“This is literally my favorite role. The role of Sheila is like nothing else. There's no holds barred with her.” Callie Thorne (about her role on “Rescue Me”)
American actress Callie Thorne has worked on television, films and on stage. A member of the New York City acting troupe Naked Angels and the now-defunct theater company Malaparte, she is perhaps best remembered as the 9/11 widow, Sheila Keefe, on the FX popular drama “Rescue Me” (2004-2007) and for playing Detective Laura Ballard on the NBC hit series “Homicide: Life on the Street” (1997-1999). Primarily recognized for her TV work, the New York native has also had recurring roles on such well-known shows as HBO's “The Wire” (2002-2008), NBC's “ER” (2005-2006) and Fox's “Prison Break” (2006-2008) and appeared in guest spots on “Law & Order” and its spin-offs, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Third Watch,” and “Wainy Days,” to name a few. Movies in which Thorne has acted in include Robert Butler's “Turbulence” (1997), Brad Anderson's “Next Stop Wonderland” (1998), “Double Parked” (2000), Edward Burns' “Sidewalks of New York” (2001), Tim McCann's “Revolution 9” (2001), Harold Ramis' “Analyze That” (2002), Jay Jonroy's “David & Layla” (2005), Tom DiCillo's “Delirious” (2006) and Paul Soter's “Watching the Detectives” (2007). The experienced stage actress has acted with actors such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, who also directed her in the 2005 stage production of “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” Amanda Peet, Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Juliette Lewis, Denis Leary and Lucy Liu.
Childhood and Family:
“My mother, for several years, was a struggling young single mother with me. I drew so much from her.” Callie Thorne
Daughter of a celebrity astrologer, Karen Thorne, Calliope Silver Thorne, who would later be popular as Callie Thorne, was born on November 20, 1969, in New York City, New York. She grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in 1987. She furthered her studies at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, from which she received a degree in theatre and dramatic literature. Callie also attended The Lee Strasberg Institute in New York.
Playing the role of Anita in her high school production of “West Side Story,” Callie Thorne went on to become a full-fledged stage performer thanks to her work with the NYC acting troupe Naked Angles and the Malaparte Theater Company. Actor Ethan Hawke directed her in the Malaparte production of “Veins and Thumbtacks,” a play by Jonathan Mark Sherman. Thorne also had roles in such stage productions as the Philip Seymour Hoffman-helmed “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” opposite Sam Rockwell and Eric Bogosian, “Joe Fearless,” “Gone Home,” and “The Country Club.”
Billed as Calliope Thorne, the dark haired actress broke into the big screen in 1996 when she landed a small role in John Walsh's critically acclaimed independent comedy “Ed's Next Move,” which starred Matt Ross. She then appeared in Robert Butler's “Turbulence” (1997, with Ray Liotta and Lauren Holly), Brad Anderson's “Next Stop Wonderland” (1998, opposite Hope Davis and Philip Seymour Hoffman), Emily Baer's “Chocolate for Breakfast” (1998, with Isabel Gillies and Marin Hinkle) and “Giving It Up” (1999), an indie comedy starring Mark Feuerstein and Amy Redford and directed by Christopher Kublan.
Although she was a natural in front of film cameras, Thorne's career did not move to a higher level until she was hired to portray Laura Ballard on the NBC popular crime series “Homicide: Life on the Street.” As a seasoned homicide detective transferred to Baltimore from Seattle, she was on the show from 1997 to 1999.
Entering the new millennium, Thorne could be seen in “Wirey Spindell” (2000), a comedy directed, written by and starring Eric Schaeffer, Stephen Kinsella's “Double Parked” (2000), in which she starred as Rita Ronaldi, a single mother attempting to raise her son, and the Amanda Peet comedy vehicle “Whipped” (2000), where she had the important role of Liz. Also in 2000, she reprised her role of Detective Laura Ballard for the made-for-TV film “Homicide: The Movie,” and appeared in episodes of “Ed” and the critically appraised Comedy Central series “Strangers with Candy.”
Thorne next appeared in the comedy “Sidewalks of New York” (2001), directed and written by Edward Burns (also played the character of Tommy), and Tim McCann's thriller “Revolution 9” (also 2001), which also starred Michael Risley, Adrienne Shelly and Spalding Gray. The following year found her in the Robert De Niro/Billy Crystal box office flop “Analyze That,” where she appeared as FBI agent Cerrone, the festival-winning “Washington Heights” and the HBO original movie “Hysterical Blindness,” which was helmed by Mira Nair and starred Uma Thurman and Juliette Lewis. On TV, Thorne appeared in one episode of NBC's “Third Watch” and began her recurring role of Elena, the former wife of Baltimore Homicide Detective James McNulty (played by Dominic West), on the HBO series “The Wire.”
A guest star in two “Law & Order” spin-offs: “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2003-2004, as Nikki Staines) and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2004, as Sheila Bradley), Thorne gained attention with her role of Sheila Keefe, the widow of a firefighter, on the FX hit series “Rescue Me.” Costarring alongside Denis Leary, Mike Lombardi, Steven Pasquale, Andrea Roth and Daniel Sunjata, she appeared in the show on 49 episodes from 2004 to 2007.
Thorne also appeared in four episodes of the long-running medical series “ER” during the 2005-06 season, and in episodes of “Law & Order,” “The American Experience” (both 2006) and “Wainy Days” (2007). In 2006, she landed a recurring role on Fox's “Prison Break.”
Thorne revisited the big screen with roles in the 2005 films “Strangers with Candy,” “The F Word,” “Robin's Big Date” and “David & Layla” (played David Moscow's fiancée). She was next featured with Steve Buscemi, Gina Gershon and Alison Lohman in “Delirious” (2006) and supported Cillian Murphy and Lucy Liu in “Watching the Detectives” (2007), an uninteresting romantic comedy by Paul Soter.
Thorne's most recent film project is “Welcome to Academia,” which was filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the movie, she stars as Valery, opposite Jess Weixler as Sophie, James LeGros as Revis, and Matt Servitto as Weldman. The director of the comedy film is Kirk Davis, who also co-wrote the script with Elzbieta Szoka.