Who is Kellie Martin?
Kellie Martin is an American film and television actress best known for her roles as Christy Huddleston in the period drama series ‘Christy’, Rebecca Thatcher in the family drama ‘Life Goes On’ and Lucy Knight in the medical drama series ‘ER’. She is also known for appearing in the titular role in the ‘Hailey Dean Mystery’ series. Born to a department store buyer and a kindergarten teacher, Martin started her acting career at the young age of seven when her aunt, who served as a nanny for actor Michael Landon's kids, helped her land a guest spot in the 1982 series ‘Father Murphy’. Following her graduation from Yale University, she took acting more seriously and landed substantial roles, both on the small and the big screen. Besides being an actress, Martin is an accomplished photographer as well as a ballet dancer. A mother of two, she is the national spokesperson for Lupus and has been frequently spreading awareness regarding the disease since her sister died from it at the age of 19.
Kellie Martin began her acting career in 1982 when she appeared in an episode of the TV series ‘Father Murphy’. This was followed by her role in two episodes each of ‘Life With Lucy’ and ‘My Two Dads,’ respectively. Then in 1988, the actress joined the cast of ‘A Pup Named Scooby-Doo’ as Daphne Blake, a role she played till 1991. During this time, she also starred in the film ‘Troop Beverly Hills’ alongside Tori Spelling, Emily Schulman, Carla Gugino and Ami Foster. She was then cast in the lead role in the series ‘Life Goes On’ in 1989. Her performance as Rebecca Thacher garnered her appreciation and the show itself went on to become incredibly popular. From 1991 to 1995, Martin lent her voice to the character of Molly Tazmanian Devil in the animated sitcom ‘Taz-Mania’. During this time, she also had a voice role in ‘A Goofy Movie’, a lead role in her own series ‘Christy’ and a significant role in the TV movie ‘The Face on the Milk Carton’, a story of a teenager who discovers that she had been kidnapped from her family and raised by the parents of her kidnapper.
From 1998 to 2000, the American actress appeared as Lucy Knight in the medical drama ‘ER’ and also had voice roles in the popular kids’ animated series ‘The Powerpuff Girls’. In 2003, she played a supporting role in the comedy flick ‘Malibu's Most Wanted’. That year, Martin also starred in the Hallmark Channel movie ‘Mystery Woman,’ a story of the owner of a mystery bookshop who tries to solve actual crimes. From 2005 to 2007, she reprised her role in ten more ‘Mystery Woman’ films and also directed two of them.
She made guest appearances in the television programs ‘Ghost Whisperer’ and ‘Grey's Anatomy’ in 2009. In 2012, she was featured as Army Captain Nicole Galassini in the series ‘Army Wives,’ which premiered on the Lifetime Network television. Four years later, Martin joined a new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel show titled ‘Hailey Dean Mystery,’ playing the protagonist, a prosecutor turned therapist, who solves crime mysteries. In 2017, she appeared as police officer Kimberly Leahy in the TBS comedy series ‘The Guest Book’.
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Family & Personal Life
Kellie Martin was born on October 16, 1975 in Riverside, California, USA, to Doug Martin, a department store buyer, and Debbie, a kindergarten teacher. She had a sister named Heather who died of Lupus at the age of 19. Martin attended Yale University and graduated from there in 2001 with a degree in art history.
On May 15, 1999, she married Keith Christian in Montana. The couple has two daughters: Olivia James Christian and Margaret Heather Christian.
Martin also operates a toy store named ROMPstore.com.