Sarah Polley was born on the 8th January 1979 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is an actress, writer and director. She has starred in such films as The Sweet Hereafter, Guinevere, Go, My Life Without Me and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Her first cinematic appearance was at the age of four, as Molly in the Disney film One Magic Christmas. At age eight, she was cast in the title role in the television series Ramona. Though the series lasted but one season, Sarah burst into the public eye the following year as Sara Stanley on the popular CBC television series Road to Avonlea. The series made her famous and financially independent, and she was hailed as "Canada's Sweetheart" by the popular press. After seven years with the program, she became irate over the Americanization of the series after it was picked up by the Disney Channel for distribution in the U.S. Eventually dropping out of the show which only lasted one more season. Following the row with Disney, Sarah dedicated more of her efforts to progressive politics, becoming a prominent member of the New democratic Party. In 1995, she lost several teeth to riot police while protesting against the Provincial Progressive Conservative Government.