Sara is an adventurous ten-year-old girl used to living luxuriously in Montreal with her father and nanny, who must learn to adjust to simpler life in the rural village of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. Her mother was Ruth King, sister to Hetty, Alec, Roger and Olivia, who died when Sara was a toddler. When Sara’s father runs into trouble, he arranges to have Sara stay for a time in Avonlea. Sara reluctantly stays without her nanny and lives with her single aunts Hetty and Olivia at Rose Cottage. Sara learns to appreciate the lifestyle Avonlea has to offer and eventually comes to enjoy it.

sarah-polleyToday, Sarah is an accomplished actress, writer, producer and director. Below is a look at what the Story Girl has done to receive these well-deserved titles.

After appearing in the last season of Road to Avonlea, Sarah went on to star in the critically acclaimed drama The Sweet Hereafter, in which she played the only survivor of a school bus crash. Since then, she has starred in a number of series and feature films, including the zombie thrillerDawn of the Dead, Slings & Arrows, Beowulf & Grendel and the HBO drama John Adams, to name a few. Besides her many acting roles, Sarah garnered international attention with the film Away From Her, for which she adapted the short story, The Bear Came Over the Mountain written by Canadian author Alice Munro. The film, which starred Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie, was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.This was not the first feature that Sarah wrote and directed, nor will it be her last. Most recently Sarah is being credited with the success of directing the documentary, Stories We Tell, a film that unearths layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.