Mariel Belanger wanted to spend the bulk of her life chasing her dreams. Life had different plans for her however and running away to theatre school right after high school never happened and raising a family became her priority. However, the acting bug stayed within.

Mariel's return to acting occurred late into her twenties by means of a national commercial and a supporting role in a short independent film. Her first transitional role was PBS's "American Experience - Tecumseh's Vision" as Tecumseh's Mother and a break out role in Twilight Saga "Eclipse" as Third wife solidified her goals.

Mariel Belanger is a member of the Okanagan Nation, graduated from Media and Communications General Arts and Sciences in Ottawa, graduated from the NAPAT program at Enowkin and trained in acting in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. Mariel currently trains at the Actors Foundry.

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