Kelly Overton

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Kelly Overton
Kelly Overton in The Collective in 2008
(m. 2004)

Kelly Overton is an American actress. She is known for portraying Vanessa Van Helsing in the 2016 Syfy fantasy drama series Van Helsing.

Early life[edit]

Overton grew up in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, where she graduated with their highest honor, The Charles Jehlinger Award.[1]


She has performed off-Broadway, in regional Shakespeare, and on several TV shows.[1][2] She began in national television in 2000 in the role of Rainn Wilkins on All My Children for several months.[3] Then in 2002 she returned to theater on Broadway where she debuted in the original stage cast of The Graduate as an understudy for several roles, eventually replacing Alicia Silverstone in the role of Elaine Robinson, opposite Kathleen Turner and Jason Biggs.[1][2]

After five years in New York she moved to Los Angeles, where she has worked in film and TV.[citation needed] In 2008, with husband Judson Pearce Morgan, she wrote, directed, produced and starred in The Collective.[1][4] She plays Christie Monteiro in the 2009 film adaptation of the fighting game series Tekken.[1] She appeared in the HBO series True Blood as werewolf Rikki Naylor and co-starred as Ann in "In My Sleep."

In 2016 Overton was cast as Vanessa Helsing, the lead character, in the Syfy television series Van Helsing.[5][6]


Of her role as Andrea Barton in the Numbers episode "Hollywood Homicide", reviewer Todd Mason of TV Guide wrote, "Kelly Overton excelled in her small role...".[7] Of her directorial debut (with husband Judson Pearce Morgan) on the film The Collective, reviewer Joshua Tanzer wrote, "The Collective is beautifully shot, well crafted",[4] while Farley Elliott of LAist wrote, "The story, while not frighteningly original, is definitely captivating, and the directing is superb. Kelly Overton, who helped to pen the film, is captivating and you really want to see her succeed".[8]

Personal life[edit]

Overton married fellow actor Judson Pearce Morgan in March 2004.[4] In 2011 Overton gave birth to their daughter.[9] It was confirmed during San Diego Comic-Con 2017 that Overton was pregnant during the production of the second season of Van Helsing.[10] Overton gave birth to her second daughter in July 2017.[11][better source needed] Overton announced the birth of a son in August 2019.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 It Runs in the Family Erica
2004 Breaking Dawn Dawn
2005 The Ring Two Betsy
2006 You Did What? Day
2007 The Wager Tessa
2008 The Collective Tyler Clarke also co-writer, co-producer, co-director
2009 Under New Management Julie Capp
2009 Tekken Christie Monteiro
2010 In My Sleep Ann


Year Title Role Notes
2000–2001 All My Children Rain Wilkins Recurring role, 17 episodes
2003 Without a Trace Audrey Rose Episode: "There Goes the Bride"
2003 The Practice Debbie Huber Episode: "We the People"
2004 The Division Cheryl Madison Episode: "Crawl Space"
2004 Wedding Daze Dahlia Landry Television film
2005 The Studio Heather Falls Episode: "Pilot"
2006 Desolation Canyon Olivia Kendrick Television film
2006 CSI: NY Lynette Richmont Episode: "Wasted"
2006 Close to Home Lori Hulse Episode: "Still a Small Town"
2006 Desperation Cynthia Smith Television film
2006 Twenty Questions Kate Lewis Television film
2007 Cold Case Johanna Kimball (1981) Episode: "Blood on the Tracks"
2007 Criminal Minds Ranger Lizzie Evans Episode: "Open Season"
2007 Numbers Andrea Barton / Tracy Meade Episode: "Hollywood Homicide"
2008 Psych Ashley Episode: "There Might Be Blood"
2009 Medium Robin Aaronson Episode: "Soul Survivor"
2009 CSI: Miami Kaitlyn Sawyer Episode: "Dead on Arrival"
2009 NCIS Metro Det. Megan Hanley Episode: "The Inside Man"
2009–2010 Three Rivers Det. Rena Yablonski Episodes: "Alone Together", "Every Breath You Take"
2010 Madso's War Cheryl Keane Television film
2011 In Plain Sight Grace Haddick / Grace Littleton Episode: "A Womb with a View"
2011 Ricochet Det. Deedee Bowen Television film
2012–2013 Beauty and the Beast Claire Sinclair Episodes: "Saturn Returns", "On Thin Ice", "Trust No One"
2012–2013 True Blood Rikki Naylor Recurring role, 14 episodes
2014 Unforgettable Lt. Col. Emily Swain Episode: "The Haircut"
2014 Correcting Christmas Ali Pennebaker Television film
2015 Legends Nina Brenner Main role (season 2)
2016–2021 Van Helsing Vanessa Helsing Lead role

Music videos[edit]

  • Terrified (2010) from Katharine McPhee, as Herself


  1. ^ a b c d e John Del Signore (May 22, 2008). "Kelly Overton, Filmmaker". Gothamist. Archived from the original on November 21, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Beth Stevens (February 3, 2009). "Fresh Face: Kelly Overton". Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
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  4. ^ a b c Joshua Tanzer (May 31, 2008). "Sects and the city". Retrieved July 1, 2009.
  5. ^ Nellie Andreeva (February 17, 2016). "'Van Helsing' Series Casts Kelly Overton In Title Role Of Hunter's Daughter, 5 Others". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  6. ^ Danielle Zhu (February 17, 2016). "True Blood's Kelly Overton cast as lead in Syfy's Van Helsing". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  7. ^ Todd Mason (October 6, 2007), "Hollywood Homicide" TV Guide. Retrieved July 1, 2009. Archived February 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Farley Elliott (November 23, 2008), "Movie Review: The Collective" Archived February 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, LAist. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
  9. ^ Kelly Overton [@iamkellyoverton] (July 4, 2014). "My 3yo daughter ecstatic after firework finale..."Mommy!! That was my whole life!! And all the fashion fireworks came out of my heart!!"" (Tweet). Retrieved April 14, 2020 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Shana O'Neil (July 20, 2017). "Van Helsing Season 2 SDCC trailer and panel tease lots of blood". Syfy Wire. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  11. ^ Kelly Overton (July 18, 2017). "She's here! 💞🦄". Retrieved December 17, 2019 – via Instagram.
  12. ^ Kelly Overton (August 23, 2019). "Delighted to share with you all that we welcomed our son into this world. He has filled our hearts with so much love! Thank you to everyone who sent us well wishes. 💙 #babyboy #babiesareablessing #tribeoffive #love #family". Retrieved December 17, 2019 – via Instagram.

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