7 Things to Know about When Calls the Heart's Erin Krakow Hallmark
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Getting to know the actress of Hallmark’s longest-running original series.

Soaps.com delivered news to readers that Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart was renewed for season eight last Sunday night. Many fans of the show, often referred to as Hearties, recognize Erin Krakow, who plays Elizabeth Thatcher, as one of the stars of the Canadian-American television drama series. Krakow announced the renewal news via video after the season seven finale, and though she’s appeared on the show since 2014, let’s take a closer look at the actress and other aspects of her television career…


Erin Krakow was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 5, 1984 and is 35 years old.


Not only did Erin Krakow graduate from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida, the actress has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from the Juilliard School in New York City, New York.


Erin Krakow first came on the scene in 2010 appearing as Specialist Tanya Gabriel on Army Wives, a role she played until 2012.


Turning up in various primetime shows, Erin Krakow had roles on Castle as Julie Rogers in 2013, NSIC: Los Angeles as Emily Moore in 2015, Good Girls Revolt as Maureen in 2016 and NCIS as Elizabeth Dean in 2017.

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Erin Krakow has starred in Hallmark Channel original movies, as well as Hallmark Movies & Mysteries features, such as A Chance at Romance, A Cookie Cutter Christmas, Finding Father Christmas, Engaging Father Christmas, Marrying Father Christmas, A Summer Romance and Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen.


Elizabeth Thornton, Erin Krakow’s When Calls the Heart character, was born into wealth as the middle daughter of William and Grace Thatcher. She set out for Coal Valley, now named Hope Valley, to be a school teacher.


Erin Krakow’s character, Elizabeth Thornton, married Constable Jack Thornton, who passed away tragically while trying to save two of his men from a landslide.


Erin Krakow has served as a producer for When Calls the Heart for twenty-two episodes from 2018 through 2020.


The actress was on the production team for Hallmark’s 2019 movie A Summer Romance, where Erin Krakow starred opposite General Hospital alum Ryan Paevey (Nathan West).

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