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Arsinée Khanjian
Արսինե Խանջյան
Khanjian at the Third Golden Apricot Film Festival at Yerevan, Armenia.
Born (1958-09-06) 6 September 1958 (age 65)
Education Concordia University
University of Toronto
Occupation Actress, film producer
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Atom Egoyan
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Arsinée Khanjian (Western Armenian: Արսինէ Խանճեան, Eastern Armenian: Արսինե Խանջյան; born 6 September 1958) is an Armenian-Canadian actress and activist. She is widely known for her collaborations with her husband, filmmaker Atom Egoyan. She won the 2003 Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her role in Ararat.


In addition to her independent work and stage roles, she is regularly cast by her husband, Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan, in his films. She has a bachelor's degree in French and Spanish from Concordia University and a master's degree in political science from the University of Toronto.

Khanjian is a civil rights activist and was briefly detained in Armenia in 2016 while protesting human rights abuses.

Personal life

Her husband, Atom Egoyan, credits her for inspiring him to further explore his Armenian roots. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their son, Arshile.

Khanjian was a jury member for the Cinéfoundation and Short Films sections at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Next of Kin Azah Deryan
1988 Family Viewing Aline
La boîte à soleil
1989 Speaking Parts Lisa
1991 Adjuster, TheThe Adjuster Hera
Montreal Stories Rima Segment: "En passant"
1992 Chickpeas
1993 Calendar Translator
1994 Exotica Zoe
1995 Portrait of Arshile, AA Portrait of Arshile Voice Short film
2 rue de la mémoire
1996 Irma Vep The American
1997 Strands Lab Worker Short film
Sweet Hereafter, TheThe Sweet Hereafter Wanda
Bach Cello Suite #4: Sarabande Sarah
1998 Sentimental Education Arthur
Last Night Streetcar Mother
Late August, Early September Lucie
1999 Felicia's Journey Gala
2000 Hokees Anahid Short film
Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys Francine
2001 Fat Girl Mrs. Pingot
2002 Ararat Ani
2005 Sabah Sabah
Where the Truth Lies Publishing Executive
2007 Lark Farm, TheThe Lark Farm Armineh
2008 Adoration Sabine
2011 Nobody Else But You Dr. Juliette Geminy
De temps et d'eau Short film
2012 No Man's Zone Narrator (voice)
2014 The Cut Mrs. Nakashian
Atlit Mona
The Captive Diane Grey
2016 Lost in Armenia Tzarkanoush
The Other Side of November Lea/Layla
2017 Last Car Mayor Keele
2019 We Are Gold
Guest of Honour Anna
TBA Last Car Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Looking for Nothing TV short
1993 Street Legal Rosa Martino Episode: "Truth or Dare"
1994–1995 Side Effects Elaine Chen Main role (12 episodes)
1996 Dinner Along the Amazon Olivia Penney TV short
1997 Ms. Scrooge Cratchit TV film
1998 More Tears Andrea TV series
1999 Foolish Heart Lena TV series
2000 Foreign Objects Maria TV series
2001 Mentors Anaïs Nin Episode: "Experience"
2002 Made in Canada Crystal Episode: "Veronica's Friend"
2005 Slings and Arrows Episode: "Rarer Monsters"
2006 ReGenesis Eva Ramone Episode: "Our Men in Havana"
2009 Border, TheThe Border Ghayda Hassan Episode: "Broken"
2013 Murder in Passing Mayor 42 episodes

Awards and nominations

  • Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for Foolish Heart (1999)
  • Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film Chloe Award (2002).
  • Recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal (2002).
  • Queen Zabel Award by the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America (2003).
  • Sourp Mesrob Mashdotz Award (2003)
  • Durban International Film Festival Winner for Best Actress in Ararat (2003)
  • Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in Ararat (2003).
  • The Crystal Award for Creative Excellence by Women in Film and Television (2005)
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