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Kiernan Brennan Shipka

(1999-11-10) November 10, 1999 (age 23)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Kiernan Brennan Shipka (born November 10, 1999) is an American actress, best-known for her roles as Sally Draper in the AMC drama series Mad Men (2007–2015), Sabrina Spellman in the Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018–2020) and the sixth season of The CW series Riverdale (2021–2022), B. D. Hyman in the FX series Feud: Bette and Joan (2017), and Jinora in The Legend of Korra (2012–2014).

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

Early life

Kiernan Brennan Shipka was born in Chicago, Illinois, to John Young Shipka, a real estate developer, and Erin Ann Brennan. Shipka started taking ballroom dancing classes at the age of five, and was still attending classes as of March 2012. Her family relocated to Los Angeles, California when she was six to help with her acting career.

Career

2006–2015: Beginnings and Mad Men

Kiernan Shipka (cropped)
Shipka at the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Shipka made her television debut at five months of age on the hospital drama ER. She also began doing commercial-print modeling when she was a baby. After undertaking numerous small television roles, her first major role was as Sally Draper, the daughter of main character Don Draper, on the 2007–2015 TV series Mad Men. She won the role after two auditions. She was a recurring guest star for the show's first three seasons, then became a series regular in season four.

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 received praise for her performance on Mad Men. In 2010, Austin American-Statesman critic Dale Roe named her as his dream nominee for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, writing, "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."

In 2014, Shipka was named one of "The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014" by Time magazine. That same year, IndieWire included her in their list of "20 Actors To Watch That Are Under 20". Shipka starred in the 2014 Lifetime movie Flowers in the Attic, and co-starred (with Emma Roberts) in the 2015 Oz Perkins horror film The Blackcoat's Daughter.

2016–present: Further work and streaming projects

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 part was released by Netflix on October 26, 2018, and an episode that December. The show ran for three more parts, concluding on December 31, 2020, with a total of 36 episodes. Shipka would reprise the role in a sixth season episode of Riverdale, “Chapter Ninety-Nine: The Witching Hour(s)”, aired on December 7, 2021.

Shipka co-starred in a 2019 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."

In September 2022, Shipka was cast in Red One, co-starring Dwayne Johnson and Chris Evans.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Dimension Molly
2008 Lower Learning Sarah
2009 Rag Doll Story, AA Rag Doll Story Girl Short film
Land of the Lost Tar Pits Kid Uncredited
Carriers Jodie
House Broken Tammy Tawber
2010 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Little Girl at playground
Ryan and Randi Show, TheThe Ryan and Randi Show Lala La Lala Short film
Squeaky Clean Emily Short film
 2012 Empty Room, TheThe Empty Room Juliet Short film
2013 Very Good Girls Eleanor Berger
2014 Edge of the Woods, TheThe Edge of the Woods Alice Short film
2015 One & Two Eva
When Marnie Was There Marnie (voice) English dub
The Blackcoat's Daughter Kat
2019 The Silence Ally Andrews
Let It Snow Angie
2022 Wildflower Bea Johnson Post-production
2023 Red One Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Monk Little Girl Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets a New Shrink"
Angriest Man in Suburbia, TheThe Angriest Man in Suburbia Lola TV movie
2007 Cory in the House Sophie's Classmate Episode: "Mall of Confusion"
Mad TV Upset Child Episode: "Madtv Ruined My Life"
Heroes Little Girl in Fire Episode: "Four Months Ago..."
2007–2009 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Various 6 episodes
2007–2015 Mad Men Sally Draper Recurring in seasons 1–3
Main role in seasons 4–7
2011 Smooch Zoe Cole TV movie
2012 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Herself Episode: "Parent Trap..."
2012–2014 The Legend of Korra Jinora (voice) Main role; 25 episodes
2013–2018 Sofia the First Oona (voice) Recurring role; 3 episodes
2014 Flowers in the Attic Cathy Dollanganger TV movie
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Kymmi Episode: "Kimmy Has A Birthday!"
Fan Girl Telulah "Lu" Farrow TV movie
2017 Feud: Bette and Joan B. D. Hyman Recurring role; 5 episodes
American Dad! Student (voice) Episode: "The Witches of Langley"
Family Guy Meg's Bully #3 / Singing Cheerleader (voice) Episode: "The Peter Principal"
Neo Yokio Helenist (voice) Episode: "O, the Helenists"
2018–2020 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Sabrina Spellman and Sabrina Morningstar Main role, 36 episodes
2021–2022 Riverdale Special guest; 2 episodes
2022 Swimming with Sharks Lou Simms Main role; 6 episodes
2023 The White House Plumbers Kevan Hunt

Music videos

Year Title Artist(s) Role Ref.
2013 "We Rise Like Smoke" Kyler England Young Kyler
2020 "Straight to Hell" Kiernan Shipka & LVCRAFT Sabrina Spellman

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2014 The Legend of Korra Jinora
2016 Marvel Avengers Academy Jessica Drew / Spider-Woman

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2007 Satellite Awards Best Cast – Television Series Mad Men Won
2009 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actress Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Short Film – Young Actress Squeaky Clean Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress Carriers Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Ten and Under Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Supporting Young Actress Mad Men Nominated
2012 Young Hollywood Awards  Scene Stealer Female Won
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Leading Young Actress Smooch Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mad Men Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role (Television) – Young Actress The Legend of Korra Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actress Mad Men Won
Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Lucy Award Won
2014 Young Hollywood Awards You're So Fancy Nominated
2019 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Performance in a Show Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress in a Streaming Presentation Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Nominated
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