Lexa Doig

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Lexa Doig
Lexa Doig at Fan Expo 2011 in Toronto.jpg
Lexa Doig at Fan Expo 2011 in Toronto
Born Alexandra Lecciones Doig
(1973-06-08) June 8, 1973 (age 41)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Michael Shanks (2003–present)
Children Mia (b. 2004)
Samuel (b.2006)

Lexa Doig (born Alexandra Lecciones Doig on June 8, 1973) is a Canadian TV and movie actress. She portrayed the title role in the 2000 - 2005 Canadian-American science fiction-adventure television series Andromeda. She also portrayed the female lead role of Rowan in the science fiction-horror movie Jason X (2002), the 10th installment of the Friday the 13th film series.

Early life[edit]

Lexa Doig was born Alexandra Lecciones Doig in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on June 8, 1973. Nicknamed "Spark," she is the younger child of Gloria B. Lecciones and David W. Doig. Her mother is a registered nurse who originally came from Dumaguete City, Philippines, and her father is a Canadian engineer of Scottish and Irish ancestry who was a petroleum executive officer in Toronto.[1]

As a child, Doig studied rhythmic gymnastics and, as a teenager, she studied American Sign Language. At the age of six, she wrote and directed her first school play, Strawberry Shortcake, giving the lead role to her best friend. She developed a strong interest in acting and became inspired to become an actor at age 9 after she watched a theatre production of Porgy and Bess, an opera by George Gershwin.


Early modeling[edit]

While completing compulsory secondary education at Don Mills Collegiate Institute, she also enrolled in a vocational modelling programme where at age 16, she was immediately offered representation by a talent agent, which she accepted. She was immediately booked in various modelling projects. She chose to drop out from her final year in high school to pursue an acting career as occupation.

The initial media exposure led to her co-hosting the Canadian game show Video & Arcade Top 10 with friend Gordon Michael Woolvett on YTV, from 1991 to 2006.[2] While auditioning for television and film roles, she worked on theatre productions of Romeo and Juliet and Arsenic and Old Lace.[3]


Her first television acting role was as "Second Girl" on The Hidden Room in 1993.[4] Her first recurring role was in the TV series TekWar in 1994 where she portrayed the role of Cowgirl. Her first movie role was in the film Jungleground in 1995.[4]

Doig got her first big break with a starring role in the movie No Alibi in 2000, opposite Dean Cain and Eric Roberts.[5] She also landed the title role in Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's sci-fi TV series Andromeda where she portrayed the Andromeda Ascendant ship's computer in three dimensions — as the ship's powerful AI (artificial intelligence) on the system's screen, as the AI's hologram, and as Rommie, the android avatar of the AI.[6]

In 2002, she played the female lead role of “Dr. Rowan LaFontaine” in the horror film Jason X, the 10th installment of Friday the 13th film series.[7] In a recurring role as Dr. Carolyn Lam, Doig also appeared in 11 episodes of the ninth and tenth seasons of Stargate SG-1 between 2005-2007.[4]

In 2010, Doig appeared in 6 episodes in the remake of V as the alien physician Dr. Leah Pearlman. In 2012, she began playing the role of Liber8 terrorist Sonya Valentine in the Canadian science fiction TV series Continuum.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Lexa Doig dated actor Michael Shanks after they met on the set of Andromeda, where the former starred and the latter guest-starred in the 2001 episode "Star Crossed." They married on August 2, 2003, and they worked together again in the 2003 episode "Day of Judgment, Day of Wrath" of the same TV series. Doig and Shanks were castmates in the final two seasons of Stargate SG-1. The couple have two children: a daughter, Mia Tabitha Shanks (born September 13, 2004), and a son, Samuel David Shanks (born March 19, 2006). Their family currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia with Michael's elder daughter, Tatiana (born in 1998 from his relationship with Vaitiare Bandera, a castmate on the first three seasons of Stargate SG-1).[citation needed]

Doig and Shanks are actively involved as charity fundraising partners for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. They also worked together in the action thriller Tactical Force (2011), in which Doig portrayed a female LAPD SWAT officer and Shanks played the role of a Russian mob leader.[citation needed]

Doig divides her time between Vancouver, where she works, and Toronto, where she grew up. She enjoys reading, rollerblading, and playing role-playing video games and Dungeons & Dragons,[8] in her spare time.


Year Film Role Other notes
1993 The Hidden Room Second Girl Episode: Marion & Jean
1994 TekWar Cowgirl TV Movie
TekWar: TekLords Cowgirl TV Movie
1995 Jungleground Spider
1994-1996 TekWar (TV series) Cowgirl Recurring role (5 episodes)
1996 Taking the Falls Netta Episode: From Russia with Love
F/X: The Series Reporter Episode: French Kiss
Flash Gordon Dale Arden Voice
Ready or Not Receptionist Episode: Glamour Girl
1997 While My Pretty One Sleeps Tse Tse TV Movie
1999 Teen Sorcery Mercedes Video
CI5: The New Professionals Tina Backus Main role (13 episodes)
1999-2000 Traders M.J. Sullivan Recurring role (5 episodes)
2000 Code Name Phoenix Conchita Flores TV Movie
No Alibi Camille
Earth: Final Conflict Joan Price Episode: Abduction
2001 Jason X Rowan LaFontaine Main Protagonist
The Tracker Kim Chang TV Movie
2002 The Chris Isaak Show Detective Lucy Ramirez Episode: Home of the Brave
2004 Human Cargo Rachel Sanders TV Mini-Series
2005 The 4400 Wendy Paulson Recurring role (4 episodes)
Killer Instinct Hospital Doctor Episode: Forget Me Not
2000-2005 Andromeda Andromeda Ascendant/Rommie Main role (109 episodes)
2005-2007 Stargate SG-1 Dr. Carolyn Lam Recurring role (11 episodes)
2007 Second Sight Jenny Morris TV Movie
2007-2008 Eureka Dr. Anne Young Episodes: Maneater and Best in Faux
2008 The Green Film The Star Short
Ba'al: The Storm God Pena TV Movie
2009 Fireball Ava TV Movie
Supernatural Risa Episode: The End
2010 V Dr. Leah Pearlman Recurring role (6 episodes)
2010-2011 Smallville Dr. Christina Lamell Episodes: Harvest & Scion (Scenes deleted)
2011 Health Nutz Ivonka Episode: Good News, Bad News
Tactical Force Jannard
2013 Primeval: New World Dr. Mara Fridkin Episodes: The Sound of Thunder - Pt. 1 and The Sound of Thunder - Pt. 2
2012-2014 Continuum Sonya Valentine Main character (21 episodes)
2012-2014 Arctic Air Petra Hossa Recurring role (9 episodes)


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  2. ^ T.J. Colello. "How awesome was Video & Arcade Top 10?". Cape Breton Post. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Authorised Guide to The New Professionals". Dave Matthews. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Lexa Doig". IMDB. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lexa Doig". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Michelle Erica Green. "Lexa Doig: The Galaxy's Sexiest Starship". SFX. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Brian Pate (7 January 2013). "Emerald City Comicon 2013 Adds Lexa Doig". Convention Scene. 
  8. ^ Staff (2010). "Lexa Doig". DragonCon. DCI, Inc. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 

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