Kirsten Nelson

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Kirsten Nelson
Nelson speaking into a microphone
Nelson at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con
Born Kirsten Nelson
(1970-10-03) October 3, 1970 (age 47)
Enid, Oklahoma, U.S.
Occupation Actress, director
Years active 1993–present

Kirsten Nelson (born October 3, 1970) is an American actress and director.

Born in Enid, Oklahoma, though raised in Chicago, Nelson attended Northwestern University and became a founding member of Chicago's Roadworks Theatre Ensemble before moving to Los Angeles.[1]

She is perhaps best known for her starring role as Police Chief Karen Vick on Psych.

Nelson’s career includes roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The O'Keefes (as Ellie O’Keefe), Baby's Day Out, The Fugitive, Frasier, Ally McBeal, The West Wing, Just Shoot Me! and Boy Meets World.

She is a ELCA Lutheran.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Fugitive Betty
1994 The Untouchables Daisy
1994 Baby's Day Out Woman in Park
1996 Ned and Stacey Wife
1997 Three Women of Pain Lani
1997 The Practice Judy Burke
1999 Smut Mrs. Maplethorpe
1999 The Pretender ATF Agent Beth Swik
1999 Boy Meets World Jessica
1999 Thanks Polly Winthrop
2000 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Sgt. CarolDavis/Davidson
2001 Just Shoot Me! Helen
2001 The West Wing Young Dolores Landingham
2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lorraine Ross, second manager of Doublemeat Palace
2002 Providence Kim
2002 Ally McBeal Connie Dekumbis
2003 The O'Keefes Ellie O'Keefe
2004 Larceny Della
2004 Frasier Ellie
2004 Stuck in the Suburbs Susan Aarons
2005 Without a Trace Ms. MacPherson Episode 3.15 "Party Girl"
2005 Malcolm in the Middle Jeanie Episode 6.22: "Mrs. Tri-County"
2005 Everwood Ellie Beals
2005 War of the Worlds Businesswoman
2005 Mrs. Harris TV Interviewer
2006–2014 Psych Chief Karen Vick
2010 Ghost Whisperer Sarah Davidson
2012 Parenthood Mrs. Gilroy
2012 NCIS Beth Banks Episode 9.16: "Psych Out"
2012 Warehouse 13 Judy Giltoy
2014 Saint George Headmistress Sloan
2015 NCIS: New Orleans Vivienne Lambert
2015 Bones Nina Slocum
2017 Limelight Liz Chance
2017 Psych: The Movie Chief Karen Vick


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