Kelly Rowan (born October 26, 1965) is a Canadian film and television actress and former fashion model. A native of Ottawa, Rowan studied acting in London and New York City before working as a model. She was subsequently featured in the horror film The Gate (1987) before earning critical acclaim for her performance in the Canadian television film Adrift, for which she won a Gemini Award for Best Actress. After a lead role in Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995), Rowan starred as Mattie Shaw on the series Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years (1996–1997).
Rowan went on to garner international fame for her portrayal of Californian real estate developer Kirsten Cohen on the American television series The O.C., which ran from 2003 to 2007. She subsequently had a leading role on the crime series Perception from 2012 to 2015.
Rowan was born October 26, 1965 in Ottawa, Ontario, and is a graduate of Toronto's Northern Secondary School. She left the University of Western Ontario to pursue acting, and studied at the British American Drama Academy in England and at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. While in New York, Rowan worked as a model to earn a living. Kelly aspired to marry David Thomson, with whom she had a short lived affair. He has two children with Severine Nackers with whom he is reported to be very happy.
Rowan guest-starred in television series such as The Outer Limits, Growing Pains, Da Vinci's Inquest, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Dallas. In 1993, she won a Gemini Award for her work in the television movie Adrift. In 1995–96 she played Matty Shaw, a funeral parlor operator and gun smith, in the TV series Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years. In 2002, Rowan guest-starred in four episodes of Boomtown, playing "Marian", the deceived wife of David McNorris (Neal McDonough). In 2003, she was cast as Kirsten Cohen, a recovering alcoholic mother on The O.C., a Fox television series. In 2006, she won a Prism Award for this role. From 2012 to 2015, she starred as Natalie Vincent in the TNT series, Perception.
Her credits as executive producer include the 2008 television film The Good Times Are Killing Me and the 2007 television film She Drives Me Crazy, which was her third project for Lifetime.
Rowan has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Foundation.
Rowan announced her engagement to David Thomson, 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet in late June 2007. They broke off their engagement before Rowan, then age 42, gave birth to their daughter on April 28, 2008 in Los Angeles.
|1985||My Pet Monster||Stephanie||Direct-to-video|
|1987||The Gate||Lori Lee|
|1989||The Long Road Home||Cynthia|
|1995||Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh||Annie Tarrant|
|1996||Mocking the Cosmos||Lydia / Lydathia||Short film|
|1997||One Eight Seven||Ellen Henry|
|1999||Three to Tango||Olivia Newman|
|2006||Mount Pleasant||Anne Burrows|
|2008||Jack and Jill vs. the World||Kate|
|2012||Rufus||Jennifer Wade||also known as Hunted|
|1984||Hangin' In||Karen||Episode: "The Party"|
|1986||The Truth About Alex||Ellie Sanders||Television movie|
|Night Heat||Melissa||Episode: "Trapped"|
|The High Price of Passion||Student #3||Television movie|
|1987||The Kidnapping of Baby John Doe||Salesgirl|
|Air Waves||Episode: "Dinner at Eight"|
|1988||Mount Royal||Episode: "Hello Stranger"|
|War of the Worlds||Kim||Episode: "Goliath Is My Name"|
|Another World||Suzie Strathmore|
|1989||Street Legal||Angelina||Episode: "Beauties and Beasts"|
|1990||Growing Pains||Rachel||Episode: "Daddy Mike"|
|1992||Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive||Gayla Williams||Television movie|
|Sweating Bullets||Julie Morrison||Episode: "Ocean Park"|
|1993||Adrift||Eliza Terrio||Television movie|
|1995||Black Fox: Good Men and Bad||Hallie Russell|
|The Outer Limits||Isabelle Pierce||Episode: "Virtual Future"|
|1996–1997||Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years||Mattie Shaw||Main role, 22 episodes|
|1997||The Burning Zone||Stacy||Episode: "The Last Five Pounds Are the Hardest"|
|A Match Made in Heaven||Jane Cronin||Television movie|
|1998||The Outer Limits||Kristin||Episode: "In Another Life"|
|When He Didn't Come Home||Carolyn Blair||Television movie|
|Da Vinci's Inquest||Michaela||Episodes: "Little Sister: Parts 2 and 3"|
|To Have & to Hold||Gina||Episode: "These Boots Were Made for Stalking"|
|1999||Late Last Night||Jill||Television movie|
|Chicken Soup for the Soul||Mom||Episode: "The Handwriting on the Wall"|
|Anya's Bell||Jeanne Rhymes||Television Movie|
|A Crime of Passion||Marci Elias|
|2000||The Truth About Jane||Ms. Lynn Walcott|
|2001||A Girl Thing||Claire|
|Loving Evangeline||Evie Shaw|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Eileen Nelson||Episode: "Slaves of Las Vegas"|
|2002||Rag and Bone||Karen Toms||Television movie|
|The Man Who Saved Christmas||Mary|
|2002–2003||Boomtown||Marian McNorris||4 episodes|
|2003–2007||The O.C.||Kirsten Cohen||Main role, 92 episodes|
|2005||Still I Long for Your Kiss||Music video from Peter Gallagher's album 7 Days in Memphis|
|2006||Eight Days to Live||Teresa Spring||Television movie|
|2007||In God's Country||Judith Leavitt|
|2009||CSI: Miami||Katherine Faber||Episode: "Divorce Party"|
|The Good Times Are Killing Me||Kate Derby||Television movie|
|2010||Flashpoint||Maggie Perrello||Episode: "Severed Ties"|
|2011||Cyberbully||Kris Hillridge||Television movie|
|2012–2015||Perception||Natalie Vincent /
Dr. Caroline Newsome
|2015||Castle||Dean Feller||Episode: "PhDead"|
|Murdoch Mysteries||Mrs. Millicent McGowan||Episode: "A Merry Murdoch Christmas"|
|2016||Tulips in Spring||Caroline||Television movie|
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- "Rowan preparing for life after 'The O.C.'". Regina Leader-Post. Regina, Saskatchewan. June 22, 2007 – via PressReader.
- "Kelly Rowan Credits". TV Guide. Archived from the original on December 30, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
- "'Walk The Line' Wins At Prism Awards". CBS NEWS. 2006-04-28. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
- People Staff (June 20, 2007). "The O.C.'s Kelly Rowan Engaged to Billionaire". People. Archived from the original on December 30, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
- Silverman, Stephen M. (May 3, 2008). "Kelly Rowan Gives Birth to Daughter". People. Archived from the original on December 30, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
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