Serinda Swan

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Serinda Swan
Serinda Swan 2012.jpg
Swan in 2012
Born (1984-07-11) July 11, 1984 (age 38)
Years active2005–present

Serinda Swan (born July 11, 1984) is a Canadian actress best known for her work on television. In 2017, she starred in Marvel's Inhumans and HBO's Ballers, and also portrayed Anne Bancroft in the first season of Feud (2017). Previously, she guest starred on the WB/CW Superman prequel series Smallville as Zatanna Zatara, a DC Comics-inspired recurring character who is an actual magician. She also starred as Paige Arkin in the USA Network action drama series Graceland (2013–2015) and as Erica Reed in the A&E drama series Breakout Kings (2011–2012). She currently stars as Jenny Cooper in the CBC/CW crime drama series Coroner.

Early life[edit]

Swan was born in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[1] Her father, Scott Swan, is a Canadian theatre director and actor who runs an acting studio.[1]


Her first acting job was in 1989, a small role in the Ted Danson and Isabella Rossellini film Cousins, when she was just five years old.[1] One of her early on screen appearances as an adult was in Theory of a Deadman's music video for their single "So Happy", which was released in April 2008. Her first film credit was in 2009 in the romantic comedy The Break-Up Artist.

From 2009 to 2010, she appeared twice on The CW television series Smallville (in the season 8 episode "Hex" and season 9 episode "Warrior") as Zatanna Zatara.[2] She also had the role of the Roman goddess, Veritas, in the season six episode "You Can't Handle the Truth" of Supernatural, another The CW series in 2010.

From 2011 to 2012, Swan starred as Erica Reed in the A&E television series, Breakout Kings. She shared that many of the prison scenes were shot in actual prisons, while real convicts are also there behind bars.[3] The series was canceled on May 17, 2012.[4]

Swan portrays Zera in the 2017 Brent Ryan Green film, The Veil.[5] In March 2017, it was announced that Swan would portray Medusa in the ABC and Marvel Television series Inhumans.[6] She starred on the series for one season, until 2018, when the series was canceled.[7]

In late 2018, it was announced that Swan would star as the lead of CBC's forthcoming television series Coroner,[8] based on the Jenny Cooper series of novels by M. R. Hall.[9] The series premiered in January 2019[9] and attracted one million viewers per episode throughout the first season. In June 2020, it was announced that American network, The CW, Serinda's original home from when she was on Smallville, had picked up the show during COVID-19 pandemic due to the lockdowns of production sets on its other shows to fill primetime programming timeslots. The show premiered on August 5, 2020. And it attracted over 600,000 viewers approximately during each episode in the first season and grew more and more as the seasons continued for the network. As of October 2, 2022, Season 4 is currently airing.[10] The series has completed 4 seasons. Release date for season 5 has not been announced yet.[11][12] In June 2022, it was announced that Swan would be leaving the show, and would be potentially replaced by a new actress or actor with a new main character as the lead role. In September 2022, it was announced that she will be joining the cast for season 2 of the Amazon Prime Video series Reacher.[13]


Swan works with several charities including the Somaly Mam Foundation, United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets, and Heifer International. She is a Founding Ambassador for Friends to Mankind, which describes itself as a non-profit organization that works "with individuals, corporations, and humanitarian organizations for the betterment of humanity".[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Neal 'n' Nikki Amanda
2009 The Break-Up Artist Ashley
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Aphrodite
Tron: Legacy Siren #2
2011 Recoil Darcy
Creature Emily
2012 Wake Alex Short film
The Baytown Outlaws Jez
2014 Jinn Jasmine Walker
Sister Melissa
2015 Sentient Heather Short film, post-production
2017 The Veil Zera
2020 Revenge Ride Maggie
2021 Redemption Day Katherine [citation needed]
2022 Devotion Elizabeth Taylor


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Supernatural Hospital Receptionist Episode: "Salvation"
2007 Exes and Ohs Lucianne Episode: "What Goes Around"
2008 Loch Ness Terror Caroleena Television film
Psych Eileen Mazwell Episode: "Murder?... Anyone?... Anyone?... Bueller?"
2009 Desperate Escape Melissa Television film
Hostile Makeover Amanda Manville Television film
Trust Tiffany Television film
2009–2010 Smallville Zatanna Zatara Episodes: "Hex" & "Warrior"
2010 Supernatural Veritas / Ashley Frank Episode: "You Can't Handle the Truth"
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Alana Episode: "Ho'ohuli Na'au"
2011–2012 Breakout Kings Erica Reed Main role
2013 Republic of Doyle Patti Middlebrooks Episode: "Missing"
2013–2015 Graceland Paige Arkin Main role
2014 The Tomorrow People Cassandra Smythe Episodes: "Things Fall Apart" & "Endgame"
Chicago Fire Brittany Baker Recurring role
2017 Inhumans Medusa Main role
Feud: Bette and Joan Anne Bancroft Episode: "And the Winner Is... (The Oscars of 1963)"
Ballers Chloe Recurring role, 6 episodes
2018 Robot Chicken Leslie / Katara Voice role; episode: "He's Not Even Aiming at the Toilet"
2019–2022 Coroner Jenny Cooper Lead role


  1. ^ a b c Gee, Dana (2019-01-07). "Vancouver's Serinda Swan gets real in new CBC drama Coroner". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  2. ^ Matt Mitovich (2009). "Exclusive: Who Will Make Magic as Smallville's Zatanna?". TV Guide. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  3. ^ Serinda Swan Urban Rush Interview. Archived from the original on 2021-12-20. Retrieved 15 April 2012 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 17, 2012). "A&E's 'Breakout Kings' Cancelled After Two Seasons". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  5. ^ "First Look At Actors William Moseley And Serinda Swan In 'The Veil'". Knowshi Magazine. 6 March 2014. Archived from the original on 5 February 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  6. ^ Abrams, Natalie (March 1, 2017). "Marvel's Inhumans casts Serinda Swan as Medusa". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on March 1, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (2018-05-11). "'Marvel's Inhumans' Canceled By ABC After One Season". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (20 June 2018). "Serinda Swan To Star In CBC Drama Series 'Coroner'". Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  9. ^ a b Serinda Swan becomes Jenny Cooper June 20, 2018,, accessed June 21,2018
  10. ^ Top Programs – Total Canada (English) February 25, 2019 - March 3, 2019 - Numeris
  11. ^ CBC announces first round of renewals for the 2019-20 season
  12. ^ Roll on Season 3 of CBC’S Hit Original Drama CORONER
  13. ^ "'Reacher' Season 2 Casts Serinda Swan, Ferdinand Kingsley, Rory Cochrane as Series Regulars". 21 September 2022.
  14. ^ "Serinda Swan". Retrieved 15 April 2012.

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