Jewel Staite was most recently seen as Dr. Keller in the SyFy Channel hit series “Stargate: Atlantis.” Her stellar work has earned her rave reviews, as well as recognition from The Gemini Awards with a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role in 2008, followed by a nomination from the Leo Awards in 2009 for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series.
At the age of six, Staite began studying at the Vancouver Youth Theatre where she trained several days a week. This hard work paid off when she booked her first lead role in the Disney Channel original series “Flash Forward” with Ben Foster. Her performance earned her a nomination from The Gemini Awards for Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series, as well as a nomination for the Canadian Television Film and Showcase Award.
Staite made her 2005 feature film debut in Universal Pictures “Serenity,” Joss Whedon’s adaptation of Fox’s science-fiction television series “Firefly,” of which Staite was a series regular. Staite played the ship’s mechanic, Kaylee, a sweet, happy and sensual farm girl who loves life and is an expert at fixing anything.
Additionally, Staite has several TV series under her belt including Fox Family’s “Higher Ground” with Hayden Christensen, a recurring role on the highly praised Fox series “Wonderfalls,” NBC’s “Just Deal” and Nickelodeon’s “Space Cases.” Her TV movie credits are just as impressive, with starring roles opposite James Brolin and Natasha Henstridge in Lifetime’s “Widow on the Hill,” Showtime’s “Damaged Care” opposite Laura Dern, and SyFy’s “Mothman” and “Doomsday Scrolls.” Some guest appearances include her memorable role in the Showtime pilot “Huff” with Hank Azaria and Oliver Platt, Syfy’s “Warehouse 13,” Showtime’s “Dead Like Me” opposite Ellen Muth and Rebecca Gayheart, and Fox’s “The X-Files.”
A Vancouver native, Staite currently resides in Los Angeles.