Kiernan Shipka

Kiernan Brennan Shipka (born November 10, 1999) is an American actress.

She best known for her role as Sally Draper in the AMC drama series Mad Men and as Sabrina Spellman in the Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. She also appeared as B. D. Hyman in the FX series Feud: Bette and Joan and voiced Jinora in the The Legend of Korra.

Shipka has also starred in numerous films, including Carriers (2009), Flowers in the Attic (2014), The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015), and The Silence (2019).

Shipka was born in Chicago, Illinois, to John Young Shipka, a real estate developer, and Erin Ann (née Brennan).Shipka has been taking ballroom dancing classes since the age of five. Her family relocated to Los Angeles, California when she was six to support her acting career.

Shipka made her television debut at five months of age as a baby on the hospital drama, ER. Shipka began doing commercial-print modeling when she was a baby. As part of Mad Men’s ensemble cast, she won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2008 and 2009.

Shipka has received praise for her performance on Mad Men. In naming her as his dream nominee for the “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series” Emmy Award, Austin American-Statesman critic Dale Roe remarked, “This 10-year-old actress was so affecting as troubled Sally Draper last season that it seems odd that she’s only just been upgraded to series regular. If Shipka’s upcoming Mad Men work—struggling with the broken marriage of her parents and entering preteendom in the tumultuous 1960s—remains as amazing as it was in season three, this is a ballot wish that could come true next year.”

Initially a recurring guest star, Shipka was upgraded to a series regular with the start of season four. She got the part after two auditions.

Shipka’s credits after Mad Men include Flowers in the Attic (2014) and a dual role in the Oz Perkins horror film, The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015).

In 2014, Shipka was named one of “The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014” by Time magazine. In the same year, IndieWire included her in their list of “20 Actors To Watch That Are Under 20”.

In 2017, she portrayed B.D. Hyman, daughter of Bette Davis, in the FX television series Feud: Bette and Joan.

In January 2018, it was announced that Shipka would be starring as Sabrina Spellman in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series based on the comic series of the same name. The first season was released by Netflix on October 26, 2018.

In January 2019, Shipka co-starred in a Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Luke Snellin, Let It Snow, based on the novel of the same name. Shooting began in February 2019.

Shipka next played a deaf teenager opposite Stanley Tucci in John R. Leonetti’s horror film The Silence, based on the 2015 horror novel of the same name by Tim Lebbon. Netflix released The Silence on April 10, 2019. Shipka learned American Sign Language for the role. Leonetti praised her performance saying “She’s acting alongside Stanley Tucci, and believe me, she’s more than holding her own. It’s been spellbinding watching her.”

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