Sara Canning was born on July 14, 1987 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada. She lived in Gander until age eleven, and was thereafter raised in Sherwood Park, near Edmonton, Alberta. Canning starred in several stage productions while attending Bev Facey Community High School, and acted in shows at her hometown stage at Festival Place. Her professional acting debut was in George Orwell's "1984" at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton at the age of 18. She is best known for her work on "The Vampire Diaries", "Eadweard" and "Hannah's Law."