Erin Karpluk

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Erin Karpluk
Erin Karpluk at Canadian Screen Awards Nominee Reception.jpg
Born (1978-10-17) 17 October 1978 (age 35)
Jasper, Alberta, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present[1]

Erin Karpluk (born 17 October 1978)[2] is a Canadian actress. She is best known for portraying Erica Strange on Being Erica and Kate in Godiva's.

Life and career[edit]

Erin Karpluk was born in Jasper, Alberta to a high school principal mother[3][4] and a railway engineer father. Her family is of Ukrainian descent.[1][2][4] She majored in theatre at the University of Victoria and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2000.[5][6]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[1] She had a leading role in a 2008 television movie, Smokejumpers, directed by John Terlesky.

Karpluk starred in the CBC Television series Being Erica.[9] She was offered the lead role of Erica Strange when she was working in Los Angeles on The L Word.[5] 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.[10]

She also had a recurring role as Alice the radio station manager during the first season of The CW's Life Unexpected.[11] 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.

Personal life[edit]

She enjoys pierogies, cabbage rolls, and fishing near Jasper with her brother.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Year Production Role Notes
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)
Carrie Madeline TV film
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[1]
10.5 Rachel, Williams' Aide TV film
Ripper 2: Letter from Within Molly Keller Feature film[1][12]
Eve's Christmas Mandy TV film[1]
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[1]
Echoes of an Epic Jody Feature film[1]
Men in Trees Amanda Guest appearance (1 episode)
2006 Love and Other Dilemmas Lucy Ladro Feature film released in 2008[13]
2007 Termination Point Allison Curran TV film
Judicial Indiscretion Jennifer TV film
Luna: Spirit of the Whale Jill Mackay TV film[1]
Bionic Woman Robin Guest appearance (2 episodes)
Flash Gordon Dr. Debra Peterson Guest appearance (1 episode)
Snowglobe Claire TV film
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)
2009 Wyvern Claire TV film
Revolution Connie TV film
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
2013 Jack Alison TV film
Assault on Wall Street Rosie Baxford
Suddenly Ellen
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"

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Work nominated Result
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[14] 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Erin Karpluk (profile)". Northern Stars. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  2. ^ a b 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." 
  3. ^ Taylor, Kate (31 December 2008). "CBC banks on Erica: bright, beautiful and falling apart". The Globe and Mail.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b c Phelan, Erin (March–April 2012). "Actress Erin Karpluk on diet, fitness and healthy living". Best Health. p. 111. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  5. ^ a b McNeney, Mike (Spring 2009). "Wouldn't Change a Thing". Torch. University of Victoria. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Erin Karpluk [Alumni Profile]". University of Victoria. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  7. ^ DVD Cinematica
  8. ^ "Erica Strange (profile)". CBC. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  9. ^ TV Feeds my Family (blog) 9 April 2008
  10. ^ "Flashpoint triumphs at Gemini gala". CBC News. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  11. ^ Lynn, Megan (21 January 2010). "Unexpected Gig For Erin Karpluk". SOAPnet. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "Death Door – La Porta Dell'Inferno" (in Italian). Unilibro. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  13. ^ Love and Other Dilemmas Official site
  14. ^ "2010 Winners by Name". Leo Awards. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 

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