Erica Durance

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Erica Durance
Erica Durance 2.jpg
Durance at San Diego Comic-Con, 2009
Born(1978-06-21) June 21, 1978 (age 36)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Other namesErica Parker
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Wesley Parker (1996-1999)
David Palffy (m. 2005)
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Erica Durance
Erica Durance 2.jpg
Durance at San Diego Comic-Con, 2009
Born(1978-06-21) June 21, 1978 (age 36)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Other namesErica Parker
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Wesley Parker (1996-1999)
David Palffy (m. 2005)

Erica Durance (/dəˈræns/;[1] born June 21, 1978) is a Canadian actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Lois Lane in the WB/CW series Smallville. In 2012, Durance began starring in the lead role in the medical drama television series Saving Hope. She is also a producer for the series.

Early life[edit]

Erica Durance was born in Calgary, and was raised in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada. After graduating from high school, Durance moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, to pursue her interest in acting professionally. "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 Lab for many years with her coach and husband, David Palffy. She started out with background work, graduating to commercials and then guest-starring roles, landing more substantial roles each time.


In 2004, she guest-starred on The Chris Isaak Show playing Ashley, a woman on a date with Chris. In Tru Calling, her character was a contender in a beauty pageant opposite Eliza Dushku's character. On the Sci-Fi Channel, she played an intergalactic librarian in Andromeda and a love interest for Teal'c in Stargate SG-1. She also played a sister to one of the leads in the Canadian show The Collector.

2004 also saw Durance cast as Lois Lane on Smallville at the start of the 4th season. 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.'"[2] Fellow producer Brian Peterson added that from the moment Durance was hired they knew she would be Lois for the series.[3] Durance was a frequent guest star as Lois for the 4th season of Smallville and was then promoted as a series regular for the start of the 5th season. She remained part of the regular cast for the remainder of the series run which ended in 2011.

After 7 years, 2011 saw Durance complete her stint on Smallville as Lois Lane and at the same time guest star in one episode of the cancelled ABC show remake of Charlie's Angels.[4]

In January 2012, she guest starred again, this time in the NBC TV series Harry's Law.[5] 2012 also saw Durance do a cameo in Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie.

In the summer of 2012, Durance began playing the lead role in the NBC/CTV medical drama Saving Hope,[6][7] where she is also a producer.[8] The series also stars Michael Shanks and Daniel Gillies. Saving Hope premiered on NBC and CTV on June 7. Season 2 began on June 25 2013. Season 3 is scheduled to begin September 2014.

Media publicity[edit]

BuddyTv ranked Durance #26 on its TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009 list. BuddyTV ranked her #16 on its TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2010 list.[9]

On February 24, 2011 Durance was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actress in a Television series for her work in Smallville.[10] This was followed up with a Teen Choice Award nomination for Best Actress in a Fantasy/Sci-Fi Show.[11] Durance was nominated for best actress in 2013 by the Canadian Screen Awards Academy for her work in Saving Hope.

In their special issue on the week of 25 May 2012, Canadian edition of Hello listed Durance as one of Canada's 50 Most Beautiful People.

On May 30, BuddyTV ranked Durance #9 on their list of Summer 2012's Hottest Women of TV.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Erica Durance married Wesley Parker in 1996. During their marriage, Durance was first credited as "Erica Parker".[13] Durance began dating Canadian actor, writer and director David Palffy in April 2001 and married him on January 8, 2005. She has a teenage stepson Laszlo, from her husband's previous marriage. They have lived in Vancouver for 13 years.[14] In September 2014, Durance revealed she was pregnant with the couple's first child, via twitter and made her first public appearance pregnant at the annual Birks Diamond Tribute[15]


List of film credits
2001111 Gramercy ParkMaddy O'DonnellTelevision film
2002Untold, TheThe UntoldTara KnowlesDirect-to-video film
2003House of the DeadJohanna
2003Devil WindsKara JensenTelevision film
2004Bridge, TheThe BridgeAmyShort film
2006StrandedCarinaTelevision film
2006Butterfly Effect 2, TheThe Butterfly Effect 2Julie Miller
2007I Me WedIsabelle DardenTelevision film
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film
2009Building, TheThe BuildingJules WildeTelevision film
2009Final VerdictMegan WashingtonTelevision film
2009Beyond Sherwood ForestMaid MarianTelevision film
2010Sophie and ShebaNatalia
2012Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar MovieParis Waitress
2012GemelleAngela/ChristineTelevision film
2014Wedding Planner MysteryCarnegie KincaidTelevision film
List of television credits
2001The Lone GunmenDancerEpisode: "Maximum Buyers"
2004Chris Isaak Show, TheThe Chris Isaak ShowAshleyEpisode: "Let the Games Begin"
2004Tru CallingAngela ToddEpisode: "Drop Dead Gorgeous"
2004AndromedaAmiraEpisode: "Time Out of Mind"
2004Stargate SG-1Krista JamesEpisode: "Affinity"
2004Collector, TheThe CollectorRachel SlateEpisode: "Another Collector"
2004–2011SmallvilleLois LaneSeason 4 (recurring; 13 episodes) Season 5-10 (series regular) 141 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television (2005–06)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
2011Charlie's AngelsSamantha MastersEpisode: "Angels in Chains"
2012Harry's LawAnnie BilsonEpisode: "Gorilla My Dreams"
2012–presentSaving HopeDr. Alex Reid31 episodes
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series


  1. ^ Interview with Erica Durance on WPIX, New York, New York; uploaded to YouTube June 25, 2006.
  2. ^ Mitovich, Matt (October 14, 2010). "Episode 200: A hero's journey remembered". infinity TV. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Erica Durance". movieweb. October 15, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Erica Durance e Isaiah Mustafa in Charlie's Angels" (in Italian). 24 August 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "First Look: Erica Durance Transforms Into Wonder Woman for Harry's Law". 29 December 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Erica Durance nel trailer di Saving Hope" (in Italian). 2 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Erica Durance in Saving Hope, Nikki Deloach in Ringer" (in Italian). 6 January 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Minnie Driver e Matthew Perry per le nuove serie NBC" (in Italian). 2 March 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2010". BuddyTV. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (February 24, 2011). "Inception, Walking Dead Top Saturn Awards Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  11. ^ Andrea, Reiher (June 29, 2011). "'Twilight: Eclipse,' 'Glee' lead Teen Choice nominations first wave". Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Summer 2012's Sexiest Stars: TV's Hottest Women". BuddyTV. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  13. ^ imdb. "Erica Durance". 
  14. ^ "Erica Durance Website". Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  15. ^ Arkigg. "Erica Durance Debuts Her Baby Belly". 

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Preceded by
Teri Hatcher
Actress to portray Lois Lane
Succeeded by
Kate Bosworth (concurrent)