Kate Vernon

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Kate Vernon
Kate Vernon by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Vernon at the March 2013 Wondercon
Born (1961-04-21) April 21, 1961 (age 58)
Other namesKatherine Elizabeth Vernon
Years active1983-present
Parent(s)John Vernon
FamilyNan Vernon (sister)

Kate Vernon (born April 21, 1961) is a Canadian-born film and television actress. She is best known for her roles as Lorraine Prescott on the CBS soap opera Falcon Crest (from 1984–1985), the stuck-up and popular Benny Hanson in the comedy film Pretty in Pink (1986), and Ellen Tigh on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009).

Early life[edit]

Vernon was born in Canada to Nancy West and actor John Vernon.[1]


Vernon portrayed Lorraine Prescott on the CBS prime time soap opera Falcon Crest from 1984 to 1985. During the 1980s she appeared on various TV series, including Family Ties, Dallas, Remington Steele, Hotel, Murder, She Wrote and the 1987 miniseries I'll Take Manhattan, as well as the 1986 comedy-drama film Pretty in Pink, and the 1989 gangster comedy Mob Story, in which she appeared opposite her father. Other early film credits included Alphabet City (1984) and Roadhouse 66 (1985).[citation needed]

In 1990 Vernon portrayed Kathleen Sawyer in a four-episode arc on Who's the Boss?, followed by extended appearances on L.A. Law in 1994 as A.D.A. Belinda Fox (four episodes) and on Nash Bridges in 1996–1997 as Whitney Thomas (seven episodes). Among many other roles, she co-starred as Sophia in the 1992 film Malcolm X, appeared in the 1992 Italian sci-fi film Jackpot, portrayed Alexandra on the 1996 series Kindred: The Embraced and appeared in a 1998 episode of Star Trek: Voyager entitled "In the Flesh". She played Dr. Rachel Stein in the 1998 TV movie Blackjack.[citation needed]

From 2004 to 2009, Vernon portrayed the recurring role of Ellen Tigh on Battlestar Galactica. In April 2009, she made a guest appearance on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation entitled "A Space Oddity", which also featured cameos by her former Galactica producer Ronald D. Moore and co-stars Grace Park and Rekha Sharma.[2] In 2010 she guest starred in two episodes of Heroes ("Close to You" and "Pass/Fail") as Vanessa Wheeler, and in 2014 portrayed Diana Sydney on The 100 and Starfleet captain Sonya Alexander in the fan film Star Trek: Prelude To Axanar. In 2016, Vernon played Caroline Morrow in an episode of NCIS.[citation needed] She appear in several episodes of the Apple TV+ series The Morning Show in 2019.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Director Notes
1983 Chained Heat Cellmate Paul Nicholas
1984 Alphabet City Angie Amos Poe
Roadhouse 66 Melissa Duran John Mark Robinson
Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac Donna Adams Robert Michael Lewis TV Movie
Dallas Peter's friend Larry Hagman TV Series (1 Episode)
Family Ties Christy Will Mackenzie TV Series (1 Episode)
Remington Steele Nancy Evans Don Weis TV Series (1 Episode)
1984–1985 Falcon Crest Lorraine Prescott Reza Badiyi, Barbara Peeters, ... TV Series (25 Episodes)
1985–1986 Hotel Erica Atwood / Sandy Hoyle Charles S. Dubin & James L. Conway TV Series (2 Episodes)
1986 Banter Brent Hervé Hachuel
Pretty in Pink Benny Hanson Howard Deutch
1987 I'll Take Manhattan Nanette Alexander Douglas Hickox & Richard Michaels TV Mini-Series
1987–1989 Murder, She Wrote Rhonda Sykes / Connie Norton Peter Crane & Anthony Pullen Shaw TV Series (2 Episodes)
1988 Hostile Takeover Sally George Mihalka
CBS Summer Playhouse Ellen Sanders Jonathan R. Betuel TV Series (1 Episode)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Donna Atom Egoyan TV Series (1 Episode)
1989 Mob Story Mindy Gabriel & Jancarlo Markiw
1990 FM Stephanie Andy Cadiff TV Series (1 Episode)
Who's the Boss? Kathleen Sawyer Asaad Kelada & Tony Singletary TV Series (4 Episodes)
1991 Daughters of Privilege Diana Michael Fresco TV Movie
Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin Terry Weidner Christian I. Nyby II TV Movie
Tropical Heat Veronica Mario Philip Azzopardi TV Series (1 Episode)
Jake and the Fatman Rachel Garraty Daniel Attias TV Series (1 Episode)
Father Dowling Mysteries Rita Winters James Frawley TV Series (1 Episode)
1992 Jackpot Prudence Mario Orfini
Malcolm X Sophia Spike Lee
1993 House of Secrets Laura Morrell Mimi Leder TV Movie
Lovejoy Mary-John Lovejoy Geoffrey Sax TV Series (1 Episode)
Tales from the Crypt Lucy Chadwick W. Peter Iliff TV Series (1 Episode)
1994 Soft Deceit Anne Fowler Jorge Montesi
Dangerous Touch Amanda Grace Lou Diamond Phillips
Probable Cause Lynn Reilly Paul Ziller TV Movie
L.A. Law DDA Belinda Fox Mark Tinker, Elodie Keene, ... TV Series (4 Episodes)
1995 Bloodknot Kaye Jorge Montesi TV Movie
The Sister-in-Law Rae Phillips / Sally Rae Preston Noel Nosseck TV Movie
The Outer Limits Tricia Lange Tibor Takács TV Series (1 Episode)
1996 Joe's Wedding Uta Mann Michael Kennedy
Downdraft Alexa Michael Mazo TV Movie
Kindred: The Embraced Alexandra Serris Peter Medak TV Series (1 Episode)
1996–1997 Nash Bridges Whitney Thomas Greg Beeman, Neal Israel TV Series (7 Episodes)
1998 Blackjack Dr. Rachel Stein John Woo TV Movie
Flood: A River's Rampage Pat Mallory Bruce Pittman TV Movie
The Outer Limits Judy Warren Jorge Montesi TV Series (1 Episode)
Star Trek: Voyager Valerie Archer David Livingston TV Series (1 Episode)
1999 The Secret Life of Girls Kay Holly Goldberg Sloan
Y2K Alix Cromwell Dick Lowry TV Movie
The Hunger Lanie Luke Scott TV Series (1 Episode)
Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Jody Frost / Nadya Rinkova Peter Bloomfield TV Series (1 Episode)
2000 Any Day Now Della Mae Connor Artie Mandelberg TV Series (1 Episode)
2001 Largo Winch: The Heir Monique Winch-Hastings David Wu TV Movie
Largo Winch Monique Winch Laurent Brégeat TV Series (1 Episode)
Dawson's Creek Woman Lev L. Spiro TV Series (1 Episode)
2003 Wilder Days Dorothy Morse David Mickey Evans TV Movie
Black Sash Jenny Stuart Gillard TV Series (1 Episode)
Hunter Maggie Tawnia McKiernan TV Series (2 Episodes)
2004 Buds for Life Valerie Quinlan Gabriel Bologna
Grave Matters Christine Aimee Stevenson
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Raina Press Deran Sarafian TV Series (1 Episode)
2004–2009 Battlestar Galactica Ellen Tigh Michael Rymer, Rod Hardy, ... TV Series (23 Episodes)
2005 Confession Detective Robin Mallory Jonathan Meyers
Family Plan Victoria David S. Cass Sr. TV Movie
School of Life Elli Warner William Dear TV Movie
Knights of the South Bronx Richard's wife Allen Hughes TV Movie
Reunion Brenda Moretti Rick Rosenthal & Lou Antonio TV Series (2 Episodes)
2006 Last Chance Cafe Hallie Boyer Jorge Montesi TV Movie
2007 Safe Harbour Sally Bill Corcoran
2009 Battlestar Galactica: The Plan Ellen Tigh Edward James Olmos TV Movie
The Mentalist Arden Plaskett Chris Long TV Series (1 Episode)
Saving Grace Ellen Cooper Rohn Schmidt TV Series (1 Episode)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Penelope Russell Michael Nankin TV Series (1 Episode)
2010 The Last Song Susan Blakelee Julie Anne Robinson
Bones Rowan François Velle TV Series (1 Episode)
Heroes Vanessa Wheeler Roxann Dawson & Michael Nankin TV Series (2 Episodes)
2011 Snatched Diane Joe Cacaci
Red Faction: Origins The Matriarch Michael Nankin TV Movie
2012 The Firm George Mihalka TV Series (1 Episode)
2013 Battledogs Dr. Ellen Gordon Alexander Yellen TV Movie
Arctic Air Irene Ivarson Kevin Fair TV Series (1 Episode)
2014 108 Stitches President Jennine Wormer Pratt David Rountree
Prelude to Axanar Captain Sonya Alexander Christian Gossett Short
Perception Mary Morrison LeVar Burton TV Series (1 Episode)
The 100 Diana Sydney John Showalter, John Behring, ... TV Series (3 Episodes)
2015 Christmas Truce Helena Hammond Brian Skiba TV Movie
2016 NCIS Caroline Morrow Leslie Libman TV Series (1 Episode)
2017 Chicanery Billie Endicott Charles Dennis
Amelia 2.0 Dr. Ellen Beckett Adam Orton
12 Round Gun Catherine Sam Upton
Groomzilla Olivia Bradford May TV Movie
There's... Johnny! Mrs. De Cordova David Gordon Green TV Series (1 Episode)
2018 His Master's Voice Camille György Pálfi
La Boda de Valentina Melanie Tate Marco Polo Constandse
Condor Lily Partridge Lawrence Trilling, Kari Skogland, ... TV Series (4 Episodes)
2019 Wrongfully Accused Barbara Michael Feifer TV Movie
The Morning Show Geneva Micklen Mimi Leder, David Frankel, ... TV Series (5 Episodes)


  1. ^ Bernstein, Adam (February 4, 2005). "Actor John Vernon, 72; Animal House Dean". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  2. ^ Ausiello, Michael (March 5, 2009). "CSI plots fraktastic Battlestar crossover". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 9, 2009.

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