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Tatiana Maslany (Picture Day) has been cast to star in the title role in BBC America’s original series Orphan Black produced by Temple Street Productions, according to BBCA.

Maslany may not be a household name just yet but her work has been well received and recognized by the industry with her winning the 2010 Sundance Special Jury Breakout Award for her role as Ruby in Grown Up Movie Star; she was nominated for a Genie Award in the Actress in a Leading Role category for the same role. She won a Gemini award for her guest role on Flashpoint.

Temple Street Productions also took notice of the young actress with Co-Presidents David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg saying, “We have always recognized Tatiana as an extraordinary talent. We have worked with her previously on Being Erica and cast her as the lead in The Nativity for the CBC / BBC. Tatiana embodies all the qualities this unique lead demands and we can’t wait to see her bring the role of Sarah to life.”

BBC America released a statement describing her role saying, “In Orphan Black, Maslany stars as Sarah, an outsider, orphan, and street-wise chameleon who has a murky past and tenuous future after she witnesses a woman’s suicide. After deciding to assume the identity of the dead stranger who looks just like her, Sarah learns the dizzying truth – that she and the dead woman are clones.”

Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America, welcomes the fresh face saying, “Tatiana possesses all the intensity, charm and range that this complex role requires. She has all the makings of a breakout star.” 

Orphan Black is set to begin production in Toronto this October, additional casting for the 10 episode series will be announced soon.

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By Brigid Brown