Nell Potter
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Media Information
Portrayed by: Sarah-Jane Redmond
First appearance: Pilot

Eleanor "Nell" Potter (of Smallville-Earth), is the aunt of Lana Lang and wife of Dean Winters.


Nell Potter was an independent woman who seemed content with her flower shop. After Lana Lang was left orphaned by the 1989 meteor shower, Nell took in her niece and cared for her as her own daughter. She also had a good relationship with Jonathan Kent, whom she had dated during high school. Nell felt it to be her responsibility to keep the good image that Lana had of her late parents and even supported Lana's involvement with cheerleading. As one of Lana Lang's few living relatives, Nell did all she could to help her niece become the woman that she is. Lana knew that she could always count with her aunt's support and counsel.


Nell and Lana

Nell was the sister of Laura Lang. She was good friends with Jonathan and Martha Kent, and once dated Jonathan in high school. She owned the flower shop attached to the Talon Theater, which was the place where Lana's parents first met. After Lana's parents were killed, Nell adopted Lana.

In season one of the smallville tv series, Nell suspected but didn't tell Lana that Henry Small was actually Lana's biological father. Nell sold the Talon building to Lex Luthor, then helped Lana manage the Talon after Lana proposed to turn it into a coffee shop.

In season two, Nell got married to Dean Winters, an insurance adjuster she met after the 2002 tornadoes, and moved with him to Metropolis. When Lana didn't want to leave Smallville until she finished school, Nell allowed Lana to live with the Sullivans. In season six, Nell came back into Lana's life when Lana became engaged to Lex Luthor. She helped her pick out a wedding dress in Paris and attended Lex and Lana's wedding.

In season seven, Nell was visited by Lana frequently after the wedding, and Lana sometimes used that as an excuse to Clark while she went and did work on her Isis Foundation, to spy on Lex, or when she was holding Lionel Luthor captive.