Natasha Negovanlis (born April 3, 1990) is a Canadian actress, singer, writer, and the host of KindaTV (formerly known as VervegirlTV) of Macedonian, Greek, Métis, and Irish heritage. She is best known for playing the title role in the web series Carmilla (2014–2016), as well as the feature film based on the series.[6]

Career

Before acting professionally, Negovanlis studied at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in Toronto, and majored in voice performance at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. She was cast in her first professional musical in 2011.

In 2014, Negovanlis was cast as the title role in the Canadian web series Carmilla. In the series, which is based on the 1871 gothic novella of the same name, Negovanlis portrays the vampire Carmilla, who appears after her roommate's previous roommate vanishes. The series premiered on Vervegirl (rebranded as 'KindaTV' as of February 2016) channel on August 19, 2014 and has achieved worldwide recognition and praise for its near all-female cast and representation of various LGBT characters.[7]

Since Carmilla, Negovanlis has accumulated more than 250,000 combined followers on her Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram. In 2015, she ranked 5th on AfterEllen's Hot 100 List.[8][9] In 2015, she alao co-starred with Elise Bauman in the feature film Almost Adults, which screened at several festivals in 2016 before streaming on Netflix.[10]

In 2017, Negovanlis won a Canadian Screen Award, voted on by fans, for her work on Carmilla.[11] Her acceptance speech, in which she discussed the importance of queer representation, attracted media attention from various publications, including Buzzfeed and the Toronto Star.[12][13]

Also in 2017, along with her Carmilla co-star Annie M. Briggs, Negovanlis launched her own web series called Clairevoyant; the series was successfully funded through the Independent Production Fund and an Indiegogo campaign.[14] It is slated for a 2018 release on KindaTV.

Personal life

She identifies as pansexual.[6][6][6]

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
2014The Way We AreSophieLead role; short film
CarmillaCarmillaMain role; web series
Canadian StarHerselfDocumentary
2015March Family LettersSallieGuest role; web series, 2 episodes
Almost AdultsCassieMain role; feature film
2016SlasherCarmillaGuest role; 1 episode
Haunted or HoaxElliaMain role; web series
2017Carmilla The MovieCarmillaMain role; feature film based on the series
2017Murdoch MysteriesMildred PrestonGuest role; 1 episode
2017DarkenVictoriaSupporting role; feature film
2018Freelancers AnonymousGayleMain role; feature film

Awards

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2012Broadway World Awards [6]Best Performance by a Female in a Feature Role/Ensemble (Musical)Off-Broadway on stageNominated
2015Shorty AwardsFavorite ActressCarmillaNominated
2015Streamy AwardsBest ActressNominated
2016Canadian Screen AwardsTop 3, Fan's ChoiceNominated
2016NYC Web FestBest Ensemble Cast, along with Isabel Kanaan and Sydney KondrussHaunted or HoaxNominated
2017Canadian Screen AwardsFan's ChoiceCarmillaWon
2017Los Angeles Web Series FestivalBest Ensemble Cast, along with Isabel Kanaan and Sydney KondrussHaunted or HoaxNominated