Jewel Staite

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Jewel Staite
Jewel Staite by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Jewel Staite in 2013
Born Jewel Belair Staite
(1982-06-02) June 2, 1982 (age 33)
White Rock, BC, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Matt Anderson (m. 2003–11)

Jewel Belair Staite (born June 2, 1982) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her roles as Catalina in Space Cases (1996–1997), Kaylee Frye in Firefly (2002–2003) and its spin-off film Serenity (2005), and Dr. Jennifer Keller on Stargate Atlantis (2007–2009). Staite has also starred as Raquel Westbrook in the Canadian drama The L.A. Complex (2012), and Caroline Swift in the crime drama, The Killing (2013-2014).

Personal life[edit]

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.[1]

Staite attended the Vancouver Film School and worked at the Vancouver Youth Theatre.

She was married to actor Matt Anderson from 2003 to 2011.[2]

In May 2015, she became engaged to her boyfriend Charlie Ritchie.[3][4] Later the same month, she announced she was pregnant with her first child, a boy.[5][6]


Staite in October 2006

Staite played Kaylee Frye in the short-lived space western 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".[7]

She played Heidi Gotts in the television series Wonderfalls, and appeared in a Season Three episode of The X-Files.

Staite played the role of head medical doctor Jennifer Keller in the Stargate SG-1 spinoff Stargate Atlantis,[8] 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 Season Seven 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 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".[9] She also appeared in the 2010 Sci-Fi film, Mothman, under direction from Sheldon Wilson.[10]

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).

She also did voices in the animated TV series Mummies Alive! and Sabrina: The Animated Series for DIC Entertainment. As of 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 MuchMusic and in the U.S. on The CW. She also appeared recently in an episode of The Listener.

Jewel also appears in 10 episodes of the crime drama, The Killing as Caroline Swift, from 2013-2014.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain Samantha
1996 Carpool Soap Opera Actress
2002 Cheats Teddy Blue
2005 Serenity Kaylee
2009 After Dusk They Come Liz Video
2011 Pact, TheThe Pact Anna Short film
2015 She Who Must Burn Margaret Post-production
2015 40 Below and Falling Kate Carter Post-production
2016 How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town Cassie Cranston Completed


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Posing: Inspired by Three Real Stories Jennifer Lanahan TV film
1992 Odyssey, TheThe Odyssey Labelia "The Believers"
1993 Liar, Liar: Between Father and Daughter Dorianna TV film
1993 Only Way Out, TheThe Only Way Out Alexandra Carlisle TV film
1994 Odyssey, TheThe Odyssey Labelia "The Prophecy"
1994 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Kelly "The Tale of Watcher's Woods"
1995 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Cody "The Tale of the Unfinished Painting"
1995 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Amy Jacobs "Oubliette"
1996 Prisoner of Zenda, Inc., TheThe Prisoner of Zenda, Inc. Theresa TV film
1996 Space Cases Catalina Main role
1996-1997 Flash Forward Rebecca "Becca" Fisher Lead role
1997-1999 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show Tiara VanHorn Recurring role
1998-2001 Da Vinci's Inquest Gabriella Da Vinci Recurring role
1999 So Weird Callie Snow "Siren"
1999 Sabrina: The Animated Series (voice) Recurring role
1999 Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy Sally Prentiss "Happy Trails", "Fools for Love"
2000 Higher Ground Daisy Lipenowski Main role
2001 Immortal, TheThe Immortal Danielle Jenkins "Learning Curve"
2001 2gether: The Series Josie "Kiss"
2001 Seven Days Molly "Empty Quiver"
2002 Roughing It Susan Olivia Clemens TV film
2002 Damaged Care Bryanna (15-20 years) TV film
2002 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Carly / Shannon "Second Sight"
2002 Just Deal Laurel Recurring role
2002-2003 Firefly Kaylee Frye Main role
2003 Dead Like Me Goth Girl "Rest in Peace"
2004 Huff Carolyn "Pilot"
2004 Cold Squad Thora Andrews "Girlfriend in a Closet"
2004 Wonderfalls Heidi Gotts Recurring role
2005 Widow on the Hill Jenny Cavanaugh TV film
2005 Stargate Atlantis Ellia "Instinct"
2007-2009 Stargate Atlantis Dr. Jennifer Keller Regular role
2010 Mothman Katharine Grant TV film
2010 Warehouse 13 Loretta "Mild Mannered"
2010 Call Me Mrs. Miracle Holly TV film
2011 Doomsday Prophecy Brook Calvin TV film
2011 Supernatural Amy Pond "The Girl Next Door"
2012 L.A. Complex, TheThe L.A. Complex Raquel Westbrook Main role
2012-2013 Animism Mel Ravensfall Recurring role
2013 Listener, TheThe Listener Lori Black "Blast from the Past"
2013 Christmas Ornament, TheThe Christmas Ornament Jenna TV film
2013 State of Syn Annika Drake TV series short
2013-2014 Killing, TheThe Killing Caroline Swift Recurring role
2015 Personal Effects Monica Boland TV film, filming


  1. ^ Lee, Michael J. (September 15, 2005). "Jewel Staite Interview". Radio Free Entertainment. 
  2. ^ Staite, Jewel (13 December 2011). "Happier Than a Pig In...:". Happy Opu. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ Staite, Jewel (16 May 2015). "Sorry, boys. I'm off the market.". Twitter. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Charlie Ritchie on Instagram". Instagram. May 16, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ Staite, Jewel (August 16, 2015). "Jewel Staite (@jewelstaite)". Instagram. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ "You think your year's been crazy? I'll show you crazy. We're having a baby! Due on my Dad's birthday, which caps off an already amazing surprise. I need me a teeny tiny Jayne hat.". Instagram. 26 May 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ Foy, Scott (November 10, 2009). "Firefly Star Encounters Mothman on Syfy". Dread Central. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ Perenson, Melissa J. (2007-06-11). "Firefly's Staite Joins Atlantis". Retrieved 2008-11-30. [dead link]
  9. ^ Barton, Steve (April 21, 2010). "Syfy's Mothman Spreads Its Wings in New Clip". Dread Central. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ Miska, Brad (April 21, 2010). "TV: First Look at 'Mothman' Creature in Clip". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 

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