Kari Matchett

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Kari Matchett
Kari Matchett at Comic-Con 2011.jpg
Born Spalding, Saskatchewan, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present

Kari Matchett[1] (born March 25, 1970) is a Canadian 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 recently starred 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 Maggie Collins, the ex-wife of Hutton's character, Nathan "Nate" Ford. 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.[clarification needed]



Year Film Role Notes
1998 Papertrail Alison Enola
2000 Apartment Hunting Sarah
2001 Angel Eyes Candace
2002 Men with Brooms Linda Bucyk
Cube 2: Hypercube Kate Filmore
19 Months Page
Cypher Diane
2006 Civic Duty Marla Allen
2011 Goose on the Loose Donna Archer
The Tree of Life Jack's Ex


Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Rez Tanya Nanibush Beakhert
Forever Knight Alyss de Brabant "Dead of Knight"
Undue Influence Marcie Reed
Ready or Not Sheila Ramone (1996 - 1997)
1997 Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Mary O'Brien "The Curse/Angel on a Plane"
Whatever Happened to Bobby Earl? Nicki Corlis
Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops 2 Marina
Viper Beatrice "Triple Cross"
1998 Once a Thief Claire Holland "Wedding Bell Blues"
Poltergeist: The Legacy Caroline Crane "The Human Vessel"
A Marriage of Convenience Elizabeth
Earth: Final Conflict Siobhan Beckett "The Secret of Strand Hill"
"The Joining"
"The First of Its Kind"
Earth: Final Conflict Rho'ha "Pandora's Box"
"Law & Order"
Power Play Colleen Blessed (1998 - 2000) 2000 Gemini Award nominee
1999 Rembrandt: Fathers & Sons Saskia van Rijn
2000 Task Force: Caviar Linda
2001 A Colder Kind of Death Maureen Gault 2001 Gemini Award nominee
All Souls Dr. Stefani Volette "Spineless"
Blue Murder Christina Kondeatis/Carol Clark "Intensive Care"; Gemini Award
A Nero Wolfe Mystery Celia 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"
2002 The Glow Allison
2003 Betrayed Judy Bryce
2004 5ive Days to Midnight Claudia Whitey
Blue Murder Det. Elaine Bender
Wonderfalls Beth
A Very Married Christmas Donna
2005 The Eleventh Hour Carrina Mallett "Zugzwang"
Puppets Who Kill Laura "Dan and the New Neighbour"
Plague City: SARS in Toronto Amy
Wild Card Gigi Germain "My Boyfriend is an Axe Murderer"
Invasion Dr. Mariel Underlay (2005 - 2006)
2006 Intimate Stranger Karen Reese
Shark Monica Tanner "Dial M for Monica"
2007 24 Lisa Miller
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Mary Tate
Heartland Kate Armstrong
ER Dr. Skye Wexler 14x06 "The Test"
14x09 "Skye's the Limit"
14x11 "Status Quo"
14x13 "Atonement"
14x16 "Truth Will Out" (2007 - 2008)
2008 Ugly Betty Dr. Wallace "Betty's Baby Bump"
The Cleaner Shelly Mullins "Lie with Me"
Criminal Minds Amy Bridges "The Instincts"
Crash Jules
2009 Flashpoint Delia Semple "Clean Hands"
The Philanthropist Renee Adams "San Diego"
The National Tree Faith
Leverage Maggie Collins 1x12 "The First David Job"
1x13 "The Second David Job"
2x12 "The Zanzibar Marketplace Job"
4x18 "The Last Dam Job" (2009 - 2012)
2010 Meteor Storm Michelle
Miami Medical Dr. Helena Sable "An Arm and a Leg," "Man on the Road" (2010 - 2014)
Covert Affairs Joan Campbell
2012 Saving Hope Dr. Kendra Watt "A New Beginning"
The Riverbank Kate Mason
2013 Elementary Kathryn Drummand "The Deductionist"
2014 Murdoch Mysteries Miss Heloise "The Devil Wears Whalebone"



  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. ^ 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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