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Catherine Mary Stewart

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Catherine Mary Stewart
Stewart in 2011
Catherine Mary Nursall

(1959-04-22) 22 April 1959 (age 65)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Years active1980–present
John Findlater
(m. 1983; div. 1985)
Richard Allerton
(m. 1992)

Catherine Mary Stewart (née Catherine Nursall; born 22 April 1959) is a Canadian actress.[1] Her film roles include The Apple, Night of the Comet, The Last Starfighter and Weekend at Bernie's. She was also the original Kayla Brady in Days of Our Lives.

Early life


Stewart was born on 22 April 1959, in Edmonton, Alberta, the daughter of Mary (Stewart) and John Ralph Nursall. Her parents taught at the University of Alberta, her mother a physiology teaching assistant and her father a biology professor. Stewart attended Strathcona Composite High School. She first took jazz dance lessons, and moved to London after high school to study dance and general performing arts, and where she passed the audition for her first movie, The Apple.[2][3]


Stewart in 2012

In 1980, Stewart landed a role in The Apple, a musical science fiction cult film.[2][3] During the production of The Apple, the director Menahem Golan took issue with her original name Mary Nursall and insisted she change it, which she did using her mother's maiden name.[4]

After moving to Los Angeles, she obtained a role on the soap opera Days of Our Lives, playing the original Kayla Brady from January 1982 to December 1983. She also auditioned for projects like Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story, against Jamie Lee Curtis.[1] In 1984, she starred in two science fiction feature films, The Last Starfighter as Maggie Gordon and Night of the Comet as Regina Belmont. She later played a leading role in the teen comedy Mischief.[5][unreliable source?][6]

In the mid-1980s, Stewart appeared in two miniseries: Hollywood Wives (1985) and Sins (1986), where she played the younger version of Joan Collins's character.[2][7] She made guest appearances on television series such as Knight Rider, Hotel, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Outer Limits. She starred in several made-for-TV movies such as Murder by the Book (1987), Passion and Paradise (1989), Perfect Harmony (1991) and Ordeal in the Arctic (1993). In 1989, she appeared as Gwen Saunders in the comedy film Weekend at Bernie's.[5] She, too, had a small role on The A-Team, season 2 episode titled Steel.

Beginning in the mid-1990s, she scaled back her appearances while raising her family. After her children had grown, she again started appearing in television and film roles, and expressed an interest in directing.[2] In 2010, she appeared in the film A Christmas Snow.[8] In 2016, she directed the short movie A Walk to Remember.[7] She starred in the Hallmark holidays movies Rock N' Roll Christmas in 2019[9] and A Christmas Comeback in 2020.[10]

Personal life


She is the sister of Alan Nursall, a scientist and media personality who reports on science news for the Canadian TV series Daily Planet and the Discovery Channel. Another brother, John Nursall, is a freelance writer and TV/film documentary director and producer.[2]

She was married to actor John Findlater in 1983 and divorced in 1985. She married Richard Allerton in 1992. She has a daughter and a son[1] and lived in Brooklyn, New York, as of 2013.[2]




Year Title Role Notes
1980 Powder Heads Belinda
1980 The Apple Bibi
1981 Nighthawks Sales Girl In London
1982 The Beach Girls The Surfer Girl
1984 The Last Starfighter Maggie Gordon
1984 Night of the Comet Regina Belmont
1984 Terror in the Aisles Herself documentary film
1985 Mischief Bunny Miller
1987 Scenes from the Goldmine Debi DiAngelo
1987 Dudes Jessie
1987 Nightflyers Miranda Dorlac
1988 World Gone Wild Angie
1989 Riding the Edge Maggie Cole
1989 Weekend at Bernie's Gwen Saunders
1991 The Psychic Laurel
1991 Cafe Romeo Lia
1994 Samurai Cowboy Jessie Collins
1995 Number One Fan Holly Newman
1995 Out of Annie's Past Annie Carver direct-to-video
1999 Dead Silent Julia Kerbridge
2000 Reaper Sonya Lehrman
2007 The Girl Next Door Mrs. Moran
2008 The Attic Kim Callan direct-to-video
2010 Perry St Elaine short film
2010 Rising Stars Ms. Cage
2010 A Christmas Snow Kathleen
2013 AmeriQua Mrs. Edwards
2017 Imitation Girl Mrs. Phan


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Mr. Merlin Daisy Willis Episode: "Everything's Coming Up Daisies"
1982–1983 Days of Our Lives Kayla Brady 150 episodes
1983 Knight Rider Lisa Martinson Episode: "Brother's Keeper"
1983 A Killer in the Family Carol TV movie
1984 With Intent to Kill Lisa Nolen TV movie
1985 Hotel Lynn Valli Episode: "Promises"
1985 Hollywood Wives Angel Hudson miniseries
1985 Midas Valley Betsy TV movie
1986 Sins Young Helene Junot miniseries
1986 Annihilator Angela Taylor TV movie
1987 Murder by the Book Marissa TV movie
1987 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Rachel Jenkins Episode: "Tragedy Tonight"
1989 Passion and Paradise Nancy Oakes TV movie
1990 Project: Tinman Naomi TV pilot
1990 Follow Your Heart Katy TV movie
1991 Perfect Harmony Miss Hobbs TV movie
1992 Hearts Are Wild Kyle Hubbard 7 episodes
1992 The Witches of Eastwick Sukie Ridgemont TV movie
1993 Ordeal in the Arctic Captain Wilma De Groot TV movie
1993 The Sea Wolf Flaxen Brewster TV movie
1996 The Outer Limits Joanne Sharp Episode: "Unnatural Selection"
2001 The Outer Limits Brooke Miller Episode: "Family Values"
2002 Guiding Light Naomi 2 episodes
2007 My Daughter's Secret Detective Marrin TV movie
2007 Sharpshooter Amy TV movie
2008 Dead at 17 Holly TV movie
2008 Generation Gap Veronica Statlan TV movie
2009 My Neighbor's Secret Detective Neal TV movie
2010 Class Julia Sheffield TV movie
2012 Ghoul Mrs. Elizabeth Graco TV movie
2013 The Husband She Met Online Detective Eve Millstrom TV movie
2019 Rock N' Roll Christmas Bonnie Rose TV movie
2023 Law & Order Victoria Chandler Episode: "Open Wounds"


  1. ^ a b c "Catherine Mary Stewart-Biography". TCM.com. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Brownlee, Kristy (June 2013). "Girls Just Want to Have Fun". Avenue Edmonton Magazine. pp. 100–107. Archived from the original on 10 July 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Catherine Mary Stewart". Ten Minute Interviews. 10 August 2014. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  4. ^ "The Apple Oral History: How Did This Get Made". 5 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b "IMDb page for Catherine Mary Stewart". IMDb. Retrieved 18 October 2019.[unreliable source?]
  6. ^ Rick29. "Catherine Mary Stewart Talks with the Café About Her Cult Film Classics, Dernzies, and a Kiss from Robert Preston". Retrieved 29 December 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ a b Radenhausen, Jim (27 May 2016). "Catherine Mary Stewart Q&A with the Pocono Record". Pocono Record. Retrieved 15 June 2024.
  8. ^ "Mary, Mary". TMZ. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Our film critic sat down with the stars of classic Christmas flick, Night of the Comet". Charleston City Paper. 4 December 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  10. ^ "Hallmark Movies Now Has 25 New Premieres This Holiday Season". Cord Cutters News. 3 December 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2020.