Erica Durance is a Canadian actress. She is known for her television roles, portraying Lois Lane in the series Smallville, and as Dr. Alex Reid in the medical drama series Saving Hope.Early lifeDurance was born in Calgary to parents Gail and Joel Durance, and grew up on a turkey farm with her older brother and sister in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada. She was trained as a classical singer from childhood. After graduating from high school, Durance moved to Vancouver in 1999, to pursue her interest in acting professionally. She continued to study acting at the Yaletown Actors Studio for many years with her coach and husband, David Palffy.CareerDurance began her career with background work, graduating to commercials and guest-starring roles. Durance made her feature film debut in the movie The Untold . She guest-starred on the comedy series The Chris Isaak Show and the supernatural series The Collector.