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Laura Vandervoort (born September 22, 1984) is an Canadian actress who portrays Elena Michaels on Bitten (TV series).

Life and career

She was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She is the daughter of a Dutch father and a Canadian mother. 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.

She started her career at the age of 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?.

After commercials and guest starring roles in Mutant XProm Queen: The Marc Hall StoryGoosebumpsTwice in a LifetimeDocSue Thomas: F.B.EyeTroubled WatersThe 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 shot her first feature titled The Lookout with Jeff Daniels, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Matthew Goode and Isla Fisher. Several other TV 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.

Vandervoort portrayed "Lisa", an extraterrestrial Visitor, in the 2009 ABC science fiction series V, a reboot of the 1980s science fiction franchise of the same name.

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.

In 2014, she appeared in the TV adaptation of the Kelley Armstrong novel Bitten, which premiered on January 13, 2014.

In 2016, Vandervoort appeared as the super villain Indigo/Brainiac 8 in three episodes of season one of the CBS action-adventure series Supergirl.

In 2019, Vandervoort appear in the Netflix adaptation of the Jonathan Maberry book series V-Wars opposite Ian Somerhalder, Adrian Holmes and Peter Outerbridge.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes 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
2006 Troubled Waters Carolyn
2007 The Lookout Kelly
2009 Out of Control Marcie Cutler Television film
2009 Into the Blue 2: The Reef Dani White Direct-to-video
2009 The Jazzman Sara
2009 Damage Frankie 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 Ted Tanya
2012 Finding Mrs. Claus Noelle Television film
2013 Cubicle Warriors Jessica
2013 Life of the Party Bea
2014 Coffee Shop Donavan Turner Television film
2017 Jigsaw[20] Anna
2019 Rabid Rose

Television

Year Title Role Notes 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
2010–2011 Family Guy Jenny / Bridget "Brian Writes a Bestseller" (season 9; episode 6)

"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[21] 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

Trivia

  • She could only do her role of Indigo/Brainiac 8 after filming for Bitten ended.

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