Erik was born in 1967.
Erik was nominated for "Best Actor- Film" (We're Here to Help) and "Best Actor- Television" (for The Million Dollar Conman ) at the 2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards.
Erik graduated with a diploma for Performing Arts at the New Zealand Drama School and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Drama at Victoria University, Wellington.
In 2007, Erik took part in a Script Read-Through Workshop for the Script to Screen Aotearoa Foundation, which is designed to let aspiring script writers hear their scripts read by professional actors to see how they might sound when performed. He helped read We're Here to Help by Jonothan Cullinane along with Jason Hoyte, Miriama Smith, John Leigh, Greg Johnson, Stephen Papps and Stephanie Wilkin. We're Here to Help went into production in February of 2007.
Erik is represented professionally by the firm Auckland Actors.
Bobby Hosea, who played Marcus in Xena episode "Mortal Beloved", once told Erik that while he was in downtown L.A. to make a payment on his car the woman working there said to him, 'What are you doing on Xena?' When Bobby told her, 'I'm going down to the Underworld.' She got excited at this and said, 'Oh, if you see Hades, tell him I think he's gorgeous. Could you get a photograph with him?'
Erik has two sisters.
Erik learned that his show The Alice was being cancelled despite good ratings while they were filming the season's final episode. Instead of waiting for the press conference for it to be announced, Erik went to each of his fellow actors and told them personally.
When asked what he enjoys watching on TV, he admitted to occasionally watching Xena Warrior Princess, the in which he makes a handful of appearances as Hades, God of the Underworld. He knows most of the actors on the show quite well, including the star Lucy Lawless, so he says he likes to see how they're doing.
In 2004, Erik was recognized for his work in the Australian film Somersault. He won the Australian Film Institute Award for "Best Actor in a Supporting Role", and was nominated for a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for "Best Supporting Actor" for his role in the movie.
In 2006, Erik became the presenter of the Australian travel show Getaway. He says he likes that while it gives him a staedy job, he can still arrange his schedule around filming it to continue acting in Australian film.
In 2003, Erik won a Silver Logie for "Most Popular Actor" for his work on All Saints. Both in 2002 and 2004, he was nominated for the same award for the same show.
Erik is 5'11", with light brown hair and blue eyes.
When Erik got the role of Dr Mitch Stevens on All Saints, he felt right at home. That's because his father is a doctor, his mother's a nurse, his sister's a nurse, his brother-in-law is a doctor and his best friend is a doctor. He had grown up in a hospital!
Early in his career, Erik had to make a choice- play a character called Dr Chris Warner in a new soap called Shortland Street or play Hamlet. Erik chose Hamlet, saying he was more interested in gaining theatre experience and working in a variety of roles.
Since he's such a big fan favorite, Erik was asked to be an honorary member of the British Hercules fan club.
In 2001, Erik directed his first play, An Unseasonable Fall of Snow at the Old Fitzroy Theatre in Wooloomooloo, Sydney, Australia.
Erik and his family emigrated to New Zealand from Scotland when he was seven years old.
In September 2006, the death of Erik's character "Mitch" in All Saints was listed at #18 in TV Week's 'Top 50 most memorable moments on Australian television' list.
Eric married Caitlin McDougall on the 7th January 1999. Being of Scottish nationality, he wore a kilt in the proper regimental style. In other words, there was nothing under his kilt but him!
Erik: (on the "Xena" episode "Mortal Beloved") I felt like Greta Garbo, you know, 'I want to be alone.' And that was nice to play that side of it. A disempowered God. Just because it brought out an unusual side of the character.
Erik: The dilemma of being an actor is that you want to work and to work you have to have a profile, but when you get a profile suddenly sometimes it can detract from the work you want to do. You really can't be too concerned about it. Actors say, 'I'm not going to that because I'm going to get too recognised with the whole thing', and then they sit on their bums doing nothing for two years.
Erik: (on his show "Pacific Drive") 'Melrose Place on the Gold Coast' doesn't begin to do justice to the full horror. I asked to see the scripts before I signed, but they said they weren't ready yet. Just trust us. So I signed. The next day the scripts arrived and I went, 'Oh my God!'
Erik: People say they change lines a lot, they go, 'My character wouldn't say this.' I tend to go, 'Well if my character does say this, how does he say it?' You can never say 'That would never happen', because bizarre things have happened in the world and to people, so I tend to keep things as open as possible.
Erik: (on the difference between a network soap and a syndicated action show) I have never worked in a network environment before and I didn't realise it could all be so fast, yet so relaxed. On Hercules, we had seven or eight days to produce a one-hour show. On All Saints it's four. But that's good because you're acting all the time and there's no standing around. There are always two cameras going and two angles being worked and that gives the show a flowing style and helps the actors keep it as natural as possible.
Erik: (on his decision to pass on the chance to play Dr Warner on "Shortland Street") Time will tell if it was the right decision. I certainly have no regrets- after all I went on to spend two years working on a soap in Australia.
Erik: (referring to being asked to become an honorary member of the British "Hercules" fan club) The woman was quite surprised that I picked up the phone- I think she was expecting to get my personal assistant. It made me smile because I was living in northern Australia unemployed.
Erik: (on working in Australia) I'm a surfer and I was living for twenty months on the Gold Coast, which is a surfer's paradise. That was one of the reasons I took the job.
Erik: I would rather walk my dog or spend time with my girlfriend or play my guitar to wind down. Television is certainly not the forefront of my social life.
Erik (on making the Top 50 most memorable moments on Australian television for his character's death in "All Saints"): Georgie [Parker] and I worked so closely together for around four years. Filming that scene affected me a lot more than I thought it would.