Nadia Litz

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Nadia Litz
Born (1976-12-26) December 26, 1976 (age 42)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Alma mater York University

Nadia Litz (born December 26, 1976) is a Canadian actress and director.


Early life

Litz was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. [1] A former child actor, she has described herself as somewhat ambitious. She is of Russian, Polish and British descent. [2] She took an interest in films at the age of 6, and started living in Toronto at 17 to attend York University, but left to film The Five Senses . [1] She also joined the 2,500 hopefuls who auditioned for the title role in the 1997 film version of Lolita , which went to Dominique Swain. [2] She returned to York University to take film studies. [1]

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Film career

Litz would go on to achieve a long acting resume, although she often received no money for her parts and instead chose projects she liked. [2] In 1998 and 1999 she appeared in episodes of the Canadian television series Due South and Wind at My Back . She starred in Jeremy Podeswa's The Five Senses that screened at The Director's Fortnight in Cannes. [1] She later received the title role in the short film Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl (2002) by Brad Peyton. That year, she also appeared in the television film Salem Witch Trials as Mary Walcott (here called May Walcott), and has starred in films such as Rhinoceros Eyes (2003), Love That Boy , [1] and Monkey Warfare (2006) for which she won a Vancouver Critics Award and You Are Here (2011).

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Her honours have included being named by Maclean's magazine as "25 People Under 25 To Watch" for The Five Senses, and being nominated for a Gemini Award for acting in the television miniseries After the Harvest . [3]

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Litz also directed the 2016 movie The People Garden which starred Dree Hemingway, Pamela Anderson and François Arnaud. [4]

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1997ShiftShort film
1998 The Mighty Girl in Diner
1999 The Five Senses Rachel Seraph
1999Teen SorceryFloVideo
2002 Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl EvelynShort film
2003 Fear X Ellen
2003 Rhinoceros Eyes Ann
2003 Love That Boy Phoebe
2003 Public Domain Terry
2004Some Things That StayHelen Murphy
2006 Monkey Warfare Susan
2008 Blindness Woman of Ward One
2010You Are HereMarcie
2012Where Do We Go From HereAbbyShort film
2014Hotel CongressSofia
2014 Big Muddy Martha Barlow


1996 Hidden in America CheckerTV film
1998 Due South GirlEpisode: "Good for the Soul"
1999 Wind at My Back Burlesque Bandit #1Episode: "Public Enemies"
2001After the HarvestJude GareTV film
2002Salem Witch TrialsMay WalcottTV film
2011 King Clara GruenEpisode: "Amanda Jacobs"

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Nadia Litz has come a long way since her Kmart-catalogue modelling days in Winnipeg". National Post . September 10, 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  2. 1 2 3 Zekas, Rita (October 24, 2003). "Warning Powdered coffee creamer is nothing to sniff at". Toronto Star . p. D.06.
  3. 1 2 Nestruck, J. Kelly (September 9, 2006). "Litz hits glitz blitz". National Post . Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2007.
  4. "Canadian cinema's New Hope". The Globe and Mail . September 9, 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2018.