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.
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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.
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.