Kara Killmer is an American actress, best known for portraying the character of Sylvie Brett in the NBC drama series ‘Chicago Fire’. Originally from Texas, Killmer was a student of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, from where she obtained a B.F.A. degree in performing arts in 2010. She began her on-screen career in 2010 in the web series ‘If I Can Dream’. A year later, she played Rapunzel in the episode ‘The Pied Piper & Rapunzel’ of ‘Scary Tales’. In the next few years, she appeared in TV shows like ‘Jane by Design’ and ‘Rosa the Imposer’ and short films like ‘Remnant’ and ‘Prank’ before joining Dick Wolf’s popular television franchise in 2014. Besides being part of the main cast of ‘Chicago Fire’, she has made recurring appearances in ‘Chicago Med’ and ‘Chicago P.D.’ and guest-starred in ‘Chicago Justice’. In 2015, she made her big-screen debut in the 2015 action-adventure drama film ‘Beyond the Mask’.
After starring in numerous local plays, Kara Killmer made her on-screen debut in 2010 in the pilot episode of Simon Fuller’s Hulu series ‘ ‘If I Can Dream’. The reality show revolved around a group of performers who begin residing in a house in Hollywood, California. There were multiple 56 AXIS cameras installed around the house, and the footage was aired live on the website of the show. Killmer, who was 21 years old at the time, was taught acting by John Kirby throughout the first and only season of the show. She also answered casting calls and took part in a number of fundraisers via the Pepsi Refresh Project. Hulu cancelled ‘If I Can Dream’ after broadcasting 32 episodes. ( 32 episodes in 1st season, show was not renewed for 2nd season)
In 2011, she portrayed Rapunzel in the fourth episode of the first season of Discovery Channel’s ‘Scary Tales’. Written and directed by Luke Ellis and Matthew P. Hickey, the episode also starred Judy Geeson, Paul B. Thompson, and Donald Haase. In the following year, she played a character credited as the blonde girl in the season one episode, ‘The Image Issue’, of ABC Family’s comedy-drama series ‘Jane by Design’.
In 2012, she starred in two short films, ‘Remnant’ and ‘Prank’. The former was directed by Dawn A. Gregg, and Shari Rigby. The latter, written and directed by Robert Mearns, tells the story of a high school prank that does not at all go according to the plans, and people involved end up paying a heavy price for it. In 2013, she starred in an episode of the web series ‘Rosa the Imposer’. In the TV movie ‘Horizon’, which aired in 2013, Kara Killmer worked with Cary Elwes and Ruth Bradley.
Kara Killmer made her debut appearance in the Chicago franchise in the season three premiere of ‘Chicago Fire’, which originally aired on NBC on September 23, 2014. The following day, her character was featured in the season two premiere of ‘Chicago P.D.’. Her character, Paramedic Sylvie Brett, replaces Former Paramedic Leslie Elizabeth Shay (Lauren German) on Ambulance 61 after the latter’s death in the same episode. Her current partner is Paramedic Emily Foster (Annie Ilonzeh). Killmer has also appeared in several episodes of ‘Chicago Med’ since 2015. In 2017, she portrayed Sylvie Brett in an episode of the short-lived series ‘Chicago Justice’.
In 2015, Killmer shared screen space with Andrew Cheney, John Rhys-Davies, and Alan Madlane in Chad Burns’ 2015 film ‘Beyond the Mask’. Set against the backdrop of the American Revolutionary War, the movie is about a former East India Company assassin who wishes to redeem himself by helping Americans thwart a dangerous plan against their aspirations of freedom. Killmer portrays the female lead, Charlotte Holloway.
In 2017, she made a guest appearance as a receptionist in the second episode of the short-lived web series ‘Special Skills’. In 2018, she was cast as the protagonist Jennifer Jones (JJ) in Philippe Gagnon’s mystery-thriller telefilm ‘Sleeper’. JJ is a happily married young woman until she realizes that her husband is a Russian spy with treacherous motives.
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Born on June 14, 1988, in Crowley, Texas, USA, Killmer was always interested in performing. After graduating from high school, she began studying performing arts at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In 2010, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Kara Killmer has an older brother and an older sister. Her mother was a music teacher at an elementary school. When Kara and her siblings were children, their mother had them act in a number of local theatre productions. According to Kara, she developed a deep passion for acting during this period, and it only grew as the years went by. She had the complete support of her mother, who nurtured her love for performance since she was very young.
Kara Killmer exchanged wedding vows with her ‘Beyond the Mask’ co-star, Andrew Cheney, on May 14, 2016.