Jaime Ray Newman

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Jaime Ray Newman
Newman in 2009.
Born (1978-04-02) April 2, 1978 (age 37)
Farmington Hills, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Guy Nattiv (m. 2012)

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, as Kat Gardener in ABC's Eastwick,[1] and as Dr. Tess Fontana in Syfy's Eureka.

Early life[edit]

Newman was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She started performing at age 11 in the debut of Israel Horovitz's play, A Rosen by Any Other Name.[2] She worked consistently around Detroit, acting in many of the regional theaters. Newman's elementary education took place at the Jewish Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit[3] where she starred in the role of Ado Annie Carnes in the 8th grade play of Oklahoma.

After Hillel, Newman attended the private Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills (also the alma mater of actress Selma Blair) 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 16, Newman founded Apollo Theatre Productions. She rented out a theater, hired a well-known local director, professional actors and an entire crew to put up their first show. She acted as both producer and director, and found such a warm reception that she produced two more shows the following year. She graduated from Cranbrook Kingswood in 1996.


Newman at the 2009 Comic-Con International in San Diego, California.

Newman then attended Boston University's School for the Arts theater conservatory for two years before transferring to Northwestern University as an English and Drama major.[2] 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. She also discovered a love for music. While living in Chicago, she performed with her own jazz quartet along with the popular funk band.[4]

Newman officially moved to Los Angeles in September 2000. She earned a living performing with her jazz quartet, as well as landing parts in several short films and making an appearance on The Drew Carey Show. But soon after moving she landed the role of Kristina Carter 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 have played regularly at The Buffalo Club in Santa Monica, California, at Moomba in West Hollywood, Nick's Martini Lounge, Café Cordiale, and the Lux in Beverly Hills, covering 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. She 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 (Cruel Intentions, The Sweetest Thing) dark Hollywood satire. The play caused a tremendous amount of buzz around Los Angeles, and ran to sold-out audiences for almost four months.

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 TV movie Under the Mistletoe. Other high-profile guest starring roles include E-Ring, Heroes, Supernatural, Related, CSI and Medium.

Newman has appeared on NCIS, Grimm and Castle. She starred alongside Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price and Paul Gross in the 2009 serialization of Eastwick, playing Kat Gardener, a nurse and mother of five who discovers her magical powers. In 2010, she held major recurring roles in Eureka as Dr. Tess Fontana, and in Drop Dead Diva as Vanessa Hemmings.

In January 2011, Newman played Cynthia in David Auburn's revival of The New York Idea by Langdon Mitchell at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York.[5] 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.[6]

Newman starred with Radha Mitchell in 2013 ABC midseason drama series Red Widow. Later she was cast as series regular in another ABC show Mind Games opposite Christian Slater and Steve Zahn.[7] She will guest star in the second season of the NBC hit drama of The Blacklist.

Personal life[edit]

Newman married Israeli-born writer/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.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Full Blast Bo
2002 Violent Kind, TheThe 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 Line in the Sand, AA Line in the Sand Ann Marie
2009 Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts Emmy (voice) Video
2009 Logorama Dispatch Girl – Radio (voice) Short film
2012 Rubberneck Danielle
2012 Gauntlet, TheThe Gauntlet Emma
2012 Red Robin, TheThe Red Robin Julie
2013 Tarzan Alice (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show Tina Episode: "The Warsaw Closes"
2002–2003 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 TV movie
2005 McBride: Murder Past Midnight Emily Harriman TV movie
2005 Supernatural Amanda Walker Episode: "Phantom Traveler"
2005 Stargate: Atlantis Lt. Laura Cadman Episode: "Duet"
Episode: "Critical Mass"
2006 Hollis & Rae Hollis Chandler TV movie
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 Episode: "London Calling"
Episode: "Daddy's Little Girl"
2006 E-Ring Natalie Hughes 4 episodes
2006 Under the Mistletoe Susan Chandler TV movie
2006–2007 Veronica Mars Mindy O'Dell 8 episodes
2007 I'm Paige Wilson Paige Wilson TV movie
2007 Marlowe Tracy Faye TV movie
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 Episode: "Ronnie Chase"
Episode: "Gene Shelly"
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Melinda Carver Episode: "A Space Oddity"
2009 Mental Zan Avidan 3 episodes
2009–2010 Eastwick Kat Gardener 13 episodes
2009–2010 Eureka Tess Fontana 12 episodes
2010–2011, 2013 Drop Dead Diva Vanessa Hemmings 10 episodes
2010, 2011 Life Unexpected Julia Episode: "Honeymoon Interrupted"
Episode: "Affair Remembered"
2011 Royal Pains Stacey Saxe Episode: "Astraphobia"
2011 CSI: NY Claire Taylor Episode: "Indelible"
Episode: "Near Death"
2011 NCIS Lt. Cmdr. Melanie Burke Episode: "Engaged (Part 1)"
Episode: "Engaged (Part II)"
2011–2012 Grimm Angelina Lasser Episode: "The Three Bad Wolves"
Episode: "Over My Dead Body"
2012 Castle Holly Franklin Episode: "Til Death Do Us Part"
2012 Red Widow Kat Petrova Series regular, 8 episodes
2014 Mind Games Samantha 'Sam' Gordon Series regular
2014 Franklin & Bash Cheryl Koch Episode: "Spirits in the Material World"
2015 Bosch Laura Kell Episode: "Chapter Three: Blue Religion"
Episode: "Chapter Two: Lost Light"


  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent. The Year in Television, 2009: A Catalog of New and Continuing Series, Miniseries, Specials and TV Movies. McFarland. pp. 49–. ISBN 978-0-7864-5844-8. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Jaime Ray Newman Biography". Tvguide.com. 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  3. ^ "Hillel 50th insert.indd" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  4. ^ "Jamie Ray Newman Biography". Buddytv.com. 1978-04-02. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  5. ^ Brantley, Ben (January 26, 2011). "‘New York Idea,' Revised by David Auburn at Lortel – Review". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ "Show Cast". Geffenplayhouse.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Jaime Ray Newman Joins ABC's 'Mind Games' As Regular, Rockmond Dunbar Cast In 'The Mentalist' As Potential New Regular". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  8. ^ Sarah Michaud (March 25, 2013). "Jaime Ray Newman Expecting First Child". People.com. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 

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