Christina Jastrzembska is of Polish descent and resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was born in 1948 in (former West) Germany to Boryslaw and Natalie Jastrzembski. In 1952 the family relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey to start a new life after World War II. Christina's parents owned a corner store and she attended James J. Ferris High School in Jersey City from 1962 to 1966. She graduated from St. Peters College in 1970 with a degree in psychology. In 1972 she moved to Canada, where she began an acting career which has lasted over 30 years. She has performed across Canada on stage, television, commercials, cartoons, and feature films. Her television credits include Van Helsing The Guard, Flash Gordon, and Stargate: Atlantis. She is known for films like Ill Fated (2004), and The Beast of Bottomless Lake (2010). She appeared in The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), playing 'Gran'/'Old Bella' in the beginning of the movie.