Local girl, 13-year-old Madison Ferguson, has made her big screen debut in Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, The Shape of Water. Her acting career has continued to go from strength to strength since starting to work professionally in 2013.

In the film, Ferguson plays the daughter of Michael Shannon, who plays lead adversary, Richard Strickland. She filmed her scenes in Toronto in August 2016. Octavia Spencer also appears in the movie that premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival. The flick is also nominated for seven accolades at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, the prelude to the Oscars, and will likely plant the seed in Hollywood for Ferguson. The former Ernest Cumberland Elementary School student has also worked with Canadian actress, and Academy Award winner, Anna Paquin on the TV series, Bellevue, in 2017.

Ferguson has already had her taste of recognition on the awards circuit with a 2016 Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series for her role as Lori Stanley in The Stanley Dynamic. Upcoming projects include a teen sitcom called Star Falls, recently given the go-ahead by Nickelodeon for 20 episodes, and also set to air on YTV.

Pictured: Madison Ferguson on the Toronto set of the film, The Shape of Water, in 2016 taken from her Facebook page.

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