Erin Krakow

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Erin Krakow
Born (1984-09-05) September 5, 1984 (age 35)
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
OccupationActress, producer
Years active2010–present

Erin Krakow (born September 5, 1984) [1] is an American actress and producer. She appeared in the Lifetime TV series Army Wives, and stars as Elizabeth Thatcher Thornton in the Hallmark series When Calls the Heart.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Philadelphia,[2] Krakow later lived in Wellington, Florida,[1] and attended the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida.[3] She went on to study drama at the Juilliard School in New York City, and began her acting career on stage, with roles in The Importance of Being Earnest, George the Fourth, and Steel Magnolias.[4] From 2010 to 2012, she had the recurring role of Specialist Tanya Gabriel in the Lifetime television drama series Army Wives, playing a medic in Afghanistan. She later guest-starred on the crime-comedy-drama series Castle.[4]

In 2014, Krakow began starring as the lead character in the Hallmark Channel drama series When Calls the Heart, alongside Australian born actor Daniel Lissing. She plays teacher Miss Elizabeth Thatcher, a role originated by Poppy Drayton in the movie that spawned the series.[5][6]

Krakow starred in the 2016 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries film Finding Father Christmas.[7] Adapted from the novels of Robin Jones Gunn, she starred alongside Niall Matter, as Miranda Chester, a woman who visits a small Vermont town at Christmas time, looking for clues as to the identity of her father. At the time of broadcast, the film became the most watched premiere in the network's history.[8] Hallmark announced a sequel to the film in May 2017.[9] Filming for the sequel, entitled Engaging Father Christmas, took place in Vancouver in June 2017,[10][11] with both Krakow and Matter reprising their roles.[12] The film premiered on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in November 2017.[13] Krakow began filming a third installment in the series, entitled Marrying Father Christmas in March 2018.[14] The film premiered in the USA on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel on November 4, 2018, as part of their "Miracles of Christmas" seasonal programming.[15]


Year Title Role Notes
2010–2012 Army Wives Specialist Tanya Gabriel Recurring role, 18 episodes
2013 Castle Julie Rogers Episode: "Recoil"
2014 Chance at Romance Samantha Hart Television film
2014–present When Calls the Heart Elizabeth Thatcher Lead role; Also Co-Executive Producer
2014 A Cookie Cutter Christmas Christie Reynolds Television film
2015 NCIS: Los Angeles Emily Moore Episode: "Citadel"
2016 Good Girls Revolt Maureen Episode: "The Folo"
2016 Finding Father Christmas Miranda Chester Television film
2017 NCIS Elizabeth Dean Episode: "Rendezvous"
2017 Engaging Father Christmas Miranda Chester Television film: aka. A Family for the Holidays (Canada); Winter Wedding (UK)
2018 Marrying Father Christmas Miranda Chester Television film: aka. Winter Wedding (Canada); We Wish You a Marry Christmas (UK)
2019 A Summer Romance Samantha Walker Television film
Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen Ella Television film


  1. ^ a b Steeler, Leslie Gray (July 25, 2010). "Dreyfoos grad Krakow debuts tonight on "Army Wives"!". The Palm Beach Post. Archived from the original on September 19, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017. ...25-year-old Erin Krakow, of Wellington...
  2. ^ "Erin Krakow". Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Krakow in Manwaring, Kurt (April 23, 2018). "10 questions with Erin Krakow". Archived from the original on April 11, 2019. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Cast: Erin Krakow". Hallmark Channel. Archived from the original on April 11, 2019. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "Hallmark Channel's 'When Calls The Heart' Adds Cast; 'Cedar Cove' July Premiere Set". Deadline Hollywood. June 12, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  6. ^ "Hallmark's When Calls the Heart to Shoot this Summer in Colorado". September 26, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  7. ^ "Finding Father Christmas". "Hallmark Movies & Mysteries". Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "Finding Father Christmas sets Hallmark Movie Records". Front Gate Media. November 28, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  9. ^ Snierson, Dan (May 9, 2017). "Hallmark reveals 8 more Christmas TV movies". "Entertainment Weekly". Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  10. ^ "Cocaine Godmother & Engaging Father Christmas Start Filming in Vancouver". "What's Filming". June 5, 2017. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  11. ^ Krakow, Erin [@erinkrakow] (July 1, 2017). "That's a wrap #EngagingFatherChristmas! I'm so grateful for the laughs, hard work, & surprises! @niallmatter @WendieMalick @hallmarkmovie" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Krakow, Erin [@erinkrakow] (June 20, 2017). "Ian & Miranda scenes today! Just appreciating how talented, prepared, collaborative, & fun @niallmatter is. #EngagingFatherChristmas" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Gunn, Robin (July 31, 2017). "Engaging Father Christmas:Behind the Scenes". "". Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  14. ^ Krakow, Erin [@erinkrakow] (March 2, 2018). "2016: #FindingFatherChristmas 2017: #EngagingFatherChristmas 2018: #InflatingFatherChristmas ・・・ Jk! @niallmatter & I are so excited to be back in Carlton Heath filming #MARRYINGFatherChristmas!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Krakow, Erin [@erinkrakow] (July 22, 2018). "#MarryingFatherChristmas coming atcha Nov 4 on @hallmarkmovie! @niallmatter @WendieMalick @plynnj @mikekopsa @JimmyThorburn @Julia_Benson @DirectedByDW" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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