Sarah Polley is one of the most popular Canadian actor/writer/directors working today, and she has become famous not only for her performances, but also for her activism. Polley has been acting since the age of four, when she appeared in the Disney film One Magic Christmas. At age eight she appeared on the television series Ramona and in the Terry Gilliam film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Her popularity skyrocketed when she starred on the popular CBC television series Road to Avonlea. She was hailed as “Canada’s Sweetheart”, and the show was picked up by the Disney Channel. Polley left Road to Avonlea in 1994, and in 1996 she appeared on the CBC series Straight Up. She had a prominent role in the 1997 film The Sweet Hereafter, which earned her further acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival, and since then she has appeared in such films as eXistenZ, Go, Dawn of the Dead, The Secret Life of Words, Beowulf & Grendel, Mr. Nobody, Splice, and Trigger. She has also written and directed the films All I Want for Christmas, Away from Her, and Take This Waltz. Sarah Polley turns 34 today.