While Kellie Martin has garnered many acting credits, she is probably still most fondly remembered for her work as Becca Thatcher in the popular ABC series “Life Goes On,” for which she received an Emmy® nomination for Best Supporting Actress. From there, Martin played the title role in the CBS drama “Christy,” as well as medical student Lucy Knight on NBC’s “ER” from 1998-2000. Martin broke ground as Army Captain Nicole Galassini on “Army Wives,” and appeared in the quirky TBS comedy “The Guest Book.” Most recently, she starred in Lifetime’s “Death of a Cheerleader.” She has starred as fan- favorite sleuth Hailey Dean in the “Hailey Dean Mysteries” franchise, which is in its seventh installment. Martin also serves as executive producer on the popular Hallmark Movies & Mysteries “Emma Fielding Mysteries” franchise.
Other recent television projects include starring roles in the Hallmark Channel Original Movies “So You Said Yes,” “The Christmas Ornament,” “I Married Who?” and “Smooch;” a starring role in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original “Hello, It’s Me” and guest starring roles on ABC’s “Private Practice” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” and AMC’s “Mad Men.”
Among her feature film credits are Open House, Malibu’s Most Wanted, A Goofy Movie, Matinee and Troop Beverly Hills.
In 1999, Martin took on a new role as national spokesperson for the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). Drawing on her family’s experience (her sister Heather passed away at age 19 from complications of a misdiagnosed case of lupus), Martin works to raise awareness of autoimmune disease as a major women’s health issue. Among her activities: lobbying on Capitol Hill; participating in the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women 2000; and meeting with patients and family members to share her story. In 2001, Reader’s Digest named Martin a national “Health Hero” on its cover; and a year later, Lifetime Television’s Intimate Portrait featured Martin and her work with AARDA. In 2003, Martin was honored with the Michael Wayne Public Service Award by Lupus LA.
In 2001, Martin graduated from Yale University with a degree in art history. In 2004, she was accepted to the AFI Directing Workshop for Women where she directed her first short film. In 2014, Martin’s first novel, Madam, which she co-authored, was published by Penguin Group.