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Orphan Black
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Created by
  • Graeme Manson
  • John Fawcett
  • Tatiana Maslany
  • Dylan Bruce
  • Jordan Gavaris
  • Kevin Hanchard
  • Michael Mando
  • Maria Doyle Kennedy
  • Évelyne Brochu
  • Ari Millen
  • Kristian Bruun
  • Josh Vokey
Theme music composerTwo Fingers
ComposerTrevor Yuile
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes40 (list of episodes)
Executive producersIvan Schneeberg
David Fortier
Graeme Manson
John Fawcett
ProducersAlex Levine
Claire Welland
Tatiana Maslany
Aubrey Nealon
Production locationsToronto, Ontario, Canada
CinematographyAaron Morton
Running time43 minutes
Production companiesTemple Street Productions
BBC America
Bell Media
Original networkSpace (Canada)
BBC America (U.S.)
Original releaseMarch 30, 2013 (2013-03-30) –

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Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction thriller television series created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical people who are clones. The series focuses on Sarah Manning, a woman who assumes the identity of one of her fellow clones, Elizabeth Childs, after witnessing Childs' suicide. The series raises issues about the moral and ethical implications of human cloning, and its effect on issues of personal identity.[1]

The series is produced by Temple Street Productions, in association with BBC America and Bell Media's Space.[2] It premiered on March 30, 2013, on Space in Canada and on BBC America in the United States.[3][4] On May 7, 2015, a 10-episode fourth season was ordered,[5] which premiered on April 14, 2016.[6] On June 16, 2016, the series was renewed for a fifth and final 10-episode season,[7] set to premiere on June 10, 2017.[8] An aftershow, After the Black, began airing in the third season on Space and was acquired by BBC America for the fourth season.[9][10]


The series begins with Sarah Manning, a con artist by trade, witnessing the suicide of a woman, Beth Childs, who appears to be her doppelgänger. Sarah assumes Beth's identity and occupation (as a police detective) after Beth's death. During the first season, Sarah discovers that she is a clone, that she has many 'sister' clones spread throughout North America and Europe, and that someone is plotting to kill them and her. Alongside her foster brother, Felix Dawkins, and two of her fellow clones, Alison Hendrix and Cosima Niehaus, Sarah discovers the origin of the clones: a scientific movement called Neolution. The movement believes that human beings can use scientific knowledge to direct their evolution as a species. The movement has an institutional base in the large, influential, and wealthy biotech corporation, the Dyad Institute, which is seemingly headed by Dr. Aldous Leekie. The Dyad Institute conducts basic research, lobbies political institutions, and promotes its eugenics program, aided by the clone Rachel Duncan. It also seeks to profit from the technology the clones embody and has thus placed "monitors" into the clones' personal lives, allegedly to study them scientifically, but actually to keep them under surveillance.

Sarah eventually discovers that she's also wanted by the police and by a secret religious group, the Proletheans. A faction of the Proletheans carries out the clone assassinations, because they believe clones are abominations, and they use Sarah's biological twin sister, Helena, to kill the other clones. Sarah and Helena share a surrogate birth mother and are twins both genetically and with respect to their early maternal environment.

Eventually, the Dyad Institute and the Proletheans learn that Sarah has a daughter, Kira, the only known offspring of a clone; all other clones are sterile by design. The plot lines of the series revolve around Sarah and Kira's efforts to avoid capture by the clearly sinister Neolutionists and Proletheans, as well as around the efforts made by each clone to give sense to her life and origin.

The attempt to control the creation of human life is a dominant theme that drives various story lines. A second key theme forms around the intrigues made by the Dyad Group and the Proletheans, along with the earlier intrigues made by the authors of Project Leda (see the Greek myth Leda and the Swan), Mrs. S., Sarah’s foster mother, and her political network.

Both themes intersect in the effort to control the creation of human life. Sarah, who matures because of her struggles, defends the bond between parent and child against the Neolutionists and Proletheans.

Cast and characters[]

Main article: List of Orphan Black characters


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The five main clone characters all played by Tatiana Maslany (from left to right, top to bottom: Sarah, Alison, Helena, Cosima, and Rachel).

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Orphan Black cast members, from left to right: Ari Millen, Kristian Bruun, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, and Tatiana Maslany.

  • Tatiana Maslany plays the protagonist Sarah Manning, and a number of clones (see below), all born in 1984 to various women by in vitro fertilization.
  • Dylan Bruce plays Paul Dierden, an ex-military mercenary, who is Beth's monitor and boyfriend.
  • Jordan Gavaris plays Felix ("Fe") Dawkins, Sarah's foster brother and confidant. He identifies as a modern artist and moonlights as a prostitute. He is the first person Sarah confides in about the existence of clones.
  • Kevin Hanchard plays Detective Arthur "Art" Bell, Beth's police partner.
  • Michael Mando plays Victor "Vic" Schmidt, Sarah's abusive, drug-dealing ex-boyfriend.
  • Maria Doyle Kennedy plays Siobhán Sadler, Sarah and Felix's Irish foster mother. They call her "Mrs. S." She acts as guardian to Sarah's daughter Kira while Sarah is away.
  • Évelyne Brochu plays Dr. Delphine Cormier, Cosima's monitor, girlfriend, and fellow scientist.
  • Ari Millen plays Mark Rollins, a homicidal Prolethean, Ira, Susan Duncan's adopted son and a number of other male clones.
  • Kristian Bruun plays Donnie Hendrix, Alison's husband.
  • Josh Vokey as Scott Smith, a fellow student of Cosima at the University of Minnesota, who later joins her and Delphine at the Dyad Institute.


  • Skyler Wexler plays Kira Manning, Sarah and Cal's biological, naturally-conceived, daughter. The only child of a clone, she has inherited the apparent accelerated healing ability demonstrated by Sarah and Helena, and has shown the ability to tell the clones apart even when they are posing as each other.
  • Inga Cadranel plays Detective Angela "Angie" Deangelis, Art's new partner, trying to uncover the clone conspiracy behind Art's back.
  • Matt Frewer plays Dr. Aldous Leekie, frontman of the Institute and the face of the Neolution movement.
  • Matthew Bennett plays Daniel Rosen, a Dyad associated lawyer, assigned to do Rachel's shady work. He had a sexual relationship with Rachel and also acted as her monitor with her knowledge.
  • Daniel Kash plays Tomas, responsible for the kidnapping, training and subsequent psychological and physical abuse of Helena.
  • Michiel Huisman plays Cal Morrison, one of Sarah's past con-victims and Kira's father.
  • Michelle Forbes plays Marion[11] Bowles, a high-ranking official within Topside–a group controlling Dyad–who outranks both Leekie and Rachel. She contacts Cal and Mrs. S to free Sarah and Kira from Dyad. It is revealed that she is raising the youngest Leda clone, Charlotte, and is battling the military and their male clones of Project Castor, holding one of the male clones in her home. As Charlotte is shown to be in the care of Dr. Susan Duncan (Rachel's adoptive mother and one of the lead scientists of Project Leda), Marion was presumed dead.
  • Natalie Lisinska as Aynsley Norris, Alison's neighbor who is also suspected of being her monitor.
  • Peter Outerbridge plays Henrik "Hank" Johanssen, a Prolethean leader, attempting to revalue their view on science and forcibly proliferate Helena's miraculous genes at the expense of everyone closest to him.
  • Zoé de Grand'Maison as Grace "Gracie" Johanssen, Henrik and Bonnie's teenage daughter, who eventually rebels against the Prolethean way of life. She marries Mark in an official ceremony after running away from the Prolethean farm.
  • Andrew Gillies as Ethan Duncan, the adoptive father of Rachel Duncan and one of the original geneticists of the cloning experiment. He expresses disappointment in how Rachel turned out after he faked his death and left her to be raised by Aldous Leekie.
  • Amanda Brugel as Marci Coates, a woman against whom Alison is running in Bailey Downes's school trustee election.
  • Kyra Harper as Dr. Virginia Coady, a military doctor who is investigating the Castor sickness and illegally sterilizing ordinary women in order to gather data.
  • James Frain as Ferdinand Chevalier, a cleaner for Topside who sides with Sarah against Neolution in season 4, becoming her major Dyad ally. He was, in the comic book series, apparently in a sexual relationship with Rachel Duncan and spearheaded the Helsinki extermination. Later, in season 4, he meets Veera Suominen, a survivor of Helsinki who resents him for his murder of her closest friend, Niki. Veera leads him into a trap in an attempt to kill him but instead takes 3.7 million from his bank account and flees, leaving him strapped to a bomb after Sarah urges her not to kill him, as he is seen to be a powerful ally for the clones. Mrs. S diffuses the bomb, and Sarah sets him free, only for him to take Mrs. S and her daughter Kira hostage at Rachel's behest
  • Ksenia Solo as Shay Davydov, a holistic healer whom Cosima meets through a dating app called Sapphire. Delphine begins spying on the relationship, taking photographs and video footage of the two individuals during their dates.
  • Justin Chatwin as Jason Kellerman, Alison's ex-boyfriend from high school and now hers and Donnie's new boss and supplier in the drug trade.
  • Alison Steadman as Kendall Malone, the original genetic subject that both the Leda and Castor factions were cloned from, due to her being a chimera, an individual with both male and female DNA. She is revealed to be Mrs. S's biological mother and the one who murdered Mrs. S's husband John decades earlier. She is tracked down by the Leda clones through Ethan Duncan's encoded edition of The Island of Doctor Moreau, translated by Rachel. Despite Cosima's attempts at creating a gene therapy for the Leda disease with her blood, Kendall was shot and incinerated by Detective Duko on the orders of Evie Cho.
  • Rosemary Dunsmore as Susan Duncan, Rachel's adoptive mother, and one of the original geneticists of the Leda and Castor cloning experiments, having faked her death the same way her partner Ethan Duncan had, and, like him, is disappointed the way Rachel has turned out, despite her abandonment of her daughter and the resulting isolation and purely clinical upbringing of Rachel by Aldous Leekie.
  • Gord Rand as Detective Marty Duko, a detective at Beth's precinct who represents the police union in the investigation of her shooting of Maggie Chen; he was one of the contributing factors in Beth's suicide and is also associated with Neolution.
  • Jessalyn Wanlim as Evie Cho, a woman who works under Dr. Leekie at the Dyad Institute, specializing in Neolution. She is the CEO of the BrightBorn corporation, a Neolution-driven fertility company with dubious intentions.

Known clones[]

Main article: List of Orphan Black characters § Clones

By the end of the first season, ten clones of various nationalities and walks of life are revealed. Additional clones gradually emerge in the second season, including Jennifer, who died from the same respiratory illness that affected Katja and Cosima.[12] In episode 8 of season 2, Tony, a transgender clone, is introduced.[13] In the season one finale, Cosima discovers each clone has a different DNA tag based on ASCII coded basepairs. In addition to the identification code is the text "THIS ORGANISM AND DERIVATIVE GENETIC MATERIAL IS RESTRICTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY" followed by a series of patent numbers. Sarah is given a photograph whose caption suggests that the cloning project that produced her was called "Project Leda". The season 2 finale introduced Charlotte, an eight-year-old clone with a leg disability, presumably from polio.

It is also revealed that the military carried on with a male cloning initiative named Project Castor, which created Mark the Prolethean, Rudy, or 'Scarface', Miller the soldier, and Seth, the mustached clone.[14] All of the Project Castor clones are aware of their clone nature and were raised together by Dr. Virgina Coady in a military setting.[15] The fourth episode of season 3 introduces the Castor clone Parsons, a victim of inhumane brain experiments. It was also discovered by Sarah that Henrik Johanssen attempted to create a Castor clone from a stolen genetic sample, but failed, resulting in the death of the infant Abel.

In the season 3 premiere, it is revealed that, in 2006, six self-aware Project Leda clones in the Helsinki area were executed. Comics depicting these events would later place it during 2001. It is also revealed that there is a non-self aware clone named Krystal Goderitch, who works as a manicurist. She is later featured in the eighth episode, also in which an unnamed Polish clone is revealed to have recently died from the respiratory illness.

In the third episode of season 3, it is revealed that the original samples for Projects Castor and Leda were brother and sister, making all the clones genetic siblings. But the ninth episode of this season 3 shows even more similarity between the Castor and Leda genomes. A single woman, Kendall Malone, biological mother to Siobhan Sadler, is in fact the original of both clone lines by virtue of being a human chimera.

In August 2015, the conclusion of IDW's comic book tie-in to the show revealed another self-aware clone: Veera Suominen. She was thought to be one of the clones executed in Helsinki but survived.[16] The next comic Orphan Black: Helsinki in November 2015, will expand on her character.[17]

The fourth season introduces two new Leda clones and one new Castor clone. The mysterious Leda clone is known as "M.K." who wears a sheep mask is later confirmed as Veera Suominen,[18] who, it is revealed, is set on exacting revenge on Ferdinand Chevalier, for the murder of her sister clone and only friend, Niki Lintula. The Castor clone, Ira, is very different than his brothers, due to not being raised with the same military background and savage mindset of the other Castor men.[19]


Bell Media announced on June 12, 2012, that they had commissioned a 10 episode season of Orphan Black that would be produced by Temple Street Productions and distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.[20] The show is executive produced by writer Graeme Manson, director John Fawcett, and Temple Street co-presidents Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier. Co-executive producers are Karen Walton and Kerry Appleyard, while the Temple Street producers are Claire Welland and Karen Troubetskoy.[21]

On June 26, 2012, BBC America announced that they had picked up the show in the U.S.[4] Though Canadian actress Ellen Page was originally considered for the lead role,[22] the casting of fellow Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany as the lead was announced on September 17, 2012.[23] The rest of the principal cast was announced in late October 2012 as production began in Toronto for the first season.[24] On February 7, 2013, it was announced that Matt Frewer had been cast as an edgy philosophical professor, Dr. Leekie, and Évelyne Brochu was cast as a graduate student in molecular and cellular biology.[25]

The show was renewed for a second season of 10 episodes on May 2, 2013,[26] and premiered on April 19, 2014.[27] Season 2 features several new recurring characters, including: Cal Morrison, one of Sarah's past lovers, played by Michiel Huisman; Henrik "Hank" Johanssen, a Prolethean religious leader who opposes the clone science, played by Peter Outerbridge; Mark, one of Johannsen's most devout followers, played by Ari Millen; and Marion Bowles, Rachel's boss at the Dyad Institute, played by Michelle Forbes.[28][29] Patrick J. Adams guest stars in season 2, episode 6 and in the season 3 finale, portraying the character Jesse, a regular guy who becomes the love interest of one of the clones – Helena.[30]

In March 2014, BBC Worldwide North America signed a deal with for exclusive streaming rights to the series on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The show's "binge-worthy" quality was cited as a major reason for Amazon's interest.[31] In April 2014, the show's second-season premiere scored a 91% rise in viewership from the 18- to 49-year-old demographic through DVR playback, the largest for any cable drama premiere that season.[32]

In April 2014, writer Stephen Hendricks filed a lawsuit against BBC and Temple Street for $5 million, alleging that they had stolen the idea for Orphan Black from a screenplay he had written in the late 1990s called Double Double. He had submitted this screenplay to Temple Street in 2004, where it went into review and was ultimately rejected. The suit was filed in United States District Court in California.[33][34]

A third 10-episode season was announced on July 9, 2014, which began production in fall 2014.[35] In November 2014, several new cast members for season 3 were announced, including James Frain as Ferdinand, a ruthless "cleaner"; Ksenia Solo as Shay, a holistic healer; Kyra Harper as Dr. Coady, a military doctor; Earl Pastko as Bulldog, Ferdinand’s bodyguard; and Justin Chatwin as Jason Kellerman, a drug dealer.[36] Ari Millen, who portrays Mark Rollins and other Project Castor clones, was promoted to the regular cast for season 3.[37]

A 10-episode fourth season of the show was green-lighted and officially announced on May 7, 2015.[38] Filming for season 4 began in September 2015, and Joel Thomas Hynes was announced as having been cast as Dizzy, a self-reliant hacker.[39] In February 2016, Jessalyn Wanlim was announced as having been cast as Evie Cho, a seductive bio-engineer and advocate of women's health.[40]

A fifth and final season consisting of 10 episodes was announced on June 6, 2016. Filming began in October 2016. Several new castings for the fifth season include: Stephen McHattie as Neolution founder P.T. Westmoorland, Elyse Levesque as Detective Engers, a dirty cop associated with Neolution, Simu Liu as Mr. Mitchell, Kira's teacher, Andrew Moodie as Mr. Frontenac, Rachel's mysterious new consultant, and Jenessa Grant as Mud, an eclectic islander.[41]


In scenes in which Tatiana Maslany has multiple parts, the production films the scene multiple times with dolly-mounted motion control cameras that replicate the movement between each shot. This apparatus, the Technodolly, is referred to as the "Time Vampire" on the Orphan Black set, due to the amount of time multiple clone scenes take from the production schedule. In these scenes, Maslany first acts the scene with her body double Kathryn Alexandre in the alternate clone role, then again with the roles swapped, and a third time with the scene filmed with just the camera motion for a background plate. Suspended tennis balls help Maslany retain the proper eye lines. In post-production Alexandre and the tennis balls are replaced with the images of Maslany from the alternate shots, thereby allowing for more action in scenes where she interacts with herself.[42][43][44] In the season 2 finale, when a dance party scene called for the presence of four different clones, two days of shooting and several additional body doubles were used to create the effect, and post-production work from Geoff Scott and his team at Intelligent Creatures VFX is rumored to have taken hundreds of hours to complete.[45]

Alexandre's performances are central to Maslany's ability to create the characters. Maslany said, of Alexandre, "She's so amazing. She memorizes all of the lines, all of my blocking, all of her blocking, my mannerisms, my impulses; she, somehow, memorizes all of that and gives it back to me with a performance I can play off of." Alexandre had worked as a reader for auditioning actors in the casting stages of Orphan Black's initial production. She auditioned for the role of Maslany’s double and earned the spot because the producers were in search of, in Alexandre's words, "an actor as opposed to just a double".[43]

Maslany created different music playlists to help distinguish between the many clone personalities she portrays.[42] She also used dance to develop the physicality of the characters, including their postures, gestures, and movements, and relied on her background in improv to develop the characters more fully.[46]

The character of Cosima is named after science historian Cosima Herter, a friend of showrunner Graeme Manson's, who serves as the show’s science consultant. Herter works with the writers to ensure the plausibility of cloning and other scientific aspects of the series, as well as the complexity of philosophical and ethical concerns the show raises.[47] She also answers fan questions about the show's science in the writer's room blog known as "The Hive".[48] Makeup artist Stephen Lynch, hair stylist Sandy Sokolowski, and wardrobe department head Debra Hanson are instrumental in creating the visual differences necessary to distinguish each clone, often using these to develop the characters' personalities before any lines of dialogue are written for them.[49] Art drawn by Sarah's daughter, Kira, in the show is created by art department member Sash Kosovic.[45]


Orphan Black is shot on location in Toronto, Ontario. This is apparent from details such as cars with Ontario licence plates, Beth's and Mrs. S's Ontario driving licences, the currency that is used, scripted references to the suburb of Scarborough, Ontario and to Parkdale, Toronto, and a plane ticket in the pilot episode identifying Toronto Pearson International Airport.[50] Toronto's Bridgepoint Health and Don Jail are stand-ins for the exterior of the "Dyad Institute".[51] Scenes set in the Scarborough suburb where Alison lives are actually filmed in Markham, Ontario, another Toronto suburb.[52] However, details are often deliberately obscured; American pronunciations of words like "lieutenant" are used.[53]

Graeme Manson said the setting is deliberately ambiguous. "It’s meant to be Generica. It’s part of the price you pay for this kind of co-production."[54] John Fawcett concurred, arguing that "To be honest, we don't want to say we're American and alienate the Canadians, or say we're Canadian and alienate the Americans. The bottom line is we're one big happy family. We're just a little bit further North than you."[55] Grantland's Tara Ariano argued that this ambiguity is "a daring new way for a producer to work within CanCon strictures: Set your show in Canada (technically), employ a Canadian crew, run it on a Canadian channel...and make room for recurring guest stars like Maria Doyle casting one Canadian to play close to a dozen roles.”[56]

The co-production also influenced another important aspect of the show: Sarah's British accent and background. John Fawcett explained that BBC America asked them to make the lead character British, which she was not originally, to better fit the BBC brand. Fawcett, however, saw this directive as an advantage, as it allowed for an easy differentiation of Sarah from the other clones and a broadening of the geographical scope of the show's plot.[57]

Despite the co-production-induced lack of textual specificity, Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever called the show "quintessentially and undeniably Canadian; even its grittiness and violence have a way of looking clean and orderly."[58]


Main article: List of Orphan Black episodes

List of Orphan Black episodes

Critical reception[]

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Tatiana Maslany has received broad acclaim for her performance portraying several different characters who are clones.

Season 1[]

The series received generally favourable reviews, with the first season scoring a 73 out of 100 on Metacritic.[59] On Rotten Tomatoes, it received a 92% approval rating from critics, with an average score of 8 out of 10 based on 26 reviews. The site' consensus reads: Orphan Black is a wild science fiction ride that incorporates dramatic sensibilities which can turn from suspenseful to light at a moment's notice."[60] Tatiana Maslany has received broad acclaim for her performance as the various clones.[61][62][63][64][65] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter called her performances "fantastic".[66]

Season 2[]

Orphan Black continued to receive very positive reviews from critics, with the second season scoring a 79 out of 100 on Metacritic.[67] On Rotten Tomatoes, it received a 97% approval rating from critics, with a rating average of 8.3 out of 10. The critical consensus reads: "Anchored by Tatiana Maslany's brilliant multi-role performance, Orphan Black is as densely-layered, thought-provoking, and wildly entertaining as ever."[64] Mary McNamara of The Los Angeles Times wrote that "Beneath the twists and turns...lie the even more basic theme of revelation: How would you react if you discovered that what you had come to know as your life was based on misinformation."[68] Alan Sepinwall of HitFix praised the show, calling it "a good, solid show that understands its strengths and keeps playing to them in season 2."[69]

When Maslany again failed to garner an Emmy nomination for her work on the series, critics and fans derided it as a snub.[68][70]

Season 3[]

The third season received generally positive reviews from critics. On Metacritic, the season has a score of 70 out of 100 based on 12 reviews.[71] On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 83% approval rating from all critics and 57% from top critics, with rating averages of 7.8 and 7.0 out of 10, respectively. The critical consensus reads: "Season three of Orphan Black lures viewers into an expanded series mythology while continuing to highlight Tatiana Maslany's multiple standout performances."[65]

Season 4[]

The fourth season received very positive reviews from critics. On Metacritic, the season has a score of 80 out of 100 based on 5 reviews.[72] On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 97% approval rating from critics, with a rating average of 8.1 out of 10. The critical consensus reads: "Orphan Black makes a 180-degree return to its roots with an experimental fourth season that delves deeper into the show's strange, innovative premise."[73]

Awards and accolades[]

Maslany's failure to receive a nomination for Lead Actress in a Drama Series at both the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards and 66th Primetime Emmy Awards was seen as a snub by critics.[74][75][76] Goodman called it an "outrageous oversight".[77] However, Maslany received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2015 and won the category in 2016.[78][79]

Awards and accolades for Orphan Black
Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2013 3rd Critics' Choice Television Awards[80] Best Actress in a Drama Series Tatiana Maslany Won
Television Critics Association Award[81] Individual Achievement in Drama
Outstanding New Program Orphan Black Nominated
Young Hollywood Awards[82] Breakthrough Performance—Female Tatiana Maslany Won
EWwy Award[83] Best Actress in a Drama Series
Best Drama Series Orphan Black
Tubey Award[84] Most Underrated Show
Best New Show
2014 Satellite Award[85] Best Television Series or Miniseries, Genre Nominated
Best Actress in a Drama Series Tatiana Maslany
People's Choice Award[86] Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress
Golden Globe Award[87] Best Performance in a Television Series – Drama Actress
2nd Canadian Screen Awards[88] Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Won
Shaw Media Award for Best Dramatic Series Orphan Black
Best Costume Design "Instinct" Nominated
Best Direction in a Dramatic Series "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" Won
Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series
Best Writing in a Dramatic Series "Natural Selection"
"Unconscious Selection" Nominated
Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series Won
Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series "Conditions of Existence"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series Michael Mando Nominated
Kevin Hanchard
Jordan Gavaris Won
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series Maria Doyle Kennedy
Best Performance in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series Natalie Lisinska
Peabody Awards[89] Peabody Award Orphan Black
GLAAD Media Award[90] Outstanding Drama Series Orphan Black Nominated
Gracie Award[91] Outstanding Female Actor in a Breakthrough Role Tatiana Maslany Won
Writers Guild of Canada Award[92] Drama Series "Variations Under Domestication"
"Unconscious Selection" Nominated
"Parts Developed in an Unusual Manner"
Canadian Cinema Editors Award[93] Best Editing in Long Form Television Series Variation Under Nature Won
"Unconscious Selection" Nominated
4th Critics' Choice Television Awards[94] Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series Tatiana Maslany Won
Television Critics Association Award[95] Individual Achievement in Drama Tatiana Maslany Nominated
Constellation Award[96] Best Male Performance in a 2013 Science Fiction Television Episode Jordan Gavaris Won
Best Female Performance in a 2013 Science Fiction Television Episode Tatiana Maslany
Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television in 2013
Best Science Fiction Television Series of 2013 Orphan Black
Best Overall 2013 Science Fiction Film or Television Script "Variations Under Domestication" Nominated
EWwy Award[97] Best Actress in a Drama Series Tatiana Maslany Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jordan Gavaris
Hugo Award[98] Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form "Variations Under Domestication" Nominated
Directors Guild of Canada[99] Best Direction TV Series John Fawcett Won
Best Drama TV Series Orphan Black
Best Picture Editing Stephen Lawrence
2015 Screen Actors Guild Award[100] Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Tatiana Maslany Nominated
3rd Canadian Screen Awards[101]
Shaw Media Award for Best Dramatic Series Orphan Black Won
Best Direction in a Drama Series TJ Scott – "Mingling Its Own Nature With It"
Best Original Music Score for a Series Trevor Yuile – "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"
Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series Aaron Morton – "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"
Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series D. Gillian Truster – "Governed as It Were By Chance"
Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series Liz Calderhead, John Dondertman – "Things Which Have Never Yet Been Done"
Best Sound in a Dramatic Program or Series Tom Bjelic, Hervig Gayer, John Laing, Dale Lennon, Rudy Michael, Stephan Traub, Marilee Yorston – "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried" Nominated
Best Visual Effects Anthony DeChellis, Eric Doiron, Nathan Larouche, Lon Molnar, Geoff D.E. Scott, Sarah Wormsbecher – "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"
Best Writing in a Dramatic Series Graeme Manson – "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried" Won
Graeme Manson, Karen Walton – "Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion" Nominated
Best Achievement in Casting Sharon Forrest, Susan Forrest – "Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion" Won
Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Tatiana Maslany – "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series Jordan Gavaris – "Mingling Its Own Nature With It"
GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Drama Series Orphan Black Nominated
Hugo Award[102] Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried" Won
EWwy Awards Ewwy Award for Best Supporting Actor — Drama Jordan Gavaris Nominated
67th Primetime Emmy Awards[78] Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Tatiana Maslany
Directors Guild of Canada[103] Best Direction TV Series John Fawcett
Helen Shaver
Best Drama TV Series Orphan Black Won
Best Picture Editing Jay Prychidny Nominated
19th OFTA Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Tatiana Maslany
2016 4th Canadian Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Ari Millen Won
Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Tatiana Maslany
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series Maria Doyle Kennedy Nominated
Best Achievement in Makeup Stephen Lynch, Sandy Sokolowski Won
Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series Aaron Morton – "Certain Agony of the Battlefield"
Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series Matthew Anas – "Newer Elements of Our Defense"
Jay Prychidny, "Certain Agony of the Battlefield" Nominated
Best Sound in a Dramatic Program or Series Christopher Guglick, John Laing, Mark Gingras, Herwig Gayer, Orest Sushko, and Marilee Yorsten – "History Yet to Be Written"
Best Visual Effects Geoff D.E. Scott, Sarah Wormsbecher, Lon Molnar, Eric Doiron, Nathan Larouche, Anthony DeChellis, Joel Chambers, Jason Snea, Kaiser Thomas and Jawahar Bhatti – "History Yet to Be Written"
Best Direction in a Dramatic Series Helen Shaver – "Certain Agony of the Battlefield"
Best Original Music Score for a Series Trevor Yuile – "Certain Agony of the Battlefield" Won
Best Writing in a Dramatic Series Alex Levine – "Scarred by Many Past Frustrations"
Graeme Manson – "The Weight of This Combination" Nominated
68th Primetime Emmy Awards[79] Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Tatiana Maslany Won
7th Critics' Choice Television Awards[104] Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2017 21st Satellite Awards[105] Best Actress in a Series – Drama or Genre
Best Television Series – Genre Orphan Black
People's Choice Awards[106] Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show Orphan Black Nominated
Canadian Screen Awards[107] Best Dramatic Series Orphan Black Pending
Best Direction in a Dramatic Series John Fawcett – Transgressive Border Crossing Pending
Best Original Music Score for a Series Trevor Yule – "The Scandal of Altruism" Pending
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series Kevin Hanchard Pending
Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Tatiana Maslany Pending
Best Performance in a Guest Role Dramatic Series Gord Rand – "The Antisocialism of Sex" Pending
Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series Aaron Morton – "From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths" Pending
Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series Jay Prichidny – "The Scandal of Altruism" Pending
Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series John Dondertman, Liz Calderhead – "Human Raw Material" Pending
Best Sound in a Comedy or Dramatic Program or Series John Laing, Dale Lennon, Tom Bjelic, Marilee Yorston, Chris Guglick, Shaun Gratto, Marco Difelice, Herwig Gayer – "The Scandal of Altruism" Pending
Best Visual Effects Geoff Scott, Sarah Wormsbecher, Eric Doiron, Nathan Larouche, Anthony DeChellis, Lon Molnar – "From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths" Pending
Best Writing in a Dramatic Series Russ Cochrane – "Transgressive Border Crossing" Pending
Aubrey Nealon – "The Stigmata of Progress" Pending
Graeme Manson – "The Collapse of Nature" Pending


In Canada, the series originally airs on Space,[3] and made its broadcast network television debut on CTV on August 16, 2013.[108] In the U.S., it airs on BBC America.[4] It began airing in the UK on September 20, 2013, on BBC Three,[109] with season 2 debuting on April 30, 2014.[110] Netflix picked up the broadcast rights in the UK and Ireland for season 4 onwards.[111] It premiered in Australia on January 14, 2014, on SBS2.[112]

Comic books[]

Main article: Orphan Black (comic book)

In July 2014, it was announced that a comic book series published by IDW Publishing would begin in early 2015.[113] The first issue was released in February 2015, and the comic book series is co-written by series creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.[114]


Main articles: Orphan Black (Original Television Soundtrack) and Orphan Black (Original Television Score)

In May 2015, two soundtracks were released by Varèse Sarabande Records featuring music from seasons 1 and 2. The score includes music composed by Trevor Yuile and the soundtrack includes the music featured in Orphan Black by other artists.[115]


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