Erin Karpluk

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Erin Karpluk
Erin Karpluk at Canadian Screen Awards Nominee Reception.jpg
Born(1978-10-17) 17 October 1978 (age 35)
Jasper, Alberta, Canada
OccupationActress
Years active2000–present[1]
 
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Erin Karpluk
Erin Karpluk at Canadian Screen Awards Nominee Reception.jpg
Born(1978-10-17) 17 October 1978 (age 35)
Jasper, Alberta, Canada
OccupationActress
Years active2000–present[1]

Erin Karpluk (born 17 October 1978)[2] is a Canadian actress. She is best known for portraying Erica Strange on Being Erica and Kate in Godiva's.

Life and career[edit]

Erin Karpluk was born in Jasper, Alberta to a high school principal mother[3][4] and a railway engineer father. Her family is of Ukrainian descent.[1][2][4] She majored in theatre at the University of Victoria and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2000.[5][6]

She began her acting career in Vancouver and between 2000 and 2005, she appeared in more than a dozen television movies and series before landing the role of Kate in Godiva's. Her work during this period included "Voice of Sylan" in the final episode of Dark Angel and the TV movie Family Sins. She was also in a short-lived US television series called Glory Days in 2002. In 2004, she appeared in Legend of Earthsea and played a serial killer in Ripper 2: Letter from Within.[7]

Karpluk earned a Leo nomination for her first season of Godiva's and a 2006 Gemini nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role.[8] Since Godiva's, Karpluk has continued to work in television and short films. In 2007 she appeared in Bionic Woman, Flash Gordon, and The L Word.[1] She had a leading role in a 2008 television movie, Smokejumpers, directed by John Terlesky.

Karpluk starred in the CBC Television series Being Erica.[9] She was offered the lead role of Erica Strange when she was working in Los Angeles on The L Word.[5] In 2009, she won the Gemini award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for her role in Being Erica.[10]

She also had a recurring role as Alice the radio station manager during the first season of The CW's Life Unexpected.[11] Her only appearance in the second season was in the series finale because of a scheduling conflict resulting from Being Erica being picked up for a third year.

Personal life[edit]

She enjoys pierogies, cabbage rolls, and fishing near Jasper with her brother.[4]

Filmography[edit]

YearProductionRoleNotes
2000So...?Bagel GirlRegular cast
2002Glory DaysCal HenriesRegular cast (6 episodes)
JeremiahSadieGuest appearance (1 episode)
Dark AngelGemGuest appearance (1 episode)
CarrieMadelineTV film
Taken (Miniseries)SarahGuest appearance (1 episode)
2003The Dead ZoneMaddy PowersGuest appearance (1 episode)
Maximum SurgeZoeyTV film
Game OverZoeyTV Film
Battlestar Galactica (Miniseries)Woman #1Guest appearance (2 episodes)
2004I Want to Marry Ryan BanksNikkiTV film
It Must Be LoveTess GazelleTV film
Family SinsCarol GeckTV film[1]
10.5Rachel, Williams' AideTV film
Ripper 2: Letter from WithinMolly KellerFeature film[1][12]
Eve's ChristmasMandyTV film[1]
Legend of EarthseaDianaTV film in 2 parts
2005Killer InstinctRobinGuest appearance (1 episode)
2005–2006Godiva'sKateRegular cast (19 episodes)
2006SupernaturalMonicaGuest appearance (episode 1x21 "Salvation")
Almost HeavenCatherineFeature film[1]
Echoes of an EpicJodyFeature film[1]
Men in TreesAmandaGuest appearance (1 episode)
2006Love and Other DilemmasLucy LadroFeature film released in 2008[13]
2007Termination PointAllison CurranTV film
Judicial IndiscretionJenniferTV film
Luna: Spirit of the WhaleJill MackayTV film[1]
Bionic WomanRobinGuest appearance (2 episodes)
Flash GordonDr. Debra PetersonGuest appearance (1 episode)
SnowglobeClaireTV film
2008The L WordAlysseGuest appearance (3 episodes)
Trial By FireChelseaTV film
Walk the DogWoman
The GuardRobynGuest appearance (2 episodes)
2009WyvernClaireTV film
RevolutionConnieTV film
Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. MiracleReba MaxwellTV film
2009–2011Being EricaErica StrangeRegular cast / Title character (54 episodes)
2010–2011Life UnexpectedAliceRegular cast (7 episodes)
2011Christmas LodgeMaryTV film
Captain StarshipCandaceTV unaired pilot
FlashpointAva Logan1 episode
2013JackAlisonTV film
Assault on Wall StreetRosie Baxford
SuddenlyEllen
Saving HopeSonja SullivanGuest appearance (4 episodes)
The ListenerDr. Laura GrayGuest appearance (1 episode)
SupernaturalRobinEpisode 9x7 "Bad Boys"
2014Reasonable DoubtRachel Brockden

Awards[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWork nominatedResult
2011Gemini AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic RoleBeing EricaNominated
2010Leo AwardBest Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic SeriesBeing Erica[14]Won
2009Gemini AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic RoleBeing EricaWon
2008Leo AwardBest Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic SeriesFlash GordonNominated
2008Leo AwardBest Supporting Performance by a Female in a Feature Length DramaLuna: Spirit of the WhaleNominated
2007Leo AwardBest Supporting Performance by a Female in a Feature Length DramaLove and Other DilemmasNominated
2006Leo AwardBest Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic SeriesGodiva'sNominated
2006Gemini AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic RoleGodiva'sNominated
2005Leo AwardDramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a FemaleGodiva'sNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Erin Karpluk (profile)". Northern Stars. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  2. ^ a b Rita Zekas (23 January 2010). "Being Erica, Erin Karpluk goes back in time". Toronto Star. p. E11. Retrieved 9 November 2010. "Karpluk, 30, was born in Jasper, Alta." 
  3. ^ Taylor, Kate (31 December 2008). "CBC banks on Erica: bright, beautiful and falling apart". The Globe and Mail.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b c Phelan, Erin (March/April 2012). "Actress Erin Karpluk on diet, fitness and healthy living". Best Health. p. 111. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  5. ^ a b McNeney, Mike (Spring 2009). "Wouldn't Change a Thing". Torch. University of Victoria. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Erin Karpluk [Alumni Profile]". University of Victoria. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  7. ^ DVD Cinematica
  8. ^ "Erica Strange (profile)". CBC. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  9. ^ TV Feeds my Family (blog) 9 April 2008
  10. ^ "Flashpoint triumphs at Gemini gala". CBC News. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  11. ^ Lynn, Megan (21 January 2010). "Unexpected Gig For Erin Karpluk". SOAPnet. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "Death Door – La Porta Dell'Inferno" (in Italian). Unilibro. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  13. ^ Love and Other Dilemmas Official site
  14. ^ "2010 Winners by Name". Leo Awards. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 

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