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Rowan at The Canadian Film Centre's cocktail reception on March 9, 2011, in Beverly Hills, California
October 26, 1965 |
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Early life and education
Rowan was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and is a graduate of Toronto's Northern Secondary School. At age 19, she left the University of Western Ontario and then attained her degree in English Literature to join the cast of the Canadian series Mount Royal. Rowan went on to further her education, studying acting at the British American Drama Academy in London and, upon returning to North America, relocating to New York to study at the city’s famed Neighborhood Playhouse.
Rowan attended playwriting courses at UCLA, and has written her own play. She began modeling in her college years to earn money and started acting in commercials. She went on to appear in films such as The Gate, Hook, Three to Tango and One Eight Seven.
Rowan guest-starred in television series such as The Outer Limits, Growing Pains, Da Vinci's Inquest, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Dallas. In 1993, she won a Gemini award for her work in the television movie Adrift. In 2002, Rowan guest-starred in four episodes of Boomtown, playing "Marian", the deceived wife of David McNorris (Neal McDonough). In 2003, she was cast as Kirsten Cohen on the Fox television series The O.C.; for her role as the recovering alcoholic mother, she won a Prism Award.
Rowan has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Foundation. She has also starred in The O.C. co-star Peter Gallagher's music video Still I Long for Your Kiss, a song from his album 7 Days in Memphis, which was released in 2005. She also appeared in the television movie In God's Country and in the film Jack and Jill vs. the World. She completed her third project for Lifetime, producing a television movie, She Drives Me Crazy. In 2008, she completed a television film, The Good Times Are Killing Me which she was an executive producer for and starred in alongside Rupert Graves.
In early 2009, Rowan did a cameo role in the CSI: Miami episode, "Divorce Party". In 2011, Rowan starred in the television film, Cyberbully. In 2012, she began a starring role as Natalie Vincent in the TNT series, Perception.
Rowan became engaged to David Thomson, 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet in late June 2007. They broke off their engagement just before Rowan gave birth to their daughter on April 28, 2008 in Los Angeles. In September 2009, Rowan and Thomson made their first public appearance since their alleged split in early 2008, at the Toronto International Film Festival.
|1985||My Pet Monster||Stephanie||Video|
|1987||Gate, TheThe Gate||Lori Lee|
|1989||Long Road Home, TheThe Long Road Home||Cynthia|
|1995||Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh||Annie Tarrant|
|1996||Mocking the Cosmos||Lydia / Lydathia||Short film|
|1997||One Eight Seven||Ellen Henry|
|1999||Three to Tango||Olivia Newman|
|2006||Mount Pleasant||Anne Burrows|
|2008||Jack and Jill vs. the World||Kate|
|1984||Hangin' In||Karen||Episode: "The Party"|
|1986||Truth About Alex, TheThe Truth About Alex||Ellie Sanders||TV movie|
|1986||Night Heat||Melissa||Episode: "Trapped"|
|1986||High Price of Passion, TheThe High Price of Passion||Student #3||TV movie|
|1987||Kidnapping of Baby John Doe, TheThe Kidnapping of Baby John Doe||Salesgirl||TV movie|
|1987||Air Waves||Episode: "Dinner at Eight"|
|1988||Mount Royal||Episode: "Hello Stranger"|
|1988||War of the Worlds||Kim||Episode: "Goliath Is My Name"|
|1988||Another World||Suzie Strathmore||TV series|
|1989||Street Legal||Angelina||Episode: "Beauties and Beasts"|
|1990||Growing Pains||Rachel||Episode: "Daddy Mike"|
|1992||Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive||Gayla Williams||TV movie|
|1992||Sweating Bullets||Julie Morrison||Episode: "Ocean Park"|
|1993||Adrift||Eliza Terrio||TV movie|
|1995||Black Fox: Good Men and Bad||Hallie Russell||TV movie|
|1995||Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits||Isabelle Pierce||Episode: "Virtual Future"|
|1995-1996||Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years||Mattie Shaw||22 episodes|
|1997||Burning Zone, TheThe Burning Zone||Stacy||Episode: "The Last Five Pounds Are the Hardest"|
|1997||Match Made in Heaven, AA Match Made in Heaven||Jane Cronin||TV movie|
|1998||Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits||Kristin||Episode: "In Another Life"|
|1998||When He Didn't Come Home||Carolyn Blair||TV movie|
|1998||Da Vinci's Inquest||Michaela||Episode: "Little Sister: Part 2"
Episode: "Little Sister: Part 3"
|1998||To Have & to Hold||Gina||Episode: "These Boots Were Made for Stalking"|
|1999||Late Last Night||Jill||TV movie|
|1999||Chicken Soup for the Soul||Mom||Episode: "The Handwriting on the Wall"|
|1999||Anya's Bell||Jeanne Rhymes||TV movie|
|1999||Crime of Passion, AA Crime of Passion||Marci Elias||TV movie|
|2000||Truth About Jane, TheThe Truth About Jane||Ms. Lynn Walcott||TV movie|
|2001||Girl Thing, AA Girl Thing||Claire||TV movie|
|2001||Loving Evangeline||Evie Shaw||TV movie|
|2001||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Eileen Nelson||Episode: "Slaves of Las Vegas"|
|2002||Rag and Bone||Karen Toms||TV movie|
|2002||Man Who Saved Christmas, TheThe Man Who Saved Christmas||Mary||TV movie|
|2002-2003||Boomtown||Marian McNorris||4 episodes|
|2003-2007||O.C., TheThe O.C.||Kirsten Cohen||92 episodes|
|2006||Eight Days to Live||Teresa Spring||TV movie|
|2007||In God's Country||Judith Leavitt||TV movie|
|2009||CSI: Miami||Katherine Faber||Episode: "Divorce Party"|
|2009||Good Times Are Killing Me, TheThe Good Times Are Killing Me||Kate Derby||TV movie|
|2010||Flashpoint||Maggie Perrello||Episode: "Severed Ties"|
|2011||Cyberbully||Kris Hillridge||TV movie|
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