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As the series finale of @onceabcofficial comes closer, I want to thank all of you for your constant support. I had a wonderful time being a part of this loving family! These memories will stay with me forever.

—Yael Yurman src

Yael Yurman is the Canadian actress who portrays Anastasia on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Yael Yurman hails from Vancouver, Canada. She has two brothers.[1] The young actress debuted on the small screen in 2015 when she played the role of Clara Sampson on three episodes of the dysptopian alternate history television series The Man in the High Castle.[1][2] Two years later, she auditioned for the role of Anastasia for the seventh season of Once Upon a Time. Yael was already a fan of the show before she was cast,[3] but on the day of the audition, her voice "decided to disappear completely" and she considered not going, but decided to audition anyway.[4] Much to her surprise – and delight, she learned that she had gotten the part a few days later.[5]

After her appearance on Once Upon a Time, Yael played Aviva in the 2018 drama web television series Sacred Lies.[6] She also plays a freshman in the 2018 Netflix film To All the Boys I've Loved Before, which also features her on-screen sister Anna Cathcart.[7]



External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Yael Yurman. Famous Birthdays. Retrieved on September 8, 2018.
  2. Clara Sampson. TVmaze. Retrieved on September 8, 2018.
  3. TwitterLogo.svg @yael_yurman (Yael Yurman) on Twitter. "I was a big fan of the show way before I got cast for it. It was a show that I could watch with my family and relax and obsess about what will happen the next week."
  4. TwitterLogo.svg @yael_yurman (Yael Yurman) on Twitter. "When I found out I was going to audition for it, I was super excited! Then, the day of the audition came and my voice decided to disappear completely. I was considering not going but, thankfully, I decided to go anyways."
  5. TwitterLogo.svg @yael_yurman (Yael Yurman) on Twitter. "A few days later I found out I got the part and I was surprised but mostly REALLY EXCITED! I was going to be on a show that I loved! It was surreal, to say the least. I'm so grateful that I got to be a part of this amazing show and meet all the awesome and talented cast and crew!"
  6. Vasseur, Richard (August 27, 2018). RICH REVIEWS: Sacred Lies. First Comics News. “Yael Yurman … Aviva”
  7. TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE. Metacritic. Retrieved on September 8, 2018. “Yael Yurman – Tiny Freshman”
  8. TwitterLogo.svg @yael_yurman (Yael Yurman) on Twitter. "To all the #oncers: watch Violet and Anastasia (as Nikki and Aviva) next week in juvy... (sic)"