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Tatiana Gabriele Maslany (born September 22, 1985) is a Canadian actress of Ukrainian, Polish, German, Austrian and Romanian descent.

You may know her better for being the first (and second, and third, and fourth...) role of the sci-fi series Orphan Black. She also narrated David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, played Mary in a 2010 BBC production of the Nativity and had a part in Diary of the Dead, and has played She-Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2022.

After three years of widely decried snubs, she won the Emmy Award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work in season four of Orphan Black.

In 2022, she married American actor Brendan Hines.

Selected filmography:

This actress provides examples of:

  • Brainy Brunette: Her default color, Cosima from Orphan Black being the most clear-cut example.
  • Cunning Linguist: She speaks English, German, French and Spanish.
  • Dawson Casting: Thanks to her diminutive stature and youthful features, Maslany convincingly played teenagers well into her late twenties.
  • Freudian Trio: She played at least one by herself (Sarah, Cosima and Alison).
  • Improv: Maslany has an extensive background in improvisation. Here's an example.
  • Star-Making Role: Orphan Black, which is an unusual case because it's not just one role, but like most examples is still one series. (In her native Canada, while she wasn't super-famous, she wasn't obscure like she was internationally).
  • What Could Have Been: She's been attached to two separate Star Wars films (Rogue One and The Last Jedi), but both times she had to drop out due to scheduling conflict. She almost had the role of Jyn in Rogue One, which was given to Felicity Jones.