Erin Karpluk

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Erin Karpluk
Erin Karpluk at Canadian Screen Awards Nominee Reception.jpg
Karpluk in 2013
Born (1978-10-17) 17 October 1978 (age 39)
Jasper, Alberta, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present[1]

Erin Karpluk (born 17 October 1978[2][not in citation given]) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her portrayal of Erica Strange on the Canadian television series Being Erica.

Early life[edit]

Erin Karpluk was born in Jasper, Alberta to a high school principal mother[3][4] and a railway engineer father. Her family is of Ukrainian descent.[1][2][4] She majored in theatre at the University of Victoria and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2000.[5][6]


Karpluk began her acting career in Vancouver and between 2000 and 2005, she appeared in more than a dozen television movies and series before landing the role of Kate in Godiva's. Her work during this period included "Voice of Sylan" in the final episode of Dark Angel and the TV movie Family Sins. She was also in a short-lived US television series called Glory Days in 2002. In 2004, she appeared in Legend of Earthsea and played a serial killer in Ripper 2: Letter from Within.[7] She earned a Leo nomination for her first season of Godiva's and a 2006 Gemini nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role.[8] Since Godiva's, Karpluk has continued to work in television and short films. In 2007 she appeared in Bionic Woman, Flash Gordon, and The L Word.[1] She had a leading role in a 2008 television movie, Smokejumpers, directed by John Terlesky.

Karpluk was offered the lead role of Erica Strange in the CBC Television series Being Erica when she was working in Los Angeles on The L Word.[5][9] In 2009, Karpluk won the Gemini award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for her portrayal of the titular character.[10] She also had a recurring role as Alice the radio station manager during the first season of The CW's Life Unexpected.[11] Her only appearance in the second season was in the series finale because of a scheduling conflict resulting from Being Erica being picked up for a third year. Karpluk has also had recurring roles on Rookie Blue[12] and Slasher,[13] and starred in the web series Riftworld.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 A Celebration of the Life of Simon Steveston Andrea Short film
2004 Ripper 2: Letter from Within Molly Keller
2006 Almost Heaven Catherine
2006 Echoes of an Epic Jody Short film
2006 Love and Other Dilemmas Lucy Ladro
2007 Mrs. Wethersby's Treasure Sarah Paulson Video short
2009 Wyvern Claire
2011 Rise of the Damned Mandy
2013 Assault on Wall Street Rosie Baxford
2013 Suddenly Ellen
2014 Reasonable Doubt Rachel Brockden
2014 The Portal Kim Short film
2017 Framed for Murder: A Fixer Upper Mystery Jennifer
2017 Concrete Evidence: A Fixer Upper Mystery Jennifer


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Glory Days Cal Henries Recurring role (6 episodes)
2002 Jeremiah Sadie Episode: "The Bag"
2002 Dark Angel Gem / X-5 Episode: "Freak Nation"
2002 Carrie Madeline Television film
2002 Taken Sarah Episode: "Acid Tests"
2003 The Dead Zone Maddy Powers Episode: "Misbegotten"
2003 Maximum Surge Zoey Television film
2004 The Reality of Love Nikki Television film
2004 It Must Be Love Tess Gazelle Television film
2004 Family Sins Carol Geck Television film
2004 10.5 Rachel Television miniseries
2004 Eve's Christmas Mandy Television film
2004 Earthsea Diana Television miniseries
2005 Killer Instinct Robin Episode: "Pilot"
2005–2006 Godiva's Kate Main role (19 episodes)
2006 Men in Trees Amanda Episode: "New York Fiction: Part 1"
2006 Supernatural Monica Episode: "Salvation"
2007 Termination Point Allison Curran Television film
2007 Judicial Indiscretion Jennifer Television film
2007 Luna: Spirit of the Whale Jill Mackay Television film
2007 Bionic Woman Robin Episodes: "Paradise Lost", "The Education of Jaime Sommers"
2007 Flash Gordon Dr. Debra Peterson Episode: "The Sorrow"
2007 Snowglobe Claire Television film
2008 The L Word Susan / Alysse Episodes: "Lookin' at You, Kid", "Lunar Cycle", "Loyal and True"
2008 Trial by Fire Chelsea Television film
2008 The Guard Robyn Episodes: "Zero Footprint", "Sounds of Loneliness"
2009 Wyvern Claire Television film
2009 Revolution Connie Television film
2009 Mrs. Miracle Reba Maxwell Television film
2009–2011 Being Erica Erica Strange Lead role (54 episodes)
2010–2011 Life Unexpected Alice Recurring role (8 episodes)
2011 Flashpoint Ava Logan Episode: "Thicker Than Blood"
2011 Christmas Lodge Mary Television film
2011 Captain Starship Candace TV series
2012–2013 Delete Jesse White Episodes: "1.1", "1.2"
2013 Republic of Doyle Dr. Wedgewood Episode: "Blood Work"
2013 Jack Alison Television film
2013 Saving Hope Sonja Sullivan Episodes: "I Watch Death", "Defense", "All Things Must Pass", "Vamonos", "Wide Awake"
2013 The Listener Dr. Laura Gray Episode: "Fatal Vision"
2013 Layla & Jen Jen TV series
2013 Supernatural Robin Episode: "Bad Boys"
2013 Out of Reach Lynn Conner Television film
2014 Killer Women Sue Ellen Tucker Episode: "Daughter of the Alamo"
2014–2015 Rookie Blue Juliet Recurring role
2015 Riftworld Chronicles Kim Web series
2016 Slasher Heather Peterson Recurring role
2016 Masters of Sex Darleen Connolly Recurring role
2017 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Diane Curry Episode: "Made in"


Year Award Category Work nominated Result
2005 Leo Awards Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a Female Godiva's Nominated
2006 Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Godiva's Nominated
2006 Leo Awards Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Godiva's Nominated
2007 Leo Awards Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama Love and Other Dilemmas Nominated
2008 Leo Awards Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Flash Gordon Nominated
2008 Leo Awards Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama Luna: Spirit of the Whale Nominated
2009 Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Being Erica Won
2010 Leo Awards[15] Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Being Erica Won
2011 Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Being Erica Nominated
2016 Golden Maple Awards[16] Best actress in a TV series broadcast in the U.S. The Riftworld Chronicles Nominated


  1. ^ a b c "Erin Karpluk (profile)". Northern Stars. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Rita Zekas (23 January 2010). "Being Erica, Erin Karpluk goes back in time". Toronto Star. p. E11. Retrieved 9 November 2010. Karpluk, 30, was born in Jasper, Alta. 
  3. ^ Taylor, Kate (31 December 2008). "CBC banks on Erica: bright, beautiful and falling apart". The Globe and Mail.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b Phelan, Erin (March–April 2012). "Actress Erin Karpluk on diet, fitness and healthy living". Best Health. p. 111. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b McNeney, Mike (Spring 2009). "Wouldn't Change a Thing". Torch. University of Victoria. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Erin Karpluk [Alumni Profile]". University of Victoria. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  7. ^ DVD Cinematica
  8. ^ "Erica Strange (profile)". CBC. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  9. ^ TV Feeds my Family (blog) 9 April 2008
  10. ^ "Flashpoint triumphs at Gemini gala". CBC News. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  11. ^ Lynn, Megan (21 January 2010). "Unexpected Gig For Erin Karpluk". SOAPnet. Archived from the original on 30 January 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  12. ^ Gelman, Vlada (16 June 2014). "Rookie Blue Casts Being Erica's Erin Karpluk in Mysterious Role". TVLine. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  13. ^ "Erin Karpluk Ventures Into New Territory on 'Slasher' - The Televixen". The Televixen. 25 March 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  14. ^ "Beyond Erica: Alberta actress Erin Karpluk's career enters new dimension with Riftworld web series". Calgary Herald. 12 July 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "2010 Winners by Name". Leo Awards. Archived from the original on 9 June 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "Golden Maple Awards Nominees Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 

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