Kellie Martin

Kellie Martin

Martin at the AHA 2014 Hero Dog Awards
Born Kellie Noelle Martin
(1975-10-16) October 16, 1975
Riverside, California, U.S.
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Keith Christian (m. 1999)
Children 2

Kellie Noelle Martin (born October 16, 1975) is an American television actress who is known for her roles as Rebecca "Becca" Thatcher in Life Goes On (1989–93), Christy Huddleston in Christy (1994–95), Lucy Knight on ER (1998–2000), and Samantha Kinsey in Mystery Woman (2003–07).

Early life

Martin was born in Riverside, California, the daughter of Debbie, a kindergarten teacher, and Doug Martin, a department store buyer and retail executive.[1] Martin loved to perform for her close-knit family. She began her acting career at age seven, when her aunt, who was a nanny for actor Michael Landon's children, helped her land a guest spot on the Landon produced series Father Murphy. At the age of eleven, she was a contestant during Young People's Week on Card Sharks.[2]



Martin had a recurring role on season three of Valerie's Family: The Hogans (1987–88). She also contributed the voice of Daphne Blake on the animated series A Pup Named Scooby-Doo in 1988–91. In 1989, Martin began the role of Rebecca "Becca" Thacher on the family drama Life Goes On, which ran on ABC for four seasons. She also played the role of Emily in 1989's Troop Beverly Hills, starring Shelley Long.


From 1991 to 1995, Martin supplied the voice of Molly Tasmanian Devil on Taz-Mania. In 1993, she played Sherry in Matinee, starring John Goodman, and made a guest appearance as Cleo Walker on an episode of seaQuest DSV titled "Brothers and Sisters". In 1994, she starred on her own series, acting alongside Tyne Daly in the CBS period drama Christy. The series was based on a popular spiritually-themed novel by the author Catherine Marshall and told the story of a young missionary teacher in an isolated community in the Appalachian Mountains. The show was well received and had an avid fan base, but its ratings suffered from being moved around the television schedule in unpredictable time slots. She also reunited with her Troop Beverly Hills co-star Emily Schulman on this series.

In 1994, she starred on the Lifetime movie A Friend to Die For (also known as Death of a Cheerleader) in a lead role. In 1995, she starred on The Face on the Milk Carton, a TV film based on the book by Caroline Cooney about a teenager who finds out she was kidnapped from her real family 13 years prior and had been raised by the parents of her kidnapper. She also was in A Goofy Movie as the voice of Roxanne, Max's love interest. In 1996, Martin starred as deaf abuse victim Laura Keyes on Lifetime's TV movie "After the Silence (aka Breaking Through)" and in 1997, she starred on the short-lived NBC drama Crisis Center, which lasted only six episodes.

From 1998 to 2000, Martin appeared on the medical drama ER as medical student Lucy Knight. Martin was still going to Yale at the time and postponed her education so that she could join the cast.[3]


In 2003, Martin starred on Mystery Woman, a Hallmark Channel movie about the owner of a mystery bookshop who solves actual crimes. It proved a popular vehicle for Martin; since 2005 she has gone on to make ten more Mystery Woman movies for Hallmark, two of which she directed. Also in 2003, Martin had a supporting role on the comedic film Malibu's Most Wanted.

In 2006, Martin starred in the Lifetime movie Live Once, Die Twice, followed by No Brother of Mine in 2007. Also in 2007, Martin provided the voice for the adult-version of Barbara Gordon on "Artifacts", an episode of The Batman.

In 2009 Martin was a guest on Grey's Anatomy, episode "No Good at Saying Sorry." She also guest starred in the Ghost Whisperer episode "Stage Fright" as Cally O'Keefe. More recently, she has guest starred on the Private Practice episode "The Way We Were".

In 2012, Martin played Army Captain Nicole Galassini on the Lifetime Network television series Army Wives.


In 1993, Martin was nominated for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series for her work in Life Goes On.[4]

Personal life

Martin graduated from Yale University in 2001 with a degree in art history. She was a member of Saybrook College. She married Keith Christian on May 15, 1999 in his hometown of Polson, Montana. The pair have two daughters, Margaret "Maggie" Heather (Born November 5, 2006) and Olivia James (Born February 13, 2016).[5] Maggie is named after Martin's sister Heather, who died due to lupus erythematosus at age 19.[6][7] Martin owns and operates her own toy store and has authored a novel, MADAM: A Novel of New Orleans from Plume.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Father Murphy Flossie Episode: "Sweet Sixteen"
1984 Highway to Heaven Lisa Ratchett Episode: "Another Song for Christmas"
1985 Canterville Ghost, TheThe Canterville Ghost Unknown Television movie
1986 Wonderful World of Disney Linda Episode: "Help Wanted: Kids"
1986 Wonderful World of Disney Veronica Episode: "The Richest Cat in the World"
1986 Dallas Brenda Crane Episode: "J.R. Rising"
1986 Life With Lucy Patty 2 episodes
1986 Potato Head Kids Lolly (voice) Unknown episodes
1987–88 My Two Dads Rebecca 2 episodes
1987–88 Hogan Family, TheThe Hogan Family Tracy Nash 5 episodes
1988 thirtysomething Robin Kramer 2 episodes
1988 Tracey Ullman Show, TheThe Tracey Ullman Show Kari Episode: "2.21"
1988 Fantastic Max Additional Voices Unknown episodes
1988 ABC Weekend Specials Karen Episode: "Runaway Ralph"
1988 Superman Unknown Episode: "The Birthday Party"
1988 Secret Witness Jennie Thomas Movie
1988–91 Pup Named Scooby-Doo, AA Pup Named Scooby-Doo Daphne Blake 19 episodes
1989 Charles in Charge Heather Curtis Episode: "Adam See, Adam Do"
1989 Mr. Belvedere Miriam Episode: "The Election"
1989 Baywatch Chelsea Carroll Episode: "Panic at Malibu Pier"
1989–93 Life Goes On Rebecca 'Becca' Thacher 83 episodes
Won – Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series
Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series (1991–92)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series
1991–95 Taz-Mania Molly Tazmanian Devil 22 episodes
1993 SeaQuest DSV Cleo Walker Episode: "Brothers and Sisters"
1993 ABC Afterschool Specials Samantha Wheeler Episode: "Montana Crossroads"
1994 Aladdin Sadira (voice) 4 episodes
1994 Christy Christy Huddleston Movie
1994–95 Christy Christy Huddleston 20 episodes
1994 Friend to Die For, AA Friend to Die For Angela Delvecchio Television movie
1995 If Someone Had Known Katie Liner Television movie
1995 Face on the Milk Carton, TheThe Face on the Milk Carton Jennifer Sands / Janie Jessmon Movie
1995 Her Hidden Truth Billie Calhoun Movie
1995 A Goofy Movie Roxanne Television movie
1996 Hidden in Silence Fusia Podgorska Movie
1996 Her Last Chance Alex Saxen Movie
1996 Breaking Through Laura Keyes Movie
1997 On the Edge of Innocence Zoe Taylor Movie
1997 Crisis Center Kathy Goodman 6 episodes
1998 About Sarah Mary Beth McCaffrey Movie
ER Lucy Knight 36 episodes
Won – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1999)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000–01)
1998–2000 The Powerpuff Girls Additional Voices 16 episodes
2001 Man in the Kitchen Unknown Movie
2002 Fiona Det. Fiona Fitzgerald Movie
2003 Mystery Woman Samantha Kinsey Movie
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Melinda Granville Episode: "Tragedy"
2005 Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend Samantha Kinsey Movie
2005 Mystery Woman: Snapshot Samantha Kinsey Movie
2005 Mystery Woman: Sing Me a Murder Samantha Kinsey Movie
2005 Mystery Woman: Vision of a Murder Samantha Kinsey Movie
2005 Mystery Woman: Game Time Samantha Kinsey Movie
2006 Mystery Woman: At First Sight Samantha Kinsey Movie
2006 Live Once, Die Twice Nicole Lauker Movie
2006 Mystery Woman: Wild West Mystery Samantha Kinsey Movie
2006 Mystery Woman: Oh Baby Samantha Kinsey Movie
2006 Mystery Woman: Redemption Samantha Kinsey Movie
2007 Batman, TheThe Batman Oracle (voice) Episode: "Artifacts"
2007 Mystery Woman: In the Shadows Samantha Kinsey Movie
2007 No Brother of Mine Nina St. Clair Movie
2009 Ghost Whisperer Cally O'Keefe Episode: "Stage Fright"
2009 Grey's Anatomy Julie Zelman Episode: "No Good at Saying Sorry"
2009 Private Practice Michelle Larsen Episode: "The Way We Were"
2010 Drop Dead Diva Joan Feiner Episode: "Senti-Mental Journey"
2010 Jensen Project, TheThe Jensen Project Claire Thompson Movie
2011 Smooch Gwen Cole Movie
2012 Army Wives Army Captain Nicole Galassini 8 episodes
2012 I Married Who? Jordan Grady Movie
2013 The Christmas Ornament Kathy Movie
2014 Dear Viola Katherine Movie
2015 So You Said Yes Annabelle Blanche Movie
2014 Mad Men Carolyn Glaspie Episode: "Waterloo"
2014 Satisfaction Jennifer Episode: "...Through Self Discovery"
2015 Hello, It's Me Annie Movie, Hallmark
2016 Hailey Dean Mystery: Murder, With Love Hailey Dean Movie [9]


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Jumpin' Jack Flash Kristi Carlson
1986 Body Slam Missy Roberts
1988 Doin' Time on Planet Earth Sheila
1989 Troop Beverly Hills Emily Coleman
1989 Flamingo Kid, TheThe Flamingo Kid Lauren Brody Short film
1993 Matinee Sherry
1995 Goofy Movie, AA Goofy Movie Roxanne Voice role
2001 All You Need Beth Sabistan Starnes
2003 Malibu's Most Wanted Jen
2004 Open House Debbie Delaney
2004 Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Additional Voices Voice role
2005 Thru the Moebius Strip Allana Voice role


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  2. "Kellie Martin on Card Sharks (Part 1)". Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  3. Altman (October 1999). "Kellie Martin". Biography. 3 (10): 10.
  4. "Awards Search: Kellie Martin". Television Academy: EMMYS. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  5. Wren, Jennifer (20 November 2006). "Passages". People. 66 (21).
  6. "Make Room for Maggie". People. 67 (7). 19 February 2007.
  8. Business Time, April 16, 2012: "From Hollywood Actress to Toy Store CEO". Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  9. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original - Hailey Dean Mystery - Murder, With Love
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