Born: March 25, 1970
Birthplace: Spalding, Saskatchewan, Canada
Kari Matchett (born March 25, 1970) is a Canadian actress. She has appeared in films such as Apartment Hunting (2000), Angel Eyes (2001), Men with Brooms (2002), Cypher (2002), Civic Duty (2006), The Tree of Life (2011), and Maudie (2016). She is perhaps best known for her roles as Joan Campbell on Covert Affairs and as Kate Filmore in the science fiction movie Cube 2: Hypercube.
Matchett was born in Spalding, Saskatchewan. She attended high school at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute in Lethbridge, Alberta. She attended the National Theatre School in Montreal and the Moscow Theatre School.
Matchett performed on stage for three years at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario.
In Canada, her first major role was on The Rez, and her first starring role was as Colleen Blessed in Power Play (1998-2000). Matchett was a cast member on the A&E Network TV series A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001-2002), with Timothy Hutton in which she played several characters, including a recurring role as Lily Rowan. On Wonderfalls, she played Beth, the bisexual love interest of the main character's lesbian sister.
In 2002, she played Kate Filmore in the science fiction horror thriller Cube 2: Hypercube.
In 2003, she starred with Timothy Hutton in the Syfy miniseries Five Days to Midnight. Her next role was as Detective Elaine Bender in Blue Murder in 2004. She previously guest starred on Blue Murder in 2001 as a suspect in a murder investigation, for which she won the prestigious Gemini Award.
In 2005, Matchett starred in the ABC series, Invasion, a series about aliens taking the form of humans. She also appeared in Plague City: SARS in Toronto. She also appeared as Mary Tate on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. She appeared in both Shark and Wild Card. She played a single mother stalked by her boyfriend in Intimate Stranger, in 2006. In the same year she starred with Peter Krause in Civic Duty.
In 2007, she joined the cast of 24, as Lisa Miller. In June 2007, Matchett played Kate Armstrong in the TNT series Heartland. In 2007 and 2008, Matchett was cast as ER chief Skye Wexler on ER. In 2008 and 2009, she played Dennis Hopper's character's daughter, Jules, in the critically acclaimed Starz series Crash. She had a recurring role in the TNT series Leverage, reunited with Nero Wolfe co-star, Timothy Hutton, portraying Maggie Collins, the ex-wife of Hutton's character, Nathan "Nate" Ford. Matchett starred as Joan Campbell in the USA Network series Covert Affairs (2010-2014).
In 2016, Matchett's stellar role as Sandra in Maudie with Ethan Hawke welcomed the actress home to TIFF. Matchett also played a supporting role in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, with Sean Penn and Brad Pitt. Shot in 2008, the film premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2011 and received the Palme d'Or.
|2002||Men with Brooms||Linda Bucyk|
|Cube 2: Hypercube||Kate Filmore|
|2006||Civic Duty||Marla Allen|
|2011||Goose on the Loose||Donna Archer|
|The Tree of Life||Jack's Ex|
|2015||Lead With Your Heart||Maura McCabe Walker|
|2018||Into Invisible Light||Lydia||Post-production|
|1996||The Rez||Tanya Nanibush Beakhert|
|Forever Knight||Alyss de Brabant||"Dead of Knight"|
|Undue Influence||Marcie Reed|
|Ready or Not||Sheila Ramone (1996 - 1997)||6 episodes|
|1997||Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal||Mary O'Brien||"The Curse/Angel on a Plane"|
|Whatever Happened to Bobby Earl?||Nicki Corlis|
|Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops 2||Marina|
|1998||Once a Thief||Claire Holland||"Wedding Bell Blues"|
|Poltergeist: The Legacy||Caroline Crane||"The Human Vessel"|
|A Marriage of Convenience||Elizabeth|
|Earth: Final Conflict||Siobhan Beckett|
|Earth: Final Conflict||Rho'ha||"Pandora's Box"
"Law & Order"
|Power Play||Colleen Blessed (1998 - 2000)||2000 Gemini Award nominee|
|1999||Rembrandt: Fathers & Sons||Saskia van Rijn|
|2000||Task Force: Caviar||Linda|
|2001||A Colder Kind of Death||Maureen Gault||2001 Gemini Award nominee|
|All Souls||Dr. Stefani Volette||"Spineless"|
|Blue Murder||Christina Kondeatis/Carol Clark||"Intensive Care"; Gemini Award|
|A Nero Wolfe Mystery||Lily Rowan, Celia Grantham, Sarah Jaffee, Rita Ramsey Sorrell, Carla Lovchen, Julie Jaquette, Jewel Jones, Susan McLeod, Meg Duncan, Jane Geer, Janet Stahl||17 episodes|
|2004||5ive Days to Midnight||Claudia Whitey|
|Blue Murder||Det. Elaine Bender||14 episodes|
|A Very Married Christmas||Donna|
|2005||The Eleventh Hour||Carrina Mallett||"Zugzwang"|
|Puppets Who Kill||Laura||"Dan and the New Neighbour"|
|Plague City: SARS in Toronto||Amy|
|Wild Card||Gigi Germain||"My Boyfriend is an Axe Murderer"|
|Invasion||Dr. Mariel Underlay (2005 - 2006)||22 episodes|
|2006||Intimate Stranger||Karen Reese|
|Shark||Monica Tanner||"Dial M for Monica"|
|2007||24||Lisa Miller||10 episodes|
|Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||Mary Tate|
|Heartland||Kate Armstrong||9 episodes|
|ER||Dr. Skye Wexler||5 episodes|
|2008||Ugly Betty||Dr. Wallace||"Betty's Baby Bump"|
|The Cleaner||Shelly Mullins||"Lie with Me"|
|Criminal Minds||Amy Bridges||"The Instincts"|
|2009||Flashpoint||Delia Semple||"Clean Hands"|
|The Philanthropist||Renee Adams||"San Diego"|
|The National Tree||Faith|
|Leverage||Maggie Collins||4 episodes|
|Miami Medical||Dr. Helena Sable||"An Arm and a Leg," "Man on the Road"|
|Covert Affairs||Joan Campbell (2010 - 2014)|
|2012||Saving Hope||Dr. Kendra Watt||"A New Beginning"|
|The Riverbank||Kate Mason|
|2013||Elementary||Kathryn Drummand||"The Deductionist"|
|2015||Murdoch Mysteries||Miss Heloise||"The Devil Wears Whalebone"|
|2017||The Good Doctor||22 Steps|
|2000||Power Play||Gemini Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Role in a Dramatic Series||Nominated|
|2001||A Colder Kind of Death||Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries||Nominated|
|Blue Murder||Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series||Nominated|
|2003||A Nero Wolfe Mystery||ACTRA Toronto Awards||Outstanding Performance - Female||Nominated|
|2017||Maudie||Outstanding Performance - Female||Nominated|