Kathleen Robertson

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Kathleen Robertson
BornKathleen E. Robertson
(1973-07-08) July 8, 1973 (age 40)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Chris Cowles
ChildrenWilliam Robert Cowles
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Kathleen Robertson
BornKathleen E. Robertson
(1973-07-08) July 8, 1973 (age 40)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Chris Cowles
ChildrenWilliam Robert Cowles

Kathleen Robertson (born July 8, 1973) is a Canadian actress and producer. She is best known for her roles as Tina Edison in Canadian sitcom Maniac Mansion (1990–1993), and as Clare Arnold in Fox teen drama series Beverly Hills, 90210 (1994–1997). Robertson also starred in number of films, and from 2011 to 2012 played the role of Kitty O'Neill in the Starz political drama series Boss.

Life and career[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Robertson at 2008 Emmy Awards

Robertson was born in Hamilton, Ontario.[1] She attended Hillfield Strathallan College, a local private school. She started taking acting classes when she was ten, and had roles in local theater productions. Her first television guest appearances were in My Secret Identity and E.N.G..

From 1990 to 1993, Robertson starred as Tina Edison, the eldest of three children of Dr. Fred Edison (Joe Flaherty), on the Canadian sitcom Maniac Mansion. This role earned her two nominations for Young Artist Awards.[2] She appeared in several small films and television shows, and did not debut on the big screen until her small role in the 1992 thriller film Blown Away, opposite Corey Haim and Nicole Eggert.[3] She also made her American debut in the 1992 made for television movie, Quiet Killer, co-starring Kate Jackson.

In 1994, Robertson was cast in the series regular role of Clare Arnold in the Fox ten drama Beverly Hills, 90210. She starred in show from 1994 to 1997, during four to seven seasons.[4] In 1997, Her ex-boyfriend, director Gregg Araki cast her as Lucifer, one of a group of bored, alienated, and very horny Los Angeles teens in the black comedy drama film Nowhere.[3][5] She later had role in his another film, called Splendor (1999).[4] Robertson also has appeared in several films during her career. She appeared opposite Luke Wilson in romantic comedy Dog Park (1998), in Sally Field's directed comedy-drama Beautiful (2000), and parody movie Scary Movie 2 (2001). She later had more serious roles with 2002 independent drama film XX/XY, opposite Mark Ruffalo. In same year, Robertson played the role of Evelyn Dick, a Canadian convicted murderer, who trials remain the most sensationalized events in Canadian criminal history, in the made for television movie, Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story.[3] Robertson was nominated for an Gemini Award for her performance in film.[3]

Later career[edit]

In 2002, Robertson starred as one of leads in the short-lived Fox legal drama series Girls Club created by David E. Kelley.[4][6] She later appeared in the number of independent films, and had guest-starring roles on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Medium, CSI: Miami, and Rookie Blue. In 2006, she appeared in Hollywoodland opposite Adrien Brody. From 2006 to 2007, she had the leading role in the Canadian comedy series, The Business. In 2007, she starred in the Syfy miniseries Tin Man as primary antagonist of the story.[3]

In 2011, she was cast as Kitty O'Neill, Tom Kane's personal aide alongside Kelsey Grammer in the Starz original drama series Boss.[7] The series was cancelled after two seasons in late 2012.[8] Robertson also starred in number of made for television movies in recent years, primarily for Lifetime network, including Last Exit (2006), and Time of Death (2013).[9] In 2013, Robertson portrayed the wife of hockey legend Gordie Howe in the made-for-television movie, Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story.[10] The biopic first aired in late April on CBC, and then made its US debut on the Hallmark Channel the first week in May.

In 2013, Robertson was cast as lead in the upcoming TNT detective drama series Murder in the First set to air summer 2014.[11][12][13] She also starred in the 2014 thriller The Vatican Tapes,[14] and was cast in recurring role for second season of A&E drama series Bates Motel.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Robertson gave birth to her first child, a son named William Robert Cowles, on July 9, 2008 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is the first child for Kathleen and her husband, Chris Cowles.[16]



1985Left Out
1992Lapse of MemoryPatrick (Melody)
1992Liar's EdgeBobby Swaggart
1992Quiet KillerSara DobbsTV movie
1993Survive the NightJulieTV movie
1993Blown AwayDarla
1994In the Line of Duty: The Price of VengeanceSusan WilliamsTV movie
1998I Woke Up Early The Day I DiedTicket GirlCameo
1998Dog ParkCheryl
2000Psycho Beach PartyRhonda
2000BeautifulWanda Love, Miss Tennessee
2001Scary Movie 2TheoNominated — Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female Performance
2001Speaking of SexGrace
2001I Am SamBig Boy Waitress
2002Torso: The Evelyn Dick StoryEvelyn DickTV movie
Nominated — Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
2003I Love Your WorkSwoosh Journalist
2003In the DarkRachel SpellerTV movie
2004Until the NightElizabeth
2004ControlEden Ross
2005Mall CopDonna
2006Last ExitBeth WellandTV movie
Nominated — Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
2006HollywoodlandCarol Van Ronkel
2008Player 5150Ali
2008Terrorist Next Door, TheThe Terrorist Next DoorNicoleTV movie
2008GlitchLeeTV movie
2009Not Since YouAmy Smith
2010Night for Dying Tigers, AA Night for Dying TigersJules
2011Losing ControlLeslie
2011Down the Road AgainBetty-Jo
2012Three Days in HavanaEmily
2012Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin LadenVivian
2013Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe StoryMrs. Colleen HoweTV movie
2013Time of DeathJordan PriceTV movie
2014The Vatican Tapes


1986Campbells, TheThe CampbellsDorothea SpencerEpisode: "A Man of Means"
1988My Secret IdentityJenniferEpisode: "Grounded"
1990C.B.C.'s Magic HourCynthia BundyEpisode: "The Prom"
1990–1993Maniac MansionTina EdisonSeries regular, 65 episodes
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Co-starring in an Off-Primetime or Cable Series (1991–92)
1993Hidden Room, TheThe Hidden RoomAnne MorrisonEpisode: "Passages"
1994Heaven Help UsEpisode: "Upstairs, Upstairs"
1994–1997Beverly Hills, 90210Clare ArnoldSeries regular, 99 episodes
1995Burke's LawTracy BirdEpisode: "Who Killed the World's Greatest Chef?"
2002Girls ClubJeannie FallsSeries regular, 9 episodes
2005Law & Order: Criminal IntentDarla PearsonEpisode: "View from Up Here"
2006MediumDiana Marvin / KathyEpisode: "Ghost in the Machine"
2006–2007Business, TheThe BusinessJulia SullivanSeries regular, 12 episodes
Nominated — Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Series (2007)
2007Tin ManAzkadelliaTV miniseries
2009FlashpointHelen MitchellEpisode: "Custody"
2010CSI: MiamiKayla PenningtonEpisode: "Meltdown"
2011Rookie BlueLeslie AtkinsEpisode: "Best Laid Plans"
2011–2012BossKitty O'NeillSeries regular, 18 episodes
2013CrackedErinEpisode: "White Knight"
2014Murder in the FirstHildy MulliganSeries regular


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  10. ^ "Gordie Howe Movie: 'Mr Hockey' Biopic Focuses On 1973-74 WHA Season With Sons". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  11. ^ Deadline, The (2013-07-19). "TNT Greenlights Steven Bochco's 'Murder In The First' For Summer 2014". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  12. ^ "Steven Bochco's 'Murder in the First' Gets Series Order at TNT". Hollywoodreporter.com. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  13. ^ "Steven Bochco’s ‘Murder in the First’ Greenlit at TNT". Variety. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  14. ^ Creepy, Uncle (2013-06-28). "Cast Recorded on The Vatican Tapes". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  15. ^ Slezak, Michael (2013-08-13). "Kathleen Robertson Checks Into Bates Motel". TVLine. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  16. ^ Son's Birth Announcement in The Hamilton Spectator

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