Erica Durance

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Erica Durance
Erica Durance 2010 (2).jpg
Durance in 2010
Born (1978-06-21) June 21, 1978 (age 43)
Other namesErica Parker[1]
Years active2001–present
Wesley Parker
(m. 1996; div. 1999)

(m. 2005)

Erica Durance (/dəˈræns/; born June 21, 1978[2]) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her role as Lois Lane in the superhero television series Smallville and as Dr. Alex Reid in the medical drama Saving Hope.

Early life[edit]

Durance was born in Calgary to parents Gail and Joel Durance, and grew up on a turkey farm with her older brother and sister in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada.[3] She was trained as a classical singer from childhood. After graduating from high school, Durance moved to Vancouver in 1999, to pursue her interest in acting professionally.[4] She continued to study acting at the Yaletown Actors Studio for many years with her coach and husband, David Palffy.


Durance began her career with background work, graduating to commercials and guest-starring roles.[3] Durance made her feature film debut in the movie The Untold (2002). She guest-starred on the comedy series The Chris Isaak Show and the supernatural series The Collector. In Tru Calling, her character was a contender in a beauty pageant opposite Eliza Dushku. On the SyFy Channel, she played an intergalactic librarian in Andromeda and a love interest for Teal'c on Stargate SG-1.

While acting part-time, Durance worked as an agent for background actors and booked photo doubles for the television series Smallville. Durance was considering quit acting when she was cast as Lois Lane on Smallville in 2004.[5] She played a sassy, street-smart teenage Lois in season four. Executive producer Kelly Souders recalled hiring Durance, stating: "There were a lot of wonderful actresses who came in for the role, but I remember sitting and watching her tape and everybody was like, 'That’s her. There's no question.'"[6] Fellow producer Brian Peterson added that from the moment Durance was hired they knew she would be Lois for the series.[7] Durance was promoted to series regular in season five and became part of the regular cast for the remainder of the series run. On playing Lois Lane Durance said: "Everyone has their specific idea of who Lois Lane is for them, and you have your overall blueprint, but then you have to try to make it your own. That's the only way to try to stay truthful to what you're doing.[8] It's an experience I will cherish always and never forget. Lois is a beloved character. I took that seriously and put my heart and soul into her for seven years. I enjoyed every minute and am forever changed by it."[4]

Durance appeared in the films The Butterfly Effect 2 (2006) and Island Heat: Stranded (2006). She was nominated for a Gemini Awards for the Lifetime movie I Me Wed (2007). She starred as Maid Marian in Beyond Sherwood Forest (2009) and appeared in the film Sophie and Sheba (2010) as an Aerial silk performer in the circus.[9][10] In 2011, she guests starred in the television series Charlie's Angels as CIA operative Samantha Masters.[11] She played twin sisters Angela and Christine in the Italian TV mini-series 6 passi nel giallo and appeared in the NBC series Harry's Law in 2012.[12][13]

In June 2012, Durance began starring in the lead role in the CTV medical drama television series Saving Hope, as Chief Surgical Dr. Alex Reid.[14][15] She was also a producer on the series and directed the season four episode "Torn and Frayed".[16] In season 3, Durance's real-life pregnancy was worked into her character Alex Reid and the series. Saving Hope ended its run in 2017.

Durance starred in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel movie Wedding Planner Mystery (2014). The movie is based on Deborah Donnelly's novel Veiled Threats and was supposed to be the first film in the channel's Mystery Wheel series adaptation.[17] In 2015, she appeared in the thriller film Painkillers with Tahmoh Penikett.[18]

Durance appeared in The CW television series Supergirl in a recurring role as Kara's Kryptonian mother, Alura Zor-El, and as Agent Noel Neill in the episode "Midvale".[19] Durance and her Smallville co-star Tom Welling reprised their roles as Lois and Clark in the Batwoman episode of the 2019 Arrowverse crossover event "Crisis on Infinite Earths".[20][21]

Charity work[edit]

Durance is a supporter of World Vision Canada.[22] In August 2006, she co-hosted the Superman/Batman #26 art auction at the Wizard World Chicago convention, with comic book writer and Smallville producer Jeph Loeb.[23] Durance refused her appearance fee and donated the money towards the auction. The auction raised $70,000.[24] The event honored Loeb's son, Sam Loeb, who died at age 17 after a long battle with bone cancer, and all of its proceeds went to the Sam Loeb College Scholarship Fund.[25]


Durance was ranked No. 38 on FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" in 2006 and #20 in 2007, #15 in 2008, and #14 in 2009.[26] She has also appeared on the cover of FHM and Maxim magazine. In 2009, Durance was on Entertainment Weekly's Sci-fi Hotties Women.[27] BuddyTV ranked her #26 on its TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009, and #16 on its 2010 list.[28] In 2012, BuddyTV ranked Durance #9 on their list of Summer 2012's Sexiest Stars.[29] Hello! magazine listed her as one of Canada's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Durance was married to Wesley Parker from 1996 to 1999. She began dating Canadian actor David Palffy in 2001 and married him in 2005. In September 2014, Durance revealed she was pregnant with the couple's first child and gave birth to a boy in February 2015.[30][31] Durance announced she was pregnant with her second child in June 2016.[32] Her second son was born in December 2016.[33] She also has a stepson from her husband's previous relationship. Durance and her husband reside in Vancouver, British Columbia.[34]



Durance at Adventure Con, 2006
Year Title Role Notes Ref
2002 The Untold Tara Knowles [35]
2003 House of the Dead Johanna credit as Erica Parker [36]
2004 The Bridge Amy Short film
2006 The Butterfly Effect 2 Julie Miller [37]
2010 Sophie and Sheba Natalia [38]
2012 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Paris Waitress [39]
2015 Painkillers Trudy [40]


Year Title Role Notes Ref
2001 The Lone Gunmen Dancer Episode: "Maximum Buyers"
2003 Devil Winds Kara Jensen Television film, credit as Erica Parker [41]
111 Gramercy Park Maddy O'Donnell Television film [42]
2004 The Chris Isaak Show Ashley Episode: "Let the Games Begin", credit as Erica Parker
Tru Calling Angela Todd Episode: "Drop Dead Gorgeous"
Andromeda Amira Episode: "Time Out of Mind" [43]
Stargate SG-1 Krista James Episode: "Affinity" [44]
The Collector Rachel Slate Episode: "Another Collector"
2004–2011 Smallville Lois Lane Recurring role (season 4)
Main role (seasons 5–10) 141 episodes
2006 Island Heat: Stranded Carina Television film [46]
2007 I Me Wed Isabelle Darden Television film [47]
2009 The Building Jules Wilde Television film
Final Verdict Megan Washington Television film [48]
Beyond Sherwood Forest Maid Marian Television film [49]
2011 Charlie's Angels Samantha Masters Episode: "Angels in Chains" [50]
2012 Harry's Law Annie Bilson Episode: "Gorilla My Dreams" [51]
6 passi nel giallo Angela/Christine Episode: "Gemelle"
2012–2017 Saving Hope Dr. Alex Reid Main role, 85 episodes [52]
2014 Wedding Planner Mystery Carnegie Kincaid Television film [53]
2017–2019 Supergirl Alura Zor-El
Agent Noel Neill
Recurring role, 10 episodes
Episode: "Midvale"
2019 Batwoman Lois Lane Episode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 2" [20]
The Christmas Chalet Grace Television film [54]
Christmas Stars Layla Television film [55]
2020 Private Eyes Lauren Campbell Episode: "Family Plot" [56]
2021 The Enchanted Christmas Cake Gwen Television film
Open By Christmas Simone Television film
2022 North to Home Hannan Television film
Girl in the Shed: The Kidnapping of Abby Hernandez Zenya Television film


Year Title Notes
2012–2017 Saving Hope 75 episodes


Year Title Episode Notes
2016 Saving Hope "Torn and Frayed" Season 4

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2004 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Smallville Nominated [57]
2005 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Smallville Nominated [58]
2008 Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series I Me Wed Nominated [59]
2010 Saturn Award Best Actress on Television Smallville Nominated [60]
2011 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Smallville Nominated [61]
2012 Canadian Screen Awards Best Actress in a Dramatic Role Saving Hope Nominated [62]
2016 Canadian Screen Awards Best Actress in a Dramatic Role Saving Hope Nominated [63]


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