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Laura Dianne Vandervoort (born September 22, 1984) is a Canadian actress and producer, best known for her roles as Sadie Harrison in the CTV teen drama Instant Star, Arla "The Bolt-Gun Killer" Cogan in the Syfy supernatural drama Haven, Kara Zor-El in The CW serial drama Smallville, Lisa in the ABC science fiction series V and Elena Michaels in Bitten.

She played Anna in Jigsaw.

Early Life

Laura Vandervoort was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 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 told she was not going to survive. Growing up, Vandervoort was involved in several sports such as football, karate, basketball, tennis, gymnastics and baseball. Furthermore, she attended York University, where she studied Psychology and English. She has a sister named Sarah and is related to Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent.

Career

Vandervoort 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 series Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark?.

After commercials and guest-starring roles in Mutant X, Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story, Goosebumps, Twice in a Lifetime, Doc, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, Troubled Waters, The Dresden Files, Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire and Alley Cats Strike, she landed a lead role as Sadie Harrison on the CTV teen drama 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, on The CW serial drama Smallville. She was a regular in season seven and appeared in the episode Bloodline episode the eighth season. She then returned for another two episodes in the tenth and final season of the series.

Following Smallville, Vandervoort shot the sequel to the feature film Into the Blue titled Into the Blue 2: The Reef. After that, she filmed an independent production titled The Jazzman, which also starred Canadian stars Michael Ironside and Corey Sevier.

In 2009, Vandervoort portrayed "Lisa", an extraterrestrial Visitor, in the ABC science fiction series V, a reboot of the 1980s science fiction franchise of the same name. In 2010, she appeared in the two-part miniseries Riverworld, in which she played 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. The following year, she starred in the thriller 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 hit 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 supervillain Indigo/Brainiac 8 in three episodes of the first season of the CBS action-adventure series Supergirl. The next year, she landed the role of Anna in Jigsaw, the eighth installment of the popular Saw franchise.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role
1999 Penny's Odyssey Tanya
2000 Alley Cats Strike Lauren
Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire Chelsea Hansen
2004 Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story Young Girl
2005 Falcon Beach Ashley
2006 Troubled Water Carolyn
2007 The Lookout Kelly
2009 Out of Control Marcie Cutler
Into the Blue 2: The Reef Dani
The Jazzman Sara
Damage Frankie
2010 Riverworld Jessie Machalan
2011 The Entitled Hailey Jones
Desperately Seeking Santa Jennifer Walker
2012 This Means War Britta
Broken Trust Sophie Anderson
Ted Tanya
Finding Mrs. Claus Noelle
2013 Cubicle Warriors Jessica
2014 Coffee Shop Donavan
2017 Jigsaw Anna

Television

Year Title Role
1997-1998 Goosebumps Sheena Deep / Nadine Platt
2000 Twice in a Lifetime Misty Reynolds
Are You Afraid of the Dark? Ashley Fox
2001 Mutant X Tina
2002 The Gavin Crawford Show The Girl
2004-2008 Instant Star Sadie Harrison
2004 Doc Annis Bennington
2005 72 Hours: True Crime Leanne
Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Gabbie
2007-2011 Smallville Kara / Supergirl / Brainiac
2007 The Dresden Files Natalie
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Miss Tangiers
2009-2011 V Lisa
2011 Family Guy Bridgit / Jenny
2012 White Collar Sophie Covington
Haven Arla Cogan
2013-2014 Captain Canuck Bluefox
2013 CSI: NY Macy Sullivan
2014-2016 Bitten Elena Michaels
2015 Ballers Sarah
2016 Supergirl Indigo
2017 Con Man Finley Farrow
Private Eyes Special Guest Star-Dana
Frankie Drake Mysteries Sophia Devoe
2018 Ice Tessa Pryor

Video Games

Year Title Role
2011 Spider-Man: Edge of Time Mary Jane Watson

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