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Jewel Staite
Staite at the 2013 Phoenix Comicon
Jewel Belair Staite

(1982-06-02) June 2, 1982 (age 42)
Years active1991–present
Matt Anderson
(m. 2003; div. 2011)
Charlie Ritchie
(m. 2016)

Jewel Belair Staite[1] (born June 2, 1982[2][3]) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her roles as Kaylee Frye in the series Firefly (2002–2003) and its follow-up movie Serenity (2005), and as Jennifer Keller on science fiction television series Stargate Atlantis (2007–2009). Staite also starred as Catalina in Space Cases (1996), as "Becca" Fisher in Flash Forward (1996–1997), as Raquel Westbrook in the Canadian drama The L.A. Complex (2012), and as Caroline Swift in AMC's crime drama The Killing (2013–2014). Since 2021, she has starred as Abigail Bianchi in the Canadian legal drama series Family Law.

Early life[edit]

Staite was born in White Rock, British Columbia, the youngest of seven children. She has said that she is of British, Irish, French Canadian, and Iroquois ancestry.[4] She began her career in early childhood, working both as a model and, from the age of six, as an actor. She attended Vancouver Film School and developed her stagecraft at the Vancouver Youth Theatre.[5]


Staite's first high profile appearances as a child actor came in television movies such as CBC's Liar, Liar in 1993 (which was later aired on CBS in the United States that same year)[6] and ABC's The Only Way Out.[7] In 1995, she had a key guest-starring role in a third-season episode of The X-Files, "Oubliette".

Staite at the 2005 Serenity Flanvention

After appearing on Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1994), Staite's first co-starring role on a television series was as Catalina, the ship's engineer, in the first season of the Nickelodeon science fiction series Space Cases in 1996. This was immediately followed by her role as Rebecca "Becca" Fisher on the 1995–1997 Disney Channel series Flash Forward, a series in which Staite was the co-lead with Ben Foster.[8]

In 2000, she was cast in a main role on the FOX Family Channel drama series Higher Ground.[9] She was also a voice actress in the animated TV series Mummies Alive! and Sabrina: The Animated Series for DIC Entertainment.

Staite in 2013

Staite played Kaylee Frye in the short-lived television series Firefly[10][11] and its subsequent 2005 film, Serenity.[12] She wrote a chapter in the book Finding Serenity, called "Kaylee Speaks: Jewel Staite On Firefly".[13] She played the recurring role of Heidi Gotts in the television series Wonderfalls in 2004.

Staite played the role of head medical doctor Jennifer Keller in the Stargate SG-1 spinoff Stargate Atlantis,[14] making her one of three actors from the Firefly series to move on to appear in a Stargate series (the others being Adam Baldwin, who appeared in the episode "Heroes", and Morena Baccarin, who played Adria in the tenth season of SG-1). 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".[15] She also appeared in the 2010 Syfy film, Mothman, under direction from Sheldon Wilson.[13][16] 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.[17]

In 2012, Staite was a series regular on The L.A. Complex, in which she portrayed Raquel Westbrook, a struggling actress.[18] The show aired in Canada on CTV and MuchMusic and in the U.S. on The CW.[19] She also appeared 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 2013–2014.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Staite was married to actor Matt Anderson from 2003 to 2011.[21] In 2015, she became engaged to her boyfriend Charlie Ritchie.[22][23] In May 2015, she announced she was pregnant with her first child,[24][25] a boy, who was born later that year.[26] She and Ritchie married on July 23, 2016.



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 The Pact Anna Short film
2015 She Who Must Burn Margaret [27]
40 Below and Falling Kate Carter [28]
How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town Cassie Cranston [29]


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Posing: Inspired by Three Real Stories Jennifer Lanahan Television film
1992 The Odyssey Labelia Episode: "The Believers"
1993 Liar, Liar Dorianna Television film; aired in the U.S. as Liar, Liar: Between Father and Daughter
The Only Way Out Alexandra Carlisle Television film
1994 The Odyssey Labelia Episode: "The Prophecy"
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"
The X-Files Amy Jacobs Episode: "Oubliette"
1996 The Prisoner of Zenda, Inc. Theresa Television film
Space Cases Catalina Main role (season 1)
1996–1997 Flash Forward Rebecca "Becca" Fisher Lead role
1997–1999 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show Tiara VanHorn 5 episodes
1998–2001 Da Vinci's Inquest Gabriella Da Vinci 13 episodes
1999 So Weird Callie Snow Episode: "Siren"
Sabrina: The Animated Series N/A Voice role, 4 episodes
Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy Sally Prentiss Episodes: "Happy Trails", "Fools for Love"
2000 Higher Ground Daisy Lipenowski Main role
2001 The Immortal Danielle Jenkins Episode: "Learning Curve"
2gether: The Series Josie Episode: "Kiss"
Seven Days Molly Episode: "Empty Quiver"
2002 Roughing It Susan Olivia Clemens Television film
Damaged Care Bryanna (15–20 years) Television film
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Carly / Shannon Episode: "The Fine Line"
Just Deal Laurel 8 episodes
2002–2003 Firefly Kaylee Frye Main role
2003 Dead Like Me Goth Girl Episode: "Rest in Peace"
2004 Huff Carolyn Episode: Pilot
Cold Squad Thora Andrews Episode: "Girlfriend in a Closet"
Wonderfalls Heidi Gotts 4 episodes
2005 Widow on the Hill Jenny Cavanaugh Television film
Stargate Atlantis Ellia Episode: "Instinct"
2007–2009 Stargate Atlantis Jennifer Keller Recurring role (season 4); main role (season 5); 33 episodes
2010 Mothman Katharine Grant Television film
Warehouse 13 Loretta Episode: "Mild Mannered"
Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs. Miracle Holly Television film; also known as Mrs Miracle 2: Miracle in Manhattan
2011 Doomsday Prophecy Brook Calvin Television film[30]
Supernatural Amy Pond Episode: "The Girl Next Door"
2012 The L.A. Complex Raquel Westbrook Main role
2012–2013 Animism: The Gods' Lake Melody Ravensfall Main voice role
2013 The Listener Lori Black Episode: "Blast from the Past"
The Christmas Ornament Jenna Television film
State of Syn Annika Drake TV shorts, 6 episodes[31]
2013–2014 The Killing Caroline Swift 11 episodes
2015 A Frosty Affair Kate Television film
2016 Legends of Tomorrow Dr. Bryce Episode: "Progeny"[32]
Castle Erin Cherloff Episode: "Much Ado About Murder"
Undercover Wife Monica Boland Television film; also known as Not with His Wife
2017 The Wrong Bed: Naked Pursuit Stella Williams Television film
Same Time Next Week Sarah Television film
2017, 2020 Blindspot Kiva Garen Episodes: "Regard a Mere Mad Rager" & "Iunne Ennui"
2018 The Detectives Detective Penny Hart Episode: "She Said"
Take Two Jackie Jarvis / Angela Truman Episode: "About Last Night"
The Good Doctor Stella Episode: "Two Ply (or Not Two Ply)"
2019 The Order Renee Marand Episodes: "Homecoming, Parts One & Two"
2019–2020 The Magicians Phyllis 4 episodes (seasons 4–5)
2021–present Family Law Abigail Bianchi Main role
2022 Quantum Leap Naomi Harvey Episode: "What a Disaster!"


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