Ella Ballentine started her career in film in a Hallmark TV movie starring Casper Van Dien ("Baby's First Christmas"). Since then she has played leading and supporting roles alongside such distinguished actors as Susan Sarandon ("The Calling"), Martin Sheen ("Anne of Green Gables"), Ryan Reynolds and Rosario Dawson ("The Captive"), Laurence Fishburne and Thomas Jane (_Standoff (2015)_qv)), and Zoe Kazan in the currently under production feature, _There Are Monsters (2016)_qv). Films in which Ella has appeared have been screened at a number of film festivals, including Cannes in 2014.
Ella's theatre career encompasses independent and professional productions staged in her native Toronto, beginning with The Railway Children (Roundhouse Theatre, 2010) and then Numbers (Toronto Fringe Festival, 2013). Her triple-threat role in Numbers earned her the first of many award nominations for excellence by a young performer in film, theatre, and music. Ella was one of the young actors chosen to play the coveted role of Little Cossette/Young Éponine in Mirvish Productions' Les Miserables (Princess of Wales, 2013-2014), starring Ramin Karimloo and Earl Carpenter. Being part of this iconic musical production and superb cast is an experience she will forever cherish.
Ella's television experience includes roles in the historical fantasy Reign and on the medical drama series Saving Hope.
With four leading roles in less than a year, Ella also keeps up her singing, dancing, and academic studies. She is enrolled in a public school in Toronto, where she is fortunate to have supportive teachers who are committed to helping her achieve both her acting and scholastic goals. Amidst her busy schedule, Ella still finds the time to champion causes related to wildlife conservation.
Name: Ella Ballentine
Known for: The Captive