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Zoie Palmer
Zoie Palmer, Lost Girl Panel at FanExpo crop.jpg
Palmer at 2012 FanExpo Lost Girl panel
NationalityEnglish, Canadian
Alma materYork University
Years active2002 – present
Known forLauren on Lost Girl
Home townCamborne, Cornwall, England
Partner(s)Alexandra (Alex) Lalonde

Zoie Palmer is an English-Canadian actress most notable for her role as Dr. Lauren Lewis in the Showcase supernatural drama Lost Girl, and the Android in the SyFy science fiction series Dark Matter.

Early life

Born in Camborne, Cornwall, England, to parents of British and Irish descent, Zoie Palmer moved with her family to Canada when she was nine years old.[1] She attended Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Newmarket, Ontario; and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in Toronto, Canada, in 2001.[2] Palmer's first professional experience as an actor was as a teenager in summer stock at the Red Barn Theatre in Jackson's Point, Ontario, Canada.[3]


Palmer's best-known work is the role of Dr. Lauren Lewis, a major character in the Canadian series Lost Girl (2010–2015).[4][5][6] Her television work includes made-for-TV movies The Reagans (2003) as Patti Reagan; Out of the Ashes (2003) as Didi Goldstein; and Devil's Perch (2005) as Abby. She had a recurring role in the CTV teen drama/comedy series Instant Star as rock singer Patsy Sewer (2006–2007); and was a co-lead in the Global drama The Guard as Coast Guard rescue specialist Carly Greig (2008–2009) (for which she had to conquer her fear of water).[7] Guest appearances include The CW espionage drama Nikita in the episode "Girl's Best Friend" (2011) as Anya Vimer, a terrorist who tries to sabotage a peace summit; the HBO Canada comedy Call Me Fitz in the episode "Don of the Differently Abled" (2011) as Laura, an unhinged amputee with plans for an escort service for disabled people; the CTV fantasy drama The Listener in the third season finale "The Shooting" (2012) as Staff Sgt. McCoy, an investigator for Internal Affairs. Palmer appeared in the online dating web series comedy Seeking Simone in the episode "1.1: Single Lesbian Psychos" (2009) as Rebecca.[8] After Lost Girl, she joined the main cast of science-fiction series Dark Matter in the role of The Android (2015–2017)[9][10] and hosted After Dark, the series' online aftershow for third-season episodes.[11]

Palmer in 2011

Film roles include Annabelle in the short drama Terminal Venus (2003); Haley in the romantic comedy The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard (2010); Cheryl in the supernatural horror Devil (2010); Officer Frances Jane in the crime thriller Cold Blooded (2012); Lou in the comedy Sex After Kids (2013);[12] and Bethany in the fantasy adventure Patch Town (2014).

Zoie Palmer was awarded Best Actor for Terminal Venus by the 2004 Baja Film Festival (Mexico);[13] and the Gold Medallion Acting Award for Best Actress in a Feature Film for Cold Blooded by the 2012 Bare Bones International Film Festival.[14] She was nominated in 2011 for the ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance - Female for The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard;[15] and in 2014 by the Canadian Comedy Awards for Multimedia / Best Female Performance in a Feature for Sex After Kids;[16]

In 2013 she won "Favorite TV Actress" and "Best Tweeter" in the annual AfterEllen Visibility Awards for popularity;[17] and "Best Sci-Fi or Fantasy Actress" by Canadagraphs in its annual Best Of TV Awards.[18] She was chosen "Girl on Top 2013" by E! Entertainment Television in its popularity contest of Favorite TV Leading Ladies.[19] In its annual 50 Most Beautiful Stars issue celebrating homegrown talent, she was named "Number 1" for 2014 by Hello! Canada.[20] Palmer received the Fan Choice Award for Favourite Canadian Screen Star by the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards.[21]

Her portrayal of Lauren together with Bo (Anna Silk) as same-sex couple "Bo and Lauren" on Lost Girl was named one of its all-time "Favorite TV Couples" by CNN in 2013;[22][23] and declared "Top TV Couple of 2013" by E! Entertainment Television in its annual online contest.[24]

Personal life

On March 9, 2014, Zoie Palmer came out publicly as lesbian during broadcast of the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards when she thanked her life partner, Canadian film producer Alex Lalonde,[a] after expressing gratitude for winning the "Fan Choice Award for Favourite Canadian Screen Star" for her performance as Lauren on Lost Girl. Palmer and Lalonde have a son, Luca, from Lalonde's previous marriage.[26][27][28]

Palmer's sister, Tracey (Palmer) Weiler, was a Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario candidate for the Kitchener—Waterloo electoral district in a 2012 by-election for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario,[29] and the 2014 general election.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Bar Life Ryan Short film
2003 Terminal Venus Annabelle Short film
2004 Godsend Susan Pierce
2006 Snapshots for Henry Angie Short film
2010 The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard Haley
2010 Devil Cheryl
2012 Cold Blooded Officer Frances Jane
2013 Sex After Kids Lou
2014 Patch Town Bethany
2017 Deerbrook Tammy Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Odyssey 5 Researcher Episode: "Skin"
2002 The Scream Team Rebecca Kull TV movie
2003 Adventure Inc. Luisa Episode: "Plaque Ship of Val Verde"
2003 Out of the Ashes Didi Goldstein TV movie
2003 The Reagans Patti Reagan TV movie
2004 Bliss Donna Episode: "Badness"
2004 Missing Tracy Somers Episode: "Mr. Nobody"
2004 Doc Tracey Briant Episode: "The Family Tree"
2005 Devil's Perch Abby TV movie
2005 Martha Behind Bars Amy TV movie
2006 Gospel of Deceit Tracy Duggins TV movie
2006–07 Instant Star Patsy Sewer Recurring role, 12 episodes
2008–09 The Guard Carly Greig Main role, 22 episodes
2009 Seeking Simone Rebecca Webisode 1.1: "Single Lesbian Psychos"
2010–15 Lost Girl Dr. Lauren Lewis Main role, 72 episodes
additional roles: Reynard in "Original Skin" (2.09) , Flora Blooms in "La Fae Époque" (4.07), Lola in "Follow the Yellow Trick Road" (5.14)
2010 Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures Female Cop Episode: "Unhappy Endings"
2010 Murdoch Mysteries Katie Powers Episode: "Victor, Victorian"
2011 Degrassi: The Next Generation Officer Episode: "Jesus, Etc.: Part 2"
2011 XIII: The Series Moira Episode: "The Irish Version"
2011 King Angela Gilbert Episode: "Lori Gilbert"
2011 Nikita Anya Vimer Episode: "Girl's Best Friend"
2011 Call Me Fitz Laura Episode: "Don of the Differently Abled"
2012 Lost Girl Finale Pre-Show as self Showcase TV special
2012 The Listener Staff Sgt McCoy Season 3, episode 13: "The Shooting"
2012 Flashpoint Wife Season 5, episode 11: "Fit For Duty"
2013 Lost Girl ConFAEdential as self Showcase TV special
2013 Her Husband's Betrayal Tora TV movie
2013 Lost Girl: An Evening at the Clubhouse as self Showcase TV special
2015–17 Dark Matter The Android Main role, 39 episodes
2016 Real Detective Detective Leigh Maroni Season 1, episode 5: "Retribution"
2017 After Dark Host (as self) Syfy International Dark Matter online after-show
2017 The Beaverton Lisa Langenberg Season 2, episode 2: "How will big pharma ruin legal weed for Canadians?" (sketch)
2018 Taken Meg Season 2, episode 5: "Absalom"
2018 Ransom Jasmine Bradshaw Season 2, episode 3: "Secrets and Spies"
2018 Wynonna Earp Jolene Season 3, episodes 4, 5: "No Cure For Crazy", "Jolene"
2019 Pure Valerie Krochack Season 2; recurring role, 6 episodes
2019 Jann Max Recurring role, 7 episodes
2019 Hudson & Rex Wendy Larson Season 1, episode 12: "A Cult Education"
2020 Glass Houses Anna Dawson TV movie (in post-production)[30]


  1. ^ Alexandra (Alex) Lalonde is the daughter of Canadian singer and television host Pierre Lalonde.[25]


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  8. ^ Hogan, Heather (April 10, 2013). "Vintage Web Series: Zoie Palmer's Girlfriend Gives Her Emotional Crabs in "Seeking Simone"". AfterEllen. Archived from the original on September 21, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
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  15. ^ "The 9th Annual ACTRA Awards in Toronto – 2011 Nominees Announced" (PDF). ACTRA Toronto. January 12, 2011.
  16. ^ Campbell, Glenn (June 17, 2014). "2014 Canadian Comedy Awards nominees announced". Comedy Channel (Blogs).
  17. ^ "The 2013 AfterEllen Visibility Awards". AfterEllen. January 3, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
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  19. ^ "Girl on Top 2013: And the Winner Is..." E! Entertainment Television. May 9, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  20. ^ "Canada's Most Beautiful 2014: See who made the list". Hello! Canada. May 21, 2014.
  21. ^ Kennedy, John R. (March 10, 2014). "'Lost Girl' named favourite show at Canadian Screen Awards". Global News.
  22. ^ Hanks, Henry (February 14, 2013). "From 'New Girl' to 'I Love Lucy:' our favorite TV couples". CNN.
  23. ^ "CNN's Favourite TV Couples". Prodigy Pictures Inc. February 18, 2013.
  24. ^ "Top TV Couple of 2013". E! Entertainment Television. 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  25. ^ "Pierre LALONDE". Montreal Gazette. June 25, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
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  27. ^ Potts, Andrew (March 12, 2014). "Canadian actress Zoie Palmer comes out by thanking partner at awards show". Gay Star News.
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  29. ^ "Tracey Weiler wins local Tory nomination". Waterloo Region Record. June 21, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  30. ^ "Glass Houses 2020". MovieStillsDB. 2019.

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