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.


 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

Durance was born in CalgaryAlberta, and was raised in Three HillsAlberta. After graduating from high school, Durance moved to VancouverBritish 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 GilliesSaving Hopepremiered on NBC and CTV on June 7. Season 2 began on June 25 2013. Season 3 is scheduled to begin June. 2014.

Media publicity[edit]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]Edit

Durance was first credited as "Erica Parker" from her first marriage. Durance began dating Canadian actor, writer and director David Palffy in April 2001 and married him on January 8, 2005. She refers to him as her "soul mate". They have a son named Laszlo. They have continued to reside in Vancouver for 13 years.[13]


List of film credits
Year Title Role Notes
2001 111 Gramercy Park Maddy O'Donnell Television film
2002 The Untold Tara Knowles Direct-to-video film
2003 House of the Dead Johanna
2003 Devil Winds Kara Jensen Television film
2004 The Bridge Amy Short film
2006 Stranded Carina Television film
2006 The Butterfly Effect 2 Julie Miller
2007 I Me Wed Isabelle Darden Television film

Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film

2009 The Building Jules Wilde Television film
2009 Final Verdict Megan Washington Television film
2009 Beyond Sherwood Forest Maid Marian Television film
2010 Sophie and Sheba Natalia
2012 Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Paris Waitress
2012 Gemelle Angela/Christine Television film
List of television credits
Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Lone Gunmen Dancer Episode: "Maximum Buyers"
2004 The Chris Isaak Show Ashley Episode: "Let the Games Begin"
2004 Tru Calling Angela Todd Episode: "Drop Dead Gorgeous"
2004 Andromeda Amira Episode: "Time Out of Mind"
2004 Stargate SG-1 Krista James Episode: "Affinity"
2004 The Collector Rachel Slate Episode: "Another Collector"
2004–2011 Smallville Lois Lane Season 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

2011 Charlie's Angels Samantha Masters Episode: "Angels in Chains"
2012 Harry's Law Annie Bilson Episode: "Gorilla My Dreams"
2012–present Saving Hope Dr. Alex Reid 31 episodes

Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series

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