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Hallmark Actress: Erin Krakow

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Erin Alisa Krakow was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 5, 1984. She went to the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts and began acting in school plays.

She studied drama at the Juilliard School in New York City and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. Erin's acting career began in 2010.

Even though the actress and producer has appeared in other movies, she is best known for her role as Elizabeth Thornton in the Hallmark series When Calls the Heart. Erin Krakow wasn’t the first person to portray Elizabeth Thornton. British actress Poppy Drayton played the part of a young Elizabeth in the pilot of When Calls the Heart in 2013.

Since 2014, Erin has been in a total of eight Hallmark movies, five Christmas specials, and nine seasons of When Calls the Heart where she is not only the lead character but is also a co-executive producer for the popular series.

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Erin Krakow's Hallmark Movies

Movie/Premiere DateCo-StarBrief Synopsis

When Calls the Heart Season 1, January 11-March 29, 2014

Daniel Lissing

Elizabeth gets to know the students she is about to teach.

Chance at Romance, February 8, 2014

Ryan McPartlin

Samantha is tired of unsuccessful blind dates. When she stumbles into a photo exhibition, she likes the photographer.

A Cookie Cutter Christmas, November 9, 2014

David Hadyn-Jones

Two schoolteachers try to win a holiday baking contest and the attention of a handsome single father.

When Calls the Heart Season 2, April 25-June 13, 2015

Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith

Elizabeth and Jack grow closer after their first kiss and Jack gets to know Elizabeth and her family better.

When Calls the Heart: New Year's Wish, December 26, 2015

Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith

Jack and Elizabeth get a fresh start and Abigail gets a surprise guest.

When Calls the Heart Season 3, February 21-April 10, 2016

Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith

Elizabeth surprises Jack with a home of her own.

Finding Father Christmas, November 13, 2016

Niall Matter

Miranda finds a clue about where to find her father after being orphaned at Christmas.

When Calls the Heart: Christmas, December 25, 2016

Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith

A peddler comes into town selling his products to the people and teaching them lessons about joy and giving.

When Calls the Heart Season 4, February 19-April 23, 2017

Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith

After Elizabeth and Jack divide the Hope Valley and new students into two teams, they serve as coaches for the teams.

Engaging Father Christmas, November 12, 2017

Niall Matter

Miranda returned to Carlton Heath where she found love with Ian McAndrick when she was there last Christmas.

When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree, December 25, 2017

Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith

Elizabeth works overtime to make everyone's wish come true even though she waits for her own wishes to come true.

When Calls the Heart Season 5, February 18-April 22, 2018

Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith

Elizabeth's sister, Julie, visits Hope Valley and she wants to become a teacher. Elizabeth mentors Julie who finds teaching more challenging than she thought it would be.

Marrying Father Christmas, November 4, 2018

Niall Matter

While Miranda was looking for her biological father two Christmases ago, she had no idea her search would lead her to the family she had always wanted and to her dream lover.

When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing, December 25, 2018

Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith

When a group of orphans become stranded in Hope Valley for Christmas, the circumstances of their arrival are investigated.

When Calls the Heart Season 6, February 24-June 2, 2019

Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Paul Greene, Chris McNally, Kevin McGarry

Elizabeth returns to teaching after having a baby, but she soon realizes she needs more support than she thought she needed.

A Summer Romance, August 17, 2019

Ryan Paeey

Richard travels to Montana to buy a 2500 acre ranch to build a resort on the land. Things don't turn out as he planned after meeting Sam who turns out to be the beautiful single woman who owns the ranch.

Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen, November 30, 2019

Luke Macfarlane

Ella and her sister Marianne own a party-planning business. One of their new clients is a toy company, and they don't see eye-to-eye with the CEO.

When Calls the Heart: Home for Christmas, December 25, 2019

Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Paul Greene, Chris McNally, Kevin McGarry

Elizabeth prepares for Little Jack's first Christmas and birthday, but she misses Jack more than ever.

When Calls the Heart Season 7, February 23-August 26, 2020

Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Paul Greene, Chris McNally, Kevin McGarry

Elizabeth and Nathan spend time together, but it might be just friendship instead of romance. She shares her manuscript with Lucas but is surprised about his honest critique.

It Was Always You, February 27, 2021

Tyler Hynes

A woman's engagement plans become complicated after her fiance's brother returns home. His unexpected return makes Elizabeth questions her future.

When Calls the Heart Season 8, February 21-May 9, 2021

Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Paul Greene, Chris McNally, Kevin McGarry

Elizabeth tries to come to terms with how she feels about Lucas and Nathan. She finally realizes who she is supposed to be with.

When Calls the Heart Season 9, March 6, 2022

Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Paul Greene, Chris McNally, Kevin McGarry

Sparks continue to fly between Elizabeth and Lucas her chosen suitor. Nathan, the one she did not choose, looks for a new love.

Cast of "When Calls the Heart"

Cast of "When Calls the Heart"

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As you can see from the above table, Erin started her career on the Hallmark Channel in 2014 as the lead character as teacher Miss Elizabeth in When Calls the Heart with Australian-born actor Daniel Lissing who played Jack Thornton. There have been 84 episodes in the previous eight seasons and 12 episodes are set for the current season.

Krakow starred in the 2016 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries film Finding Father Christmas with co-star Niall Matter. She was in the role of Miranda Chester, a woman who visits a small Vermont town at Christmas time searching for clues so she can find her father.

In May 2017, Hallmark announced a sequel to the film entitled Engaging Father Christmas. The setting was Vancouver with both Krakow and Matter reprising their original roles.

Krakow starred in her third movie in the series, entitled Marrying Father Christmas on November 4, 2018, on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel.

Therefore, there have been three Father Christmas movies:

  1. Finding Father Christmas
  2. Engaging Father Christmas
  3. Marrying Father Christmas
Daniel Lissing and Erin Krakow

Daniel Lissing and Erin Krakow

Personal Life

Erin has been in many on-screen relationships and marriage, but she is not married in real life.

  • Daniel Lissing (co-star and husband who died in When Calls the Heart Season 5.
  • David Hadyn-Jones (co-star in A Cookie Cutter Christmas and Engaging Father Christmas)
  • Niall Matter (co-star in Finding Father Christmas and Marrying Father Christmas)
  • Tyler Hynes (co-star in It Was Always You)
  • Chris McNally (co-star in When Calls the Heart)
  • Kevin McGarry (co-star in When Calls the Heart)
  • Ryan Paevey (co-star in A Summer Romance)
  • Luke Macfarlane (co-star in Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen)

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