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Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite in 2005
Born Jewel Belair Staite
June 2, 1982 (1982-06-02) (age 27)
White Rock, BC, Canada
Occupation actress
Years active 1988—present
Spouse(s) Matt Anderson
Official website

Jewel Belair Staite (born June 2, 1982) is a Gemini and Leo Award nominated Canadian actress, who portrayed Kaylee Frye in Firefly and Serenity, and Dr. Jennifer Keller on Stargate Atlantis.


Personal life

Staite was born in White Rock, British Columbia. The youngest of seven children, she modeled as a child and has acted since age six. She attended the Vancouver Film School and worked at the Vancouver Youth Theatre. She married Matt Anderson on April 25, 2003.

Staite has worked with the Dyslexia Foundation and several AIDS charities.


Staite played Kaylee Frye in the short-lived science fiction/western television series Firefly and its subsequent 2005 film, Serenity. She also wrote a chapter in the book Finding Serenity, called "Kaylee Speaks: Jewel Staite On Firefly".

She also played Heidi Gotts, the antagonist in the TV series Wonderfalls and appeared in a Season Three episode of the X-Files.

Staite played the role of head of medicine Dr. Jennifer Keller in the Stargate SG-1 spinoff Stargate Atlantis,[1] making her the third actor from the Firefly series to move on to appear in a Stargate series (the first being Adam Baldwin and the second being Morena Baccarin), and the second to take a recurring role. She replaced Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett). In the fifth season her character was changed from recurring status to part of the main cast.[2] Before taking on the role as Dr. Keller she previously played the Wraith child Ellia in the Stargate Atlantis episode "Instinct". She will star in the 2010 RHI Entertainment thriller, Mothman, under the direction from Sheldon Wilson.[3]


Year Film Role Other notes
1991 Posing: Inspired by Three Real Stories as Jennifer Lanahan
1992 The Odyssey as Labelia "The Believers" (December 7, 1992)
1993 Liar, Liar: Between Father and Daughter as Dorianna
The Only Way Out as Alexandra
1994 Are You Afraid of the Dark? as Kelly "The Tale of Watcher's Woods"
The Odyssey as Labelia "The Prophecy" (February 28, 1994)
1995 Are You Afraid of the Dark? as Cody "The Tale of the Unfinished Painting"
Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain as Samantha
The X-Files as Amy Jacobs "Oubliette" (November 17, 1995)
1996 Space Cases as Catalina (1996, 15 episodes)
Flash Forward as Rebecca "Becca" Fisher (1996–1997)
1997 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show as Tiara Vanhorn (1997-1999)
1998 Da Vinci's Inquest as Gabriella Da Vinci (1998–2001)
1999 So Weird as Callie "Siren" (September 10, 1999)
2000 Higher Ground as Daisy Lipenowski (2000, 17 episodes)
2001 Seven Days as Molly "Empty Quiver" (2001, 1 episode)
2002 Just Deal as Laurel (2002, eight episodes)
Damaged Care as Bryanna 26 May 2002'"
Cheats as Teddy Blue
Firefly as Kaylee Frye (2002–2003 14 episodes)
2003 Dead Like Me as Goth Girl "Rest in Peace" (October 21, 2003)
2004 Wonderfalls as Heidi Gotts (2004, four episodes)
Cold Squad 7.07 "Girlfriend in a Closet"
Huff as Sheena Pilot Episode(November 7, 2004)'"
2005 Stargate Atlantis as Ellia "Instinct" (August 26, 2005)
Serenity as Kaylee Frye
Widow on the Hill as Jennie
2009 Stargate Atlantis as Dr. Jennifer Keller (2007–2009 appeared in 27 episodes)
The Forgotten Ones[4] as Liz Direct-to-video
Mothman as Katharine Post-Production.
Stargate: Extinction as Dr. Jennifer Keller Pre-Production.
2010 P5Ych as Debbie Pre-Production.


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