Erin Krakow: Life Before ‘When Calls The Heart’ And Hallmark

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From the Hallmark Channel, Erin Krakow has become a well-known character in the popular long-running drama, When Calls the Heart. Airing more than ten seasons, the actor has played the lead of the show. The character, Elizabeth Thatcher, is a small-town teacher facing the challenges and learning new customs of the Canadian frontier. Erin Krakow has also played several other roles in Hallmark movies. But what did she do before Hallmark?

Erin Krakow Warms The Heart

Aside from winning hearts in When Calls the Heart, she has also starred in several of the network’s heartwarming movies. Among these are, Engaging Father Christmas, It Was Always You, Friend Request, The Wedding Cottage, and Sense, Sensibility, and Snowmen. Different from many other actors, Erin Krakow developed the main part of her professional career on the family-focused Hallmark channel. While this is true, her history also includes a background in theatre arts and a role in a war drama series.

Erin Krakow In Her Younger Years

From a young age, Erin Krakow began showing her talents to her family. It arose out of the competition for attention after her younger brother was born, but it was budding art nonetheless. “I had to share the attention,” she informed Patheos. “And that meant singing songs at the top of my lungs and doing dances around the house to get the attention of my parents. I wasn’t neglected or ignored, but that’s where it started.”


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Artistic Education

Erin Krakow’s high school years were spent at Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. Palm Beach County High School of the Arts in Florida. Given that, she was able to study acting early on. “We had all of our regular academic classes, but I also got to take a lot of acting classes and classes learning about theater in general,” the actor expressed. Subjects like musical theater and scene study paved the way for her acting career. Erin Krakow said, “[It] helped me realize this was my passion and that this was what I wanted to do. That was a great learning experience.”

Leaving high school, Krakow studied at Juilliard in New York. Surprisingly, it was here that she connected with now Hallmark co-star Luke MacFarlane. She told From the Desk, “I wouldn’t be where I am today without my education. I’m very grateful to my teachers and it’s an honor to get to play one on TV.”

Erin Krakow’s Early Experience

After graduating from school, she went on to play a minor role in the soap opera Guiding Light. This was her first onscreen role. However, many fans of Erin Krakow remember her most as Specialist Tanya Gabriel from the Lifetime Series Army Wives (2010-2012). While starring in Army Wives, she and Good Witch star Catherine Bell worked alongside each other. She also guest-starred with Nathan Fillion in ABC’s Emmy-nominated series Castle. Fans are grateful she made her way to Hallmark. She has embraced her roles and entertained many audiences.

What do you think about Erin Krakow’s back story? Does it surprise you she has chosen to stay with Hallmark for the majority of her career? Are you ready for the new episode of When Calls the Heart? Drop some comments below and give us your thoughts.

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