Canada’s Rising Screen Stars 2022

Our country's newest talents are blazing a new trail for Canadian storytelling


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Cooper & O’Hara and Samuel Engelking

We can’t keep up with Canada’s Rising Screen Stars. They’re everywhere. Halifax’s Ben Proudfoot just won an Oscar. Domee Shi turned her Oscar success with Bao into Turning Red, her love letter to Toronto. Markham’s Iman Vellani will make her debut in a couple months as the new Miss Marvel. Mississauga’s Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is shooting the fourth and final season of Never Have I Ever before kickstarting her movie career. Meanwhile, all those diverse talents on Reservation Dogs who hail from Indigenous nations across the provinces are working on season two. A lot of those names are working down south.

Meanwhile, more and more streamers are buying up all the studio space in Toronto, Vancouver and even Hamilton, making content that takes our talent to the world. During Canadian Screen Week, we’re once again celebrating those who represent us far and wide but also making films, TV shows and web series that blaze a new trail for Canadian storytelling. To quote a former province of Ontario tagline, they are “yours to discover.” Here are Canada’s Rising Screen Stars.

Reservation Dogs star Paulina Alexis and her horse Lia Rocks
Cooper & O’Hara

Paulina Alexis: The Reservation Dogs is staying connected to home, hockey and her horse while getting back in the saddle for season two

This House director Miryam Charles is one of Canada's Rising Screen Stars
Samuel Engelking

Miryam Charles: The Quebec-based filmmaker is heading to Hot Docs with This House, a meditation on her relationship to Canada and Haiti following the tragic loss of her cousin

Photo by Samuel Engelking

Amanda Cordner: The fearless actor is letting the world see LGBTQ+ lives onscreen – unabashed and uninhibited

Alex Mallari Jr. is one of Canada's Rising Screen Stars
Samuel Engelking

Alex Mallari Jr.: The Scarborough-raised actor shows his range in the time loop rom-com Hello (Again) and plays the heavy opposite Ryan Reynolds in The Adam Project

Amanda Parris is one of Canada's Rising Screen Stars
Samuel Engelking

Amanda Parris: The CBC host pushes back against token roles in Canadian media and beyond with Revenge Of The Black Best Friend

Thyrone Tommy and Thomas Antony Olajide: The director and actor duo behind Learn To Swim are giving Scorsese and DeNiro energy

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