• Moira Kelly was born in Queens, New York in 1968 and is an American actress.
• She gained recognition after playing the lead character, Kate Moseley in the comedy drama movie “The Cutting Edge” in 1992.
• She has voiced in the animated musical movie “The Lion King” and in 2003, she was invited to portray one of the lead characters, Karen Roe in the drama romance series “One Tree Hill”.
• She married Steve Hewitt, a businessman in 2000, and the couple have a daughter and a son.
• As of May 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $2 million.

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Short Info

Date Of BirthMarch 6, 1968
SpouseSteve Hewitt

Who is Moira Kelly? Wiki Bio

Moira Kelly was born in Queens, New York City USA, on 6 March 1968, so her zodiac sign is Pisces and she holds American nationality. She is an actress who gained recognition after playing the lead character, Kate Moseley in the comedy drama movie “The Cutting Edge” in 1992 which also starred D. B. Sweeney and Roy Dotrice and which follows a figure skater and a retired hockey player as they compete at figure skating at the Olympic Games.

Early life and education

Moira was raised alongside her five siblings in Queens by their Irish Catholic immigrant parents – their mother Anne was a nurse while their father Peter was a violinist.

Moira studied at Connetquot High School on Long Island, where she first became interested in acting, and was a member of the school’s drama club. She also played sports such as soccer, and was liked creative writing and drawing. She matriculated in 1986, and then enrolled at Marymount Manhattan College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre in 1990.

Roles in movies

Moira’s first acting experience was actually in 1984, when she appeared in her high school’s play “Annie” – although she wanted to become an actress, she also a choice of becoming a nun, which was somewhat expected of her given her family background.

After graduation, she worked as a nanny before making her debut film appearance in 1991, portraying Jessica in the independent drama movie “The Boy Who Cried Bitch”, followed by her portrayals of support characters in the biographical gangster movie “Billy Bathgate”, the psychological horror film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me”, and the biographical comedy “Chaplin” in 1992. Later that year she appeared in the HBO film “Daybreak”, while the year 1993 saw her win her first lead role in the comedy drama film “With Honors”, in which she portrayed Courtney Blumenthal. She made her debut voicing role in the animated musical movie “The Lion King”, followed by starring roles in the crime drama “Little Odessa”, the thriller “The Tie That Binds”, and the drama “Unlock the Stars”.

1997 saw Moira invited to star as Soosh Teague in the romantic comedy “Changing Habits”, and as Nadine Ship in the Canadian movie “Drive, She Said” while some of her following roles were in “Dangerous Beauty”, “Hi-Life”, and again voicing in “The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride”. She started the 2000s by portraying the supporting character Susan Train in the drama movie “The Safety of Objects”, then took a three-year break from appearing in movies, before starring in “A Woman Reported” and “The Lion King 1½” in 2004.

Some of Moira’s later appearances in movies have been in “Two Tickets to Paradise” in 2006, the drama “Remember the Daze” in 2007, and the horror mystery “Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces” in 2014.

Roles in TV series

Moira made her debut TV series appearance portraying Cinnamon Brown in the miniseries “Love, Lies, and Murder” in 1991, before portraying the lead character Annie Cornell in the drama series “To Have & to Hold” in 1998, also starring Jason Beghe and Jason Wiles, and which  follows an Irish police officer and his wife who is an attorney. She went on to join the main cast of the political drama series “The West Wing” portraying Mandy Hampton in 1999 and 2000 – in 2001, she and her colleagues won a Screen Actors Guild Award for an Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama series.

Moira Kelly

The year 2002 saw her make guest appearances in single episodes of several series, such as “Hack” and “The Twilight Zone”.

In 2003, Moira was invited to portray one of the lead characters, Karen Roe in the drama romance series “One Tree Hill”, also starring Chad Michael Murray and James Lafferty, and which follows two half-brothers as they compete at everything including sports, and at who is going to sleep with more girls. Moira was shooting for the series until 2009 when it ended. Concurrently she made appearances in the episode “Betrayal” of the police procedural series “Law & Order” in 2008, before guest-starring in the episode “Building 26” of the superhero serial drama series “Heroes” in 2009.

Some of Moira’s latest appearances in TV series have been in single episodes of the crime drama “Numb3rs” in 2010, and the legal comedy “Drop Dead Diva” in 2013, and in three episodes of the medical drama “The Resident” in 2019, in which she portrayed Annie.

Love life and husband

Moira met her husband Steve Hewitt who is a businessman in 1995, and it took them five years of dating before marrying on 5 August 2000 in a big ceremony attended by all their friends and family. In 2001, Moira gave birth to their daughter Ella, while their son Eamon followed in 2003. The family of four is currently residing in Wilmington, North Carolina – there are no rumors nor controversies surrounding Moira and Steve’s marriage.

Steve is Moira’s first boyfriend and husband, as she didn’t want to start a relationship with someone she didn’t want to marry at the moment they started dating. As she is a very religious person, the two didn’t sleep in the same room until they married.

Hobbies and other interests

Moira’s favorite hobby is ‘singing the blues’, while she also likes cabaret style. She grew up listening to Irish music, which she got to dislike and started listening to rock and pop when she turned 16. Moira enjoys playing a variety of sports, and is keen on trying out extreme sports with her favorite being rock climbing which she does at least once per month.

She is dreaming about opening her own children’s theatre, which will be free for those who might not be able to afford the tickets for the shows performed there. She is okay with nudity in the movies, but doesn’t like being the one who is nude, and when she was required to appear nude in a movie for the first time, she went to ask her priest if that was okay.

Some of Moira’s favorite actors and actresses are Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Emma Watson, while some of her favorite movies are “Titanic”, “Catch Me If You Can”, and the franchise “Harry Potter” among others.

Appearance and net worth

Moira is 52 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 4ins (1.63m) tall, and weighs around 120lbs (55kgs). As of May 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $2 million.

General Info

Full NameMoira Kelly
Date Of BirthMarch 6, 1968
Height1.62 m
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationMarymount Manhattan College, Connetquot High School


SpouseSteve Hewitt
ChildrenElla Hewitt, Eamon Hewitt
ParentsAnne Kelly, Peter Kelly
SiblingsPaul Kelly


AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
NominationsTeen Choice Award for Choice TV: Parental Unit
MoviesThe Cutting Edge, The Lion King, Chaplin, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, With Honors, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Little Odessa, The Lion King 1½, Dangerous Beauty, Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story, The Tie That Binds, Daybreak, Unhook the Stars, The Safety of Objects, Billy Bathgate...
TV ShowsOne Tree Hill, The West Wing, To Have & to Hold

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1An audience is going to be able to find a little bit of Dorothy in themselves and relate to this woman. Roles like Dorothy Day are so rare in Hollywood.
2I went to Marymount College in New York City with a lot of kids whose parents paid their way, and I wouldn't even have thought of asking my parents - they couldn't afford it, not with six kids!
3Money's not important to me. Movie star acknowledgement is not important to me. I don't want to be a big studio actress. I don't want to be in the limelight.
4There are a lot of battles to face, and if I didn't have that religious core - that base to turn to - I would be truly lost.
5They used to say I was a younger Winona Ryder and that always made me laugh, because I'm three years older than she is.
6We have a world that is searching for answers, that is searching for a way back to spirituality.
7We're not all called to be Dorothy Day.
8You know, I like playing around with my voice and trying all different types of kooky voices.
9I'd love to have the opportunity to sing in a Disney movie.
10I've been told before, and I tend to believe it, I'm not like most actresses out there.
11My dream is to eventually open a children's theatre.
12Now I listen to all kinds of music except rap, which all sounds the same to me.
13Nudity... I have to say I will never do it again.
14I like to go rock scrambling.
15I never had to pound the pavement and really struggle after college.
16I think to be in politics you have to have the taste for blood on that.
17I truly believe that God brought this, Dorothy Day script to me, because for a long time up until I was in eight grade - I wanted to be a nun.
18I used to babysit a lot, and I used to be a nanny.
19I find nothing wrong with the naked body.
20I get a lot of recognition for my voice. That always surprises me.
21I grew up mostly with classical, big band, and a lot of Irish music - I really didn't start listening to rock and roll until I was maybe sixteen.
22I just want the opportunity to continue to do great films, play great characters and work with great people.
23I just wanted to be married and to be happy ever after.
24First of all - I only believe what I see.
25Hollywood is a world all its own.
26I can cry at the drop of the pin. But comedy is hard for me; it's the timing.
27I did everything I could to stay in college and pay my own way, so I think that if success hadn't come so quickly, I would still be pursuing it.
28I don't even own a television. I'm proud of that.
29A few months after graduation I was working in films. It took off pretty quick.
30Growing up Catholic has been a gift.
31I do have the freedom to choose what I want to do and I'll continue to do that.
32But what I like to sing mostly is blues and cabaret style.
33Children are so creative and imaginative that they just bring you to life all over again.


2During the shooting of the film, The Cutting Edge (1992), she spent over two months in figure skate training with her co-star, D.B. Sweeney. They became close friends and remain so to this day.
3Was cast by director James Gray in Little Odessa (1994) because he was impressed by her performance in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992).
4Her husband is a Texas businessman and she has two children by him. Her daughter is named Ella and was born in 2001, her son is named Eamon and was born in 2003.
5Was originally cast as Kit Keller in A League of Their Own (1992), but hurt her ankle on the set of The Cutting Edge (1992). The role of Kit was given to Lori Petty.
6She was initially contracted to play Polly Pry, the female lead in Trey Parker's Cannibal! The Musical (1993) but pulled out because she feared it would damage her serious movie career.
7She narrated the audio book for "jacob have I loved".
8When cast in David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), she came home to get permission from her priest to do her first sexual scene.
9Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1992" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 44.




Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces2014Donna Hayward
Drop Dead Diva2013TV SeriesCindy Kasper
Taken Back: Finding Haley2012TV MovieKaren
A Smile as Big as the Moon2012TV MovieDarcy Kersjes
Numb3rs2010TV SeriesMary Paulson
One Tree Hill2003-2009TV SeriesKaren Roe / Karen Scott
Heroes2009TV SeriesAbby Collins
Law & Order1991-2008TV SeriesKatherine Donovan / Police Officer
Remember the Daze2007Mrs. Ford
Two Tickets to Paradise2006Kate
The Lion King 1 1/22004VideoNala (voice)
A Woman Reported2004ShortWoman
The Twilight Zone2002TV SeriesElizabeth Carter
Hack2002TV SeriesVanessa Griffin
The Safety of Objects2001Susan Train
The West Wing1999-2000TV SeriesMandy Hampton
Henry Hill1999Cynthia
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Active Play1998Video GameNala
To Have & to Hold1998TV SeriesAnnie Cornell
Monday After the Miracle1998TV MovieHelen Keller
The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride1998VideoNala (voice)
Dangerous Beauty1998Beatrice Venier
Drive, She Said1997Nadine Ship
Changing Habits1997Soosh Teague
Love Walked In1997Vera
Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story1996Dorothy Day
Unhook the Stars1996Ann Mary Margaret 'Annie' Hawks
The Tie That Binds1995Dana Clifton
Animated StoryBook: The Lion King1994Video GameAdult Nala (voice)
Little Odessa1994Alla Shustervich
The Lion King1994Adult Nala (voice)
With Honors1994Courtney
Daybreak1993TV MovieBlue
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me1992Donna Hayward
The Cutting Edge1992Kate Moseley
Thirty Below Zero1992ShortLucy
Billy Bathgate1991Becky
The Boy Who Cried Bitch1991Jessica
Love, Lies and Murder1991TV Mini-SeriesCinnamon Brown


One Tree Hill2006-2007TV Series 2 episodes


Made in Hollywood2011TV SeriesHerself
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition2011TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-1995TV SeriesHerself
The Making of 'The Lion King'1994TV Movie documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

One Tree Hill2012TV SeriesKaren Roe
President Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryMandy Hampton (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight1992TV SeriesDonna Hayward


Won Awards

2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)

Nominated Awards

2005Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Parental UnitsOne Tree Hill (2003)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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