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Sara Canning (1987)

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Sara Canning is a Canadian actress. She co-starred on The CW television series The Vampire Diaries as Jenna Sommers, and starred in the 2009 feature film, Black Field.


 early life
Canning was born in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of Wayne and Daphne Canning, and was raised in Sherwood Park, near Edmonton, Alberta. She competed as a figure skater in her childhood and early adolescent years, and became interested in theatre as a student at F.R. Haythorne Junior High. Canning starred in several stage productions while attending Bev Facey Community High School, and acted in shows at her hometown stage at Festival Place.

Canning made her professional acting debut in George Orwell's 1984 at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton at the age of 18. She began studying general arts at the University of Alberta, and considered going into journalism. Still interested in performing, Canning left university and moved to Vancouver at 19, to pursue a career in acting. She graduated from a year-long acting program at the Vancouver Film School.

Canning found an agent and began acting in television series and in TV films produced in Vancouver. She worked in a restaurant and would take time off to film. Her first role was playing Nicky Hilton in Paparazzi Princess: The Paris Hilton Story in 2008. In 2009, she guest-starred on Smallville and Kyle XY, and then starred in the based-on-real-events TV movie, Taken in Broad Daylight. Canning played Anne Sluti, a 17-year- old girl who is abducted by a demented criminal .

Canning filmed a television pilot for The CW series The Vampire Diaries. She then starred in the feature film Black Field, directed by Danishka Esterhazy, a gothic 19th Century period piece. Canning shot the drama near Tyndall, Manitoba, Canada in May 2009, for close to 20 days. She played Maggie McGregor, the older of two Scottish sisters struggling take make their way on the Canadian Prairies. The film premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2009. Three weeks after filming Black Field, The Vampire Diaries was picked up as a television series.

Canning co-starred on The Vampire Diaries as Jenna Sommers, the aunt and guardian of Elena Gilbert and her younger brother Jeremy . Canning was the same age, or younger, than her fellow cast members who played high school students. Makeup artists and the wardrobe team worked to make her look older than she usually did. Canning also downplayed her Canadian accent for the role. Her character's love interest, Alaric, was played by Matthew Davis.

Canning appeared on the second season of The Vampire Diaries from 2010–2011, but her character was killed in the episode, "The Sun Also Rises". As of 2011, Canning was working on a short film noir. She shot the Lifetime Network film, Hunt for the I-5 Killer, in Vancouver that year, and signed on to play the lead in Blitzed, a Canadian horror film. Canning will also star in the Hallmark Movie Channel film, Hannah's Law, alongside Greystone Holt. The Western began filming in Calgary, Alberta in October 2011.

Canning is also interested in writing and directing. As of September 2010, she was co-writing a love story set in the Western time period.

 personal life
Canning relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to film The Vampire Diaries. She stated to Parade that she found the Southern U.S. to have "a much different culture than the west coast of Canada", and that it became like her "second home". Canning lived in Atlanta for two years and returned to Vancouver after finishing the series.

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