Cast Spotlight – Sarah Gadon (updated 5/9/13)

This bio was updated in May 2013, to bring the reader up to date on Sarah Gadon’s career post-‘Cosmopolis’, as she is about to begin another film with David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson, summer 2013. ~BuckyW

‘Cosmopolis’ is not Sarah Gadon’s first time working with director David Cronenberg. In the first outing, she portrayed Emma Jung, the wife of psychologist Carl Jung in ‘A Dangerous Method’. The film screened at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011.  The next was ‘Cosmopolis’ which started its run in competition at Cannes 2012.

It’s wasn’t the last either, with her casting in ‘Maps To The Stars’ shooting this summer. Finally, she’s gone beyond this elder Cronenberg “hat trick” (yes, I’m a hockey fan) and starred in the first feature film from “son of David” Brandon Cronenberg in 2012’s ‘Antiviral.’


Sarah was born and grew up in Toronto, Canada to a psychologist father and teacher mother. She has an older brother named James. She started acting at the age of 10, having attended the the Claude Watson School of Performing Arts; she was named an Ontario scholar upon graduation. She also was a Junior Associate at the National Ballet School of Canada and is an accomplished dancer. Currently, she is a student at the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies program at Innis College. She also works on behalf of global woman’s rights.


Sarah Gadon’s first TV role was playing Julia in an episode of ‘La Femme Nikita’ (1998). For the next few years, Sarah took episodic roles in various television series including Monica in ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ (1999), Young Laura Burnham in ‘Twice in a Lifetime’ (2000), Catherine Hartman in ‘Mutant X'( 2002), Vicki in ‘Life with Derek’ (2005) and Tasha Redford in ‘Flashpoint’ (2008).

She also has a number of made for TV movies on her resume. She was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Ensemble in a TV movie for her first film, ‘The Other Me’ (2000), portraying Heather. Other roles include Samantha in ‘What Girls Learn’ (2001), Amanda in ‘Cadet Kelly’ (2002), Julia Norton in ‘Code Breakers’ (2005) and Celeste Mercier in ‘The Cutting Edge 3′ (2008).

Sarah had a recurring role in 7 television series, Zoe Kessler in ‘The Border’ (2008-2009), Katie Atkins in ‘Being Erica’ (2009), Georgia Bravin in ‘Happy Town’ (2010) and Ruby Odgen in ‘Murdoch Mysteries’ (2009-2011). Sarah was nominated for a Gemini Award in 2008 for Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series for her work voicing the lead character in ‘Ruby Gloom’.

Sarah played a role in the TV adaptation of Ken Follett’s global bestseller  ‘World Without End’ (an eight-hour event series). It premiered in Berlin in the fall of 2012.

At Cannes 2012 premiere of David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’

Film work

Sarah’s filmology includes both feature and short length films. Her first feature film was ‘Fast Food High’ (2003) where she portrayed Zoe. She portrayed Margaret in the dark comedy ‘Siblings’, Priscilla in ‘Charlie Barlett’ (2007) and Laura in Manson, ‘My Name is Evil’ (2009). Her short film work includes Haley in ‘Burgeon and Fade’ (2007), Julia in ‘Grange Avenue’ (2008) and Gabrielle in ‘Spoliation’ (2008). ‘Burgeon and Fade’ won the Special Jury Award at the WorldFest Houston Festival for original dramatic short film.

Watch Sarah in the trailer for David Cronenberg’s ‘A Dangerous Method':

In the fall of 2011, filmgoers could see Sarah play Cindi in ‘Dream House’ , starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz.  She portrayed Luci in ‘The Moth Diaries’, directed by Mary Harron. This film played in limited release, but was shown at TIFF in September 2011. She was also at TIFF for the premiere of ‘A Dangerous Method’.  Sarah played Emma Jung, the wife of psychologist Carl Jung; her castmates were Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen. The film screened at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011.

2012 was another big year for Sarah. In addition to ‘Cosmopolis’-which premiered at Cannes 2012 in competition- she also starred in Brandon Cronenberg’s debut feature film as Hannah Geist, in ‘Antiviral’.

Watch Sarah in Brandon Cronenberg’s ‘Antiviral':


On May 23, 2012 in Cannes, the Birks Canadian Diamond award was presented to Gadon and Emily Hampshire during Telefilm Canada’s inaugural Tribute To Canadian Talent press event and reception. 

Sarah won the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for “Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film” for her performance in ‘Cosmopolis.’  You can see Sarah in the ‘Cosmopolis’ trailer, at right of our film blog

What’s Next for Sarah:

  • Sarah has two other films in post-production (expected release appears to be 2013) according to her IMDB page: ‘Belle’ and ‘An Enemy’. She has a voice role in ‘The Nut Job’, in pre-production.
  • In April 2013, it was announced Sarah will join Robert Pattinson as cast in ‘Maps To The Stars’. The film shoots July 2013 in Los Angeles and Toronto.


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