Tanaya Beatty is an Indigenous actor from the small town of Midway, British Columbia. At five years old, she had one line in a local theatre production and from that experience she knew what her calling would be.
Tanaya can soon be seen in the David Cronenberg feature Crimes of the Future opposite Viggo Morgenstern and Kristen Stewart. Immediately prior, she shot two independent features: Murder at Emigrant Gulch, opposite Gabriel Byrne, Thomas Jane, and Nat Wolff, as well as the feature God's Country, alongside Thandie Newton. Tanaya also stars in the feature film Through Black Spruce, playing the lead role of "Annie”, a self-reliant small-town girl in search of her missing sister. The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival. It was directed by Don McKellar and based on the Giller Prize winning novel of the same name.
Other feature credits include roles in Scott Cooper’s film Hostiles opposite Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike which premiered at both Telluride and TIFF. She also starred in Francois Girard's arthouse film Hochelaga: Land of Souls, which premiered at TIFF in 2017.
On the TV side, Tanaya can currently be seen in Paramount Network's hit series, Yellowstone, created by Taylor Sheridan. She was a series regular on NBC'S Night Shift where she played the feisty emergency room doctor, "Shannon Rivera”. Tanaya was also cast as the lead female role of ‘Sacagawea’ in HBOs Lewis and Clark miniseries opposite Casey Affleck.