Jaime Ray Newman

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Jaime Ray Newman
Newman at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1978-04-02) April 2, 1978 (age 37)
Farmington Hills, Michigan, U.S.
Alma mater Northwestern University
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Guy Nattiv (m. 2012)
Children 1
Relatives Ben Kurland (cousin)

Jaime Ray Newman (born April 2, 1978) is an American actress and singer. Newman is best known for starring as Kristina Cassadine on the soap opera General Hospital, Kat Gardener on ABC's fantasy drama Eastwick, Tess Fontana on Syfy's science fiction drama Eureka, Kat Petrova on ABC's drama-thriller Red Widow, and Sam Gordon on ABC's comedy-drama Mind Games.

Early life[edit]

Newman was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan,[1] to parents Marsha Jo and Raphael Newman.[2][3] She has one sister, Beth Nicole, a global public relations director at J Brand.[4][5] Newman started performing at age eleven in the debut of Israel Horovitz's play A Rosen by Any Other Name.[6] She worked consistently around Detroit, acting in many of the regional theaters. Newman received her elementary education at the Jewish Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit,[7] where she starred as Ado Annie Carnes in an eighth grade play of Oklahoma!.

After Hillel, Newman attended the private Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan,[8] and spent her summers at the Interlochen Center for the Arts where she won the Corson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting. While in high school at Cranbrook, she won first place in the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association, a state-wide dramatic competition, for three years in a row. At age 16, Newman founded Apollo Theatre Productions, serving as both a producer and director.[9] She graduated from Cranbrook in 1996. Newman then attended Boston University College of Fine Arts' theater conservatory for two years, before transferring to Northwestern University as an English and drama major.[6][1]

At Northwestern, she founded the Ignition Festival for Women in the Arts. Through that, she produced and acted in Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned To Drive. While living in Chicago, she performed with her own jazz quartet.[10] Newman moved to Los Angeles in September 2000. Her cousin is actor Ben Kurland.


Newman first earned a living performing with her jazz quartet, and landed parts in several short films. She also made an appearance on The Drew Carey Show. Soon after, she landed the role of Kristina Cassadine on the soap opera General Hospital. While there, she continued with her music career, putting together her cover band, School Boy Crush. Newman and School Boy Crush played regularly at The Buffalo Club in Santa Monica, California; Moomba in West Hollywood; Nick's Martini Lounge; Café Cordiale; and at the Lux in Beverly Hills. The band covered a wide variety of music from funk and soul to R&B and blues. Most recently, they played the ESPN Awards party at The Highlands, the adjoining venue to the Kodak Theatre. Newman also landed a part in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, with a scene opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. In January 2003, Newman starred with David Schwimmer, Jonathan Silverman and Tom Everett Scott in the play Turnaround, Roger Kumble's dark Hollywood satire.[11]

Newman at the San Diego Comic-Con, July 24, 2009

In October 2006, Newman began an eight-episode run in a recurring role in the critically acclaimed CW show Veronica Mars. She also became a fan favorite with her appearance on Stargate Atlantis as Lt. Laura Cadman. Along with fellow Stargate actor Michael Shanks, she appeared in the Christmas 2006 television film Under the Mistletoe. Other high-profile guest starring roles include E-Ring, Heroes, Supernatural, Related, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Medium, NCIS,[12] Grimm,[12] CSI: NY,[13] and Castle.[14] In 2007, Newman starred in Neil LaBute's play Fat Pig at the Geffen Playhouse,[15] and in 2008, starred in LaBute's play Some Girl(s), also at the Geffen.[16] The following year, she appeared alongside Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price and Paul Gross in the 2009 television adaptation of Eastwick (based on the John Updike novel The Witches of Eastwick), playing Kat Gardener, a nurse and mother of five who discovers her magical powers.[17] In 2010, she held major recurring roles on Eureka as Dr. Tess Fontana,[18] and on Drop Dead Diva as Vanessa Hemmings.[19]

In January 2011, Newman played Cynthia Karslake in David Auburn's revival of The New York Idea by Langdon Elwyn Mitchell at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York.[20] In 2013, she starred opposite James Van Der Beek, Kathy Baker and Chris Mulkey in the American stage premiere of the Australian play The Gift at the Geffen Playhouse.[21] Newman starred with Radha Mitchell in ABC's 2013 midseason drama series Red Widow.[22] That same year, she starred in the independent psychological thriller film Altered Minds.[23] In May 2014, it was reported that she would guest star in an episode of TNT's comedy-drama Franklin & Bash.[24] Later, she was cast as series regular in another ABC series, Mind Games, opposite Christian Slater and Steve Zahn.[25] In August 2014, it was announced that Newman would recur on Amazon Studios' procedural drama Bosch.[26] In August 2015, she joined the main cast of ABC's crime drama anthology series Wicked City.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Newman married Israeli-born writer and director Guy Nattiv on April 2, 2012, in Tel Aviv, Israel. In March 2013, Newman announced she was pregnant with the couple's first child, a daughter.[28]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Full Blast Bo
2002 The Violent Kind Amanda
2002 Star Quality Katie Swellhead Short film
2002 Catch Me If You Can Monica
2005 Lonesome Matador Emily Short film
2005 Living 'til the End Audrey Gersons
2005 Rumor Has It... Conference Greeter
2007 Raw Footage Rachel Graham Short film
2007 LA Blues Jack's Ex-Wife
2007 Live! Anchorwoman
2007 Sex and Breakfast Betty
2008 Made of Honor Ariel / Bakery Date
2008 A Line in the Sand Ann Marie
2009 Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts Emmy Video; voice only
2009 Logorama Radio Dispatch Girl Short film; voice only
2012 Rubberneck Danielle Jenkins
2013 Game of Assassins Emma
2013 Altered Minds Julie Shellner
2013 Tarzan Alice Greystoke Voice only


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Drew Carey Show Tina Episode: "The Warsaw Closes"
2002–03 General Hospital Kristina Cassadine 68 episodes
2003 Happy Family Amanda Episode: "The Doghouse"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Julie Waters Episode: "After the Show"
2004 Wedding Daze Teri Landry Television film
2005 McBride: Murder Past Midnight Emily Harriman Television film
2005 Supernatural Amanda Walker Episode: "Phantom Traveler"
2005 Stargate: Atlantis Lt. Laura Cadman 2 episodes
2006 Hollis & Rae Hollis Chandler Television film
2006 Crossing Jordan Cpt. Gwen Osbourne Episode: "Code of Ethics"
2006 Bones Stacy Goodyear Episode: "The Woman in the Car"
2006 Medium Angela Saunders / Jade Episode: "A Changed Man"
2006 Related Kylie Stewart 2 episodes
2006 E-Ring Natalie Hughes 4 episodes
2006 Under the Mistletoe Susan Chandler Television film
2006–07 Veronica Mars Mindy O'Dell 8 episodes
2007 I'm Paige Wilson Paige Wilson Television film
2007 Marlowe Tracy Faye Television film
2007 Criminal Minds Lacy Kyle Episode: "The Big Game"
2007 Heroes Young Victoria Pratt Episode: "Truth & Consequences"
2008 Lincoln Heights Sabrina Gasper 4 episodes
2008 Leverage Aimee Martin Episode: "The Two-Horse Job"
2009 Nip/Tuck Daphne Pendell 2 episodes
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Melinda Carver Episode: "A Space Oddity"
2009 Mental Zan Avidan 3 episodes
2009–10 Eastwick Kat Gardener 13 episodes
2009–10 Eureka Tess Fontana 12 episodes
2010–13 Drop Dead Diva Vanessa Hemmings 10 episodes
2010–11 Life Unexpected Julia 2 episodes
2011 Royal Pains Stacey Saxe Episode: "Astraphobia"
2011 CSI: NY Claire Taylor 2 episodes
2011 NCIS Lt. Cmdr. Melanie Burke 2 episodes
2011–12 Grimm Angelina Lasser 2 episodes
2012 Castle Holly Franklin Episode: "Til Death Do Us Part"
2012 Red Widow Kat Petrova 8 episodes
2014 Mind Games Sam Gordon 9 episodes
2014 Franklin & Bash Cheryl Koch Episode: "Spirits in the Material World"
2015 Bosch Laura Kell 2 episodes
2015 Wicked City Allison Roth Upcoming


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Turnaround Sahara Coast Playhouse, Los Angeles
2007 Fat Pig Jeannie Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles
2008 Some Girl(s) Bobbi
2011 The New York Idea Cynthia Karslake Lucille Lortel Theatre, Off-Broadway
2013 The Gift Chloe Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles


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  14. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (November 7, 2011). "'Castle': Tamala Jones on what's next for Lanie and Esposito". Entertainment Weekly. 
  15. ^ Sims, James (June 25, 2007). "'Fat Pig' Extends at Geffen with New Cast". Broadway World. 
  16. ^ Hernandez, Ernio (January 15, 2008). "LaBute Directs Machado, Lisbe, Chao and Newman as Feuerstein's Some Girl(s)". Playbill. 
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  22. ^ O'Hare, Kate (March 3, 2013). "'Red Widow': ABC's new drama offers a criminal take on motherhood". Zap2it. 
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  26. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (August 18, 2014). "Jaime Ray Newman Cops Bosch Role". TVLine. 
  27. ^ Petski, Denise (August 13, 2015). "Jaime Ray Newman Joins ABC's 'Wicked City' As Series Regular". Deadline.com. 
  28. ^ Michaud, Sarah (March 25, 2013). "Jaime Ray Newman Expecting First Child". People. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 

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