Ksenia Solo is a Latvian-born Canadian film and television actress.
Solo moved with her family to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, when she was five years old and studied ballet until age 14, when a back injury forced her to stop dancing. Her mother is a former ballerina who became a theatre actor. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Her television work includes Missing, as Megan Hahn in the 2004 episode "Judgement Day"; Cold Case, as Lena in the 2007 episode "Cargo"; Nikita, as Irina in the 2011 episode "Alexandra"; Natasha "Tasha" Siviac on Life Unexpected. She was cast in the role of Dodge in the pilot episode of Locke & Key, but the television show based on the comic book series was not picked up by FOX. Solo joined the American Revolutionary War series Turn in its second season as Peggy Shippen; and the Season 3 cast of Orphan Black in the role of Shay.
In 2005 and 2006, Ksenia Solo won Gemini Awards for "Best Performance In A Youth Television Series" as Zoey Jones on the APTN series renegadepress.com. In 2011, she won the Gemini Award for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series" for her performance in the Lost Girl episode, Oh Kappa, My Kappa.
After a six-year commitment to the series, Solo decided to leave Lost Girl to pursue other roles and work on other projects, and the character of Kenzi was written as dying in the finale of Season 4; however, Lost Girl producers and Solo collaborated to bring Kenzi back in Season 5 in a limited capacity.
Ksenia Solo plays the core character role of Kenzi in Lost Girl:
She played a special role in the following episodes:
- 2.09 Original Skin – as Dyson
- 3.05 Faes Wide Shut – as a Kenzi impostor (identified in 3.06)
- 3.06 The Kenzi Scale – as Inari
- 4.07 La Fae Époque – as Angel
Solo appeared as Kenzi in the following Lost Girl webisode:
- 3.5.1 UPYURS6
Official Fan Site
|2001||A Man of Substance||Hannah||Short film|
|2003||The Republic of Love||Micheline|
|2006||Love Thy Neighbor||Erin Benson|
|2014||Another You||Sydney||(Not yet released)|
|2000||I Was a Sixth Grade Alien||Xhanthippe||Episode: Bride of Pleskit!|
|2000||Earth: Final Conflict||Kathy Simmons||Episode: Take No Prisoners|
|2001||My Louisiana Sky||Abby Lynn Anders||TV movie|
|2001||What Girls Learn||Girl||TV movie|
|2002||Sins of the Father||Lucinda||TV movie|
|2002||Adventure Inc.||Natalie||Episode: Village of the Lost|
|2003||Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story||Kristyn Posey||TV movie|
|2004||Missing||Megan Hahn||Episode: Judgement Day|
|2004–2008||renegadepress.com||Zoey Jones||52 episodes|
|2005||Kojak||Angela Howard||Episode: All Bets Off: Part 1|
|2005||Mayday||Amy Stein||TV movie|
|2006||Love Thy Neighbor||Erin Benson||TV movie|
|2007||Cold Case||Lena||Episode: Cargo|
|2008||Moonlight||Bonnie Morrow||Episode: Fated to Pretend|
|2009||Crime Stories||Waitress||Episode: The Happy Face Killer|
|2009||The Cleaner||Callie Bell||Episode: Cinderella|
|2010–2011||Life Unexpected||Natasha Siviac||13 episodes|
|2010–present||Lost Girl||Kenzi||as Dyson in Original Skin (2.09)|
as Inari in The Kenzi Scale (3.06)
as Angel in La Fae Époque (4.07)
|2011||Locke & Key||Dodge||TV pilot (unaired)|
|2013||Lost Girl||Kenzi||Webisode: UPYURS6 (pre-Season 4 special program)|
Biography on Showcase (2013)
Ksenia Solo (Kenzi)
Ksenia made her theatre debut at age five, and at age 10, she landed her first guest-starring role on the popular Canadian kids series, I Was A Sixth Grade Alien, playing alien princess “Xhanthippe” alongside Michael Cera. Since then, Solo has starred in numerous films and television shows, including the lead role of “Zoey Jones” in the 2003 television series Renegadepress.com. The hard-hitting drama dealt with the challenging real issues of teenage life. Solo’s abilities were recognized at age 18, when she became the first-ever winner of two consecutive Gemini Awards for ‘Best Performance In A Youth Television Series in both 2005 and 2006.
Over the next four years, Solo studied acting, film directing and photography, and appeared in numerous American television shows including Cold Case, The Cleaner, Moonlight, Earth Final Conflict, Kojak, I Love Mummy and 1-800 Missing. After an international search, Ksenia was handpicked by Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Requiem for A Dream) to play the beautiful yet cruel nemesis, “Veronica”, to Natalie Portman’s “Nina” in the film Black Swan. She then starred opposite John Cusack in the dark thriller, The Factory, portraying a young prostitute and mother. Following shortly after, the CW’s new hit show Life UneXpected offered Solo the role of “Natasha”, the street-smart foster teen with a big heart yet troubled life. Solo was also named one of the 55 faces of The Future of Hollywood, alongside Vanessa Hugdens, Ashley Greene and Chloe Moretz by Nylon Magazine. After the Venice Film Festival Premiere of Black Swan, the Italian press named Solo one of three ‘Sexiest Women’ of the 67th Venice Film Festival along with Natalie Portman and Jessica Alba. Solo won the role of Dodge in the highly anticipated FOX/DreamWorks project Locke & Key which was directed by Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go, One Hour Photo) and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. It was another exciting year for the actress who ended 2011 winning her third Gemini Award, this time for Best Performance in a Featured Supporting Role, for her Character "Kenzi" in Lost Girl.
Solo spent the better half of 2012 shooting the 3rd season of Lost Girl in Toronto, Canada. In June 2012, she appeared on the Summer Issue cover of US fashion magazine 'Ouch'.
Solo is developing her own film projects along with her film company, OnFire Films, and a team of talented artists. She looks forward to getting behind the camera and exploring the world of directing and producing.
You can follow Solo on twitter @KseniaSolo or check out her fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ksenia-Solo/157385804283621
Articles and Interviews
Ksenia Solo On Leaving 'Lost Girl,' Her Fans, And What She's Going To Do Next
December 9, 2014. Huffpost TV Canada (The Huffington Post)
JUSTIN CHATWIN, JAMES FRAIN AND KSENIA SOLO JOIN ORPHAN BLACK (from Media Release)
November 25, 2014. TV, eh?
'Lost Girl' Favorite Boards AMC's 'Turn' (Exclusive)
September 26, 2014. The Hollywood Reporter
Anna Silk, Ksenia Solo, Kris Holden-Ried & Zoie Palmer – Lost Girl
March 28, 2014. Starry Constellation Magazine
Kenzi and Beyond
February/March 2014. Cliché Magazine
Anna Silk & Ksenia Talk Lost Girl Season 4
February 5, 2014. SciFi Vision
Interview: Ksenia Solo Talks ‘Lost Girl’ Season Four, The Fans, Playing Kenzi & More
January 12, 2014. TVWise
Lost Girl S4 Countdown: Ksenia Solo at SDCC 2013
November 4, 2013. The Televixen
Exclusive: Fan Expo Canada Lost Girl Press Room - Kris Holden-Ried & Ksenia Solo
August 28, 2013. SciFi Vision
Lost Girl: Interviews with Ksenia Solo (Kenzi), Zoie Palmer (Lauren), and Rick Howland (Trick)
October 24, 2012. Nerd Caliber
San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Exclusive Pressroom Q&A with Lost Girl stars Ksenia Solo and Kris Holden-Ried, and Executive Producer Jay Firestone
July 26, 2012. WormholeRiders
Ksenia Solo Talks LOST GIRL, LOCKE & KEY and BLACK SWAN
February 10, 2012. Collider.com
'Lost Girl' based on real folklore [Ksenia Solo interview]
September 9, 2010. The Toronto Sun
- ↑ "Ksenia Solo On Leaving 'Lost Girl,' Her Fans, And What She's Going To Do Next" - HuffPost TV Canada. December 9, 2014. Retrieved on .
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