiny fraction has had to play multiple characters in one film or show; and among this last group is Tatiana Maslany. She got famous for playing multiple characters on one show, Orphan Black.
It is an impressive acting feat and perhaps she will suffer the fate of never topping the work that made her famous like most actors fail to do, but she has been making the effort in a slew of other projects she’s been in. If you would like to learn more about Tatiana Maslany before and after her work on Orphan Black, read below.
Tatiana Maslany Bio
Her full name is Tatiana Gabrielle Maslany and she was born on the 22nd of September 1985 to a woodworker and a language translator. Although born in Regina, Saskatchewan in Canada, she has Austrian, Polish, German and Ukrainian origins.
One could say Tatiana was getting groomed for what would be the defining role of her career, she started her life learning multiple languages, starting with German, Spanish, and then, French. Her introduction to performance art started at the age of four when she was a dancer and graduated to acting roles in community theatre and musicals at the age of nine.
Her interest and continued work in theater continued until she completed high school and moved to Toronto at the age of 20 to pursue a career in acting.
Maslany has been acting since 1995 but she got her first credit in 2002 for the show, 2030 CE. Sometimes, actors have to appear in a few projects and be the unknown face on the screen before a producer or a director has faith in them and gives them a prominent role in a film or show. Maslany’s turn came in a movie that debuted at Sundance Film Festival, Grown Up Movie Star. She was given the breakout role award for her performance in the movie. However, despite getting that first recognition, it did not translate to bigger projects for her immediately until 2013 when she was cast as the lead actor on the BBC America show, Orphan Black.
For an unknown name, the task of the role was a big responsibility and getting cast as the lead showed a recognition of the talent that Maslany possessed even if it wasn’t apparent to the general public yet. The show, Orphan Black was focused on clones and it required Maslany to play different personalities and characters of the same physical person. Making an actor play two different persons in one film or show is pretty standard but having to play over 8 different persons was a feat that hadn’t been done in the modern age and Maslany delivered an exemplary performance.
The show ran from 2013 to 2017 and the brilliance of her performance is reflected in the fact she was consistently nominated for Best Actress in a Dramatic role for the duration of the show. The awards she has received for the many roles she portrayed on the science fiction thriller include the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, TCA Awards, Young Hollywood Awards, Canadian Screen Awards, Gracie Awards, Constellation Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, and much more nominations.
Before storming into acting glory with Orphan Black, Maslany displayed some of the comedic chops that were a foundation of her acting career in Parks and Recreation. In film, she has starred in laudable projects like Woman in Gold and Stronger, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. Her most recent project is in the crime thriller, Destroyer, starring alongside Nicole Kidman.
So far she’s appeared in 31 films and starred in over 20 television shows. As a stage actress, she’s performed in 8 plays. Her long filmography is matched by her number of awards and nominations. She’s been nominated for 41 awards and she’s won an impressive 23 of them. Tatiana Maslany is presently signed onto the US talent agency, Resolution.
Tatiana Maslany long list of appearances in films and television shows has helped her build a net worth of $3 million. Her performance in Orphan Black has also elevated her value and she now currently earns $50,000 per episode.
Boyfriend Or Partner – Tom Cullen
Tatiana Maslany has been dating her boyfriend, Tom Cullen since 2011. The two has been together ever since they met in Budapest during the filming of a show for Britain’s Channel 4. The couple currently lives together in Los Angeles, California.