Erica Durance

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Erica Durance
Erica Durance 2010 (2).jpg
Durance at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1978-06-21) June 21, 1978 (age 39)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Other names Erica Parker[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Wesley Parker (m. 1996–99)
David Palffy (m. 2005)
Children 2

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

Early life[edit]

Durance was born in Calgary to parents Gail and Joel Durance and was raised 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, in 1999, Durance moved to Vancouver to pursue her interest in acting professionally.[4] "I wanted to get my feet wet in a smaller area than Los Angeles when I gave it a try," Durance has said. 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 2002 movie The Untold. 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.

Durance first gained fame in 2004, after being cast as Lois Lane on the popular CW television series, Smallville, playing a sassy, street-smart teenage Lois Lane 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.'"[5] Fellow producer Brian Peterson added that from the moment Durance was hired they knew she would be Lois for the series.[6] Durance was promoted to series regular in season five and became part of the regular cast for the remainder of the series run. She played Lois for seven seasons and received three Saturn Award nominations for her portrayal of the character. 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.[7] 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]

Along with starring in the Smallville series, Durance also appeared in a number of films. In 2006, she starred in the films The Butterfly Effect 2 and Island Heat: Stranded. In 2007, Durance played Isabel Darden in the Lifetime movie I Me Wed. Playing a successful, attractive 30-year-old woman, who decides to marry herself, after growing tired of family and friends asking her "when are you going to get married?". She was nominated for a Gemini Awards for her performance in the film. Durance starred as Maid Marian in the 2009 movie Beyond Sherwood Forest.[8] In 2010, she appeared in the film Sophie and Sheba as an Aerial silk performer in the circus.[9]

In 2011, she guests starred in the Charlie's Angels television series as CIA operative Samantha Masters.[10] In 2012, she appeared on the TV series Harry's Law.[11] 2012 also saw Durance do a cameo in Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie and played twin sister Angela/Christine in the Italian TV mini-series 6 passi nel giallo.[12]

In the summer of 2012, Durance began starring in the lead role in the CTV medical drama television series, Saving Hope, as Chief Surgical Dr. Alex Reid.[13][14] She was also a producer on the series.[15] 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 played Carnegie Kincaid, a wedding planner, and a perfectionist, in the 2014 Hallmark movie Wedding Planner Mystery.[16] The story follows Carnegie Kincaid trying to clear her name after she became a murder suspect. The movie is based on Deborah Donnelly's novel Veiled Threats. In 2015, Durance starred in the thriller film Painkillers.[17]

In July 2017, The CW television series Supergirl announced that Durance will be taking over the role of Kara's Kryptonian mother from Laura Benanti in a recurring role in season three.[18]

Charity work[edit]

Durance is a supporter of World Vision Canada.[19] 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.[20] Durance refused her appearance fee and donated the money towards the auction. The auction raised $70,000.[21] 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.[22]


Durance was ranked #38 on FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" in 2006 and #20 in 2007, #15 in 2008, and #14 in 2009.[23] She has also appeared on the cover of FHM and Maxim magazine. In 2009, Durance was on Entertainment Weekly's Sci-fi Hotties Women.[24] BuddyTV ranked her #26 on its TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009, and #16 on its 2010 list.[25] In 2012, BuddyTV ranked Durance #9 on their list of Summer 2012's Sexiest Stars.[26] 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, writer and director 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.[27][28] Durance announced she was pregnant with her second child in June 2016.[29] Her second son was born in December 2016.[30] She also has a stepson from her husband's previous relationship. Durance and her husband reside in Vancouver, British Columbia.[31]



Durance at Adventure Con, 2006
Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Untold Tara Knowles
2003 House of the Dead Johanna
2004 Bridge, TheThe Bridge Amy Short film
2006 Butterfly Effect 2, TheThe Butterfly Effect 2 Julie Miller
2010 Sophie and Sheba Natalia
2012 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Paris Waitress
2015 Painkillers Trudy


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Lone Gunmen Dancer Episode: "Maximum Buyers"
2003 Devil Winds Kara Jensen Television film
111 Gramercy Park Maddy O'Donnell Television film
2004 Chris Isaak Show, TheThe Chris Isaak Show Ashley Episode: "Let the Games Begin"
Tru Calling Angela Todd Episode: "Drop Dead Gorgeous"
Andromeda Amira Episode: "Time Out of Mind"
Stargate SG-1 Krista James Episode: "Affinity"
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
2007 I Me Wed Isabelle Darden Television film
2009 Building, TheThe Building Jules Wilde Television film
Final Verdict Megan Washington Television film
Beyond Sherwood Forest Maid Marian Television film
2011 Charlie's Angels Samantha Masters Episode: "Angels in Chains"
2012 Harry's Law Annie Bilson Episode: "Gorilla My Dreams"
6 passi nel giallo Angela/Christine Episode: "Gemelle"
2012–2017 Saving Hope Dr. Alex Reid Main role (85 episodes)
2014 Wedding Planner Mystery Carnegie Kincaid Television film
2017– Supergirl Alura Zor-El Recurring role


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 [32]
2005 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Smallville Nominated [33]
2008 Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series I Me Wed Nominated [34]
2010 Saturn Award Best Actress on Television Smallville Nominated [35]
2011 Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi Smallville Nominated [36]
2012 Canadian Screen Awards Best Actress in a Dramatic Role Saving Hope Nominated [37]
2016 Canadian Screen Awards Best Actress in a Dramatic Role Saving Hope Nominated [38]


  1. ^ Uwe Boll (Director) (2003). House of the Dead (Feature film). United States. 
  2. ^ Interview with Erica Durance on WPIX, New York, New York; uploaded to YouTube June 25, 2006.
  3. ^ a b "Erica Durance Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Erica Durance Website". Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ Mitovich, Matt (October 14, 2010). "Episode 200: A hero's journey remembered". infinity TV. Archived from the original on December 20, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Erica Durance". movieweb. October 15, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Erica Durance, from 'Smallville'". BuddyTV. December 12, 2007. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  8. ^ Peter DeLuise (Director) (2009). Beyond Sherwood Forest (TV Movie). Canada. 
  9. ^ Leif Bristow (Director) (2010). Sophie and Sheba (Film). Canada. 
  10. ^ "Erica Durance e Isaiah Mustafa in Charlie's Angels" (in Italian). 24 August 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "First Look: Erica Durance Transforms Into Wonder Woman for Harry's Law". 29 December 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  12. ^ Fabrizio Bava (Director) (March 14, 2012). Gemelle (TV Mini-Series). Italy. 
  13. ^ "Erica Durance nel trailer di Saving Hope" (in Italian). 2 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Erica Durance in Saving Hope, Nikki Deloach in Ringer" (in Italian). 6 January 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Minnie Driver e Matthew Perry per le nuove serie NBC" (in Italian). 2 March 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Wedding Planner Mystery". Hallmark movies and mysteries. 19 October 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  17. ^ "ET Canada Visits The Set of 'Painkillers'". YouTube. February 4, 2014. 
  18. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 7, 2017). "'Smallville's' former Lois Lane will take over the role of Supergirl's mother". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 9, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Erica Durance". Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Superman/Batman #26 art auction to benefit Sam Loeb College Scholarship Fund". Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  21. ^ Richards, Dave (August 6, 2006). "WWC: SAM LOEB COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND CHARITY AUCTION". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Comic book writer starts scholarship in son's name". The Daily Nebraskan. April 25, 2006. Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  23. ^ "FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World". Film. Archived from the original on 2016-01-28. 
  24. ^ "Sci-fi Hotties of '09: The Women". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  25. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2010". BuddyTV. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Summer 2012's Sexiest Stars: TV's Hottest Women". BuddyTV. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Durance Debuts Her Baby Belly". September 11, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Erica & David Welcome Son Lochlan". ericadurance.tvdate. February 11, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Erica Durance Is Pregnant Again… And It's A Boy!". June 9, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Congrats: Erica Durance & David Palffy Welcome Their Third Son". Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  31. ^ "Erica Durance on motherhood and advice for her 'Saving Hope' alter ego". Hello!. September 30, 2015. Archived from the original on February 2, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Saturn Awards Nominations". Archived from the original on October 29, 2005. Retrieved August 16, 2017. 
  33. ^ "Saturn Awards Nominations – The Movie Blog". Retrieved August 16, 2017. 
  34. ^ "Awards Database". Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  35. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (February 24, 2011). "Inception, Walking Dead Top Saturn Awards Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  36. ^ Andrea, Reiher (June 29, 2011). "'Twilight: Eclipse,' 'Glee' lead Teen Choice nominations first wave". Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  37. ^ "Awards Database". Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  38. ^ "2017 TV Nominees". Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 

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Preceded by
Teri Hatcher
Actress to portray Lois Lane
Succeeded by
Kate Bosworth (concurrent)