Childhood & Early Life
Kari Matchett was born on March 25, 1970, in Spalding, Saskatchewan. She was raised in Spalding and sometime later, she moved to Lethbridge and pursued her high school education at the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute in Alberta.
She became interested in acting during her teens. She pursued professional training in acting from Montreal and enrolled at ‘National Theatre School.’ Thereafter she attended ‘Moscow Theatre School.’ Side by side, she also finished her graduation from the ‘Red Deer College.’
She also got involved with the ‘Stratford Shakespeare Festival’ after moving to Ontario. She did theatre with the group for three years and also began auditioning for roles in films and television.
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Kari made her acting debut in 1996 in the Canadian television series ‘The Rez.’ She played a supporting role in the series, which was a critical and commercial success.
In 1996, she appeared in a guest role in the series ‘Forever Knight,’ in the episode ‘Dead of Knight.’ She followed this with a guest role in the TV movie ‘Undue Influence.’
In 1997, she played a guest role in an episode of the ‘Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal.’ She played Mary O’Brien in the science fiction series, which was a critical and commercial success.
She played a supporting role in the TV film ‘What Happened to Bobby Earl?’ (1997). Later that year, she appeared as ‘Marina’ in the television film ‘Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops 2.’ She also played a guest role in the episode ‘Triple Cross’ of the series ‘Viper.’
The year 1998 was a busy one for her. She made her film debut as ‘Alison Enola’ in the film ‘Papertrail.’ She also played guest roles in series’ such as ‘Once a Thief’ and ‘Poltergeist: The Legacy.’ She also appeared in a supporting role in the TV Movie ‘A Marriage of Convenience,’ playing ‘Elizabeth.’ She ended the year in a small role in the series ‘Earth: Final Conflict.’
In 1998, she also appeared playing the lead role as ‘Colleen Blessed’ in the Canadian drama series titled ‘Power Play.’ The series received critical and commercial acclaim and ran for 2 seasons and 26 episodes. She was nominated for a ‘Gemini Award’ for her role in the series.
In 2000, she appeared in the lead role in the romantic comedy film ‘Apartment Hunting.’ In the same year, she appeared in a guest role in the TV Movie ‘Task Force: Caviar.’
In 2001, she acted in 14 episodes of the series ‘Blue Murder.’ She played multiple roles in the series ‘A Nero Wolfe Mystery’ in the same year. The series was based on detective stories by Rex Stout. Kari appeared in 17 episodes of the series. She followed this with the role of Allison in the television film ‘The Glow.’
In 2002, she appeared in supporting roles in films ‘Cypher’ and ’19 Months.’
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In 2004, she appeared playing one of the lead roles in the science fiction mini-series titled ‘5ive Days to Midnight.’ The series was a critical and commercial success. Kari followed this with a small role as ‘Beth’ in the series titled ‘Wonderfalls.’
In 2005, she appeared in guest roles in the TV movie ‘Plague City: SARS in Toronto’ and the series ‘Wild Card.’ She also played ‘Dr. Mariel Underlay’ in the series ‘Invasion.’
In 2006, she appeared playing the leading role in the television film titled ‘Intimate Stranger, followed by a single episode guest role in the series ‘Shark.’
She had a huge career breakthrough in 2007, when she appeared playing a supporting role as Lisa Miller in 10 episodes of the crime thriller series titled ‘24.’ Working in the series provided Kari with a great exposure to the American entertainment industry. In the same year, she appeared in supporting roles in series’ such as ‘Heartland,’ ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,’ and ‘ER.’ By then, she had somehow established a solid footing into the American entertainment industry.
In the next few years, she made guest appearances in series’ such as ‘Flashpoint’ and ‘Criminal Minds,’ and supporting roles in series’ such as ‘Crash,’ ‘Leverage,’ and ‘Covert Affairs: Sights Unseen.’
She played supporting roles in the feature film ‘Into Invisible Light’ and television films, such as ‘Mad Mom’ and ‘Return to Christmas Creek.’
Family & Personal Life
Kari Matchett met T.W. Peacocke in the mid-1990s and the couple began dating; they got married in 1998. However, the marriage did not last long and the couple divorced in 2006.
There were rumours about her alleged marriage to actor James Allodi and a subsequent divorce, but in reality, they were only co-stars who played a married couple in the film ‘Men with Brooms.’
She gave birth to a son, Jude Lyon Matchett, in June 2013. She did not disclose the name of her son’s father though. According to some sources, the father of her son is her ex-boyfriend.