Kristin Laura Kreuk (
[krøːk]; born December 30, 1982) is a Canadian actress. She is known for the roles of
Lana Lang in the
superhero television series
Smallville and Laurel Yeung in the Canadian
Edgemont. She has also starred in movies such as
Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (2001),
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009), and
Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy (2011).
From 2012 to 2016, Kreuk played the role of Catherine Chandler in
The CW series
Beauty & the Beast.
Kreuk was born in
 to Peter Kreuk and Deanna Che, two landscape architects.
 Her father is of
Dutch descent, her mother is of
Chinese descent, born in
Indonesia, and her maternal grandmother was
 She has a younger sister, Justine Kreuk.
Kreuk trained in
gymnastics at the national level until high school, but quit in grade 11 due to
 Kreuk was planning to study
forensic science or psychology at
Simon Fraser University, and was surprised when a casting director for the
CBC television series
Edgemont contacted her at her high school.