Kari Matchett

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Kari Matchett
Kari Matchett at Comic-Con 2011.jpg
At Comic-Con 2011
BornKari Matchett
(1970-03-25) March 25, 1970 (age 44)
Spalding, Saskatchewan, Canada
Years active1996–present
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Kari Matchett
Kari Matchett at Comic-Con 2011.jpg
At Comic-Con 2011
BornKari Matchett
(1970-03-25) March 25, 1970 (age 44)
Spalding, Saskatchewan, Canada
Years active1996–present

Kari Matchett[1] (born March 25, 1970) is a Canadian television and film actress. She played Mariel Underlay in Invasion, Lisa Miller in 24, and Kate Filmore in the cult favorite science fiction movie Cube 2: Hypercube. She currently appears in the USA television series Covert Affairs.


Early life and education[edit]

Matchett was born on March 25, 1970 in Spalding, Saskatchewan. She attended high school at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute in Lethbridge, Alberta. She attended the National Theatre School in Montreal and the Moscow Theatre School.

Matchett performed on stage for three years at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario.


In Canada, her first major role was on The Rez, and her first starring role was as Colleen Blessed in Power Play (1998–2000). Matchett was a cast member on the A&E Network TV series A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001–2002), with Timothy Hutton in which she played several characters, including a recurring role as Lily Rowan. On Wonderfalls, she played Beth, the lesbian love interest of the main character's sister.

In 2002, she played Kate Filmore in the science fiction/horror movie Cube 2: Hypercube. In 2003, she starred with Timothy Hutton in the Syfy miniseries Five Days to Midnight. Her next role was as Detective Elaine Bender in Blue Murder in 2004. She previously guest starred on Blue Murder in 2001 as a suspect in a murder investigation, for which she won the prestigious Gemini Award.

In 2005, Matchett starred in the ABC series, Invasion, a series about aliens taking the form of humans. She also appeared in Plague City: SARS in Toronto. She also appeared as Mary Tate on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. She appeared in both Shark and Wild Card. She played a single mother stalked by her boyfriend in Intimate Stranger, in 2006. In the same year she starred with Peter Krause in Civic Duty as Marla.

In 2007, she joined the cast of 24, as Lisa Miller. In June 2007, Matchett played Kate Armstrong in the TNT series Heartland. In 2007 and 2008, Matchett was cast as ER chief Skye Wexler on ER. In 2008 and 2009, she played Dennis Hopper's daughter, Jules, in the critically acclaimed Starz series Crash. She had a recurring role in the TNT series Leverage, reunited with Nero Wolfe co-star, Timothy Hutton, portraying Hutton's ex-wife. Matchett currently stars as high-ranking CIA official Joan Campbell in the USA Network series Covert Affairs (2010–present).

Matchett plays a supporting role in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, with Sean Penn and Brad Pitt.[2] Shot in 2008, the film premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2011 and received the Palme d'Or.

Personal life[edit]

Matchett is the mother of Jude Lyon Matchett.[3]



1998PapertrailAlison Enola
2000Apartment HuntingSarah
2001Angel EyesCandace
2002Men with BroomsLinda Bucyk
2002Cube 2: HypercubeKate Filmore
200219 MonthsPage
2006Civic DutyMarla Allen
2011Goose on the LooseDonna Archer
2011The Tree of LifeJack's Ex


1996The RezTanya Nanibush Beakhert
1996Forever KnightAlyss de Brabant"Dead of Knight"
1996Undue InfluenceMarcie Reed
1996–1997Ready or NotSheila Ramone
1997Psi Factor: Chronicles of the ParanormalMary O'Brien"The Curse/Angel on a Plane"
1997Whatever Happened to Bobby Earl?Nicki Corlis
1997Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops 2Marina
1997ViperBeatrice"Triple Cross"
1998Once a ThiefClaire Holland"Wedding Bell Blues"
1998Poltergeist: The LegacyCaroline Crane"The Human Vessel"
1998A Marriage of ConvenienceElizabeth
1998Earth: Final ConflictSiobhan Beckett"The Secret of Strand Hill"
"The Joining"
"The First of Its Kind"
1998Earth: Final ConflictRho'ha"Pandora's Box"
"Law & Order"
1998–2000Power PlayColleen Blessed2000 Gemini Award nominee
1999Rembrandt: Fathers & SonsSaskia van Rijn
2000Task Force: CaviarLinda
2001A Colder Kind of DeathMaureen Gault2001 Gemini Award nominee
2001All SoulsDr. Stefani Volette"Spineless"
2001Blue MurderChristina Kondeatis/Carol Clark"Intensive Care"; Gemini Award
2001–2002A Nero Wolfe MysteryCelia Grantham
Sarah Jaffee
Rita Sorrel
Lily Rowan
Lily Rowan
Carla Lovchen
Julie Jaquette/Lily Rowan
Jewel Jones
Susan McLeod
Meg Duncan
Jane Geer
Janet Stahl
"Champagne for One"
"Prisoner's Base"
"Eeny, Meeny, Murder, Moe"
"Door to Death"
"Christmas Party"
"Over My Dead Body"
"Death of a Doxy"
"Die Like a Dog"
"Murder Is Corny"
"Too Many Clients"
"Help Wanted, Male"
"Cop Killer"
2002The GlowAllison
2003BetrayedJudy Bryce
20045ive Days to MidnightClaudia Whitey
2004Blue MurderDet. Elaine Bender
2004A Very Married ChristmasDonna
2005The Eleventh HourCarrina Mallett"Zugzwang"
2005Puppets Who KillLaura"Dan and the New Neighbour"
2005Plague City: SARS in TorontoAmy
2005Wild CardGigi Germain"My Boyfriend is an Axe Murderer"
2005–2006InvasionDr. Mariel Underlay
2006Intimate StrangerKaren Reese
2006SharkMonica Tanner"Dial M for Monica"
200724Lisa Miller
2007Studio 60 on the Sunset StripMary Tate
2007HeartlandKate Armstrong
2007–2008ERDr. Skye Wexler14x06 "The Test"
14x09 "Skye's the Limit"
14x11 "Status Quo"
14x13 "Atonement"
14x16 "Truth Will Out"
2008Ugly BettyDr. Wallace"Betty's Baby Bump"
2008The CleanerShelly Mullins"Lie with Me"
2008Criminal MindsAmy Bridges"The Instincts"
2009FlashpointDelia Semple"Clean Hands"
2009The PhilanthropistRenee Adams"San Diego"
2009The National TreeFaith
2009–2012LeverageMaggie Collins1x12 "The First David Job"
1x13 "The Second David Job"
2x12 "The Zanzibar Marketplace Job"
4x18 "The Last Dam Job"
2010Meteor StormMichelle
2010Miami MedicalDr. Helena Sable"An Arm and a Leg," "Man on the Road"
2010–presentCovert AffairsJoan Campbell
2012Saving HopeDr. Kendra Watt"A New Beginning"
2012The RiverbankKate Mason
2013ElementaryKathryn Drummand"The Deductionist"



  1. ^ Kari Matchett Biography at AllMoviePortal.com
  2. ^ Bell, Mike, "Kari Matchett finally has a role in a U.S. series that's renewed for a second season." The Gazette (Montreal), January 8, 2011.
  3. ^ https://twitter.com/TheKariMatchett
  4. ^ ACTRA Award Revived in Honour of 60th Anniversary: Ten Award Nominees Announced by ACTRA Toronto (February 3, 2003); Archived from the original on December 26, 2005, Distinguished Achievement Award as alumna of Lethbridge Collegiate Institute

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