• Graduated from Yale University with a degree in Art History in 2001
• Made her debut as an actress in 1982
• Best known for her role in the series “Life Goes On”
• Appeared in the series “ER” in the role of Lucy Knight
• Starred in the saga “Hailey Dean Mystery” from 2016 to 2019

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthOctober 16, 1975
SpouseKeith Christian
FactFriend of Diane Baker ever since they made the movie About Sarah (1998) together.

Kellie Martin is an American actress and entrepreneur, born on 16 October 1975, in Riverside, California USA. She’s known for her roles in TV series such as “Life Goes On” and “ER”.

Early Life

Kellie Noelle Martin was born the first of three daughters to Doug and Debbie Martin; her father was a retail executive and her mother a kindergarten teacher. Her younger sisters are named Heather who was born on 1978, and Clara born in 1990. Heather died in 1998 of Lupus. Marti’s parents divorced in 1992.

There’s not much information about Kellie’s early education and childhood, however, she graduated from Yale University with a degree in Art History in 2001.

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About her studies she said: ‘Show business is such a roller-coaster life. I’d like to have my degree and a lot of options’.


Debut as an Actress and Firsts Appearances: 1982 – 1989

Kellie made her debut as an actress in 1982, when at only seven years old she was cast as Flossie in the episode “Sweet Sixteen” of the TV series “Father Murphy”. It’s said that her aunt Rhonda worked as a nanny for Michael Landon, the writer of the series, and showed a photo of Kellie to him, who told her that Kellie should audition.

Two years after her debut, Kellie appeared as Lisa Ratchett in the TV series “Highway to Heaven”, in the episode “Another Song for Christmas”. The next year she appeared in the TV movie “The Canterville Ghost”.

In 1986 she appeared in two episodes of the TV series “Disneyland” as Linda, in the episode entitled “Help Wanted”, then as Veronica in the episode “The Richest Cat in the World”. In the same year, she appeared as Brenda Crane in the episode “J.R. Rising” of the TV series “Dallas”, and then made her film debut as Kristi Carlson in the film “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, then as Missy Roberts in “Body Slam”. She was also heard as a voice actor in the TV series “Potato Head Kids”, before appeared in two episodes of the TV series “Life With Lucy” as Patty.

The next year, she acted in two series: as Rebecca in “My Two Dads” and as Tracy Nash in “Valerie”.

1988 also brought Kellie the opportunity to work in several TV series, such as “Thirtysomething”, “The Tracey Ullman Show”, “ABC Weekend Specials” and “Superman”. She also acted in two movies: “Secret Witness” and “Doin’ Time on Planet Earth”.

1989 also brought several other roles for Kellie: she appeared in the TV movie “Baywatch: Panic at Malibu Pier”, and in the film “Troop Beverly Hills”, as well as in TV series such as “Charles in Charge”, “Mr. Belvedere” and “The Flamingo Kid”, and well as giving her voice to “Fantastic Max” and “A Pup Named Scooby-Doo”.

Life Goes On and Other Roles

Despite her participation in other productions, what made the year 1989 truly outstanding for Kellie’s career was the fact that she was cast in the role of Becca Thatcher in the series “Life Goes On”, the role that would make her being remembered for years to come. The series portrays the story of an American family and its member’s life struggles. The series lasted four years until 1993, and Kellie’s role saw her the winner of an American Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series, and a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the Emmy Awards.

Beside her role in “Life Goes On”, she also made several appearances in other productions, such as “Taz-Mania” in 1991, the movie “Matinee” and the TV series’ “Seaquest” and “ABC Afterschool Specials” in 1993. In 1994 she appeared in the TV movie “A Friend To Die For”, and starred the TV movie and series “Christy”. In 1995 she appeared in “If Someone Had Known”, “The Face on the Milk Carton”, “Her Hidden Truth”, and gave her voice to “A Goofy Movie”.

With the year 1996, she acted in the TV movies “Breaking Through”, “Her Last Chance” and “Hidden in Silence”, then in 1997 appeared in another TV-Series entitled “Crisis Center”, and two TV movies: “On the Edge Of Innocence” and “About Sarah” in 1998.

ER: 1998

In 1998 Kellie was cast in the drama and hospital-centered series “ER” in the role of Lucy Knight, a third year medical student under Dr. John Carter’s tutoring, who is also her love interest. She appeared in 36 episodes of the series from 1998 to 2000, leaving the series because she wanted to finish her degree at Yale University, though her role in “ER” would remain as one of the most memorable of her career.

Mystery Woman and Other Projects: 2001 – 2010

After graduating, she came back to her acting career and made appearances in several productions. In 2001 she appeared in the film “All You Need” and “Man in the Kitchen”; in 2002 she was Detective Fiona Fitzgerald in the TV movie “Fiona”; and in 2003 appeared as Melinda Granville in an episode of the series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, and in the movies “Malibu’s Most Wanted” and “Open House” in 2004.

Kellie Martin

She also appeared in a starring role of 2003’s TV movie “Mystery Woman” as Samantha Kinsey, an amateur detective. She continued starring in the saga for the next three years, appearing in all of its 10 sequels from “Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend”, to finally “Mystery Woman: In the Shadows” in 2007.

Other movies she appeared were “Live Once, Die Twice”, “Lethal Obsession” and “The Jensen Project”. She appeared in an episode of the 2007’s series “The Batman” as Oracle, had the role of Cally O’Keefe in the 2009 series “Ghost Whisperer”, and acted in “Grey’s Anatomy” as Zulie Zelman in an episode. In 2009 she was Michelle Larsen in “Private Practice”.

2010 – Present

Kellie has been present in the 2010s with her appearance in varying projects.

In 2010 she was cast to appear in an episode of the TV series “Drop Dead Diva”, and in the same year she was Claire Thompson in the TV-Movie “The Jensen Project”, followed by her role in 2011’s TV movie “Smooch”.

In 2012 she appeared in eight episodes of the series “Army Wives”, as Army Captain Nicole Galassini, and as Jordan Grady in the TV movie “I Married Who?”. In 2014 she acted as Katie Minor in the TV movie “Dear Viola”. She was cast in several TV series that year too, such as “Math Bites”, “Mad Men” and “Satisfaction”.

In 2016 she was cast as Hailey Dean, the starring role of the TV movie saga “Hailey Dean Mystery”, a total; of nine movies through 2019.

Concurrently Kellie appeared in other roles – from 2017 to 2018 she was Officer Kimberly Leahy in eight episodes of the series “The Guest Book”, and in two TV movies “Death of a Cheerleader”, and “Christmas in Montana”.

Entrepreneur – Toys Shop

Besides her acting career, Kellie Martin has made an incursion into another business. When in the search for secure toys for her daughter, she became enamored by the toy shop Romp, which sells old-fashioned and eco-friendly toys. However, when in 2011 the owner advised her costumers about closing the shop, Kellie felt it on herself to prevent the shop from disappearing. She called her husband and told him that she wanted to buy the shop: ‘I didn’t even know if she wanted to sell, but I said to my husband ‘You’ve got to call her!’’.

About the business that Kellie now manages alongside her husband, he has said: ‘We skipped the pure startup phase by purchasing a company that was operating profitably and had strong brand identification’. It seems that it was a good decision, and they have maintained its profitability.

Kellie Martin

Personal Life

Kellie is married to Keith Christian, who was a Columbia Law Student. Keith proposed to her at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while the two were touring. Kellie described the moment: ‘He pulled out this little box and I said ‘yes’ before he could ask the question.’ The couple has remained married ever since their wedding on 15 May 1999, and has welcomed two daughters named Maggie on 4 November 2006, and their second Olivia James on 13 February 2016.

Net Worth

Kellie Martin’s net worth is estimated at $3 million, which is a result of her work as a successful actress, and for being a toy shop CEO.


Kellie is a woman of white ethnicity, who has a slender build and is 5ft 2ins (1.57 m) tall. Her eyes are green while her natural hair is brown, however, nowadays she stylizes her hair blonde with curls.

Interesting Facts

  • As her sister Heather died in 1998 of lupus, Kellie became the national spokesperson for said deceased.
  • Kellie loves ballet.
  • Kellie has said that her major interests are photography and art.
  • In 1999 she said that her dream job was to work at MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art).
  • Her husband Keith owns a ranch in Colorado.

General Info

Full NameKellie Martin
Date Of BirthOctober 16, 1975
Height1.58 m
ProfessionFilm director, Actor, Businessperson
EducationYale University


SpouseKeith Christian
ChildrenOlivia James Christian, Margaret Heather Christian
ParentsDoug Martin, Debbie Martin
SiblingsHeather Martin


AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, TV Land Icon Award
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
MoviesA Goofy Movie, I Married Who?, Smooch, Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend, Hidden In Silence, A Friend to Die For, Troop Beverly Hills, Mystery Woman: Game Time, About Sarah, Matinee, Malibu's Most Wanted, Mystery Woman: Snapshot, Mystery Woman At First Sight, If Someone Had Known, The Jensen Project, D...
TV ShowsER, Mystery Woman, ABC Weekend Special, Christy, Taz-Mania, Life Goes On, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Mr. Belvedere, The Tracey Ullman Show, Potato Head Kids, Life with Lucy, Father Murphy, Crisis Center

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1"Angela has so many characteristics I don't have or wouldn't want to have. She is not that smart. If she was smart, then she would know that she doesn't have to be part of the popular crowd to be cool." - about her character in the TV movie A Friend to Die For (1994).
2"I wouldn't want to be a superstar, like Julia Roberts or Madonna, and be on the cover of 'US' magazine when I'm twenty - that's how you know you're really hot. I'd rather have a long respected career".
3I realize I don't know how to get drunk and have fun, how to hang out, party, be a teenager and chill out. But acting was my choice. -- Parade June 25, 1995


1Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 40, a daughter named Olivia James Christian on February 13, 2016, weighed in at 7 lbs., 15 oz. and measures 20 inches long. Child's father is her husband, Keith Christian.
2Gave birth to her 1st child at age 31, a daughter named Margaret Heather Christian on November 4, 2006, at 12:21 p.m. She weighed 8 lbs and was 21 inches long. Child's father is her husband, Keith Christian.
3Attended the Women in Photojournalism Conference held in San Diego. [September 2002]
4Friend of Diane Baker ever since they made the movie About Sarah (1998) together.
5Met her husband, Keith Christian, at Yale University where both were students.
6Daughter of Doug Martin and Debbie Martin. They divorced in 1992.
7Friend of Robin Shorr and Allyson Knapp.
8Studied acting with Diane Hardin, Melora Hardin's mother.
9Graduated from Yale with a degree in art history.
10Was a contestant on the game show Card Sharks (1978), hosted by Bob Eubanks, during youth week when she was 11 years old. In her introduction of herself, she said she wanted "be a film director" when she grows up. She won $2,600 and almost won the trip to Hawaii but missed it by one card.
11When she was cast in Life Goes On (1989), she developed an eating disorder. She was convinced by Tracey Gold, who had her own battles with anorexia, to seek help.
12When she was a child actress, she would always be cast as the best friend instead of the lead.
13Started work on ER (1994) shortly after her sister died suddenly of lupus. She eventually left the show, partly because it was too hard for her to be in a pretend hospital after what happened.
14She is the national spokesperson for Lupus, since her sister died of the disease at age 19.
15Announced she's leaving ER (1994) to finish her studies at Yale. [January 2000]
16She got her start in acting when her aunt, a nanny for Michael Landon's children, showed Kellie's picture to Landon. He asked her to audition, she won a guest spot on Landon's Father Murphy (1981), and thus began her acting career.
17Husband Keith Christian is attending law school. [1999]
18Younger sister Heather died of lupus in 1998.
19Loves Ballet and Photography, and is accomplished at both.
20Kellie's Internet Fans at the Kellie Martin Listserv sent a $635.00 donation to one of Kellie's favorite charities, the Pediatric AIDS foundation, on October 1, 1996, as a birthday gift to Kellie on her 21st birthday on October 16th.




Hailey Dean Mystery: Murder, with Love2016TV MovieHailey Dean
Hello, It's Me2015TV MovieAnnie
So You Said Yes2015TV MovieAnnabelle Blanche
Satisfaction2014TV SeriesJennifer
Mad Men2014TV SeriesCarolyn Glaspie
Dear Viola2014TV MovieKatie Minor
Math Bites2014TV SeriesSnarky Woman
The Christmas Ornament2013TV MovieKathy Howard
I Married Who?2012TV MovieJordan Grady
Army Wives2012TV SeriesArmy Captain Nicole Galassin / Army Captain Nicole Galassini
Smooch2011TV MovieGwen Cole
The Jensen Project2010TV MovieClaire Thompson
Drop Dead Diva2010TV SeriesJoan Feiner
Private Practice2009TV SeriesMichelle Larsen
Grey's Anatomy2009TV SeriesJulie Zelman
Ghost Whisperer2009TV SeriesCally O'Keefe
No Brother of Mine2007TV MovieNina St. Clair
The Batman2007TV SeriesOracle
Mystery Woman: In the Shadows2007TV MovieSamantha Kinsey
Mystery Woman: Redemption2006TV MovieSamantha
Mystery Woman: Oh Baby2006TV MovieSamantha Kinsey
Mystery Woman: Wild West Mystery2006TV MovieSamantha
Live Once, Die Twice2006TV MovieNicole Lauker
Mystery Woman: At First Sight2006TV MovieSamantha Kinsey
Thru the Moebius Strip2005Allana (voice)
Mystery Woman: Game Time2005TV MovieSamantha
Mystery Woman: Vision of a Murder2005TV MovieSamantha
Mystery Woman: Sing Me a Murder2005TV MovieSamantha
Mystery Woman: Snapshot2005TV MovieSamantha Kinsey
Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend2005TV MovieSamantha
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas2004VideoAdditional Voices (voice)
Open House2004Debbie Delaney
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2003TV SeriesMelinda Granville
Mystery Woman2003TV MovieSamantha Kinsey
Malibu's Most Wanted2003Jen
Fiona2002TV MovieDetective Fiona Fitzgerald
All You Need2001Beth Sabistan Starnes
Man in the Kitchen2001TV Movie
ER1998-2000TV SeriesLucy Knight
About Sarah1998TV MovieMary Beth McCaffrey
On the Edge of Innocence1997TV MovieZoe Tyler
Crisis Center1997TV SeriesKathy Goodman
Breaking Through1996TV MovieLaura Keyes
Her Last Chance1996TV MovieAlex Saxen
Hidden in Silence1996TV MovieFusia Podgorska
Her Hidden Truth1995TV MovieBillie Calhoun
Christy1994-1995TV SeriesChristy Huddleston
The Face on the Milk Carton1995TV MovieJennifer Sands Janie Jessmon
If Someone Had Known1995TV MovieKatie Liner
A Goofy Movie1995Roxanne (voice)
Taz-Mania1991-1995TV SeriesMolly Tazmanian Devil
Aladdin1994TV SeriesSadira
A Friend to Die For1994TV MovieAngela Delvecchio
Christy1994TV MovieChristy Huddleston
ABC Afterschool Specials1993TV SeriesSamantha Wheeler
SeaQuest 20321993TV SeriesCleo Walker
Life Goes On1989-1993TV SeriesBecca Thatcher
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo1988-1991TV SeriesDaphne
Fantastic Max1988-1989TV SeriesAdditional Voices
The Flamingo Kid1989TV ShortLauren Brody
Panic at Malibu Pier1989TV MovieChelsea Carroll
Troop Beverly Hills1989Emily Coleman
Mr. Belvedere1989TV SeriesMiriam
Charles in Charge1989TV SeriesHeather Curtis
Superman1988TV SeriesLana Lang
ABC Weekend Specials1988TV SeriesKaren
Doin' Time on Planet Earth1988Sheila
Secret Witness1988TV MovieJennie Thomas
The Tracey Ullman Show1988TV SeriesKari, Slumber Party Girl
Thirtysomething1988TV SeriesRobin Kramer
Valerie's Family: The Hogans1987-1988TV SeriesTracy Nash
My Two Dads1987-1988TV SeriesRebecca
Potato Head Kids1986TV SeriesLolly (1986) (voice)
Body Slam1986Missy Roberts
Jumpin' Jack Flash1986Kristi Carlson
Dallas1986TV SeriesBrenda Crane
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1986TV SeriesVeronica / Linda
Life with Lucy1986TV SeriesPatty
The Canterville Ghost1985TV Movie
Highway to Heaven1984TV SeriesLisa Ratchett
Father Murphy1982TV SeriesFlossie


Mystery Woman: At First Sight2006TV Movie
Mystery Woman: Vision of a Murder2005TV Movie


Dear Viola2014TV Movie executive producer
On the Edge of Innocence1997TV Movie co-producer
Her Last Chance1996TV Movie co-producer


Christy1995TV Series story - 1 episode

Camera Department

Open House2004camera operator: jacuzzi/bed camera


Open House2004performer: "Fantabulous", "Sexy Swiper", "Do You Love This House 1", "Do You Love This House 2", "Do You Love This House 3", "More Fantabulous", "Finale"


Home & Family2012-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
2014 Hero Dog Awards2014TV SpecialHerself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHerself
The Ricki Lake Show2013TV SeriesHerself
2012 Hero Dog Awards2012TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Marie2012TV Series documentary
The 7th Annual TV Land Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
Chabad: To Life Telethon2008TV MovieHerself
Child Star Confidential2006TV Series documentaryHerself
The View2005TV SeriesHerself
I Love the '90s: Part Deux2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Speaking of Women's Health2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Intimate Portrait2002TV Series documentaryHerself
The 27th Annual American Music Awards2000TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards2000TV SpecialHerself
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1999TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Martin Short Show1999TV SeriesHerself
The Daily Show1999TV SeriesHerself
The Teen Choice Awards 19991999TV SpecialHerself
The Teen Files1999TV SeriesHerself
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1999TV SpecialHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-1999TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-1999TV SeriesHerself
The 25th Annual People's Choice Awards1999TV SpecialHerself
Out to Lunch1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Politically Incorrect1997TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1997TV SeriesHerself
Loveline1996TV SeriesHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1995TV MovieHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1994TV SeriesHerself
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHerself
America's Funniest Home Videos1989-1992TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Host
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '921992TV SpecialHerself
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHerself
The Marsha Warfield Show1990TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Brilliant But Cancelled2002TV Movie documentary
ER2000TV SeriesLucy Knight


Won Awards

2009Icon AwardTV Land AwardsER (1994)
1999ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1993American Television AwardAmerican Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Dramatic SeriesLife Goes On (1989)
1992Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesLife Goes On (1989)
1992Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Starring in a Television SeriesLife Goes On (1989)
1991Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Starring in a Television SeriesLife Goes On (1989)

Nominated Awards

2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1993Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesLife Goes On (1989)
1993Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesLife Goes On (1989)
1993Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Starring in a Television SeriesLife Goes On (1989)
1990Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Supporting Role in a Television SeriesLife Goes On (1989)
1988Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Animation Voice Over GroupPotato Head Kids (1986)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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