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Erin Karpluk : Reba Maxwell
Alberta-born Erin Karpluk has come a long way from the foothills of the Rockies. After graduating high school with honors in 1996, the diligent 17-year-old packed her bags and moved to the West Coast to enroll in the theater program at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Having no prior stage experience, she threw herself into the program, graduating with distinction in 2006.
With just four years of television experience, Karpluk landed the lead role on the critically acclaimed series “Godiva’s,” a witty drama-comedy created and written by Michael MacLellan of “Queer as Folk” fame. She starred as Kate, an East Coast transplant, managing Godiva’s and the quirky employees who work there. She was nominated in 2006 for a Gemini for Best Actress in a Dramatic Series.
Karpluk barely had time for a break before she was in front of the cameras again. Some recent credits include the feature films “Almost Heaven” and “Love and Other Dilemmas,” for which she was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her television credits include “Luna: The Way Home” and “Flash Gordon,” for which she received two 2008 Leo Award nominations. She also secured a guest-starring role on “Dark Angel,” starring Jason Priestly and Adam Beach. Karpluk then shot “Judicial Indiscretion” at the end of 2006, opposite Anne Archer, followed by a guest-star role on “Men in Trees” with Anne Heche.
She spent a summer commuting to Calgary, where she was co-starring on two TV movies: “It Must Be Love,” directed by Emmy winner Steven Schacter and starring Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, and “Family Sins,” directed by Graeme Clifford and starring Kristie Alley. Traveling again, this time to Victoria, B.C. she co-starred in a romantic comedy for ABC television, “I Want to Marry Ryan Banks,” playing opposite Jason Priestley and Bradley Cooper.
In 2008, Karpluk had a recurring role on both “The Guard” and the SciFi pilot “Revolution,” as well as the lead role in the cable feature “Wyveryn.” Most recently, she completed shooting 13 episodes of the CBC series “Being Erica” in Toronto, in which she plays the lead role.
Karpluk continues to reside in Canada while she works on projects there as well as in the U.S.