Erica Durance

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Erica Durance
Erica Durance 2.jpg
Durance at San Diego Comic-Con, 2009
Born (1978-06-21) June 21, 1978 (age 37)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Other names Erica Parker
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Wesley Parker (m. 1996–99)
David Palffy (m. 2005)
Children 1

Erica Durance (/dəˈræns/;[1] born June 21, 1978) is a Canadian actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Lois Lane in the WB/CW series Smallville. In 2012, Durance began starring in the medical drama series Saving Hope, as Dr. Alex Reid. She is also a producer for the series.

Early life[edit]

Erica Durance was born in Calgary to parents Gail and Joel Durance, and was raised on a turkey farm in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada.[2] After graduating from high school, in 1999, Durance moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, to pursue her interest in acting professionally.[3] "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 Lab' for many years with her coach and husband, David Palffy.


Erica Durance began her career with background work, graduating to commercials and then guest-starring roles.[2] In 2004, she guest-starred on The Chris Isaak Show playing Ashley, a woman on a date with Chris. In Tru Calling, her character was a contender in a beauty pageant opposite Eliza Dushku's character. On the Sci-Fi Channel, she played an intergalactic librarian in Andromeda and a love interest for Teal'c in Stargate SG-1. She also played a sister to one of the leads in the Canadian show The Collector.

2004 also saw Durance cast as Lois Lane on Smallville at the start of the 4th season. 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.'"[4] Fellow producer Brian Peterson added that from the moment Durance was hired they knew she would be Lois for the series.[5] Durance was a frequent guest star as Lois for the 4th season of Smallville and was then promoted as a series regular for the start of the 5th season. She remained part of the regular cast for the remainder of the series run which ended in 2011.

After 7 years, 2011 saw Durance complete her stint on Smallville as Lois Lane. And at the same time guest star in one episode of the ABC series remake of Charlie's Angels.[6]

Along with starring in Smalville series, Durance has appeared in number of films and TV movies. Starring in 2006 Lifetime TV movie "Island Heat: Stranded", as Carina. And playing Julie Miller, in 2006 film "The Butterfly Effect 2". In 2007, Durance played Isabel Darden, in Lifetime TV movie "I Me Wed". Playing a successful, attractive 30-year-old woman, who decides to married herself, after growing tired of family and friends asking her "when are you going to get married". Durance appeared in 2009 TV movie "Beyond Sherwood Forest" as Maid Marian.[7] In 2010, she played Natalia in the film "Sophie and Sheba".[8]

In January 2012, she guest starred again, this time in the NBC TV series Harry's Law.[9] 2012 also saw Durance do a cameo in Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie. In March 2012, she played twin sister Angela / Christine in the Italian TV mini-series 6 passi nel giallo in the episode Gemelle.[10]

In the summer of 2012, Durance began playing the lead role in the NBC/CTV medical drama Saving Hope, as Chief Surgical Dr. Alex Reid.[11][12] Durance is also a producer on the series.[13] The series also stars Michael Shanks and Daniel Gillies. Saving Hope premiered on NBC and CTV on June 7. Season 2 began on June 25, 2013. Season 3 began in September 2014. In season 3, Erica Durance's real life pregnancy was worked into her character Alex Reid and the series.

Durance played Carnegie Kincaid, a wedding planner and a perfectionist, in 2014 Hallmark's movie "Wedding Planner Mystery".[14] The story follows Carnegie Kincaid trying to clear her name, after she became a murder suspect. As her life exploding into a whirlwind mix of danger, mystery, and romance. The movie is based on Deborah Donnelly's novel "Veiled Threats".

Erica Durance stars in the 2015 thriller film "Painkillers".[15]

Awards and accolades[edit]

BuddyTv ranked Durance #26 on its TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009 list. BuddyTV ranked her #16 on its TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2010 list.[16]

On February 24, 2011 Durance was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actress in a Television series for her work in Smallville.[17] This was followed up with a Teen Choice Award nomination for Best Actress in a Fantasy/Sci-Fi Show.[18] Durance was nominated for best actress in 2013 by the Canadian Screen Awards Academy for her work in Saving Hope.

In their special issue on the week of 25 May 2012, Canadian edition of Hello listed Durance as one of Canada's 50 Most Beautiful People.

On May 30, BuddyTV ranked Durance #9 on their list of Summer 2012's Hottest Women of TV.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Erica Durance married Wesley Parker in 1996. During their marriage, she was credited as "Erica Parker".[20] Durance began dating Canadian actor, writer and director David Palffy in April 2001 and married him on January 8, 2005. She has a teenage stepson, from her husband's previous relationship. In September 2014, Durance revealed she was pregnant with the couple's first child, and gave birth to a boy in February 2015.[21]


List of film credits
Year Title Role Notes
2001 111 Gramercy Park Maddy O'Donnell Television film
2002 Untold, TheThe Untold Tara Knowles Direct-to-video film
2003 House of the Dead Johanna
2003 Devil Winds Kara Jensen Television film
2004 Bridge, TheThe Bridge Amy Short film
2006 Stranded Carina Television film
2006 Butterfly Effect 2, TheThe Butterfly Effect 2 Julie Miller
2007 I Me Wed Isabelle Darden Television film
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film
2009 Building, TheThe Building Jules Wilde Television film
2009 Final Verdict Megan Washington Television film
2009 Beyond Sherwood Forest Maid Marian Television film
2010 Sophie and Sheba Natalia
2012 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Paris Waitress
2014 Wedding Planner Mystery Carnegie Kincaid Television film
2015 Painkillers Trudy
List of television credits
Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Lone Gunmen Dancer Episode: "Maximum Buyers"
2004 Chris Isaak Show, TheThe Chris Isaak Show Ashley Episode: "Let the Games Begin"
2004 Tru Calling Angela Todd Episode: "Drop Dead Gorgeous"
2004 Andromeda Amira Episode: "Time Out of Mind"
2004 Stargate SG-1 Krista James Episode: "Affinity"
2004 Collector, TheThe Collector Rachel Slate Episode: "Another Collector"
2004–2011 Smallville Lois Lane Season 4 (recurring; 13 episodes) Seasons 5-10 (series regular; 141 episodes)
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television (2005–06)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
2011 Charlie's Angels Samantha Masters Episode: "Angels in Chains"
2012 Harry's Law Annie Bilson Episode: "Gorilla My Dreams"
2012 6 passi nel giallo Angela/Christine Episode: "Gemelle"
2012–present Saving Hope Dr. Alex Reid 31 episodes
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series


  1. ^ Interview with Erica Durance on WPIX, New York, New York; uploaded to YouTube June 25, 2006.
  2. ^ a b "Erica Durance Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Erica Durance Website". Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Mitovich, Matt (October 14, 2010). "Episode 200: A hero's journey remembered". infinity TV. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Erica Durance". movieweb. October 15, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Erica Durance e Isaiah Mustafa in Charlie's Angels" (in Italian). 24 August 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Peter DeLuise (Director) (2009). Beyond Sherwood Forest (TV Movie). Canada. 
  8. ^ Leif Bristow (Director) (2010). Sophie and Sheba (Film). Canada. 
  9. ^ "First Look: Erica Durance Transforms Into Wonder Woman for Harry's Law". 29 December 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Fabrizio Bava (Director) (March 14, 2012). Gemelle (TV Mini-Series). Italy. 
  11. ^ "Erica Durance nel trailer di Saving Hope" (in Italian). 2 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Erica Durance in Saving Hope, Nikki Deloach in Ringer" (in Italian). 6 January 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Minnie Driver e Matthew Perry per le nuove serie NBC" (in Italian). 2 March 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Wedding Planner Mystery". Hallmark movies and mysteries. 19 October 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "ET Canada Visits The Set of 'Painkillers'". YouTube. February 4, 2014. 
  16. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2010". BuddyTV. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  17. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (February 24, 2011). "Inception, Walking Dead Top Saturn Awards Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  18. ^ Andrea, Reiher (June 29, 2011). "'Twilight: Eclipse,' 'Glee' lead Teen Choice nominations first wave". Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Summer 2012's Sexiest Stars: TV's Hottest Women". BuddyTV. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  20. ^ Uwe Boll (Director) (2003). House of the Dead (Feature film). United States. 
  21. ^ "Durance Debuts Her Baby Belly". September 11, 2014. 

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