Jewel Staite

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Jewel Staite
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Jewel Staite in 2013.
BornJewel Belair Staite
(1982-06-02) June 2, 1982 (age 32)
White Rock, BC, Canada
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Matt Anderson (m. 2003–11)
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Jewel Staite
Jewel Staite by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Jewel Staite in 2013.
BornJewel Belair Staite
(1982-06-02) June 2, 1982 (age 32)
White Rock, BC, Canada
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Matt Anderson (m. 2003–11)

Jewel Belair Staite (born June 2, 1982) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her roles as Catalina in Space Cases (1996–1997), Kaylee Frye in Firefly (2002–2003) and its spin-off film Serenity (2005), and Dr. Jennifer Keller on Stargate Atlantis (2007–2009). Staite has also starred as Raquel Westbrook in the Canadian drama The L.A. Complex (2012), and Caroline Swift in the crime drama, The Killing (2013-2014).

Personal life[edit]

Staite was born in White Rock, British Columbia. The youngest of seven children, she modeled as a child and has acted since age six. She has stated that she is of British, Irish, French Canadian, and Iroquois ancestry.[1]

Staite attended the Vancouver Film School and worked at the Vancouver Youth Theatre.

She was married to actor Matt Anderson from 2003 to 2011.[2]


Staite in October 2006

Staite played Kaylee Frye in the short-lived space western television series Firefly and its subsequent 2005 film, Serenity. She wrote a chapter in the book Finding Serenity, called "Kaylee Speaks: Jewel Staite On Firefly".[3]

She played Heidi Gotts in the television series Wonderfalls, and appeared in a Season Three episode of The X-Files.

Staite played the role of head medical doctor Jennifer Keller in the Stargate SG-1 spinoff Stargate Atlantis,[4] making her the third actor from the Firefly series to move on to appear in a Stargate series (the first being Adam Baldwin, who had a brief role as a colonel in the Stargate SG-1 Season Seven episode "Heroes", and the second being Morena Baccarin, who played Adria, the main villain in the tenth season of SG-1), and the second to take a recurring role. She replaced Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett). In the fifth season her character was changed from recurring status to part of the main cast. Before taking on the role as Dr. Keller she previously played the Wraith child Ellia in the Stargate Atlantis episode "Instinct".[5] She also appeared in the 2010 Sci-Fi film, Mothman, under direction from Sheldon Wilson.[6]

Staite guest starred in an episode of Warehouse 13 as the love interest of Sheldon (played by Sean Maher, who played her love interest in Firefly).

She also did voices in the animated TV series Mummies Alive! and Sabrina: The Animated Series for DIC Entertainment. As of 2012, Staite was a series regular on The L.A. Complex, in which she portrayed Raquel Westbrook, a struggling actress. The show aired in Canada on MuchMusic and in the U.S. on The CW. She also appeared recently in an episode of The Listener.

Jewel also appears in 10 episodes of the crime drama, The Killing as Caroline Swift, from 2013-2014.



1995Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear MountainSamantha
1996CarpoolSoap Opera Actress
2002CheatsTeddy Blue
2005SerenityKaylee Frye
2009After Dusk They ComeLizVideo
2011The PactAnnaShort film


1991Posing: Inspired by Three Real StoriesJennifer LanahanTV film
1992Odyssey, TheThe OdysseyLabeliaEpisode: "The Believers"
1993Liar, Liar: Between Father and DaughterDoriannaTV film
1993Only Way Out, TheThe Only Way OutAlexandra CarlisleTV film
1994Odyssey, TheThe OdysseyLabeliaEpisode: "The Prophecy"
1994Are You Afraid of the Dark?KellyEpisode: "The Tale of Watcher's Woods"
1995Are You Afraid of the Dark?CodyEpisode: "The Tale of the Unfinished Painting"
1995X-Files, TheThe X-FilesAmy JacobsEpisode: "Oubliette"
1996Prisoner of Zenda, Inc., TheThe Prisoner of Zenda, Inc.TheresaTV film
1996Space CasesCatalinaMain role (15 episodes)
1996–1997Flash ForwardRebecca "Becca" FisherMain role (26 episodes)
1997–1999Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV ShowTiara VanHornRecurring role (5 episodes)
1998–2001Da Vinci's InquestGabriella Da VinciRecurring role (13 episodes)
1999Sabrina: The Animated Series(voice)Recurring role (4 episodes)
1999So WeirdCallieEpisode: "Siren"
1999Nothing Too Good for a CowboySally PrentissEpisodes: "Happy Trails", "Fools for Love"
2000Higher GroundDaisy LipenowskiMain role (22 episodes)
2001Immortal, TheThe ImmortalDanielle JenkinsEpisode: "Learning Curve"
20012gether: The SeriesJosieEpisode: "Kiss"
2001Seven DaysMollyEpisode: "Empty Quiver"
2002Roughing ItSusan Olivia ClemensTV film
2002Damaged CareBryanna (15–20 years old)TV film
2002Beyond Belief: Fact or FictionCarly / ShannonEpisode: "Second Sight"
2002Just DealLaurelRecurring role (8 episodes)
2002–2003FireflyKaylee FryeMain role (14 episodes)
2003Dead Like MeGoth GirlEpisode: "Rest in Peace"
2004Cold SquadThora AndrewsEpisode: "Girlfriend in a Closet"
2004WonderfallsHeidi GottsRecurring role (4 episodes)
2005Widow on the HillJenny CavanaughTV film
2005Stargate AtlantisElliaEpisode: "Instinct"
2007–2009Stargate AtlantisDr. Jennifer KellerMain role (32 episodes)
2010MothmanKatherine GrantTV film
2010Warehouse 13LorettaEpisode: "Mild Mannered"
2010Miracle in ManhattanHollyTV film
2011Doomsday ProphecyBrook CalvinTV film
2011SupernaturalAmy PondEpisode: "The Girl Next Door"
2012L.A. Complex, TheThe L.A. ComplexRaquel WestbrookMain role (19 episodes)
2012–2013AnimismMel RavensfallRecurring role (6 episodes)
2013Listener, TheThe ListenerLori BlackEpisode: "Blast from the Past"
2013Killing, TheThe KillingCaroline SwiftRecurring role (5 episodes)
2013Christmas Ornament, TheThe Christmas OrnamentJennaTV film
2014State of SynAnnika DrakeTV series, post-production


  1. ^ Lee, Michael J. (September 15, 2005). "Jewel Staite Interview". Radio Free Entertainment. 
  2. ^ Staite, Jewel (13 December 2011). "Happier Than a Pig In...:". Happy Opu. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ Foy, Scott (November 10, 2009). "Firefly Star Encounters Mothman on Syfy". Dread Central. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ Perenson, Melissa J. (2007-06-11). "Firefly's Staite Joins Atlantis". Retrieved 2008-11-30. [dead link]
  5. ^ Barton, Steve (April 21, 2010). "Syfy's Mothman Spreads Its Wings in New Clip". Dread Central. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ Miska, Brad (April 21, 2010). "TV: First Look at 'Mothman' Creature in Clip". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 

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