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Kari Matchett
Born March 25, 1970 (1970-03-25) (age 39)
Spalding, Saskatchewan, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present

Kari Matchett (born March 25, 1970)[1] is a Canadian actress in television and film. She is probably best known for her role as Mariel Underlay on the cult TV series Invasion and as Kate Filmore in the Science fiction movie Cube 2: Hypercube.


Early years

Matchett was born in Spalding, Saskatchewan. She attended high school at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute in Lethbridge, Alberta. She later studied at the National Theatre School in Montreal, Quebec, and the Moscow Theatre School.

Matchett performed on stage for three years at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada.


In Canada her first major role was on The Rez and her first starring role was as Colleen Blessed in Power Play (1998–2000). Matchett was a key member of the repertory cast of the A&E TV series A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001–2002), in which she played numerous femmes fatale and had a recurring role as Lily Rowan. On the short-lived but highly reviewed show Wonderfalls, she played the character Beth, the lesbian love interest of the main character's sister, Sharon Tyler.

In 2002, she played the role of Kate Filmore in a science fiction/horror movie Cube 2 - Hypercube.

Her next major role was as Detective Elaine Bender in Blue Murder in 2004. Unrelated to her character in 2004, she guest starred on an episode of the same TV show (Blue Murder) as a suspect in a murder investigation in 2001.

In 2005 she had a starring role in the short-lived but now cult ABC TV series, Invasion, a series about aliens taking the form of humans. She has also appeared as Mary Tate on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and in both Shark and Wild Card.

She played a single mother stalked by her boyfriend in Intimate Stranger, a made-for-TV movie in 2006.

In 2007 she joined the cast of 24, as Lisa Miller, assistant to Powers Boothe's Vice President Noah Daniels who steps in as acting president when an attempt is made on the life of the president. In June 2007, the TNT series Heartland debuted with Matchett playing the role of Kate Armstrong, and in November 2007, Matchett appeared on the American television program ER, playing a new attending physician, Skye Wexler.

Most recently, in 2009, she had a two-episode part in the TNT series Leverage, costarring her Nero Wolfe co-star, Timothy Hutton. Matchett portrayed Maggie Collins, the ex-wife of Nathan Ford, Hutton's lead character.



  1. ^ Kari Matchett Biography at
  2. ^ ACTRA Award Revived in Honour of 60th Anniversary: Ten Award Nominees Announced by ACTRA Toronto (February 3, 2003); The ACTRA Awards in Toronto; retrieved 7-1-08

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