Serinda Swan

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Serinda Swan
Serinda Swan 2012.jpg
Swan in 2012
Born (1984-07-11) July 11, 1984 (age 36)
Years active2005–present

Serinda Swan (born July 11, 1984) is a Canadian actress. She is 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 Warner Bros. television series Smallville as Zatanna Zatara, she also starred as Paige Arkin in the USA Network series Graceland (2013–2015) and as Erica Reed in the A&E series Breakout Kings (2011–2012). She currently stars as Jenny Cooper in the CBC series Coroner.

Early life[edit]

Swan was born in West Vancouver, British Columbia.[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 three 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 of Supernatural—another The CW series—, "You Can't Handle the Truth", 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 1 million viewers per episode throughout the first season.[10] The series was subsequently renewed for second season.[11]


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 organisations for the betterment of humanity".[12]



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


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
2008 Psych Eileen Mazwell Episode: "Murder?... Anyone?... Anyone?... Bueller?"
2009 Desperate Escape Melissa Television film
2009 Hostile Makeover Amanda Manville Television film
2009 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"
2014 Chicago Fire Brittany Baker Recurring role
2017 Inhumans Medusa Main role
2017 Feud: Bette and Joan Anne Bancroft Episode: "And the Winner Is... (The Oscars of 1963)"
2017 Ballers Chloe Recurring role, 6 episodes
2018 Robot Chicken Leslie / Mummy Pig Voice role; episode: "He's Not Even Aiming at the Toilet"
2019–present 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". YouTube. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  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. 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 20 June 2018,, accessed 21 June 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. ^ "Serinda Swan". Retrieved 15 April 2012.

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