Rya Kihlstedt

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Rya Kihlstedt
Rya Kihlstedt by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Kihlstedt at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born (1970-07-23) July 23, 1970 (age 47)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Skidmore College
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–2001, 2009–present
Spouse(s) Gil Bellows (m. 1994)
Children Ava Emanuelle
Relatives Carla Kihlstedt (sister)
Website https://twitter.com/RyaKihlstedt

Rya Kihlstedt (born July 23, 1970) is an American actress.[1] She is known for co-starring in the 1997 comedy film Home Alone 3, and for her recurring roles as Dr. Michelle Ross in the Showtime crime drama Dexter and Marilyn Rhodes in the ABC musical drama Nashville.

Early life and education[edit]

Kihlstedt was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is a 1991 graduate of Skidmore College in Theatre Arts. She is of Swedish descent.


In 1995, Kihlstedt played Lizzie Elmsworth in the BBC adaptation of Edith Wharton's last novel, The Buccaneers. However, she is best known for her role as Alice Ribbons, one of the criminals in the comedy Home Alone 3 (1997).[2] In 1998, she starred with Peter Gallagher in the TV movie Brave New World loosely based on Aldous Huxley's 1932 novel of the same name.[3]

She had recurring roles in the Showtime crime drama Dexter as Dr. Michelle Ross, and in the ABC musical drama Nashville as Marilyn Rhodes, a powerful record producer. From 2015 to 2016, she starred as Erica Kravid in the NBC science fiction drama miniseries Heroes Reborn.[4] In 2016, she was cast as Tig Notaro's mother Caroline in the Amazon Video original series One Mississippi.[5]

Kihlstedt's other notable television credits include Early Edition, Criminal Minds and NCIS, and her other film credits include supporting roles in Arctic Blue, Deep Impact, Jaded and Women in Trouble.

Personal life[edit]

In 1994, Kihlstedt married actor Gil Bellows. They have two children, Ava Emanuelle (born 1999), and Giovanni (born 2001). She is the sister of Oakland-based violinist, Carla Kihlstedt.


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Arctic Blue Anne Marie
1997 Hudson River Blues Laura
1997 Home Alone 3 Alice Ribbons
1998 Deep Impact Chloe
1998 Jaded Patricia 'Pat' Long
1999 Frontline Catherine
1999 Say You'll Be Mine Katherine
2009 Women in Trouble Rita
2010 Elektra Luxx Rita Uncredited
2012 Intelligence Jaye Gardner Short film
2013 3 Days in Havana Rita
2014 Sticks Deirdre Short film
2015 The Atticus Institute Judith Winstead
Year Title Role Notes
1993 TriBeCa Leah Woodward Episode: "The Loft"
1994 The Second Greatest Story Ever Told Arleen TV film
1994 seaQuest DSV Jessie Episode: "Greed for a Pirate's Dream"
1994 Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III Willa TV miniseries
1995 The Buccaneers Lizzy Elmsworth TV miniseries
1995 Alchemy Louisa TV film
1996 Swift Justice Diane Rivers Episode: "Retribution"
1996 Early Edition Marcia Roberts Hobson 3 episodes
1998 Brave New World Lenina Crowne TV film
2000 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Carolyn Episode: "Long Road Home"
2001 She Creature Mermaid TV film
2010 Covert Affairs Helen Newman Episode: "Walter's Walk"
2010 Criminal Minds Patty Joyce Episode: "JJ"
2011 NCIS Linda Idleton Episode: "Sins of the Father"
2011 Dexter Dr. Michelle Ross Recurring role, 7 episodes
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2012)
2011 Connie Banks the Actor Karen TV film
2012–2013 Nashville Marilyn Rhodes Recurring role, 8 episodes
2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Carolyn Logan Episode: "Love for Sale"
2014 Drop Dead Diva Mayor Ellie Chapin Episode: "Sister Act"
2014 Perception Elena Douglas Episode: "Possession"
2014 Masters of Sex Tatti Greathouse Episodes: "Parallax" and "Dirty Jobs"
2015–2016 Heroes Reborn Erica Kravid Series regular, 11 episodes
2016 Once Upon a Time Cleo Fox Episode: "Firebird"
2016 Ray Donovan Jeannie Recurring role, 2 episodes
2016 One Mississippi Caroline Series regular, 5 episodes
2016 Her Last Will Maggie TV film
2017 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Lady Basha Episodes: "A Life Spent" and "A Life Earned"


  1. ^ Filmography in The New York Times.
  2. ^ Stephen Holden (December 12, 1997). "'Home Alone 3': Of Course He's Still Beating the Bad Guys". The New York Times. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ "`Brave New World' Misses The Message". Sun Sentinel. April 19, 1998. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Heroes Reborn: About the Show". NBC.com. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (2016-05-17). "Rya Kihlstedt Joins Tig Notaro's 'One Mississippi' Amazon Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-11-20. 

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