Kristin Kreuk

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Kristin Kreuk
Kristin Kreuk by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Kreuk at the 2012 Comic-Con International
Born Kristin Laura Kreuk
(1982-12-30) December 30, 1982 (age 35)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present

Kristin Laura Kreuk (/krk/;[1] Dutch: [krøːk]; born December 30, 1982) is a Canadian actress. She is known for the roles of Lana Lang in the superhero television series Smallville and Laurel Yeung in the Canadian teen drama Edgemont. She has also starred in movies such as Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (2001), Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009), and Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy (2011).

From 2012 to 2016, Kreuk played the role of Catherine Chandler in The CW series Beauty & the Beast.

Early life[edit]

Kreuk was born in Vancouver, British Columbia,[2] to Peter Kreuk and Deanna Che, two landscape architects.[3][4] Her father is of Dutch descent, her mother is of Chinese descent, born in Indonesia, and her maternal grandmother was Chinese Jamaican.[5] She has a younger sister, Justine Kreuk.[6][7]

Kreuk trained in karate[8] and gymnastics at the national level until high school, but quit in grade 11 due to scoliosis.[8][9] Kreuk was planning to study forensic science or psychology at Simon Fraser University, and was surprised when a casting director for the CBC television series Edgemont contacted her at her high school.[4]



After filming the first season of Edgemont (a teenage soap opera set at a Vancouver-area high school) and getting herself an agent, Kreuk landed the lead role of Snow White in a TV movie, Snow White: The Fairest of Them All, which aired on ABC, and later released on DVD, in 2002.[10] In mid-2004, Kreuk took the role of Tenar for the Sci Fi Channel two-part miniseries Legend of Earthsea. The miniseries was filmed in Vancouver, directed by Rob Lieberman and broadcast on December 13, 2004.

Kreuk in 2011

After Snow White, Kreuk's agent sent an audition tape to screenwriters Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who at the time were putting together the cast of a show they had created for the WB Network entitled Smallville. The series, which was slated to be shot in Vancouver, revolves around the life of teenager Clark Kent before he becomes Superman. Gough and Millar called Kreuk to WB's studios in Burbank, California to audition for the role of Clark Kent's first love, Lana Lang. She was the first cast for the show.[11] For a while, Kreuk was starring on both Smallville and Edgemont, although her role on Edgemont slightly diminished over time. Edgemont ended its run in 2005. After seven seasons, Kreuk left Smallville in the beginning of 2008, when her character leaves town. She returned as a guest star in the show's 8th season for five episodes to conclude her storyline. In the first three seasons of the show she was paid $40,000 per episode, while from season four on she earned $270,000 per episode.[citation needed]

In 2009, Kristin Kreuk signed on for a multi-episode arc in season three of Chuck.[12] She played Hannah, a computer troubleshooter who joins the Buy More Nerd Herd after being laid off from her previous job.

In 2010, she portrayed Ben Hur's sister Tirzah in the TV movie Ben Hur, which aired in Canada and later on ABC in the United States.

Kreuk was involved with two pilots that did not get picked up: an NBC 2010 sitcom entitled Hitched (which was co-created by Josh Schwartz, who was also the creator of Chuck)[13] and a 2011 CBS drama series called 17th Precinct, which was developed by Ronald D. Moore.[14]

In February 2012, Kreuk was announced as the lead female character in The CW's reboot of Beauty & the Beast,[15] which was picked up on May 11, 2012, and started airing in Fall 2012.[16] The CW announced in October 2015 that the show's upcoming fourth season, scheduled to air over the summer of 2016, would be its final season.[17] The series finale aired on August 25, 2016.

In 2018, Kreuk will play the lead role in Burden of Truth, a CBC Television production in which she portrays a "big-city lawyer who takes on a case for a group of sick girls in her hometown". The show is scheduled to premiere in Winter 2018.[18][19]


Kreuk appeared in the comedy film EuroTrip (2004), playing the girlfriend who cheats on the protagonist with a musician (played by Matt Damon).

In early 2005, Kreuk signed on to the Canadian independent film Partition (2007), playing Naseem, a vulnerable 17-year-old whose world is shattered by the trauma of the Partition of India in 1947; the character also falls in love with an ex-British Indian Army officer. In the summer of 2006, Kreuk starred in the short film, Dream Princess by comic book writer/artist Kaare Andrews. The film is a modern sci-punk retelling of the tale of Sleeping Beauty, with a twist. Unfortunately it never aired.[20] Kreuk starred in the film Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009), in which she played the title character, Chun-Li.[21] She tested for the sequel Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), with the role going to Paula Patton.

In early 2010, Kreuk signed onto the Japanese horror film Vampire (2011).[22] In 2010, Kreuk also starred in the music video "I Heard" by musician Hill Zaini.[23]

Kreuk stars as Heather in the film Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy (2011), based on Irvine Welsh's novel. She also stars as Tilda in the science fiction comedy film Space Milkshake (2012).

Film production[edit]

Kreuk, with Rosena Bhura, whom Kreuk met on the set of Partition, started a production company called Parvati Creative Inc, which focuses on “human-centric films as seen through a female lens”.[24][25] Parvati's first production was a short film directed by Rick Rosenthal called Blink, of which Kreuk is listed as an executive producer.[26][27] The second project was a comedy web series entitled "Queenie" which featured Kreuk's friend Olivia Cheng.

Advertising work[edit]

Neutrogena made her the spokesmodel for their new worldwide advertising campaign. In this role, Kreuk followed in the footsteps of fellow teen stars such as Jennifer Love Hewitt and Mandy Moore. In 2005, she renewed her contract with Neutrogena for another two years, making her the company's longest-serving model spokesperson.[28]

Voice acting[edit]

In August 2017, Kreuk provided the voice for Princess Shuyan in Shuyan Saga, a graphic novel series set in an ancient Chinese martial arts fantasy universe.[29][30] She also reprised her role as Catherine Chandler from Beauty & the Beast on Robot Chicken.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Kreuk currently resides in Toronto.[32] She stated on Live! with Kelly and Michael in October 2012 that she is a pescetarian.[33][34][35] In 2010, it was reported that Kreuk had been recruited to the Vancouver wing of the controversial pyramid selling organization NXIVM along with her Smallville co-star Allison Mack.[36]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Snow White: The Fairest of Them All Snow White Movie
2001 The Weekenders Gina (voice) Episode: "My Punky Valentine"
2001–05 Edgemont Laurel Yeung Series regular (70 episodes)
2001–09 Smallville
  • Seasons 1–8 (158 episodes)
  • Episode: "Relic"
  • 3 episodes
2004 Earthsea Tenar Miniseries
2010 Ben Hur Tirzah Miniseries
2009–10 Chuck Hannah 4 episodes
2012–16 Beauty & the Beast Catherine Chandler Main role (70 episodes)
2018 Burden of Truth Joanna Hanley [19] Main role


Kreuk in 2012
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Eurotrip Fiona
2006 Dream Princess Princess Short film
2007 Partition Naseem Khan
2009 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li Chun-Li
2011 Vampire Maria Lucas
2011 Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy Heather Thompson
2012 Space Milkshake Tilda Also executive producer
2017 The Emissary Short film

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role
2017 Shuyan Saga Shuyan (voice)

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2014 and 2015, Kreuk won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress for her role in Beauty & the Beast.[37][38] In 2015, she was ranked as Canada's most beautiful person in an online poll organized by ET Canada.[39]

Year Association Category Work Result
2002 Saturn Awards Best Actress in a Television Series Smallville Nominated
2003 Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Action Nominated
2004 Saturn Awards Best Actress in a Television Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Action Nominated
2006 Choice TV Actress: Action/Drama Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actress in a Television Series Nominated
2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Action Nominated
2009 Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi Beauty & the Beast Nominated
2014 Nominated
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Won
2015 Won

See also[edit]


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  5. ^ E Talk Daily, 58 seconds into referenced clip (Aired Tuesday January 30, 2007 on CTV). Retrieved February, 2007.
  6. ^ "Actress Kristin Kreuk is returning to the big screen - Chatelaine". Chatelaine. December 2, 2011. 
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  8. ^ a b "Six questions with Chun-Li (Kristin Kreuk)". LA Times. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  9. ^ "Celebrity Scoliosis". Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
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  11. ^ "Kristin Kreuk" at ;Accessed August 6, 2012.
  12. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2009-08-27). "Exclusive: 'Smallville' heroine Kristin Kreuk joins 'Chuck' | Ausiello |". Archived from the original on 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
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  14. ^ "Kristin Kreuk Joins '17th Precinct' -- This Pilot Keeps Getting Better!". AOL TV. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
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  16. ^ "CW Picks Up 'Carrie Diaries', 'Arrow', 'Cult', 'Beauty and the Beast', 'First Cut' To Series". Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  17. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (2015-10-13). "CW's 'Beauty and the Beast' Ending After Season 4". Retrieved 2016-07-02. 
  18. ^ Ahearn, Victoria (May 24, 2017). "New CBC lineup includes dramas with Kristin Kreuk, Allan Hawco". The Globe and Mail. The Canadian Press. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "Burden of Truth - CBC Media Centre". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  20. ^ "A Foundation To Assist Canadian Talent". Bravo!FACT. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  21. ^ "Kristin Kreuk is Chun-Li in Street Fighter!". 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  22. ^ "A Set Visit With the Vampire". Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  23. ^ "Hill - I Heard - Official Music Video". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  24. ^ "Kristin Kreuk talks "Smallville" and "Chuck" - February 1, 2010". Fancast. Retrieved 2011-06-25. 
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  26. ^ "INFO ON SHORT FILM BLINK". Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  27. ^ "Blink - Full Video". Vimeo. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  28. ^ Kristin Kreuk bio on "Partition" web site
  29. ^ "And the voice of Shuyan is...Kristin Kreuk!". Steam. August 8, 2017. 
  30. ^ Kristin Kreuk [@MsKristinKreuk] (July 27, 2017). "This was so much fun! Voice work is so specific and challenging. And the story of Shuyan is intelligent and empowering. Also. Yelling" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  31. ^ The Nerd on the CW | Robot Chicken | Adult Swim. Adult Swim. November 3, 2015. 
  32. ^ "What Are You Reading on Set: Kristin Kreuk on "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi". The Next Chapter. May 8, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  33. ^ "Kelly & Michael: Kristin Kreuk New Series "Beauty and the Beast"". Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  34. ^ "Tagline and Camels- Kristin Kreuk's blog". Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  35. ^ "Kristin Kreuk LIVE interview talking Beauty and the Beast". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  36. ^ Köhler, Nicholas (September 13, 2010). "How to Lose $100 Million". Maclean's. Retrieved 11 November 2017. 
  37. ^ "Kristin Kreuk: My life in books". 
  38. ^ Staff, By CNN. "People's Choice Awards 2014: The winners list -". 
  39. ^ "In Canada, beauty is in the eye of the cable conglomerate". 

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