Kelly Rowan

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Kelly Rowan
Kelly Rowan.jpg
Rowan at The Canadian Film Centre's cocktail reception on March 9, 2011, in Beverly Hills, California
Born (1965-10-26) October 26, 1965 (age 51)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1984–present
Children 1

Kelly Rowan (born October 26, 1965) is a Canadian film and television actress and former fashion model. She is best known for portraying Kirsten Cohen in the US television series The O.C.

Early life and education[edit]

Rowan was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and is a graduate of Toronto's Northern Secondary School. She left the University of Western Ontario to pursue acting. Rowan has studied acting at the British American Drama Academy in England and in New York at the city’s famed Neighborhood Playhouse.


She began modeling in her college years to earn money and started acting in commercials. She went on to appear in films such as The Gate, Hook, Three to Tango and One Eight Seven.

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 1995-1996 she played Matty Shaw in the TV series 'Lonesome Dove, the Outlaw Years' as a funeral parlor and gun smith person. 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 on the Fox television series The O.C.; for her role as the recovering alcoholic mother, she won a Prism Award

Rowan has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Foundation. She has also starred in The O.C. co-star Peter Gallagher's music video Still I Long for Your Kiss, a song from his album 7 Days in Memphis, which was released in 2005. She also appeared in the television movie In God's Country and in the film Jack and Jill vs. the World. She completed her third project for Lifetime, producing a television movie, She Drives Me Crazy. In 2008, she completed a television film, The Good Times Are Killing Me which she was an executive producer for and starred in alongside Rupert Graves.

In early 2009, Rowan did a cameo role in the CSI: Miami episode, "Divorce Party". In 2011, Rowan starred in the television film, Cyberbully. In 2012, she began a starring role as Natalie Vincent in the TNT series, Perception.

Personal life[edit]

Kelly announced her engagement to David Thomson, 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet in late June 2007.[1] They broke off their engagement before Rowan gave birth to their daughter on April 28, 2008 in Los Angeles.[2] In September 2009, Rowan and Thomson made their first public appearance since their split in early 2008, at the Toronto International Film Festival.



Year Title Role Notes
1985 My Pet Monster Stephanie Video
1987 Gate, TheThe Gate Lori Lee
1989 Long Road Home, TheThe Long Road Home Cynthia
1991 Hook Peter's Mother
1995 Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh Annie Tarrant
Assassins Jennifer
1996 Mocking the Cosmos Lydia / Lydathia Short film
1997 One Eight Seven Ellen Henry
1999 Three to Tango Olivia Newman
2001 Proximity Anne Conroy
Jet Boy Erin
2002 Greenmail Ashley Pryor Video
"The Truth about Jane" English teacher
2006 Mount Pleasant Anne Burrows
2008 Jack and Jill vs. the World Kate
2012 Rufus Jennifer Wade Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Hangin' In Karen Episode: "The Party"
1986 Truth About Alex, TheThe Truth About Alex Ellie Sanders TV movie
Night Heat Melissa Episode: "Trapped"
High Price of Passion, TheThe High Price of Passion Student #3 TV movie
1987 Kidnapping of Baby John Doe, TheThe Kidnapping of Baby John Doe Salesgirl TV movie
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 TV series
1989 Street Legal Angelina Episode: "Beauties and Beasts"
1990 Growing Pains Rachel Episode: "Daddy Mike"
1991 Dallas Dana 3 episodes
1992 Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive Gayla Williams TV movie
Exclusive Sunny TV movie
Sweating Bullets Julie Morrison Episode: "Ocean Park"
1993 Adrift Eliza Terrio TV movie
1995 Black Fox: Good Men and Bad Hallie Russell TV movie
Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Isabelle Pierce Episode: "Virtual Future"
Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Mattie Shaw 22 episodes (1996-1997)
1997 Burning Zone, TheThe Burning Zone Stacy Episode: "The Last Five Pounds Are the Hardest"
Match Made in Heaven, AA Match Made in Heaven Jane Cronin TV movie
1998 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Kristin Episode: "In Another Life"
When He Didn't Come Home Carolyn Blair TV movie
Da Vinci's Inquest Michaela Episode: "Little Sister: Part 2"
Episode: "Little Sister: Part 3"
To Have & to Hold Gina Episode: "These Boots Were Made for Stalking"
1999 Late Last Night Jill TV movie
Chicken Soup for the Soul Mom Episode: "The Handwriting on the Wall"
Anya's Bell Jeanne Rhymes TV movie
Crime of Passion, AA Crime of Passion Marci Elias TV movie
2000 Truth About Jane, TheThe Truth About Jane Ms. Lynn Walcott TV movie
Scorn Sharon TV movie
2001 Girl Thing, AA Girl Thing Claire TV movie
Loving Evangeline Evie Shaw TV movie
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Eileen Nelson Episode: "Slaves of Las Vegas"
2002 Rag and Bone Karen Toms TV movie
Man Who Saved Christmas, TheThe Man Who Saved Christmas Mary TV movie
Boomtown Marian McNorris 4 episodes (2002-2003)
2003-2007 O.C., TheThe O.C. Kirsten Cohen 92 episodes
2006 Eight Days to Live Teresa Spring TV movie
2007 In God's Country Judith Leavitt TV movie
2009 CSI: Miami Katherine Faber Episode: "Divorce Party"
Good Times Are Killing Me, TheThe Good Times Are Killing Me Kate Derby TV movie
2010 Flashpoint Maggie Perrello Episode: "Severed Ties"
2011 Cyberbully Kris Hillridge TV movie
2012–2015 Perception Natalie Vincent/Dr. Caroline Newsome Main role
2015 Castle Dean Feller Episode: "PhDead"
Murdoch Mysteries Mrs. Millicent McGowan Episode: "A Merry Murdoch Christmas"


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