Laura Vandervoort

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Laura Vandervoort
Laura Vandervoort by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Laura Vandervoort at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010.
Born Laura Diane Vandervoort
(1984-09-22) September 22, 1984 (age 29)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Partner(s) Oliver Trevena
(2013–present; engaged)
Website
www.lauravandervoort.com

Laura Dianne Vandervoort[1] (born September 22, 1984)[1] is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles as Sadie Harrison in the Canadian television series Instant Star, Arla 'The Bolt-Gun Killer' Cogan in the sci-fi crime series Haven, Kara Zor-El in the American television series Smallville, and Lisa in the ABC science fiction series V. In 2014 she starred in Bitten, a TV adaption of Kelley Armstrong's book series Women of the Otherworld as Elena Michaels.

Life and career[edit]

During the first days of her life Vandervoort contracted meningitis, resulting in a severe sickness that lasted a few months. Her parents were told she was not going to survive.[2][3] Growing up, Vandervoort was involved in several sports such as football, karate, basketball, tennis, gymnastics, and baseball.[1] She is related to well known Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent.[4]

After taking several classes and doing background work on Canadian shows such as Road to Avonlea and Harriet the Spy, Vandervoort got her first speaking role in the Canadian children's series Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark?.

After commercials and guest-starring roles in Mutant X, Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story, Goosebumps, Twice in a Lifetime, Doc, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, Troubled Waters, The Dresden Files, and a few Disney TV movies (Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire, and Alley Cats Strike), at age 19 Vandervoort landed a lead role as Sadie Harrison on the CTV television series Instant Star, which ran for four seasons.

In 2006, Vandervoort shot her first feature titled The Lookout with Jeff Daniels, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Matthew Goode, and Isla Fisher. Several other TV appearances such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation led Vandervoort to the role of Clark Kent's Kryptonian cousin "Kara Kent" (the woman destined to become Supergirl) on the CW series Smallville. She was a regular in season seven, and appeared in the "Bloodline" episode for season eight.[5] She then returned for another two episodes in the 10th and final season of Smallville.[6]

Following the CW and Smallville, Vandervoort then shot the sequel to the feature film Into the Blue titled Into the Blue 2: The Reef. She next filmed an independent production titled The Jazzman, which also starred Canadian stars Michael Ironside (who appeared in the second V mini-series as well as the 1984 V regular series) and Corey Sevier.

Vandervoort portrayed "Lisa," an extraterrestrial Visitor, in the 2009 ABC series V, a reboot of the 1980s science fiction franchise of the same name.

In 2010, Vandervoort appeared in the two-part miniseries Riverworld in which she plays Jessie Machalan, the fiancée of war correspondent Matt Ellman who wakes up after death on a planet populated by everyone who has ever lived on Earth.[7] It as also been announced on her official website that Vandervoort has been attached in a feature film called Entitled, which also stars Ray Liotta and Kevin Zegers.

In October 2011, she posed for PETA as part of the "Exotic Skins" campaign [8] and in 2014, she appeared nude again for an ad that protested the keeping of marine mammals in captivity.[9] In 2012, she had a small role in Seth MacFarlane's hit comedy film Ted.

In 2014 she appeared in the Syfy channel's TV adaptation of the Kelley Armstrong novel Bitten, which premiered on January 13, 2014.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2014, Vandervoort became engaged to British actor and host Oliver Trevena.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Penny's Odyssey Tanya TV film
2000 Alley Cats Strike Lauren TV film (Disney Channel Original Movie)
2000 Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire Chelsea Hansen TV film (Disney Channel Original Movie)
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy): Leading Young Actress
2004 Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story Young Girl TV film; uncredited
2005 Falcon Beach Ashley TV film
2006 Troubled Waters Carolyn
2007 The Lookout Kelly
2009 Out of Control Marcie Cutler TV film
2009 Into the Blue 2: The Reef Dani White Direct-to-video
2009 The Jazzman Sara
2009 Damage Frankie Direct-to-video
2010 Riverworld Jessie Machalan TV film
2011 The Entitled Hailey Jones
2011 Desperately Seeking Santa Jennifer Walker TV film
2012 This Means War Britta
2012 Broken Trust Sophie TV film
2012 Ted Tanya
2012 Finding Mrs. Claus Noelle TV film
2013 Cubicle Warriors Jessica
2013 Life of the Party Bea
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1997–98 Goosebumps Nadine Platt / Sheena Deep "The Haunted House Game" (season 3: episode 10)
"Deep Trouble: Part 1" (season 4: episode 7)
"Deep Trouble: Part 2" (season 4: episode 8)
2000 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Ashley Fox "The Tale of the Laser Maze" (season 2: episode 11)
2000 Twice in a Lifetime Misty Reynolds "Even Steven" (season 2: episode 15)
2001 Mutant X Tina "Russian Roulette" (season 1: episode 3)
2002 The Gavin Crawford Show The Girl 1 episode
2004–08 Instant Star Sadie Harrison Main role; 49 episodes
2004 Doc Annis Bennington "The Family Tree" (season 5: episode 6)
2005 72 Hours: True Crime Leanne "Head in a Bucket" (season 2: episode 10)
2005 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Gabbie "Bad Girls" (season 3: episode 18)
2007 The Dresden Files Natalie "Bad Blood" (season 1: episode 5)
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Miss Tangiers "Big Shots" (season 7: episode 19)
2007–11 Smallville Kara Zor-El 23 episodes
Main role (season 7)
Guest star (season 8 and season 10)
2009–11 V Lisa Main role; 22 episodes
2010–11 Family Guy Jenny / Bridget "Brian Writes a Bestseller" (season 9: episode 6)
"Friends of Peter G." (season 9: episode 10)
"Trading Places" (season 9: episode 13)
2012 White Collar Sophie Covington "Parting Shots" (season 4: episode 4)
2013 Haven Arla Cogan "Reunion" (season 3: episode 12)
"Thanks for the Memories" (season 3: episode 13)
2013 CSI: NY Marcy Sullivan "Nine Thirteen" (season 9: episode 13)
2014 Bitten Elena Michaels

She is currently filming the movie "Coffee Shop" in Helena Alabama.

Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Spider-Man: Edge of Time Mary Jane Watson Voice only

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Laura Vandervoort". Laura Vandervoort. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Esquire Presents Me in My Place with Laura Vandervoort". Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  3. ^ "Me In My Place with Supergirl Laura Vandervoort". Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  4. ^ The Hour. Toronto: CBC. Oct 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Supergirl Laura Vandervoort Returns to Smallville". TVGuide.com. 
  7. ^ Riverworld (TV 2010) at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ Lauren Lloyd (2011-10-20). ""Laura Vandervoort Gets Naked Then Painted in PETA's 'Exotic Skins' Ad"". The LAist. 
  9. ^ Chris Jancelewicz, "Laura Vandervoort Naked For PETA: Actress Goes Nude For Anti-SeaWorld Campaign," Huffpost TV Canada, 29 April, 2014.
  10. ^ "Laura Vandervoort Gets BITTEN: Canadian-Born Actress to Star in New Space Original Series". Christy Sullivan. Bell Media. March 9, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ http://tvline.com/2013/11/22/syfy-2014-premiere-dates-being-human-lost-girl/
  12. ^ Blumm, K.C. (February 28, 2014). "Laura Vandervoort Is Engaged to Oliver Trevena". People.com. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 

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