Tanya Clarke is a Canadian-American actress and sculptress. She is the daughter of Tony Clarke, a leading environmental and political activist. Born on 2nd February 1972, in Chicago, Tanya moved with her family to Ottawa, Canada as a child. She grew up there with an interest in acting and arts. As a young adult, she came to New York City to pursue acting. She spent many years performing in Broadway and Off-Broadway shows as well as the regional theater. She debuted with her role in the Tony Award-winning, Herb Gardner’s play ‘
I’m Not Rappaport’, directed by Daniel Sullivan. It revolved around the unlikely friendship between two retirees, a Jew and an African-American. It also starred Judd Hirsch & Ben Vereen.
In 2001, she appeared in a minor role in the Academy Awards winning movie ‘
A Beautiful Mind’, starring
Russell Crowe as the lead and directed by Ron Howard. She also acted in “Delivery Method (2004)”. For her role, she received a nomination for The Best Actress in the Method Fest Independent Film Festival Awards. She also appeared in the
Jude Law movie “Repo Man”, which came out in 2010. Her other films include “Tenderness” (2009), “Death Warrior” (2009), “
Blackbird” (2012), etc She has a few television credits to her as well, including “CSI: Miami”, “NCIS: Los Angeles”, “Heartland”, “
Glee”, “Supernatural”, etc. She also joined the cast of “Banshee”, as Emily Lotus, in 2015.
Besides acting, Tanya is also into sculpting and has established her series of sculptures called Liquid Light. Her art has been and continues to be showcased in galleries and museums in the US, Canada and other countries. Many of her sculptures are in the personal collections of many personalities including Russell Crowe,
Susan Sarandon and Prince Albert II of Monaco. Owing to her upbringing, Tanya is also an environmentalist and currently lives in California.