Lexa Doig

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Lexa Doig
Lexa Doig at Fan Expo 2011 in Toronto.jpg
Lexa Doig at Fan Expo 2011 in Toronto
BornAlexandra Lecciones Doig
(1973-06-08) June 8, 1973 (age 40)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Michael Shanks (2003–present)
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Lexa Doig
Lexa Doig at Fan Expo 2011 in Toronto.jpg
Lexa Doig at Fan Expo 2011 in Toronto
BornAlexandra Lecciones Doig
(1973-06-08) June 8, 1973 (age 40)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Michael Shanks (2003–present)

Lexa Doig (born Alexandra Lecciones Doig on June 8, 1973) is a Canadian TV and movie actress. She portrayed the title role in the Canadian-American science fiction-adventure television series Andromeda that premiered on October 2, 2000 and concluded on May 13, 2005, after 5 seasons that included 110 episodes. She also portrayed the female lead role of Rowan in the science fiction-horror movie Jason X (2002), the 10th installment of the Friday the 13th film series.


Doig first carved her niche in the entertainment industry at age 16, when she began accepting adverts and other modelling jobs from a talent agent whom she met while completing a modelling training course. The initial media exposure led to her co-hosting the Canadian game show Video & Arcade Top 10 with friend Gordon Michael Woolvett on YTV, from 1991 to 2006.[1] While auditioning for television and film roles, she worked on theatre productions of Romeo and Juliet and Arsenic and Old Lace.[2]

Her first television acting role was as "Second Girl" on The Hidden Room in 1993.[3] Her first recurring role was in the TV seriesTekWar in 1994 where she portrayed the role of Cowgirl. Her first movie role was in the film Jungleground in 1995.[3]

Doig got her first big break with a starring role in the movie No Alibi in 2000, opposite Dean Cain and Eric Roberts.[4] She also landed the title role in Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's sci-fi TV series Andromeda where she portrayed the Andromeda Ascendant ship's computer in three dimensions — as the ship's powerful AI (artificial intelligence) on the system's screen, as the AI's hologram, and as Rommie, the android avatar of the AI.[5]

In 2002, she played the female lead role of “Dr. Rowan LaFontaine” in the horror film Jason X, the 10th installment of Friday the 13th film series.[6] In a recurring role as Dr. Carolyn Lam, Doig also appeared in 11 episodes of the ninth and tenth seasons of Stargate SG-1 between 2005-2007.[3]

In 2010, Doig appeared in 6 episodes in the remake of V as the alien physician Dr. Leah Pearlman. In 2012, she began playing the role of Liber8 terrorist Sonya Valentine in the Canadian science fiction TV series Continuum.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Lexa Doig was born Alexandra Lecciones Doig in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on June 8, 1973. Nicknamed "Spark," she is the younger child of Gloria B. Lecciones and David W. Doig. Her mother is a Filipino Registered Nurse who originally came from Dumaguete City, Philippines, and her father is a Canadian engineer of Scottish and Irish descent who was a petroleum Executive Officer in Toronto.[7]

As a child, Doig studied rhythmic gymnastics and, as a teenager, she studied American Sign Language. At the age of six, natural creativity and artistic talent displayed early budding when she wrote and directed her first school play, "Strawberry Shortcake," giving the lead role to her best friend. She developed a strong interest in acting and became inspired to become an actor at age 9 after she watched a theatre production of Porgy and Bess, an opera by George Gershwin. Since then, she participated in as many church and school stage plays as she could do during her growing years. While completing compulsory secondary education at Don Mills Collegiate Institute, she also enrolled in a vocational modelling programme where she was immediately offered representation by a talent agent, which she accepted. She was immediately booked in various modelling projects that opened doors to bigger opportunities. She chose to drop out from her final year in high school to pursue an acting career as occupation. Incidentally, Doig is a cousin of American martial artist-stunt performers Rey-Phillip Santos and Rowland Santos.

Lexa Doig dated actor Michael Shanks after they met on the set of Andromeda, where the former starred and the latter guest-starred in the 2001 episode "Star Crossed." The two married on August 2, 2003, and they continued to work in the 2003 episode "Day of Judgment, Day of Wrath" of the same TV series. Doig and Shanks were castmates in the final two seasons of Stargate SG-1. The couple have two children: a daughter, Mia Tabitha Shanks (born September 13, 2004), and a son, Samuel David Shanks (born March 19, 2006). Their family currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia with Michael's elder daughter, Tatiana (born in 1998 from his relationship with Vaitiare Bandera, a castmate on the first three seasons of Stargate SG-1), and two family cats.

Doig and Shanks together are actively involved as charity fundraising partners for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Recently, the two actors also worked together in the action thriller Tactical Force (2011), with Doig portraying a female LAPD SWAT officer and Shanks playing the role of a Russian mob leader. Fans follow Doig as "LexaShmexa" at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Doig divides her time between Vancouver, where she works, and Toronto, where she grew up. She enjoys reading, rollerblading, and playing role-playing video games and Dungeons & Dragons,[8] in her spare time.


YearFilmRoleOther notes
1993The Hidden RoomSecond Girl
1994TekWar: TekLordsCowgirl
1996Flash GordonDale ArdenVoice
1997While My Pretty One SleepsTse Tse
1998CI5: The New ProfessionalsTina Backus
1999Teen SorceryMercedes
Ready or NotReceptionist
2000Code Name PhoenixConchita Flores
AndromedaAndromeda Ascendant/Rommie
No AlibiCamille
Earth: Final ConflictJoan Price
TradersM.J. Sullivan
2001The TrackerKim Chang
2002The Chris Isaak ShowDetective Lucy RamirezTV series, 1 episode
Jason XRowan LaFontaine
2004Human CargoRachel Sanders
2005Killer InstinctHospital Doctor
The 4400Wendy Paulson
Stargate SG-1Dr. Carolyn Lam
2007EurekaDr. Anne Young
Second SightJenny Morris
2008Ba'al: The Storm GodPena
The Green FilmThe Star
SupernaturalRisa5.04 "The End"
VDr. Leah Pearlman
2010SmallvilleDr. Christina Lamall10.06 "Harvest"
2011Tactical ForceOfficer Jannard
2012Arctic AirPetra Hossa
ContinuumSonya Valentine
Primeval: New WorldMara Fridkin


  1. ^ T.J. Colello. "How awesome was Video & Arcade Top 10?". Cape Breton Post. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Authorised Guide to The New Professionals". Dave Matthews. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Lexa Doig". IMDB. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Lexa Doig". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Michelle Erica Green. "Lexa Doig: The Galaxy's Sexiest Starship". SFX. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Brian Pate (7 January 2013). "Emerald City Comicon 2013 Adds Lexa Doig". Convention Scene. 
  7. ^ MixedFolks.com - Mixed Actors & Actresses From the Asian Continent Page 2
  8. ^ Staff (2010). "Lexa Doig". DragonCon. DCI, Inc. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 

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