Tatiana Maslany’s Best Roles Besides ‘Orphan Black’

There's more to Tatiana Maslany than the Clone Club.
Brian Linder
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Tatiana Maslany’s rise to fame began when Orphan Black premiered in 2013, but she’s been acting since the early 2000s. With Orphan Black, the versatile actress surprised audiences with her ability to play the main character, Sarah Manning, and ALL of the other clones with apparent ease. As the acclaimed sci-fi drama enters its fifth and final season, let’s take a look at Tatiana Maslany’s best roles beyond Orphan Black.

Maslany won the ACTRA Award for her portrayal as Claire in the 2013 film Picture Day.

In Picture Day, Maslany plays Claire, a girl forced to repeat her senior year of high school as her reputation slides from badass to bad joke. She spends her school days helping her nerdy best friend, and her nights in the company of a wannabe rock star who revels in her attention. Maslany’s Claire eventually learns hard lessons about the difference between sex, intimacy, and friendship.

Orphan Black had just premiered, but Maslany was already a chameleon on screen. She starred in Picture Day just after playing the Virgin Mary in the BBC/CBC’s Nativity.

In 2013, Maslany guest starred on Parks and Recreation for a two-episode arc as Dr. Nadia Stasky.

Just as Maslany was breaking out on Orphan Black, she flipped the script by doing primetime comedy on NBC’s Parks and Recreation.

Maslany starred as Nadia Stasky in a two-episode season six storyline that sees her playing a doctor who catches the eye of Aziz Ansari’s Tom Haverford before moving to Rwanda to work with Doctors without Borders.

She won the Phillip Borsos Award for her performance in the film Cas and Dylan.

The Whistler Film Festival annually gives out a set of juried awards named in honor of Canadian filmmaker Phillip Borsos, for which Canadian movies are only eligible. Maslany a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, won the award in 2013 for her role in the movie Cas and Dylan.

Maslany starred as a young woman, Dylan, who befriends a dying doctor (Richard Dreyfuss) as the two set out on an unexpected road trip. Bonus fact: Cas and Dylan is the directorial debut of 90210 actor Jason Priestly.

Maslany took on zombies in 2007’s Diary of the Dead.

Flashback to 2007 when Maslany starred in George Romero’s Diary of the Dead. She plays Mary, a young film student making a horror movie with her friends when (surprise!) the group encounter real-life zombies.

In the NSFW clip above you can get a glimpse of Maslany’s portrayal of the terrified young woman who reluctantly uses her RV as a weapon against the undead.

Maslany next stars in Stronger, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal.

Maslany and Gyllenhaal in Stronger.

Tatiana will next be seen on the big-screen in the Boston Marathon bombing drama Stronger, in which she plays the female lead opposite Jake Gyllenhaal.

Jeff Bauman (Gyllenhaal) loses his legs in the bombing. He attempts to walk again and adjust to his new circumstances with the help of his girlfriend Eric (Maslany).

Stronger opens on September 22.

Brian Linder
Brian Linder is Sr. Entertainment Editor at FANDOM. He's been on the fan-media scene since dial-up. Arriving at FANDOM from IGN, Brian was a founding editor at early Star Wars fansite TheForce.net and co-creator of the movie site, FilmForce, acquired in 2006. He's into space operas and superheroes.