Laura Dianne Vandervoort
September 22, 1984
Laura Dianne Vandervoort (born September 22, 1984) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles as Sadie Harrison in the CTV teen drama series Instant Star, Arla "The Bolt-Gun Killer" Cogan in the Syfy supernatural drama series Haven, Kara Zor-El (Supergirl) in The CW serial drama series Smallville, and as Lisa in the ABC science fiction series V (2009). In 2014, she starred in the Space drama series Bitten, a television adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's book series Women of the Otherworld as Elena Michaels.
Early life and career
Vandervoort was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She is the daughter of a Canadian mother and a Dutch father. In the first weeks of her life, she contracted meningitis, resulting in a severe sickness that lasted a few months. Her parents were initially told she was not going to survive. Growing up, Vandervoort was involved in several sports such as football, karate (second-degree black belt), basketball, tennis, gymnastics and baseball. She has a sister named Sarah and she is related to Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent.
In 1997, she made her acting debut at age 13. After taking several classes and doing background work on Canadian shows such as Road to Avonlea and Harriet the Spy, she got her first speaking role in the Canadian children's horror anthology series Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, both series were aired on YTV.
After commercials and guest starring roles in Mutant X, Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story, Goosebumps, Twice in a Lifetime, Doc, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, Troubled Waters, The Dresden Files, and a few Disney Channel original films (Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire and Alley Cats Strike), at age 19, while attending York University where she studied Psychology and English, Vandervoort landed a lead role as Sadie Harrison in the CTV teen drama series Instant Star, which ran for four seasons.
In 2006, Vandervoort starred in her first feature film titled The Lookout alongside Jeff Daniels, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Matthew Goode, and Isla Fisher. Several other television appearances such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation led Vandervoort to the role of Clark Kent's Kryptonian cousin "Kara Kent" (the woman destined to become Supergirl) in The CW serial drama series Smallville. She was a regular in season seven, and appeared in the "Bloodline" episode for season eight. She then returned for another two episodes in the tenth and final season of Smallville.
Following The CW and Smallville, Vandervoort then shot the sequel to the feature film Into the Blue titled Into the Blue 2: The Reef. She next filmed an independent production titled The Jazzman, which also starred Canadian stars Michael Ironside (who appeared in the second V miniseries as well as the 1984 V regular series) and Corey Sevier.
In 2010, Vandervoort appeared in the two-part miniseries Riverworld in which she plays Jessie Machalan, the fiancée of war correspondent Matt Ellman who wakes up after death on a planet populated by everyone who has ever lived on Earth. In 2011, she starred in the suspense film The Entitled, alongside Ray Liotta and Kevin Zegers.
In October 2011, she posed for PETA as part of the "Exotic Skins" campaign and in 2014, she appeared nude again for an ad that protested against the keeping of marine mammals in captivity. In 2012, she had a small role in Seth MacFarlane's comedy film Ted, playing Mark Wahlberg's coworker Tanya.
|1999||Penny's Odyssey||Tanya||Television film|
|2000||Alley Cats Strike||Lauren||Television film (Disney Channel Original Movie)|
|2000||Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire||Chelsea Hansen||Television film (Disney Channel Original Movie)|
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy): Leading Young Actress
|2004||Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story||Young Girl||Television film; uncredited|
|2005||Falcon Beach||Ashley||Television film|
|2009||Out of Control||Marcie Cutler||Television film|
|2009||Into the Blue 2: The Reef||Dani White||Direct-to-video|
|2010||Riverworld||Jessie Machalan||Television film|
|2011||The Entitled||Hailey Jones|
|2011||Desperately Seeking Santa||Jennifer Walker||Television film|
|2012||This Means War||Britta|
|2012||Broken Trust||Sophie||Television film|
|2012||Finding Mrs. Claus||Noelle||Television film|
|2013||Life of the Party||Bea|
|2014||Coffee Shop||Donavan Turner||Television film|
|1997–1998||Goosebumps||Nadine Platt / Sheena Deep||"The Haunted House Game" (season 3; episode 10)|
"Deep Trouble: Part 1" (season 4; episode 7)
"Deep Trouble: Part 2" (season 4; episode 8)
|2000||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Ashley Fox||"The Tale of the Laser Maze" (season 7; episode 11)|
|2000||Twice in a Lifetime||Misty Reynolds||"Even Steven" (season 2; episode 15)|
|2001||Mutant X||Tina||"Russian Roulette" (season 1; episode 3)|
|2002||The Gavin Crawford Show||The Girl|
|2004–2008||Instant Star||Sadie Harrison||Main role; 49 episodes|
|2004||Doc||Annis Bennington||"The Family Tree" (season 5; episode 6)|
|2005||72 Hours: True Crime||Leanne||"Head in a Bucket" (season 2; episode 10)|
|2005||Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye||Gabbie||"Bad Girls" (season 3; episode 18)|
|2007||The Dresden Files||Natalie||"Bad Blood" (season 1; episode 5)|
|2007||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Miss Tangiers||"Big Shots" (season 7; episode 19)|
|2007–2011||Smallville||Kara Zor-El||23 episodes|
Main role (season 7)
Guest star (season 8 and season 10)
|2009–11||V||Lisa||Main role; 22 episodes|
|2011||Family Guy||Jenny / Third Bully Girl||"Friends of Peter G." (season 9; episode 10)|
"Trading Places" (season 9; episode 13)
|2012||White Collar||Sophie Covington||"Parting Shots" (season 4; episode 4)|
|2012||Finding Mrs. Claus||Noelle||Television film|
|2013||Haven||Arla Cogan||"Reunion" (season 3; episode 12)|
"Thanks for the Memories" (season 3; episode 13)
|2013||CSI: NY||Marcy Sullivan||"Nine Thirteen" (season 9; episode 13)|
|2014–2016||Bitten||Elena Michaels||Main role|
|2016||Supergirl||Indigo / Brainiac 8||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
|2016–2018||Ice||Tessa||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|2017||Frankie Drake Mysteries||Sophia Devoe||"Out of Focus" (season 1; episode 5)|
|2018–2019||Private Eyes||Dana Edson||"Shadow of a Doubt" (season 2; episode 18) and "Catch Me If You Can" (season 3; episode 1)|
|2011||Spider-Man: Edge of Time||Mary Jane Watson|
|2015||"Ruthless Love"||Alexz Johnson||Ballerina|
Awards and nominations
|2001||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy) – Leading Young Actress||Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire||Nominated|||
|2016||Golden Maple Awards||Best actress in a TV series broadcast in the U.S.||Bitten||Nominated|||
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- "Laura Vandervoort – The Bees Knees". ThisNeedstoStop.com. July 25, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
- Mitovich, Matt (November 6, 2008). "Smallville's Supergirl Returns! (But She's Feeling Not-So-Super)". TV Guide. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
- Abrams, Natalie (July 13, 2010). "Supergirl Laura Vandervoort Returns to Smallville". TV Guide. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
- Rapp, Ilana (May 29, 2013). "Actress Laura Vandervoort Talks About Being Starstruck". HuffPost. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
- "Laura Vandervoort Gets BITTEN: Canadian-Born Actress to Star in New Space Original Series". Bell Media. March 9, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
- Prudom, Laura (May 30, 2014). "Syfy Acquires 'Bitten' for Season 2". Variety. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
- Radish, Christina (January 12, 2014). "Laura Vandervoort Talks BITTEN, Joining the Show, Gaining Insight from the Kelley Armstrong Novels, Changing into a Werewolf and the Shocking Finale". Collider. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
- Edwards, Michael (May 20, 2012). "Esquire Presents Me in My Place with Laura Vandervoort". Esquire. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
- "Me In My Place with Supergirl Laura Vandervoort". SupergirlHomepage.net. May 21, 2012. Archived from the original on June 26, 2015. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
- on YouTube
- "Laura Vandervoort Actress: ABOUT". LauraVandervoort.com. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
- "Riverworld (2010): TV Movie". IMDb. April 18, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
- "The Entitled (2011): Thriller". IMDb. September 6, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
- Lloyd, Lauren (October 20, 2011). "Laura Vandervoort Gets Naked Then Painted in PETA's 'Exotic Skins' Ad". Laist.com. Archived from the original on January 18, 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
- Jancelewicz, Chris (April 29, 2014). "Laura Vandervoort Naked For PETA: Actress Goes Nude For Anti-SeaWorld Campaign". HuffPost Canada. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
- Mitovich, Matt Webb (November 22, 2013). "Syfy Sets Return Dates for Lost Girl, Being Human, Plus the Premieres of Helix and Bitten". TVLine. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
- Petski, Denise (July 18, 2018). "'V-Wars': Laura Vandervoort, Kyle Breitkopf & Kimberly-Sue Murray Join Netflix Vampire Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
- Edwards, Michael (May 20, 2012). "Esquire Presents Me in My Place with Laura Vandervoort". Esquire. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
- McNary, Dave (January 25, 2017). "Laura Vandervoort, Hannah Anderson Join 'Saw: Legacy' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on January 26, 2017. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
- Ching, Albert (January 11, 2016). ""Smallville" Alum Laura Vandervoort Joins "Supergirl"". CBR.com. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
- "22nd Annual Awards". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on November 17, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
- Vlessing, Etan (May 16, 2016). "Golden Maple Awards Nominees Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
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