Kelli Williams

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Not to be confused with Kellie Williams.
Kelli Williams
Born Kelli Renee Williams
(1970-06-08) June 8, 1970 (age 44)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Ajay Sahgal (m. 1996)
Children 3

Kelli Renee Williams (born June 8, 1970) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Lindsay Dole on the legal drama The Practice, as psychologist and deception expert Dr. Gillian Foster on Lie to Me and Jackie Clark on Army Wives.

Early life[edit]

Kelli Williams was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of actress Shannon Wilcox and plastic surgeon John Williams. Her parents divorced when she was 13. She has one brother and two half-brothers.[1]

Williams earned her Screen Actors Guild card before her first birthday by appearing in a diapers commercial, and appeared in several other commercials as a child.[2] She attended elementary school at Lycée Français,[1] and graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1988. While attending school, she was active in the performing arts department. After starring opposite General Hospital's Steve Burton in the school's production of Romeo and Juliet, she was signed by an agent.[2]

Career[edit]

Williams began her career on television, with a second-season role in an episode of the CBS series Beauty and the Beast and as the first victim of the Hillside Stranglers in NBC's made-for-TV film The Case of the Hillside Stranglers. Her first feature film appearances were in Zapped Again! (1990) and There Goes My Baby (1994) opposite ER's Noah Wyle. She also appeared in The Young Riders in 1991. Also in 1994, she played Jennifer Stolpa in the television movie Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story. She guest starred on the hit Fox teen drama Party of Five in its first season in 1994 as a woman named Annie Alcott. She also guest starred in the second season Law & Order episode "Sisters Of Mercy" as a sexually abused meth addict in 1992.

Beginning with Episode 11 titled "Moon Cross" (aired on February 5, 1995) of the science fiction series Earth 2, Williams appeared in a multiple episode story arc in the role of Mary, a human orphan raised on another planet by the indigenous alien species known as the Terrians.

She appeared in 1996 in the 19th episode of the fourth and final season of the TV series Picket Fences as an Amish woman who was raped.[citation needed]

In 1997, she took her most prominent role as Lindsay Dole Donnell on the ABC legal drama The Practice. She appeared in the series The Lyon's Den and Hack, as well as two episodes of Scrubs. Williams appeared as Dr. Natalie Durant on the NBC television show Medical Investigation which began in the fall of 2004 and ran for 20 episodes before being cancelled. Also in 2004, she starred in the television movie A Boyfriend for Christmas.

In 2000, Williams starred in the TV Movie Flowers for Algernon, based on the novel/short story by Daniel Keyes.

In May 2007, she portrayed Holly Lauren/Kathleen Shaw in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent sixth season finale episode, "Renewal"; as a neighbor and later girlfriend to Detective Mike Logan (Chris Noth), her character dies towards the end of the episode. In August 2008, Williams was cast in a lead role as psychologist Dr. Gillian Foster in the Fox series Lie to Me, which ran for three seasons and ended in 2011.[3]

In April 2011, she was cast in a guest role as Shelley Chamberlain, a grieving mother on a killing spree[4] in the CBS series Criminal Minds. In October 2011, she was cast in a guest role as a kidnapped child's mother called Elizabeth Flint in the CBS series The Mentalist. In 2012, she landed the recurring role of Jackie Clarke in the Lifetime television series Army Wives and was quickly upgraded to series regular.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Williams married author Ajay Sahgal in 1996. The couple has three children: Kiran (born in 1998), Sarame (born in 2001), and Ravi (born in 2003).[6] She told Marie Claire that she got breast implants when she was 19 and had them removed when she was 22.[7] Williams speaks French and Spanish,[1] and has volunteered with the Young Storytellers Program.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Zapped Again! Lucy Kaminsky Video
1993 Mr. Jones Kelli
1994 There Goes My Baby Sunshine
1996 E=mc2 Claire Higgins
1999 Kismet Kelly Short film
2000 It's a Shame About Ray Anna Short film
2008 Flowers for Algernon Alice
2010 The Space Between Junkie
2012 Any Day Now Miss Flemming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Beauty and the Beast Young Lisa Episode: "Arabesque"
1989 The Case of the Hillside Stranglers Margaret Wilson Movie
1989 Day by Day Ross' Girlfriend 3 episodes
1989 Out on the Edge Melissa Movie
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Natalie Episode: "Curse of the Corn People"
1989 Island Son Elisa Bordinet Episode: "Sometimes They're Zebras"
1989 Quantum Leap Shannon Episode: "Disco Inferno"
1990 Elvis Mattie Walker 13 episodes
1990 My Life as a Babysitter Kelly Movie
1991 CBS Schoolbreak Special Cassie O'Brian Episode: "But He Loves Me"
1991 Switched at Birth Irisa Movie
1991 Young Riders, TheThe Young Riders Emily Metcalfe Episode: "The Presence of Mine Enemies"
1992 Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story, AA Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story Kate Broderick Movie
1992 Law & Order Maggie Episode: "Sisters of Mercy"
1992 Sisters Sarah Nolan Episode: "Pandora's Box"
1992 Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter Kate Broderick Movie
1993 For Their Own Good Erma Movie
1993 Lifepod Rena Jahnusia Movie
1994 Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story Jennifer Stolpa Movie
1994 Party of Five Annie Alcott Episode: "Thanksgiving"
1995 Earth 2 Mary 2 episodes
1995 New York News Ellie Movie
1996 Voice from the Grave Yvonne Shuster Movie
1996 Picket Fences Hannah Mary Beiler Episode: "To Forgive Is Devine"
1996 Mary & Tim Justine Melville Movie
1997–
2003
Practice, TheThe Practice Lindsay Dole 145 episodes
Nominated: Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series[citation needed]
1998 Ally McBeal Lindsay Dole Episode: "The Inmates"
1999 Sweetwater Cami Carlson Movie
2000 Flowers for Algernon Alice Kinian Movie
2002 Scrubs Kristen Murphy 2 episodes
2003 Lyon's Den, TheThe Lyon's Den Attorney Monica Crane 3 episodes
2003 Hack Charlotte Weston Episode: "My Fare Lady"
2004 Boyfriend for Christmas, AA Boyfriend for Christmas Holly Grant Movie
2004–05 Medical Investigation Dr. Natalie Durant 20 episodes
2005 Third Watch Dr. Natalie Durant Episode: "In the Family Way"
2006 Women in Law Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Murder on Pleasant Drive Deanna Whelen Movie
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Holly Lauren / Kathleen Shaw Episode: "Renewal"
2007–08 Men in Trees Julia Switzer 6 episodes
2008 One That Got Away, TheThe One That Got Away Joanna Movie
2009–11 Lie to Me Dr. Gillian Foster 48 episodes
2011 Criminal Minds Shelley Chamberlain Episode: "Hanley Waters"
2011 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Beth Flint Episode: "Pretty Red Balloon"
2012–13 Army Wives Jackie Clark Series regular (32 episodes)
2014 NCIS Special Agent Maureen Cabot Episode: "Alleged"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lee, Luaine (June 16, 2010). "Kelli Williams of 'Lie to Me' has showbiz in her blood". Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b David Martindale. "Kelli Williams Courts Success on "The Practice"". Ultimate TV. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Pilot News: Kelli Williams Helps Tim Roth Tell a Lie". TV Guide. August 2008. Retrieved August 5, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Criminal Minds Season 6, Episode 20: Hanley Waters". Criminal Minds at tv.com. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 13, 2012). "Kelli Williams Upped To Series Regular On ‘Army Wives’". Deadline.com. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Motherhood helps Kelli Williams in 'Lie to Me' role". April 12, 2009. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Marie Claire Magazine Q&A". Marie Claire. April 2001. Retrieved January 7, 2008. 
  8. ^ "The Young Storytellers Foundation: Actors". Retrieved February 26, 2011. 

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