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 chronicles life in small town Mystic Falls, which happens to be inhabited by vampires, witches and werewolves.
In 2010, "The Vampire Diaries" won the People Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama and Canning, along with her other cast members, won the Cast of the Year award at the Young Hollywood Awards.
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 also guest starred on "Smallville" and "Kyle XY" and held leading roles in features such as "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 and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where "The Vampire Diaries" is shot.