• Kellie Martin is an American actress, movie producer and director born in 197•
• She is best known for her playing Lucy Knight in the romantic series “ER”.
• She is still active in the film industry and has recently finished shooting for the upcoming drama movie “An Amish Sin”.
• She has won 6 of her 13 award nominations, including a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
• She is married with two daughters and her net worth is estimated at over $3 million.
Who is Kellie Martin?
American actress, movie producer and director Kellie Noelle Martin was born in Riverside, California USA, on 16 October 1975, thus making her zodiac sign Libra. She’s had roles in nearly 80 movies and TV series, and is probably still best known for her playing Lucy Knight (1998-2000) in the popular romantic series “ER”, which Michael Crichton created, and which starred Julianna Margulies, George Clooney and Anthony Edwards. The series follows the people working at the County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, it aired from 1994 to 2009 and won 179 of its 549 award nominations.
Kellie’s still active in the film industry, and has just recently finished shooting for the upcoming drama movie “An Amish Sin”.
Education and early life
Kellie and her sister Heather were raised in Riverside, by their father Doug Martin who was a retail executive, and their mother Debbie (nee Jett) who was a kindergarten teacher; Heather died in 1998 after having lost her battle against Lupus, which caused Kellie to leave the series “ER”.
Kellie was somewhat thrown into the film industry, as she was only two when cast to voice a character in the 1978 episode “To Switch a Witch” of the animated family adventure series “The Scooby-Doo Show”; it was four years later that she began winning more roles, and she’s been active in the film industry since then.
Kellie still wanted to work on her education, and upon matriculating from a local high school in 1994, she enrolled at Yale University; she eventually took a break from studying so that she could focus on acting, however, she returned to Yale following her sister’s death, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in art history.
Roles in TV series
The ‘80s saw Kellie appear in an episode or two of many series, including the western family drama “Father Murphy”, the fantasy drama “Highway to Heaven” and the adventure family drama “The Magical World of Disney”.
She gained recognition in 1987 and 1988, when she played Tracy Nash in the family comedy “Valerie”, which Charlie Hauck created, and which starred Dan Ponce, Jeremy Licht and Jason Bateman. It follows a mother of three boys as she’s raising them alone now that her pilot husband’s away; the series aired from 1986 to 1991 and won two of its 15 award nominations.
Between 1989 and 1993, Kellie starred as Becca Thatcher in the drama “Life Goes On”, created by Michael Braverman, and which also starred Chris Burke and Patti LuPone. It follows the life of an All-American family, and the series won 11 of its 31 award nominations. Kellie could then have been heard voicing Molly Tazmanian Devil in the animated adventure comedy “Taz-Mania” between 1991 and 1994, and Sadira in the 1994 animated action adventure “Aladdin”.
What marked the ‘90s for her was perhaps her playing of the main character Christy Huddleston in the historical family drama “Christy”, created by Patricia Green, and which also starred Stewart Finlay-McLennan and Tyne Daly. It follows 19 years old Christy who’s begun teaching impoverished Appalachians in Cutter Gap, Tennessee in 1912, and the series won three of its seven award nominations. Kellie appeared in only one other TV series in the remainder of the ‘90s: she played Kathy Goodman in all six episodes of the 1997 drama “Crisis Center”.
Between 2003 and 2007, she starred as Samantha Kinsey in the drama “Mystery Woman”, created by Michael Sloan, and which also starred Clarence Williams III and Nina Siemaszko. It follows mystery bookshop owner Samantha as she’s helping her police detective friend solve murders.
Kellie could then have been seen playing Julie Zelman in the 2009 episode “No Good at Saying Sorry (One More Chance)” of the romantic drama “Grey’s Anatomy”, Army Captain Nicole Galassin in eight episodes of the 2012 romantic war drama “Army Wives”, and Snarky Woman in the 2014 episode “Math Heads: Do Math in Your Head” of the comedy “Math Bites”.
Her two most recent TV series roles have been in eight episodes of the comedy “The Guest Book” in 2017 and 2018, and nine episodes of the mystery crime drama “Hailey Dean Mystery” between 2016 and 2019.
Roles in movies
Kellie’s debut film appearance was in the 1985 family fantasy drama “The Canterville Ghost”, and some of her following roles were in the 1986 romantic thriller comedy “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, the 1986 musical sports comedy “Body Slam” and the 1987 science fiction family comedy “Not Quite Human”.
The year 1988 saw her play Sheila in the science fiction comedy “Doin’ Time on Planet Earth”, directed by Charles Matthau, and which starred Nicholas Strouse, Andrea Thompson and Martha Scott. It follows a teenager who believes that he’s an alien prince, and is trying to take his friends to another planet; the movie was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Director. The year 1989 saw Kellie appear in three movies: the adventure comedy “Troop Beverly Hills”, the action drama “Baywatch: Panic at Malibu Pier”, and the drama “The Flamingo Kid”.
In 1993, she portrayed Sherry in the comedy drama “Matinee”, and the year 1995 saw her play Jennifer Sands in the drama “The Face on the Milk Carton”, directed by Waris Hussein, and in which she starred alongside Sharon Lawrence and Edward Herrmann. It follows a teenager who’s just seen her picture in the ‘missing persons’ column on a milk carton. Some of Kellie’s movie roles in the remainder of the ‘90s were in the 1996 drama “Her Last Chance”, the 1997 drama “On the Edge of Innocence”, and the 1998 drama “About Sarah”.
"A Friend to Die For" or "Death of a Cheerleader" (1994)
What marked the early new millenium for her was perhaps her portrayal of Jen in the 2003 crime comedy “Malibu’s Most Wanted”, directed by John Whitesell, and which starred Jamie Kennedy, Ryan O’Neal and Blair Underwood. It follows a senator who’s trying to prevent his son from becoming a rapper by having him kidnapped by a group of black actors; the movie was nominated for three awards.
Kellie had a couple of other notable performances in the 2000s, in movies such as the 2005 animated adventure science fiction “Thru the Moebius Strip” (voice role), the 2006 thriller drama “Live Once, Die Twice”, and the 2007 mystery crime thriller “Lethal Obsession”.
She’s since appeared in only a couple of films, with her three most recent roles having been in the 2015 romantic drama “Hello, It’s Me”, and in 2019 the crime thriller drama “Death of a Cheerleader” and the romantic drama “Christmas in Montana”.
Kellie wrote the 1995 episode “Babe in the Woods” of the series “Christy”.
She has six producing credits, which include the 2014 romantic movie “Dear Viola”, all nine episodes of the 2016 crime series “Hailey Dean Mystery”, and the 2019 romantic film “Christmas in Montana”.
Kellie directed the 2004 short film “Frenching”, and the 2021 romantic movie “Mistletoe in Montana”.
Some of the talk-shows in which she’s made a guest appearance include “Entertainment Tonight”, “Home & Family” and “The Big Break”.
Awards and nominations
Kellie’s won six of her 13 award nominations, including her 1993 Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, for her performance in “Life Goes On”.
Some of her wins include a 1992 Q Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series, a 1992 Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series, and a 1993 American Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series, all for her performance in “Life Goes On”.
Love life and husband
Kellie prefers to keep the details of her love life to herself, but it’s still widely known that she’s today a married woman, as well as a mother of two.
She married non-celebrity American Keith Christian on 15 May 1999, in a ceremony attended by over 200 of their family members and friends; the two met while they were studying at Yale.
Kellie gave birth to their first daughter Margaret Heather ‘Maggie’ Christian on 4 November 2006, and their second daughter Olivia James Christian followed on 13 February 2016.
She hasn’t mentioned the men whom she dated prior to meeting Keith, and Kellie’s married to Keith Christian as of October 2022, and they have two daughters together.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Kellie’s favorite charity is Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and her fans donated $635 to it as a gift for her 21st birthday.
She’s passionate about dancing, and took ballet lessons for around six years prior to turning 20.
Kellie’s popular on Instagram, and there are over 70,000 people following her on the social media network today, while she’s posted more than 1,000 pictures and videos; she’s passionate about photography, and many of her pictures have been taken by her.
Kellie developed an eating disorder after having been cast to star in “Life Goes On”, and it was famous American actress Tracey Gold who convinced her to seek help, as she had previously struggled with anorexia.
Kellie’s favorite actresses are Julia Roberts and Madonna, and some of her favorite movies include “Ben is Back”, “Eat Pray Love” and “Valentine’s Day”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Kellie’s age is 47. Her eyes are green and she has long brown hair; her weight is about 110lbs (49kgs), and she’s 5ft 2ins (1.57m) tall.
Kellie’s net worth’s been estimated at over $3 million as of October 2022.