Mia Kirshner

Mia Kirshner

Born: January 25, 1975
Age: 48
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Mia Kirshner (born January 25, 1975 or 1976[1][2]) is a Canadian actress, writer and social activist who works in movies and television series. She is known for her role as Jenny Schecter on the cable TV series The L Word (2004-2009), and for her recurring guest role as the terrorist Mandy on the TV series 24 (2001-2005).

Kirshner was born in Toronto, Ontario, the daughter of Etti, a teacher, and Sheldon Kirshner, a journalist who wrote for The Canadian Jewish News.[3][4] Kirshner is a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors;[5] her father was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany in 1946, and met Kirshner's mother, a Bulgarian Jewish refugee, after they escaped to Israel.[5] Kirshner's paternal grandparents were Jews from Poland.[6][7] Kirshner had a middle class upbringing[8] and attended Forest Hill Collegiate Institute but later graduated from the Jarvis Collegiate Institute. Kirshner studied Russian literature and 20th-century movie industry at McGill University in Montreal. Her younger sister, Lauren Kirshner, a writer, was involved in the I Live Here project.[9]



Kirshner started her career in 1992 in Are You Afraid of the Dark's Tale of the Hungry Hounds episode (Season 1, Episode 5). Kirshner made her film debut in 1993 at the age of 18 in Denys Arcand's Love and Human Remains. She convinced her father to sign a "nudity waiver" to play a dominatrix.[10] The following year, she starred in Atom Egoyan's Exotica. In 1996, she appeared in The Crow: City of Angels. She also played Kitty Scherbatsky in the 1997 version of Anna Karenina.

Kirshner also appeared in the first three episodes of 24 as the assassin Mandy in 2001. She would later reprise the role for the second season's finale and in the latter half of the show's fourth season.[citation needed] Also in 2001, Kirshner played Catherine Wyler, The Cruelest Girl in School, in Not Another Teen Movie. The character is primarily a spoof of Kathryn Merteuil (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) in Cruel Intentions, and was partially based on Mackenzie Siler (played by Anna Paquin) from She's All That. In Marilyn Manson's music video for "Tainted Love", which was featured on the movie's soundtrack, she made a cameo appearance as her character Catherine Wyler.

In 2004, Kirshner was cast as author Jenny Schecter, a main character in the drama series The L Word. She remained with the show for all of the show's six seasons through 2009.[11]

In 2006, she starred in Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia in which she plays the young aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, whose mutilation and murder in 1947 remains unsolved. While the film itself was critically panned, many reviews singled out her performance for acclaim.[12][13][14][15] Stephanie Zacharek of Salon.com, in a largely negative review, notes that the eponymous character was "played wonderfully by Mia Kirshner..."[12] Mick LaSalle wrote that Kirshner "makes a real impression of the Dahlia as a sad, lonely dreamer, a pathetic figure."[13] J. R. Jones described her performance as "haunting" and that the film's fictional screen tests "deliver the emotional darkness so lacking in the rest of the movie."[14] In 2010, Kirshner co-starred in the film 30 Days of Night: Dark Days which began filming in the fall of 2009.[16] In 2010, she was cast as Isobel Flemming, a guest role on The Vampire Diaries.[11]

In 2011, she voiced the title character in Bear 71, a National Film Board of Canada web documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.[17][18]

On April 20, 2012, it was announced that Kirshner would join the new Syfy series Defiance.[19]

On October 9, 2013, it was mentioned on the Showcase blog that Kirshner would be one of several guest stars in season four of the television series Lost Girl.[20]


In October 2008, after seven years in production,[21] Kirshner published the book I Live Here,[22] which she co-produced with ex-Adbusters staffers Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons,[23] as well as writer James MacKinnon. In the book, four different groups of women and children refugees from places such as Chechnya, Juárez, Burma and Malawi tell their life stories. The book features original material from well-known comic and graphic artists including Joe Sacco and Phoebe Gloeckner. It was published in the U.S. by Random House/Pantheon. It was supported logistically by Amnesty International, which will receive proceeds from the book. After the release of the book, the Center for International Studies at MIT invited Kirshner to run a 4-week course on I Live Here in January 2009.[24]

In popular culture

Kirshner was ranked #43 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002.[25] She and Beverly Polcyn were nominated for Best Kiss at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards for Not Another Teen Movie.[26] In 2011 it was announced that Kirshner would be the face of Monica Rich Kosann's jewelry collection.


Kirshner in September 2009, during interview


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Love and Human Remains Benita
1993 Cadillac Girls Page
1994 Exotica Christina
1995 Murder in the First Rosetta Young
1995 The Grass Harp Maude Riordan
1996 The Crow: City of Angels Sarah
1997 Anna Karenina Kitty
1997 Mad City Laurie Callahan
1999 Speed of Life Sarah
1999 Out of the Cold Deborah Berkowitz
2000 James Draminski James Draminski Short
2000 Innocents Dominique Denright
2000 Cowboys and Angels Candice
2001 Century Hotel Dominique
2001 According to Spencer Melora
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Catherine Wyler
2002 New Best Friend Alicia Campbell
2002 Now & Forever Angela Wilson
2003 Party Monster Natasha
2005 The Iris Effect Rebecca
2006 The Black Dahlia Elizabeth Short
2008 Miss Conception Clem
2010 30 Days of Night: Dark Days Lilith Video
2011 388 Arletta Avenue Amy Walker
2012 The Barrens Cynthia Vineyard
2013 I Think I Do Julia
2015 Reluctant Witness Erin Villenueve
2015 Never Happened Laura Short
2016 Milton's Secret Jane Adams
2017 A Swinger's Weekend Fiona Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1989 War of the Worlds Jo "Loving the Alien"
1990 Danger Bay Catherine Walker "Live Wires"
1990-91 Dracula: The Series Sophie Metternich Main role
1991 E.N.G. Risa Timerman "Suffer the Little Children"
1991 My Secret Identity Alana Porter "My Other Secret Identity"
1991 Tropical Heat Cathy Paige "Runaway"
1992 Tropical Heat Sandy "Stranger in Paradise"
1992 Road to Avonlea Emily Everett-Smythe "High Society"
1992 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Pam / Dora Pease "The Tale of the Hungry Hounds"
1995 Johnny's Girl Amy Ross TV film
2001-02 Wolf Lake Ruby Cates Main role
2001-05 24 Mandy Recurring role
2004-09 The L Word Jenny Schecter Regular role
2007 They Come Back Faith Hardy TV film
2009 The Cleaner April May "Does Everybody Have a Drink?"
2009 CSI: NY Deborah Carter "Dead Reckoning"
2010-11 The Vampire Diaries Isobel Flemming Recurring role
2012 Kiss at Pine Lake Zoe McDowell TV film
2013 The Surrogacy Trap Christy Bennett TV film
2013 Graceland Ashika Pearl "Pizza Box"
2013 Lost Girl Clio "In Memoriam", "Sleeping Beauty School", "Lovers. Apart."
2013-14 Defiance Kenya Rosewater Main role
2015 Bloodline Sarah Rayburn "Part 1", "Part 6", "Part 11"
2016 Real Detective Det. Mannina "No One Is Safe"
2017-18 Star Trek: Discovery Amanda Grayson "Lethe", "Will You Take My Hand?"

Video Games

Year Title Role Notes
2006 24: The Game Mandy (Voice)

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