Erica Durance is a Canadian actress best known for her starring role as Lois Lane on the science fiction television series Smallville, from 2004-2011.
In the role of the future Daily Planet reporter, Durance played Lois as a street-smart, tough young woman who bonds with the Kent family, much to Clark’s (Tom Welling) dismay.
She also stars as Dr. Alex Reid, at the start of the series Chief Surgical Resident at Hope Zion Hospital and Charlie Harris' fiancée, in the supernatural medical drama television series Saving Hope.
Growing up in Three Hills, Alberta, Durance is dual citizen of Canada and the United States.
She has guest starred in the television series Stargate SG-1, The Chris Isaak Show, Andromeda and Tru Calling. She also starred in the 2004 pilot Gramercy Park and guest starred in the fantasy series The Collector.
She has also starred in several films credited as Erica Parker, including the 2003 horror film House of the Dead. Parker was the surname of her first husband, which she had taken when they wed in 1996. They separated in 1999.
In 2006 she starred in the feature film The Butterfly Effect 2, playing Julie, the central female character. Julie is a bright young professional who takes on a number of different characters as her destiny changes again and again throughout the movie.
In addition, Durance starred in the made-for-TV thriller Stranded, also in 2006.
She also played the leading role of Heather Thompson in the dark romantic comedy Ecstasy, which is based on the novella by Irvine Welsh. The movie was released in Canada in 2008.
Durance married for the second time on January 8, 2005, to Canadian actor David Palffy. They reside in Vancouver.
She was listed as the highest new entrant and cover girl in FHM's May 2006 issue, including the World's 100 Sexiest Women at #38.
She was listed by FHM at #20 in the World's 100 Sexiest Women in 2007.