Eric Johnson (actor)

Eric Johann Johnson (born August 7, 1979) is a Canadian actor known for playing Flash Gordon on the eponymous 2007-08 television series, Whitney Fordman on the science-fiction series Smallville, Detective Luke Callaghan on the police drama Rookie Blue, Jack Hyde in the Fifty Shades film series, and portraying both Eric Harris and Timmothy McVeigh on the Canadian/British documentary series Zero Hour.

Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson 2011.jpg
Johnson in 2011
Eric Johann Johnson

(1979-08-07) August 7, 1979 (age 41)
Years active1992–present
Adria Budd
(m. 2004)


Johnson began his career acting at the age of nine, when his parents enrolled him in Stage Polaris, a theater company in Edmonton.[1][2] Johnson played the younger version of Brad Pitt's character in 1994 film Legends of the Fall. In Canada, Johnson was the lead in an award-winning film titled Scorn. His break-out role came in 2001, as football jock and Clark Kent rival Whitney Fordman in Smallville.

In 2004, Johnson played the anti-Mormon son, Joshua Steed, in The Work and the Glory and later its sequels. A few years later, he played the title role in the television revival of Flash Gordon that debuted on Sci Fi in August 2007; the series was cancelled after one season. On November 27, 2010, Johnson starred as Jake Finley in the Hallmark movie, Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs. Miracle.[3] He also portrayed Luke Callahan in the Canadian police drama Rookie Blue and inmate Cal Sweeney, a bank robber, oin the Fox series Alcatraz. In 2012, Johnson was cast as the voice actor and physical actor of Sam Fisher in Splinter Cell: Blacklist, replacing Michael Ironside, who voiced the character in previous installments.

In 2013, Johnson was cast in Cinemax's original medical drama The Knick as a racist, but talented, young medic who is Clive Owen's protege; the series was directed by Steven Soderbergh.[4][5]

Johnson played villain Jack Hyde in the drama sequels Fifty Shades Darker (2017) and Fifty Shades Freed (2018).[6][7]

Personal lifeEdit

Johnson was born in Edmonton, Alberta. His father, Fred, managed a binding corporation, and his mother, Jane, is a librarian, massage therapist, and music teacher.[8][9] In 2004, Johnson married writer-producer Adria Budd, whom he met on the set of Smallville, as she was Annette O'Toole's and John Glover's personal assistant.[1] They have a daughter, Calla Prairie Johnson, who was born in 2007.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Road to Saddle River Lance
Legends of the Fall Teen Tristan
1998 Oklahoma City: A Survivor's Story Jason Television film
Heart of the Sun Jack
1999 Question of Privilege Joel Aldridge
Atomic Train Danny Television film
2000 Borderline Normal Rocco
Bear With Me Scott Robinson
Scorn Darren Huenemann Television film
Nominated – Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Children of Fortune Andrew Bast Television film
2001 Texas Rangers Rollins
2002 Bang Bang You're Dead Mark Kenworth Television film
Beauty Shot Chad Johnson
2003 Stealing Sinatra Dean Torrence
Hollywood Wives: The New Generation Brian Richter Television film
2004 A Friend of the Family Darris Shaw
Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed Tyler
A Clown's Gift Sam the Clown
Blinded John
Anonymous Rex Rhys Television film
The Work and the Glory Joshua Steed
2005 Falcon Beach Lane Bradshaw Television film
Marker Roddy Dutch
The Work and the Glory: American Zion Joshua Steed
2006 Expiration Date Animal Control Officer #2
The Work and the Glory: A House Divided Joshua Steed
Honeymoon with Mom Adam
2009 My Nanny's Secret Drew Television film
2010 Meteor Storm Kyle Pember
Call Me Mrs. Miracle Jake Finley
2013 Oh Christmas Tree! Darren
Meteor Storm Kyle Pember
Fir Crazy Darren
2015 Flash Gordon Classic Flash Gordon Animated fan film
2016 Valentine Ever After Ben Hallmark Channel TV movie
2017 Fifty Shades Darker Jack Hyde
2018 Fifty Shades Freed Jack Hyde
A Simple Favor Davis
2019 Disappearance at Clifton Hill Charlie Lake


Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Ray Bradbury Theater Episode: "The Utterly Perfect Murder"
1999 Night Man Alex Episode: "Blader"
2001 MythQuest Telemachus Episode: "The Oracle"
Smallville Whitney Fordman 24 episodes;
Main Cast (Season 1)
Special Guest (Seasons 2, 4)
2004 The Collector Nick Episode: "The Yogi"
2006 Criminal Minds Sean Hotchner 2 episodes
The Dead Zone Young Gene Purdy Episode: "Revelations"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Gordon Pike Episode: "Speed Demon"
The Unit Ethan McNeal Episode: "Games of Chance"
Everest '82 Laurie Skreslet Mini-series; 4 episodes
Flash Gordon Steven "Flash" Gordon Lead Role; 21 episodes
2010 Rookie Blue Det. Luke Callaghan 35 episodes;
Main cast (Seasons 1–2)
Recurring (Seasons 3–4)
Supernatural Brady Episode: "The Devil You Know"
2012 Alcatraz Cal Sweeney Episode: "Cal Sweeny"
2013, 2017 Orphan Black Chad 3 episodes
2014 Saving Hope Dr. Jason Kalfis 3 episodes
The Knick Dr. Everett Gallinger Main cast;
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2015)
2018 Caught Brian Hearn Main role
2018 The Alienist Captain Miller Episode: Psychopathia Sexualis
2019 Hudson & Rex Darryl Perth Episode: Trial and Error
2019–present Vikings Erik the Red Main cast (Season 6)
5 episodes
2019 Condor Tracy Crane 7 episodes
2020 American Gods Chad Mulligan Episode: #3.1

Video GamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Splinter Cell: Blacklist Samuel "Sam" Fisher Voice, likeness, and motion-capture performance
2020 Assassin's Creed: Valhalla Ivarr the Boneless Voice


  1. ^ a b "Eric Johnson".
  2. ^ "Eric Johnson".
  3. ^ "Call Me Mrs. Miracle". Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  4. ^ Bobbin, Jay (August 21, 2013). "'Rookie Blue's' Eric Johnson checks into Steven Soderbergh's Cinemax hospital drama". zap2it. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (21 August 2013). "Trio Join HBO's Salahuddin-Riddle Pilot, Cinemax's 'Knick' Series Adds 3 To Cast".
  6. ^ Justin Kroll (February 12, 2016). "'Fifty Shades Darker' Adds 'The Knick's' Eric Johnson as Christian Grey's Rival (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  7. ^ Mia Galuppo (February 12, 2016). "'Knick' Actor Eric Johnson Joins 'Fifty Shades Darker'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  8. ^ "Eric Johnson Biography (1979-)".
  9. ^ "Knick actor Eric Johnson returns home to Edmonton for holidays". 23 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Eric Johnson Biography". Retrieved 2009-06-22.

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