Erica Durance

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Erica Durance

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Erica Durance
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Durance at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1978-06-21) June 21, 1978 (age 39)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Other names Erica Parker[1]
Occupation Actress, producer, director
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Wesley Parker (m. 1996–99)
David Palffy (m. 2005)
Children 2

Erica Durance (/dəˈræns/; born June 21, 1978)[2] is a Canadian actress, producer, and director. She is known for her television roles, portraying Lois Lane on The WB/CW series Smallville, and as Dr. Alex Reid on the medical drama series Saving Hope.

Early life[edit]

Durance was born in Calgary to parents Gail and Joel Durance and was raised on a turkey farm with her older brother and sister in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada.[3] She was trained as a classical singer from childhood. After graduating from high school, in 1999, Durance moved to Vancouver to pursue her interest in acting professionally.[4] “I wanted to get my feet wet in a smaller area than Los Angeles when I gave it a try,” Durance has said. She continued to study acting at the Yaletown Actors Studio for many years with her coach and husband, David Palffy.


Durance began her career with background work, graduating to commercials and guest-starring roles.[3] Durance made her feature film debut in the 2002 movie The Untold. She guest-starred on the comedy series The Chris Isaak Show and the supernatural series The Collector. In Tru Calling, her character was a contender in a beauty pageant opposite Eliza Dushku. On the SyFy Channel, she played an intergalactic librarian in Andromeda and a love interest for Teal’c on Stargate SG-1.

Durance first gained fame in 2004, after being cast as Lois Lane on the popular CW television series, Smallville, playing a sassy, street-smart teenage Lois Lane in season four. Executive Producer Kelly Souders recalled hiring Durance stating: “There were a lot of wonderful actresses who came in for the role, but I remember sitting and watching her tape and everybody was like, ‘That’s her. There’s no question.'”[5] Fellow producer Brian Peterson added that from the moment Durance was hired they knew she would be Lois for the series.[6] Durance was promoted to series regular in season five and became part of the regular cast for the remainder of the series run. She played Lois for seven seasons and received three Saturn Award nominations for her portrayal of the character. On playing Lois Lane Durance said:

Everyone has their specific idea of who Lois Lane is for them, and you have your overall blueprint, but then you have to try to make it your own. That’s the only way to try to stay truthful to what you’re doing.[7] It’s an experience I will cherish always and never forget. Lois is a beloved character. I took that seriously and put my heart and soul into her for seven years. I enjoyed every minute and am forever changed by it.[4]

Along with starring in the Smallville series, Durance also appeared in a number of films. In 2006, she starred in the films The Butterfly Effect 2 and Island Heat: Stranded. In 2007, Durance played Isabel Darden in the Lifetime movie I Me Wed. Playing a successful, attractive 30-year-old woman, who decides to marry herself, after growing tired of family and friends asking her “when are you going to get married?”. She was nominated for a Gemini Awards for her performance in the film. Durance starred as Maid Marian in the 2009 movie Beyond Sherwood Forest.[8] In 2010, she appeared in the film Sophie and Sheba as an Aerial silk performer in the circus.[9]

In 2011, she guests starred in the Charlie’s Angels television series as CIA operative Samantha Masters.[10] In 2012, she appeared on the TV series Harry’s Law.[11] 2012 also saw Durance do a cameo in Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie and played twin sister Angela/Christine in the Italian TV mini-series 6 passi nel giallo.[12]

In the summer of 2012, Durance began starring in the lead role in the CTV medical drama television series, Saving Hope, as Chief Surgical Dr. Alex Reid.[13][14] She is also a producer on the series.[15] In season 3, Durance’s real life pregnancy was worked into her character Alex Reid and the series. Saving Hope ended its run in 2017.

Durance played Carnegie Kincaid, a wedding planner, and a perfectionist, in the 2014 Hallmark movie Wedding Planner Mystery.[16] The story follows Carnegie Kincaid trying to clear her name after she became a murder suspect, as her life exploding into a whirlwind mix of danger, mystery, and romance. The movie is based on Deborah Donnelly’s novel Veiled Threats. In 2015, Durance starred in the thriller film Painkillers.[17]

In July 2017, The CW television series Supergirl announced that Durance will be taking over the role of Kara’s Kryptonian mother from Laura Benanti in a recurring role in season three.[18]

Charity work[edit]

Durance is a supporter of World Vision Canada.[19] In August 2006, she co-hosted the Superman/Batman #26 art auction at the Wizard World Chicago convention, with comic book writer and Smallville producer Jeph Loeb.[20] Durance refused her appearance fee and donated the money towards the auction. The auction raised $70,000.[21] The event honored Loeb’s son, Sam Loeb, who died at age 17 after a long battle with bone cancer, and all of its proceeds went to the Sam Loeb College Scholarship Fund.[22]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Durance was nominated for Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2005 and 2006 for the Smallville series. In 2008, she was nominated for Gemini Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for the film I Me Wed.[23] In 2011, she was nominated for another Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television for Smallville.[24] This was followed by a Teen Choice Award nomination in June 2011 for Best Actress in a Fantasy/Sci-Fi Show.[25] In 2013, Durance was nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards for best actress for her performance in Saving Hope.[26] She received a second Canadian Screen Awards nomination for best actress in a dramatic role for Saving Hope in 2017.[27]

Durance was ranked #38 on FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World” in 2006 and #20 in 2007, #15 in 2008, and #14 in 2009.[28] She has also appeared on the cover of FHM and Maxim magazine. In 2009, Durance was on Entertainment Weeklys Sci-fi Hotties Women.[29] BuddyTV ranked her #26 on its TV’s 100 Sexiest Women of 2009, and #16 on its 2010 list.[30] In 2012, BuddyTV ranked Durance #9 on their list of Summer 2012’s Sexiest Stars.[31] Hello! magazine listed her as one of Canada’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Durance was married to Wesley Parker from 1996 to 1999. She began dating Canadian actor, writer and director David Palffy in 2001 and married him in 2005. In September 2014, Durance revealed she was pregnant with the couple’s first child and gave birth to a boy in February 2015.[32][33] Durance announced she was pregnant with her second child in June 2016.[34] Her second son was born in December 2016.[35] She also has a stepson from her husband’s previous relationship. Durance and her husband reside in Vancouver, British Columbia.[36]



Durance at Adventure Con, 2006

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Untold, TheThe Untold Tara Knowles
2003 House of the Dead Johanna
2004 Bridge, TheThe Bridge Amy Short film
2006 Butterfly Effect 2, TheThe Butterfly Effect 2 Julie Miller
2010 Sophie and Sheba Natalia
2012 Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie Paris Waitress
2015 Painkillers Trudy


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Lone Gunmen Dancer Episode: “Maximum Buyers”
2003 Devil Winds Kara Jensen Television film
111 Gramercy Park Maddy O’Donnell Television film
2004 Chris Isaak Show, TheThe Chris Isaak Show Ashley Episode: “Let the Games Begin”
Tru Calling Angela Todd Episode: “Drop Dead Gorgeous”
Andromeda Amira Episode: “Time Out of Mind”
Stargate SG-1 Krista James Episode: “Affinity
The Collector Rachel Slate Episode: “Another Collector”
2004–2011 Smallville Lois Lane Recurring role (season 4); main role (seasons 5–10); 141 episodes
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television (2005, 2006)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television (2011)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for TV Actress – Fantasy/Sci-Fi (2011)
2006 Island Heat: Stranded Carina Television film
2007 I Me Wed Isabelle Darden Television film
Nominated – Gemini Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series (2008)
2009 Building, TheThe Building Jules Wilde Television film
Final Verdict Megan Washington Television film
Beyond Sherwood Forest Maid Marian Television film
2011 Charlie’s Angels Samantha Masters Episode: “Angels in Chains”
2012 Harry’s Law Annie Bilson Episode: “Gorilla My Dreams”
6 passi nel giallo Angela/Christine Episode: “Gemelle”
2012–2017 Saving Hope Dr. Alex Reid Main role; 85 episodes
Nominated – Canadian Screen Awards for Best Actress in a Drama Series (2013, 2017)
2014 Wedding Planner Mystery Carnegie Kincaid Television film
2017- Supergirl Alura Zor-El Recurring role


Year Title Notes
2012–2017 Saving Hope 85 episodes


Year Title Episode Notes
2016 Saving Hope “Torn and Frayed” Season 4

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