Sara Canning is best known for her role as Jenna Sommers on the CW’s hit TV show "The Vampire Diaries." Based on the bestselling book series by L.J. Smith, the series chronicled life in small town Mystic Falls, which happens to be inhabited by vampires, witches and werewolves.
Last year, Canning starred in Hallmark Channel’s original movie “Christmas at the Golden Dragon,” as well as the TV movie “Love Amongst the Stars,” and 2021’s “A Christmas Star.”
Prior to starring on "The Vampire Diaries," Canning played the title role in feature film "Black Field," which premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival and won Best Feature at the Female Eye Film Festival 2010. She recently appeared in episodes of “9-1-1” and “Big Sky.” She has guest starred on "Smallville" and "Kyle XY" and had leading roles in "Paparazzi Princess: The Paris Hilton Story," "Slap Shot 3" and the Hallmark Channel Original Movie, "Come Dance at My Wedding."
A graduate of the Vancouver Film School’s prestigious acting program, her breakthrough role came with the cable film "Taken in Broad Daylight." In the based-on-a-true story movie, she starred as Anne Sluti, a teen whose bravery and intelligence led the police to locate her captor after she was abducted from a shopping mall by a deranged killer, played by James Van Der Beek.
Beyond performing, Canning's passions also include other aspects of entertainment. In 2008, she wrote and produced an independent film, which was developed as her student thesis project. Extracurricular activities include hot yoga, hiking, snowboarding, painting and reading.
Canning was born in Newfoundland, Canada.