Laura Dianne Vandervoort born September 22, is a Canadian actress. Vandervoort was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. 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 initially told she was not going to survive. Growing up, Vandervoort was involved in several sports such as football, karate second-degree black belt , basketball, tennis, gymnastics and baseball.