Jewel Belair Staite
June 2, 1982
White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
(m. 2003; div. 2011)
Jewel Belair Staite (born June 2, 1982) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her roles as Kaylee Frye in the Fox television series Firefly (2002–2003) and its spin-off theatrical film Serenity (2005), and as Jennifer Keller on Sci-Fi Channel's science fiction television series Stargate Atlantis (2007–2009). Staite also starred as Catalina in Space Cases (1996), as "Becca" Fisher in Flash Forward (1996–1997), as Raquel Westbrook in the Canadian drama The L.A. Complex (2012), and as Caroline Swift in AMC's crime drama The Killing (2013–2014). Since 2021, she has starred as Abigail Bianchi in the Canadian legal drama series Family Law.
Staite was born in White Rock, British Columbia. The youngest of seven children, she modeled as a child and has acted since age six. She has stated that she is of British, Irish, French Canadian, and Iroquois ancestry. Staite attended Vancouver Film School and worked at the Vancouver Youth Theatre.
Staite began her career as a child actress, with appearances in television movies such as CBC's Liar, Liar in 1993 (which was later aired on CBS in the United States that same year) and ABC's The Only Way Out. In 1995, Staite had a key guest-starring role in a third-season episode of The X-Files, titled "Oubliette".
After appearing on Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1994), Staite's first co-starring role on a television series was as Catalina, the ship's engineer, in the first season of Nickelodeon science fiction television series Space Cases in 1996. This was immediately followed by her role as Rebecca "Becca" Fisher on the 1995–1997 Disney Channel series Flash Forward, a series in which Staite was the co-lead with Ben Foster.
In 2000, she was cast in a main role on the FOX Family Channel drama series Higher Ground. She was also a voice actress in the animated TV series Mummies Alive! and Sabrina: The Animated Series for DIC Entertainment.
Staite played Kaylee Frye in the short-lived television series Firefly and its subsequent 2005 film, Serenity. She wrote a chapter in the book Finding Serenity, called "Kaylee Speaks: Jewel Staite On Firefly". She played the recurring role of Heidi Gotts in the television series Wonderfalls in 2004.
Staite played the role of head medical doctor Jennifer Keller in the Stargate SG-1 spinoff Stargate Atlantis, making her the third actor from the Firefly series to move on to appear in a Stargate series (the first being Adam Baldwin, who had a brief role as a colonel in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Heroes", and the second being Morena Baccarin, who played Adria, the main villain in the tenth season of SG-1), and the second to take a recurring role. She replaced Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett). In the fifth season of Stargate, her character was changed from recurring status to part of the main cast. Before taking on the role as Dr. Keller, she previously played the Wraith child Ellia in the Stargate Atlantis episode "Instinct". She also appeared in the 2010 Syfy film, Mothman, under direction from Sheldon Wilson. Also in 2010, Staite guest-starred in an episode of Warehouse 13 as the love interest of Sheldon (played by Sean Maher, who played her love interest in Firefly), and in 2011, she guest-starred on an episode of Supernatural as a former love interest of Sam.
In 2012, Staite was a series regular on The L.A. Complex, in which she portrayed Raquel Westbrook, a struggling actress. The show aired in Canada on CTV and MuchMusic and in the U.S. on The CW. She also appeared in an episode of The Listener. Staite appeared in 10 episodes of the AMC crime drama, The Killing, as Detective Stephen Holder's girlfriend Caroline Swift, from 2013–2014.
Staite was married to actor Matt Anderson from 2003 to 2011. In May 2015, she became engaged to her boyfriend Charlie Ritchie.[better source needed] Later the same month, she announced she was pregnant with her first child, a boy. On December 9, 2015, she announced the birth of her son Wilder Cathcart Ritchie. She married Charlie Ritchie on July 23, 2016.
|1995||Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain||Samantha|
|1996||Carpool||Soap Opera Actress|
|2009||After Dusk They Come||Liz||Straight-to-video|
|2011||The Pact||Anna||Short film|
|2015||She Who Must Burn||Margaret|||
|2015||40 Below and Falling||Kate Carter|||
|2015||How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town||Cassie Cranston|||
|1991||Posing: Inspired by Three Real Stories||Jennifer Lanahan||Television film|
|1992||The Odyssey||Labelia||Episode: "The Believers"|
|1993||Liar, Liar||Dorianna||Television film; aired in the U.S. as Liar, Liar: Between Father and Daughter|
|1993||The Only Way Out||Alexandra Carlisle||Television film|
|1994||The Odyssey||Labelia||Episode: "The Prophecy"|
|1994||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Kelly||Episode: "The Tale of Watcher's Woods"|
|1995||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Cody||Episode: "The Tale of the Unfinished Painting"|
|1995||The X-Files||Amy Jacobs||Episode: "Oubliette"|
|1996||The Prisoner of Zenda, Inc.||Theresa||Television film|
|1996||Space Cases||Catalina||Main role (season 1)|
|1996–1997||Flash Forward||Rebecca "Becca" Fisher||Lead role|
|1997–1999||Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show||Tiara VanHorn||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|1998–2001||Da Vinci's Inquest||Gabriella Da Vinci||Recurring role, 13 episodes|
|1999||So Weird||Callie Snow||Episode: "Siren"|
|1999||Sabrina: The Animated Series||N/A||Voice role, 4 episodes|
|1999||Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy||Sally Prentiss||Episodes: "Happy Trails", "Fools for Love"|
|2000||Higher Ground||Daisy Lipenowski||Main role|
|2001||The Immortal||Danielle Jenkins||Episode: "Learning Curve"|
|2001||2gether: The Series||Josie||Episode: "Kiss"|
|2001||Seven Days||Molly||Episode: "Empty Quiver"|
|2002||Roughing It||Susan Olivia Clemens||Television film|
|2002||Damaged Care||Bryanna (15–20 years)||Television film|
|2002||Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction||Carly / Shannon||Episode: "The Fine Line"|
|2002||Just Deal||Laurel||Recurring role, 8 episodes|
|2002–2003||Firefly||Kaylee Frye||Main role|
|2003||Dead Like Me||Goth Girl||Episode: "Rest in Peace"|
|2004||Cold Squad||Thora Andrews||Episode: "Girlfriend in a Closet"|
|2004||Wonderfalls||Heidi Gotts||Recurring role, 4 episodes|
|2005||Widow on the Hill||Jenny Cavanaugh||Television film|
|2005||Stargate Atlantis||Ellia||Episode: "Instinct"|
|2007–2009||Stargate Atlantis||Jennifer Keller||Recurring role (season 4); main role (season 5); 33 episodes|
|2010||Mothman||Katharine Grant||Television film|
|2010||Warehouse 13||Loretta||Episode: "Mild Mannered"|
|2010||Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs. Miracle||Holly||Television film; also known as Mrs Miracle 2: Miracle in Manhattan|
|2011||Doomsday Prophecy||Brook Calvin||Television film|
|2011||Supernatural||Amy Pond||Episode: "The Girl Next Door"|
|2012||The L.A. Complex||Raquel Westbrook||Main role|
|2012–2013||Animism: The Gods' Lake||Melody Ravensfall||Main voice role|
|2013||The Listener||Lori Black||Episode: "Blast from the Past"|
|2013||The Christmas Ornament||Jenna||Television film|
|2013||State of Syn||Annika Drake||TV shorts, 6 episodes|
|2013–2014||The Killing||Caroline Swift||Recurring role, 11 episodes|
|2015||A Frosty Affair||Kate||Television film|
|2016||Legends of Tomorrow||Dr. Bryce||Episode: "Progeny"|
|2016||Castle||Erin Cherloff||Episode: "Much Ado About Murder"|
|2016||Undercover Wife||Monica Boland||Television film; also known as Not with His Wife|
|2017||Blindspot||Kiva Garen||Episode: "Regard a Mere Mad Rager"|
|2017||The Wrong Bed: Naked Pursuit||Stella Williams||Television film|
|2017||Same Time Next Week||Sarah||Television film|
|2018||The Detectives||Detective Penny Hart||Episode: "She Said"|
|2018||Take Two||Jackie Jarvis / Angela Truman||Episode: "About Last Night"|
|2018||The Good Doctor||Stella||Episode: "Two Ply (or Not Two Ply)"|
|2019||The Order||Renee Marand||Episodes: "Homecoming, Parts One & Two"|
|2019||The Magicians||Phyllis||4 episodes (seasons 4–5)|
|2021–present||Family Law||Abigail Bianchi||Main role|
|2022||Quantum Leap||Naomi Harvey||Episode: "What a Disaster!"|
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