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Kiernan Brennan Shipka is an American actress. She is known for playing Sally Draper on the AMC series Mad Men.

She is recurring in the first season of Feud as B. D. Hyman.

Early Life

Shipka was born in Chicago, Illinois, to John Young Shipka, a real estate developer, and his wife, Erin Ann (née Brennan). Her father is of one half Bohemian/Czech, and one quarter German, with his other ancestry being English, some Scottish, and distant French. Her mother is of three quarters Irish and one quarter Italian ancestry. Her surname is from her Bohemian roots. She has been taking ballroom dancing classes since the age of five. Her family relocated to Los Angeles, California when she was six to support her acting career.

Career

Shipka made her official onscreen debut at just five months old in an episode of NBC’s long-running medical drama ER. She then began doing commercial print modeling when she was a small child. She completed over two hundred print jobs and two dozen commercials before making the jump to television with a series regular role in the CBS pilot The Angriest Man in Suburbia.

After numerous guest stints on series including NBC’s Heroes, USA’s Monk, and the FOX sketch comedy MADtv, and a leading role in the independent feature film Dimension, the then six year old quickly landed a small role on AMC's Mad Men. Showrunner Matthew Weiner was so impressed by Shipka’s great emotional depth and her understanding of the character that he began expanding her role, and she became a full-fledged series regular when the show entered its fourth season. 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.

When not working on Mad Men, Shipka continues to work in both film and television and has amassed an impressive list of credits, including Flowers In The Attic, opposite Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn, Carriers with Chris Pine, Lower Learning with Eva Longoria and Jason Biggs, House Broken with Danny DeVito, and the Hallmark Channel original movie Smooch. In 2012, she completed a comedic turn as herself in an episode of the ABC series Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, and can be heard in the regular role of Jinora on the Nickelodeon animated series The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra. Kiernan also filmed an independent film in New York, entitled Very Good Girls, starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen. She is currently guest-starring in Feud as Bette Davis' daughter, B. D. Hyman.

Personal Life

Shipka currently resides in Los Angeles with her parents and two German Shepherds. She is a gifted ballet dancer and is passionate about fashion, which she sees as a method of self-expression. Inspired by the classic styles of Grace Kelly, she sometimes designs her own clothing and has served as a guest fashion blogger for Lucky magazine. She plays the piano and guitar and writes her own music, and enjoys watching television comedies and the Food Network.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Dimension Molly
2008 Lower Learning Sarah
2009 A Rag Doll Story Girl Short film
2009 Land of the Lost Tar Pits Kid Uncredited
2009 Carriers Jodie
2009 House Broken Tammy Tawber
2010 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Little Girl
2010 The Ryan and Randi Show Lala La Lala Short film
2010 Squeaky Clean Emily Short film
2012 The Empty Room Juliet Short film
2013 Very Good Girls Eleanor
2013 We Rise Like Smoke Young Kyler Short film
2014 The Edge of the Woods Alice Short film
2015 One & Two Eva
2015 When Marnie Was There Marnie English dub
2015 Fan Girl Telulah "Lu" Farrow
2015 The Blackcoat's Daughter Kat

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Monk Little Girl 2 episodes
2006 Angriest Man in Suburbia Lola Television film
2007 Cory in the House Sophie's Classmate Episode: "Mall of Confusion"
2007 MADtv Upset Child Episode: "Madtv Ruined My Life"
2007 Heroes Little Girl in Fire Episode: "Four Months Ago..."
2007–2009 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Various 6 episodes
2007–2015 Mad Men Sally Draper 64 episodes
2011 Smooch Zoe Cole Television film
2012 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Kiernan Shipka Episode: "Parent Trap..."
2012–2014 Legend of Korra Jinora (voice) 25 episodes
2013, 2015 Sofia the First Oona (voice) 2 episodes
2014 Flowers in the Attic Cathy Dollanganger Television film
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Kymmi Episode: "Kimmy Has A Birthday!"
2017 FEUD: Bette and Joan B. D. Hyman

Video Games

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

Gallery

Trivia

  • In 2014, Shipka was named one of "The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014" by Time magazine.
  • She is one of the youngest people to be interviewed on Inside the Actors Studio (1994-present).
  • Shipka has taken Muay Thai boxing classes and has a black belt in taekwondo, which she received in June 2012.

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