Saara Chaudry is an award winning Canadian actor, dancer and singer that began her career with small parts in TV productions such as Degrassi, Combat Hospital, Desperately Seeking Santa and Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight.
Saara made her theatre debut as Little Cosette in the 25th anniversary Mirvish Production of Les Miserables at the Princess of Wales theatre. She had the honour of performing the role on opening night and at a special gala benefit with Colm Wilkinson. She won a 2014 Broadway World Award for best female performer in a featured role, was nominated for a Young Artists Award for best theatre performance and was also nominated for a Dora Award as a member of the Les Miserables ensemble.
After her theatre run, Saara returned to television where she played the role of Howie on Nickelodeon’s Max & Shred, and guest starred on PBS Kids Odd Squad. She also currently plays Amy on Emmy nominated Holly Hobbie and Saara in Emmy and Canadian Screen Award winner, Dino Dana as Saara, as well as Dino Dana, the Movie (2020). She was honoured to win the 2020 Canadian Screen Award for her role in Dino Dana and to also be nominated in the same category for Holly Hobbie. Saara was thrilled to play Nira on Sinking Ship’s innovative show, Lockdown (2020), shot entirely by web cam and smartphones during the pandemic and just completed filming as Martina Crowe on Disney+The Mysterious Benedict Society (June 2021).
Saara has also worked on many animated projects. She was honoured to be nominated for a 2017 Canadian Screen Award for her role as Clara in the Canadian Screen Award winner the Curse of Clara: A Holiday Tale. She is thrilled to be the voice of Parvana in the Oscar, Golden Globe and Canadian Screen Award nominated feature film, The Breadwinner, based on the novel by one of her favourite authors, Deborah Ellis, for which she most recently won the ACTRA award for best voice performance. She is currently working on the Netflix animated series, Charlie’s Colorforms, the Paw Patrol Movie, is the voice of Carmen in Let’s Go Luna, and Chloe in Dog & Pony and Maya on Rosie’s Rules.
In 2018, Saara was one of more than 700 applicants who applied to be a CBC Kids News contributor. She was chosen based on her interest in world issues and ability to communicate a story on camera to be the Lead Contributor of CBC Kids News.
Saara is also an aspiring writer and producer. In 2018 she co-wrote an episode of Dino Dana with Emmy winner, J.J. Johnson, and is currently in development on a feature film of an epic adventure of two fearless, trailblazing young women from opposite ends of the world and their improbable and endearing friendship.
Outside of film and media, Saara is an award winning international debater, and a vociferous advocate for gender and racial equality as well as girls education. Saara was appointed as a youth advocate with UNICEF Canada in 2020.