Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Staite at the 2013 Phoenix Comicon
Born (1982-06-02) June 2, 1982
White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present
  • Matt Anderson (m. 2003–11)
  • Charlie Ritchie (m. 2016)
Children 1

Jewel Belair Staite (born June 2, 1982) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her roles as Kaylee Frye in FOX television series Firefly (2002–03) and its spin-off theatrical film Serenity (2005), and as Dr. Jennifer Keller on Sci-Fi Channel's science-fiction television series Stargate Atlantis (2007–09).

Staite has also starred in her youth as Catalina in Space Cases (1996) and as "Becca" Fisher in Flash Forward (1996–97), and more recently as Raquel Westbrook in the Canadian drama The L.A. Complex (2012) and Caroline Swift in AMC's crime drama The Killing (2013–14).

Early life

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.


Staite began her career as a child actress, with appearances in television movies such as CBC's Liar, Liar in 1993 (which was later reaired in the United States the same year on CBS),[2] and ABC's The Only Way Out.[3] In 1995, Staite had a key guest starring role in the third season episode of The X-Files, "Oubliette".

Staite at the 2005 Serenity Flanvention

Staite's first co-starring role on a television series was as Catalina, the ship's engineer, in the first season of Nickelodeon science fiction television series Space Cases in 1996. This was immediately followed by her role as Rebecca "Becca" Fisher on the 1995–97 Disney Channel series Flash Forward, a series in which Staite was the co-lead with Ben Foster.[4]

In 2000, she was cast in a main role on the FOX Family Channel drama series Higher Ground.[5] She was a voice actress in the animated TV series Mummies Alive! and Sabrina: The Animated Series for DIC Entertainment.

Staite played Kaylee Frye in the short-lived television series Firefly[6][7] and its subsequent 2005 film, Serenity.[8] She wrote a chapter in the book Finding Serenity, called "Kaylee Speaks: Jewel Staite On Firefly".[9] She played the recurring role of Heidi Gotts in the television series Wonderfalls in 2004.

Staite in 2013

Staite played the role of head medical doctor Jennifer Keller in the Stargate SG-1 spinoff Stargate Atlantis,[10] 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 of Stargate, 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".[11] She also appeared in the 2010 Sci-Fi film, Mothman, under direction from Sheldon Wilson.[9][12] Also in 2010, 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), and in 2011, she guest-starred on an episode of Supernatural as a former love-interest of Sam's.[13]

In 2012, Staite was a series regular on The L.A. Complex, in which she portrayed Raquel Westbrook, a struggling actress.[14] The show aired in Canada on CTV and MuchMusic and in the U.S. on The CW.[15] She also appeared recently in an episode of The Listener. Staite appeared in 10 episodes of the AMC crime drama, The Killing, as Detective Stephen Holder's girlfriend Caroline Swift, from 2013–14.[16]

Personal life

Staite was married to actor Matt Anderson from 2003 to 2011.[17] In May 2015, she became engaged to her boyfriend Charlie Ritchie.[18][19] Later the same month, she announced she was pregnant with her first child, a boy.[20][21] On December 9, 2015 she announced the birth of her son Wilder Cathcart Ritchie.[22] She married Charlie Ritchie on July 23, 2016.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain Samantha
1996 Carpool Soap Opera Actress
2002 Cheats Teddy Blue
2005 Serenity Kaylee
2009 After Dusk They Come Liz Straight-to-video
2011 Pact, TheThe Pact Anna Short film
2015 She Who Must Burn Margaret [24]
2015 40 Below and Falling Kate Carter
2016 How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town Cassie Cranston [25]


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Posing: Inspired by Three Real Stories Jennifer Lanahan TV film
1992 Odyssey, TheThe Odyssey Labelia Episode: "The Believers"
1993 Liar, Liar Dorianna TV film; aired in the U.S. as Liar, Liar: Between Father and Daughter
1993 Only Way Out, TheThe Only Way Out Alexandra Carlisle TV film
1994 Odyssey, TheThe Odyssey Labelia Episode: "The Prophecy"
1994 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Kelly Episode: "The Tale of Watcher's Woods"
1995 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Cody Episode: "The Tale of the Unfinished Painting"
1995 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Amy Jacobs Episode: "Oubliette"
1996 Prisoner of Zenda, Inc., TheThe Prisoner of Zenda, Inc. Theresa TV film
1996 Space Cases Catalina Main role (season 1), 15 episodes
1996–1997 Flash Forward Rebecca "Becca" Fisher Lead role, 26 episodes
1997–1999 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show Tiara VanHorn Recurring role, 5 episodes
1998–2001 Da Vinci's Inquest Gabriella Da Vinci Recurring role, 13 episodes
1999 So Weird Callie Snow Episode: "Siren"
1999 Sabrina: The Animated Series Voice role, 4 episodes
1999 Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy Sally Prentiss Episodes: "Happy Trails", "Fools for Love"
2000 Higher Ground Daisy Lipenowski Main role, 22 episodes
2001 Immortal, TheThe Immortal Danielle Jenkins Episode: "Learning Curve"
2001 2gether: The Series Josie Episode: "Kiss"
2001 Seven Days Molly Episode: "Empty Quiver"
2002 Roughing It Susan Olivia Clemens TV film
2002 Damaged Care Bryanna (15–20 years) TV film
2002 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Carly / Shannon Episode: "Second Sight"
2002 Just Deal Laurel Recurring role, 8 episodes
2002–2003 Firefly Kaylee Frye Main role, 14 episodes
2003 Dead Like Me Goth Girl Episode: "Rest in Peace"
2004 Huff Carolyn Episode: Pilot
2004 Cold Squad Thora Andrews Episode: "Girlfriend in a Closet"
2004 Wonderfalls Heidi Gotts Recurring role, 4 episodes
2005 Widow on the Hill Jenny Cavanaugh TV film
2005 Stargate Atlantis Ellia Episode: "Instinct"
2007–2009 Stargate Atlantis Dr. Jennifer Keller Recurring role (season 4), main role (season 5), 33 episodes
2010 Mothman Katharine Grant TV film
2010 Warehouse 13 Loretta Episode: "Mild Mannered"
2010 Call Me Mrs. Miracle Holly TV film
2011 Doomsday Prophecy Brook Calvin TV film[26]
2011 Supernatural Amy Pond Episode: "The Girl Next Door"
2012 L.A. Complex, TheThe L.A. Complex Raquel Westbrook Main role, 19 episodes
2012–2013 Animism: The Gods' Lake Melody Ravensfall Main role, 6 episodes
2013 Listener, TheThe Listener Lori Black Episode: "Blast from the Past"
2013 Christmas Ornament, TheThe Christmas Ornament Jenna TV film
2013 State of Syn Annika Drake TV shorts, 6 episodes[27]
2013–2014 Killing, TheThe Killing Caroline Swift Recurring role, 10 episodes
2016 Legends of Tomorrow Dr. Bryce Episode: "Progeny"[28]
2016 Castle Erin Cherloff Episode: "Much Ado About Murder"
2016 Undercover Wife Monica Boland TV film


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  23. "I'm getting married today. Whoa.".
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