Vandervoort at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2010
|Born||Laura Dianne Vandervoort
September 22, 1984
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Laura Dianne Vandervoort (born September 22, 1984) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles as Sadie Harrison in the CTV teen drama Instant Star, Arla "The Bolt-Gun Killer" Cogan in the Syfy supernatural drama Haven, Kara Zor-El in The CW serial drama Smallville, and Lisa in the ABC science fiction series V. In 2014, she starred in the Space drama series Bitten, a TV adaption of Kelley Armstrong's book series Women of the Otherworld as Elena Michaels.
Life and career
Vandervoort was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is the daughter of a Dutch father and a Canadian mother. In the first weeks of her life she contracted meningitis, resulting in a severe sickness that lasted a few months. Her parents were told she was not going to survive. Growing up, Vandervoort was involved in several sports such as football, karate (second-degree black belt), basketball, tennis, gymnastics, and baseball. She has a sister named Sarah and she is related to Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent.
She started her career at the age of 13. After taking several classes and doing background work on Canadian shows such as Road to Avonlea and Harriet the Spy, she got her first speaking role in the Canadian children's series Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark?.
After commercials and guest-starring roles in Mutant X, Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story, Goosebumps, Twice in a Lifetime, Doc, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, Troubled Waters, The Dresden Files, and a few Disney Channel TV movies (Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire and Alley Cats Strike), at age 19, while attending York University where she studied Psychology and English, Vandervoort landed a lead role as Sadie Harrison on the CTV teen drama Instant Star, which ran for four seasons.
In 2006, Vandervoort shot her first feature titled The Lookout with Jeff Daniels, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Matthew Goode and Isla Fisher. Several other TV appearances such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation led Vandervoort to the role of Clark Kent's Kryptonian cousin "Kara Kent" (the woman destined to become Supergirl) on The CW series Smallville. She was a regular in season seven, and appeared in the "Bloodline" episode for season eight. She then returned for another two episodes in the 10th and final season of Smallville. Later in 2016, Vandervoort appeared as the supervillain Indigo/Brainiac 8 in three episodes of season one of the CBS action-adventure series Supergirl.
Following The CW and Smallville, Vandervoort then shot the sequel to the feature film Into the Blue titled Into the Blue 2: The Reef. She next filmed an independent production titled The Jazzman, which also starred Canadian stars Michael Ironside (who appeared in the second V mini-series as well as the 1984 V regular series) and Corey Sevier.
In 2010, Vandervoort appeared in the two-part miniseries Riverworld in which she plays Jessie Machalan, the fiancée of war correspondent Matt Ellman who wakes up after death on a planet populated by everyone who has ever lived on Earth. In 2011, she starred in the thriller The Entitled, alongside Ray Liotta and Kevin Zegers.
In October 2011, she posed for PETA as part of the "Exotic Skins" campaign and in 2014, she appeared nude again for an ad that protested against the keeping of marine mammals in captivity. In 2012, she had a small role in Seth MacFarlane's hit comedy film Ted, playing Mark Wahlberg's coworker Tanya.
|1999||Penny's Odyssey||Tanya||TV film|
|2000||Alley Cats Strike||Lauren||TV film (Disney Channel Original Movie)|
|2000||Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire||Chelsea Hansen||TV film (Disney Channel Original Movie)
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy): Leading Young Actress
|2004||Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story||Young Girl||TV film; uncredited|
|2005||Falcon Beach||Ashley||TV film|
|2009||Out of Control||Marcie Cutler||TV film|
|2009||Into the Blue 2: The Reef||Dani White||Direct-to-video|
|2010||Riverworld||Jessie Machalan||TV film|
|2011||The Entitled||Hailey Jones|
|2011||Desperately Seeking Santa||Jennifer Walker||TV film|
|2012||This Means War||Britta|
|2012||Broken Trust||Sophie||TV film|
|2012||Finding Mrs. Claus||Noelle||TV film|
|2013||Life of the Party||Bea|
|2014||Coffee Shop||Donavan Turner|
|1997–98||Goosebumps||Nadine Platt / Sheena Deep||"The Haunted House Game" (season 3: episode 10)
"Deep Trouble: Part 1" (season 4: episode 7)
"Deep Trouble: Part 2" (season 4: episode 8)
|2000||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Ashley Fox||"The Tale of the Laser Maze" (season 2: episode 11)|
|2000||Twice in a Lifetime||Misty Reynolds||"Even Steven" (season 2: episode 15)|
|2001||Mutant X||Tina||"Russian Roulette" (season 1: episode 3)|
|2002||The Gavin Crawford Show||The Girl||1 episode|
|2004–08||Instant Star||Sadie Harrison||Main role; 49 episodes|
|2004||Doc||Annis Bennington||"The Family Tree" (season 5: episode 6)|
|2005||72 Hours: True Crime||Leanne||"Head in a Bucket" (season 2: episode 10)|
|2005||Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye||Gabbie||"Bad Girls" (season 3: episode 18)|
|2007||The Dresden Files||Natalie||"Bad Blood" (season 1: episode 5)|
|2007||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Miss Tangiers||"Big Shots" (season 7: episode 19)|
|2007–11||Smallville||Kara Zor-El||23 episodes
Main role (season 7)
Guest star (season 8 and season 10)
|2009–11||V||Lisa||Main role; 22 episodes|
|2010–11||Family Guy||Jenny / Bridget||"Brian Writes a Bestseller" (season 9: episode 6)
"Friends of Peter G." (season 9: episode 10)
"Trading Places" (season 9: episode 13)
|2012||White Collar||Sophie Covington||"Parting Shots" (season 4: episode 4)|
|2013||Haven||Arla Cogan||"Reunion" (season 3: episode 12)
"Thanks for the Memories" (season 3: episode 13)
|2013||CSI: NY||Marcy Sullivan||"Nine Thirteen" (season 9: episode 13)|
|2014–16||Bitten||Elena Michaels||Main role|
|2016||Supergirl||Indigo/Brainiac 8||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
|2015||"Ruthless Love"||Alexz Johnson||Ballerina|
|2011||Spider-Man: Edge of Time||Mary Jane Watson||Voice only|
Awards and nominations
|2001||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy) - Leading Young Actress||Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire||Nominated|||
|2016||Golden Maple Awards||Best actress in a TV series broadcast in the U.S||Bitten||Nominated|||
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