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REVOLUTION -- "Pilot Episode" 101 -- Pictured: Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie.

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Going off the grid has put Tracy Spiridakos's name in lights.

The Winnipeg native is suddenly TV's hottest face on the new series Revolution, already tapped as one of the hits of the fall season. Set in the near future in a world where all electricity and technology has been blacked out, the dystopian drama earned solid reviews and remarkable ratings (nearly 13 million North American viewers) for its premiere earlier this week.

Reviewers have repeatedly cited the performance of Spiridakos, 24, in her career-making role of Charlie, a feisty survivalist trying to keep her family together in the face of roaming militias and the general collapse of civilized society. Like The Hunger Games, Revolution is filmed in the wilds of North Carolina and its pilot episode has proven Spiridakos equally capable with a crossbow and sharp dialogue.

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How rapid has her ascension been? Less than three years ago, when Spiridakos was starring in the Canadian-made kids series Majority Rules, her Greek-born parents, George and Anastasia, would air the show for customers at Olympia Diner, the restaurant they own in Winnipeg. The viewing parties are surely much bigger these days.

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