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 55)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActress, model
Years active1984–present
Children1 daughter

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.[1] 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.

Early life[edit]

Rowan was born October 26, 1965 in Ottawa, Ontario,[2][3] 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.[1] While in New York, Rowan worked as a model to earn a living.[1] 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.


After studying acting and modeling in New York, Rowan went on to appear in films such as The Gate (1987), Hook (1991), Three to Tango (1999), and One Eight Seven (1997).[4]

Rowan guest-starred in television series such as The Outer Limits, Growing Pains, Da Vinci's Inquest, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Dallas.[4] In 1993, she won a Gemini Award for her work in the television movie Adrift.[1] 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.[5] 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,[6] which was her third project for Lifetime.

Rowan has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Foundation.

Personal life[edit]

Rowan announced her engagement to David Thomson, 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet in late June 2007.[7] They broke off their engagement before Rowan, then age 42, gave birth to their daughter on April 28, 2008 in Los Angeles.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1985 My Pet Monster Stephanie Direct-to-video
1987 The Gate Lori Lee
1989 The 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
2001 Jet Boy Erin
2002 Greenmail Ashley Pryor Direct-to-video
2006 Mount Pleasant Anne Burrows
2008 Jack and Jill vs. the World Kate
2012 Rufus Jennifer Wade also known as Hunted


Year Title Role Notes
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"
1991 Dallas Dana 3 episodes
1992 Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive Gayla Williams Television movie
Exclusive Sunny
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
Scorn Sharon
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
Main role
2015 Castle Dean Feller Episode: "PhDead"
Murdoch Mysteries Mrs. Millicent McGowan Episode: "A Merry Murdoch Christmas"
2016 Tulips in Spring Caroline Television movie


  1. ^ a b c d "Kelly Rowan Biography". TV Guide. Archived from the original on December 30, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Kelly Rowan". Northern Stars. Archived from the original on December 30, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "Rowan preparing for life after 'The O.C.'". Regina Leader-Post. Regina, Saskatchewan. June 22, 2007 – via PressReader.
  4. ^ a b "Kelly Rowan Credits". TV Guide. Archived from the original on December 30, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "'Walk The Line' Wins At Prism Awards". CBS NEWS. 2006-04-28. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
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  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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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