17 October 1978 |
Jasper, Alberta, Canada
Life and career
Erin Karpluk was born in Jasper, Alberta to a high school principal mother and a railway engineer father. Her family is of Ukrainian descent. She majored in theatre at the University of Victoria and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2000.
She began her acting career in Vancouver and between 2000 and 2005, she appeared in more than a dozen television movies and series before landing the role of Kate in Godiva's. Her work during this period included "Voice of Sylan" in the final episode of Dark Angel and the TV movie Family Sins. She was also in a short-lived US television series called Glory Days in 2002. In 2004, she appeared in Legend of Earthsea and played a serial killer in Ripper 2: Letter from Within.
Karpluk earned a Leo nomination for her first season of Godiva's and a 2006 Gemini nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. Since Godiva's, Karpluk has continued to work in television and short films. In 2007 she appeared in Bionic Woman, Flash Gordon, and The L Word. She had a leading role in a 2008 television movie, Smokejumpers, directed by John Terlesky.
Karpluk starred in the CBC Television series Being Erica. She was offered the lead role of Erica Strange when she was working in Los Angeles on The L Word. In 2009, she won the Gemini award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for her role in Being Erica.
She also had a recurring role as Alice the radio station manager during the first season of The CW's Life Unexpected. Her only appearance in the second season was in the series finale because of a scheduling conflict resulting from Being Erica being picked up for a third year.
|2000||So...?||Bagel Girl||Regular cast|
|2002||Glory Days||Cal Henries||Regular cast (6 episodes)|
|Jeremiah||Sadie||Guest appearance (1 episode)|
|Dark Angel||Gem||Guest appearance (1 episode)|
|Taken (Miniseries)||Sarah||Guest appearance (1 episode)|
|2003||The Dead Zone||Maddy Powers||Guest appearance (1 episode)|
|Maximum Surge||Zoey||TV film|
|Game Over||Zoey||TV Film|
|Battlestar Galactica (Miniseries)||Woman #1||Guest appearance (2 episodes)|
|2004||I Want to Marry Ryan Banks||Nikki||TV film|
|It Must Be Love||Tess Gazelle||TV film|
|Family Sins||Carol Geck||TV film|
|10.5||Rachel, Williams' Aide||TV film|
|Ripper 2: Letter from Within||Molly Keller||Feature film|
|Eve's Christmas||Mandy||TV film|
|Legend of Earthsea||Diana||TV film in 2 parts|
|2005||Killer Instinct||Robin||Guest appearance (1 episode)|
|2005–2006||Godiva's||Kate||Regular cast (19 episodes)|
|2006||Supernatural||Monica||Guest appearance (episode 1x21 "Salvation")|
|Almost Heaven||Catherine||Feature film|
|Echoes of an Epic||Jody||Feature film|
|Men in Trees||Amanda||Guest appearance (1 episode)|
|2006||Love and Other Dilemmas||Lucy Ladro||Feature film released in 2008|
|2007||Termination Point||Allison Curran||TV film|
|Judicial Indiscretion||Jennifer||TV film|
|Luna: Spirit of the Whale||Jill Mackay||TV film|
|Bionic Woman||Robin||Guest appearance (2 episodes)|
|Flash Gordon||Dr. Debra Peterson||Guest appearance (1 episode)|
|2008||The L Word||Alysse||Guest appearance (3 episodes)|
|Trial By Fire||Chelsea||TV film|
|Walk the Dog||Woman|
|The Guard||Robyn||Guest appearance (2 episodes)|
|Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle||Reba Maxwell||TV film|
|2009–2011||Being Erica||Erica Strange||Regular cast / Title character (54 episodes)|
|2010–2011||Life Unexpected||Alice||7 episodes|
|2011||Christmas Lodge||Mary||TV film|
|Captain Starship||Candace||TV unaired pilot|
|Flashpoint||Ava Logan||1 episode|
|Assault on Wall Street||Rosie Baxford|
|Saving Hope||Sonja Sullivan||Guest appearance (4 episodes)|
|The Listener||Dr. Laura Gray||Guest appearance (1 episode)|
|Supernatural||Robin||Episode 9x7 "Bad Boys"|
|2014||Reasonable Doubt||Rachel Brockden|
|2014||Killer Women||Sue Ellen Tucker||1 episode|
|2014||Rookie Blue||Women in Grocery Store||Episode 5x9 "Moving Day"|
|2011||Gemini Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role||Being Erica||Nominated|
|2010||Leo Award||Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series||Being Erica||Won|
|2009||Gemini Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role||Being Erica||Won|
|2008||Leo Award||Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series||Flash Gordon||Nominated|
|2008||Leo Award||Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama||Luna: Spirit of the Whale||Nominated|
|2007||Leo Award||Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama||Love and Other Dilemmas||Nominated|
|2006||Leo Award||Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series||Godiva's||Nominated|
|2006||Gemini Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role||Godiva's||Nominated|
|2005||Leo Award||Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a Female||Godiva's||Nominated|
- "Erin Karpluk (profile)". Northern Stars. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
- Rita Zekas (23 January 2010). "Being Erica, Erin Karpluk goes back in time". Toronto Star. p. E11. Retrieved 9 November 2010. "Karpluk, 30, was born in Jasper, Alta."
- Taylor, Kate (31 December 2008). "CBC banks on Erica: bright, beautiful and falling apart". The Globe and Mail. (subscription required)
- Phelan, Erin (March–April 2012). "Actress Erin Karpluk on diet, fitness and healthy living". Best Health. p. 111. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
- McNeney, Mike (Spring 2009). "Wouldn't Change a Thing". Torch. University of Victoria. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
- "Erin Karpluk [Alumni Profile]". University of Victoria. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
- DVD Cinematica
- "Erica Strange (profile)". CBC. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
- TV Feeds my Family (blog) 9 April 2008
- "Flashpoint triumphs at Gemini gala". CBC News. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-15.
- Lynn, Megan (21 January 2010). "Unexpected Gig For Erin Karpluk". SOAPnet. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
- "Death Door – La Porta Dell'Inferno" (in Italian). Unilibro. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
- Love and Other Dilemmas Official site
- "2010 Winners by Name". Leo Awards. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
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