Best known for her starring role as Elizabeth Thornton in Hallmark Channel’s “When Calls the Heart,” which has been renewed for a seventh season premiering in 2020, and her recurring role on Lifetime Television’s “Army Wives,” Erin Krakow has graced both the stage and screen during her acting career.
Krakow is a classically trained actor and graduated with a BFA from The Juilliard School. She had starring roles in a number of the esteemed school’s productions, including Viola and Sebastian in Twelfth Night, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Yelena in Black Russian. Beyond her work at Juilliard, Krakow has appeared in many prominent stage roles, including Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest and Shelby in the stage adaptation of Steel Magnolias.
Krakow has transitioned from stage to screen, earning series regular, recurring and guest-starring roles on top television series. On Lifetime’s “Army Wives,” Krakow played the recurring role of Specialist Tanya Gabriel. She also earned the recurring role of Molly on CBS’s hit daytime soap “Guiding Light.” Krakow guest-starred on “Castle” for ABC, “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NCIS” for CBS and “Good Girls Revolt” for Amazon/Sony.
Elizabeth Thornton on “When Calls the Heart” is not Krakow’s only beloved character for Hallmark Channel. She also played lead roles Samantha in “Chance at Romance” and Christie in “A Cookie Cutter Christmas.” On Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Krakow played Miranda in “Finding Father Christmas” and “Engaging Father Christmas,” a role she reprises in “Marrying Father Christmas.”
Born in Philadelphia, Krakow grew up in South Florida where she attended Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. She continued her dramatic studies at The Juilliard School in New York City. She now resides in Los Angeles when she isn’t filming in Vancouver, BC.
Juilliard trained Luke Macfarlane can currently be seen on the Syfy series “Killjoys,” which just wrapped production on its fifth and final season. Not a stranger to Hallmark Channel, Macfarlane recently starred in last year’s “A Shoe Addict’s Christmas.” He also was recently seen in both seasons of the PBS critically acclaimed series “Mercy Street” (for Scott Free productions), appeared on Broadway in The Normal Heart (Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble) and performed Off-Broadway in several plays including, The Busy World of Hushed, Where Do We Live? and Juvenilia. Macfarlane made his feature debut in Bill Condon’s Kinsey and has been seen in series such as FX’s “Over There” and “Smash.” He was also a series lead on the long-running ABC series “Brothers and Sisters.”
Macfarlane’s other notable theater credits include the world premiere of Reverberations at Hartford Stage, Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir at the Pittsburgh City Theater and the DC’s Arena Stages remount of The Normal Heart.
Kimberley Sustad was born in Ottawa and raised in Winnipeg, Canada. A self-professed tomboy, she grew up riding horses and at 5’ 10” shooting hoops, though neither of these skills have yet been required for her roles. A compelling performer, Sustad enjoys keeping her acting gigs – which range from playing supportive sister Vivian Patterson in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie, “A Bride for Christmas” to wicked witch Madeline Templeton in “Spookville” – as varied as her hobbies, which range from accruing different hot sauces to rocking out to Arabic pop music.
A Sci-Fi regular, Sustad has appeared in several TV series, including “Supernatural,” “Continuum,” “Primeval: New World” and J.J. Abrams’ “Alcatraz.” Additionally, she’s shared the small screen with Kirstie Alley in “Baby Sellers” and Kristin Lehman in “Motive.”
On the stage, Sustad loves a good farce, having starred in Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch at Seattle’s A Contemporary Theater and Marc Camoletti’s Boeing-Boeing at Vancouver’s Arts Club.
In real life, she has a recurring role playing world traveler, having lived in Ecuador, South Korea, Taiwan, four U.S. states and three Canadian provinces.