Bitten ♦ Smallville ♦ Supergirl ♦ Jigsaw ♦ V (2009)
Laura Vandervoort is a versatile actress who not only crosses over genres, but also changes from character to character flawlessly embracing the essence of every role she plays. Best known for her roles on the television shows “Smallville” and “V,” she has built an international fan base of men and women of all ages. Between her beauty, experience and stellar acting chops, Laura has been consistently working as an actress since she was thirteen years old. After spearheading two PETA campaigns, Laura took on the role of Ambassador for World Vision Canada and recently designed a jewelry collection to benefit the cause. Next up, Laura will be seen taking on the starring role in “Jigsaw.” The film is the latest in the acclaimed “Saw” series, one of the highest grossing horror film franchises in history.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Laura Dianne Vandervoort contracted meningitis after only six weeks of life and was hospitalized. She fought through the illness as an infant and has never stopped fighting for what she believes since. A tomboy for years to come in her childhood, Laura was drawn to athletics, studying martial arts and karate (second- degree black belt), and playing on several school sports teams: soccer, basketball, tennis, gymnastics, and baseball. She was always “the entertainer” as well, acting out characters and putting on shows for family and friends.
Growing up, Laura admired the work of Meryl Streep, the class Grace Kelly held, the off-the-wall twist of Tim Burton, the ever-so-compelling Canadian icon Gordon Pinsent, and Dustin Hoffman’s incredible craft. She first began her career in background work on Canadian commercials and TV shows such as “Road to Avonlea” and “Harriet the Spy.” Laura landed her first speaking role at the age of thirteen, for the children’s series “Goosebumps” and then “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” She went on to take acting classes and book other TV guest star roles, such as Disney movies of the week “Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire” and “Alley Cats Strike.” At nineteen, while attending York University under the concentration of Psychology and English, Laura landed the lead role of “Sadie Harrison” on the CTV TV series “Instant Star,” a popular series that ran for four seasons.
In 2006, Laura shot her first feature film “The Lookout” starring Jeff Daniels, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mathew Goode and Isla Fisher. Several TV appearances afterwards, which included “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” led Laura into the hands of The CW network. Landing the coveted role of “Supergirl” AKA “Kara” on the hit The CW series “Smallville,” Laura became the main focus of the 7th season of the popular sci-fi drama. Following “Smallville,” Laura booked the sequel to the Jessica Alba/Paul Walker feature film “Into The Blue” titled “Into the Blue 2: The Reef.”
Following “The Reef,” the in-demand actress went directly into filming the indie “The Jazzman,” a TV movie “Out of Control,” where she played a forensic scientist and the gritty independent film “Damage.” After “Damage,” Laura booked a lead role in a miniseries that was the SyFy channel’s re-launch of Philip José Farmer’s “Riverworld.” While shooting “Riverworld,” Laura also booked a series regular spot for ABC’s sci-fi series “V” among Elizabeth Mitchell (“Lost”) and Scott Wolf (“Party of Five”).
After “V,” she booked five feature films back to back: the psychological thriller, “The Entitled” starring Ray Liotta, followed by McG’s romantic comedy, “This Means War” starring Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine, the lead in “Desperately Seeking Santa” with Nick Zano, “Broken Trust,” a leading role psychological thriller for the Lifetime network where she plays a lawyer, and a car sales associate and confidant for Wahlberg in the comedy, “Ted” directed by Seth Macfarlane, starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.
Laura has since continued on her superhero path voicing “Mary Jane” in the new Spiderman video game, which would be her second voiceover gig after doing three episodes of “Family Guy.” Recently, Laura narrated a short film titled “The Hundred Year Old Whale”, educating audiences on the species.
Laura has guest starred on several series including “Haven,” “CSI-NY,” and “White Collar.” She has starred in Independents, including “Coffee Shop,” “Cubicle Warriors,” and the American film “Finding Mrs. Claus.” Most recently she shot, starred and associate produced a short film for AFI called “Unspeakable.”
Laura ventured into new territory, writing a children’s book series for young girls and boys between the ages of 7-12. It has since been developed with Shaftesbury films into a live action children’s series with exciting progress. Laura is the creator and executive producer of the project titled “Super Duper Deelia.”
Most recently, Laura was the lead of the sci fi-action series “Bitten” for Syfy and Space. The series ran for three successful seasons and aired its finale last April. “Bitten” is based on the New York Times Best selling series of novels by Kelley Armstrong. Laura plays “Elena Michaels” the only female werewolf in existence. With high praise critically and a large fan following the series gained strength and praise for both performance and cinematography. During this time, Laura graced the cover of Maxim Magazine and was ranked one of Maxim’s Hot 100.
Laura has been cast as ‘Tessa Pryor’ in Season 2 of AT&T Audience Network series “Ice”. Tessa is a real firebrand high-end attorney. Starring Jeremy Sisto, the show films both in Vancouver and South Africa. Additionally, Laura can currently be seen in a recurring role on CBS’ “Supergirl.” The comic book franchise has welcomed her back after her title role of the character on “Smallville” as Indigo.
She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and spends time in her hometown of Toronto, Canada as well.
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