Los Angeles, CA, USA
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. 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.
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 (achieving second-degree black belt) and playing on several school sports teams.
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. 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 several acclaimed indies. Laura then 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," 'Private Eyes' and "White Collar" amongst many many others. Both feature film and indie film, she is inspired to work on roles that challenge her.
Laura was the lead of the sci fi-action series "Bitten" for Syfy and Space. The series ran for three hugely successful seasons. "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.
Additionally, Laura appeared as a recurring villain on CBS' "Supergirl." The comic book franchise has welcomed her back after her title role of the character on "Smallville" as Indigo.
Laura went on to join the "Saw" franchise as their lead actor in the new installment "JIGSAW." "Jigsaw" was NUMBER ONE in theaters during its release. Laura played Anna, a woman trapped not only in the horrific games, but also tortured by what she had done to her family.
Soon after, Laura helped produce and starred in a short film titled 'Unspeakable' for the American Film Institute, for which has received many nominations and wins from festivals. Recently Laura won Best Actress for her work in 'Unspeakable' at the Queen Palm Film Festival. Laura went on to her next series as 'Tessa Pryor' in Season 2 of AT&T Audience Network series "Ice". Tessa is a real firebrand high-end attorney. Starring Jeremy Sisto and Ray Winstone, the show films both in Vancouver and South Africa.
Following her return from South Africa, Laura signed on as not only lead actress but Consulting Producer for the feature film 'Rabid.' Based on the original 1970's film By David Cronenberg, the remake was directed by sisters Jen and Sylv Soska depicting the horrors of transhumanism. A day after 'Rabid' wrapped, Laura took on a new role and new series for Netflix airing 2019 titled 'V Wars' starring Ian Somerhalder. Laura plays Mila Dubov.
Her newest project is none other than her passion project, 'Age Of Dysphoria.' Laura developed, executive produced and starred in this short film alongside Canadian legend, Mr. Gordon Pinsent. The film was directed by Jessica Petelle, who is also an executive producer.