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.
Durance was born in Calgary, Alberta, and was raised in Three Hills, Alberta. 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.'" Fellow producer Brian Peterson added that from the moment Durance was hired they knew she would be Lois for the series. 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.
In the summer of 2012, Durance began playing the lead role in the NBC/CTV medical drama Saving Hope, where she is also a producer. The series also stars Michael Shanks and Daniel Gillies. Saving Hopepremiered on NBC and CTV on June 7. Season 2 began on June 25 2013. Season 3 is scheduled to begin June. 2014.
On February 24, 2011 Durance was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actress in a Television series for her work in Smallville. This was followed up with a Teen Choice Award nomination for Best Actress in a Fantasy/Sci-Fi Show. 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.
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.
|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||The Butterfly Effect 2||Julie Miller|
|2007||I Me Wed||Isabelle Darden||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|
|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|