Leah Cairns

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Leah Cairns
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Leah Cairns at Wolf Galactica Three, London, 2007
Born (1974-06-04) June 4, 1974 (age 44)
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Website http://www.leahcairns.net

Leah Cairns (born June 2, 1974) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her role as Lieutenant Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson in Battlestar Galactica.

Early life[edit]

Cairns was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia, and grew up in Kamloops. Dreams of becoming a professional dancer were dashed when she broke her back in a car accident at 16.[citation needed] When her dance team went to an international competition in her graduating year, rather than sit at home, she decided to visit to Costa Rica and then began a backpacking trek that took her to 36 countries and took eight years.[citation needed] Before returning to Canada, she took an improvisation class at an ashram in India.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Cairns appeared in Robson Arms before winning a recurring role as Jenna in Godiva's, for which she received a Leo Award nomination in 2006 for Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series. Joining the Battlestar cast as Raptor pilot/ECO Racetrack at the end of season one, her performance impressed showrunners and Racetrack became a recurring character for the rest of the show. During BSG's season three Cairns also played Emily Hollander on the ABC Family series Kyle XY and appeared in Sanctuary. On the silver screen, she appeared opposite Al Pacino in 88 Minutes and played Lois in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. In 2018, she co-starred in the film Diminuendo opposite Richard Hatch, her friend from the BSG reboot.


She currently appears as Kathryn "Kat" MacLaren on the Netflix series Travelers.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Mall Man Sharon Short
2005 Thralls Leslie Harper
2007 88 Minutes Sara Pollard
2007 Kickin' It Old Skool Woman at Table
2007 Coffee Diva Celebrity Girl Short
2009 Helen Susanna
2014 Interstellar Lois
2014 Lead and Follow Amy Short
2018 Diminuendo Adrianna Sloane
20?? Beyond the Call Faith Short, post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Chris Isaak Show Girlfriend #1 "Mysterious Hearts"
2003 Tru Calling Julie Spence "Morning After"
2004 The Reality of Love Mindy TV film
2004 Deep Evil Woman in Airlock TV film
2005 Saving Milly Senator's Aide TV film
2005 Robson Arms Tessa "A Certain Vintage", "Sweet City Woman"
2005–06 Godiva's Jenna Main role
2005–2009 Battlestar Galactica Lt. Margaret 'Racetrack' Edmondson Recurring role (seasons 1–4)
2006 Saved Natalie "Living Dead"
2006 Supernatural Julie Hudson "Crossroad Blues"
2007 Sanctuary Tatha TV miniseries
2007–08 Kyle XY Emily Hollander Recurring role (season 2)
2008 Sanctuary Tatha "Fata Morgana"
2008–09 Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy Lt. Margaret 'Racetrack' Edmondson TV miniseries
2011 Mega Cyclone Andrea Newmar TV film
2014 The Tomorrow People Lucy "The Citadel"
2014 Fargo Rachel Ziskind "The Rooster Prince"
2014 Cedar Cove Katie "Old Wounds", "Starting Over"
2014 Along Came a Nanny Lizzie Bannerman TV film
2015 Motive Nina Hillridge "Fallen"
2015 Coded Carly "Not My Kids"
2016 The Wildings Anna Reddings TV film
2016–present Travelers Kathryn MacLaren Recurring role
2017 Dead Over Heels: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery Bess Burns TV film
2017 Deadly Sorority Det. Lopez TV film
2017 Bates Motel Woman "The Cord"

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