Life Goes On
“I wouldn't want to be a superstar like Julia Roberts or Madonna and be on the cover of 'US' magazine when I'm twenty. That's how you know you're really hot. I'd rather have a long respected career.” Kellie Martin
Actress Kellie Martin is perhaps best known for portraying Becca Thacher on the ABC series “Life Goes On” (1989-1993), from which she won two Young Artist Awards, a Q Award from the Viewers for Quality Television and an Emmy nomination, and as medical resident Lucy Knight on the hit NBC series “ER” (1998-2000). More recently, she is popular as Samantha Kinsey on the TV movie series “Mystery Woman” for the Hallmark Channel. She also starred in the short-lived shows “Christy” (1994-1995) and “Crisis Center” (1997) and in a number of TV movies, including “A Friend to Die For” (NBC, 1994), “The Face on the Milk Carton” (CBS, 1995), “Hidden in Silence” (Lifetime, 1996), “Live Once, Die Twice” (Lifetime, 2006) and “Secret Past” (2007).
As for her personal life, Martin, who is recognized for her expressive blue eyes and wholesome smile, has been married to her college sweetheart Keith Christian since 1999. The couple has a little girl named Maggie (born in 2006). Before the marriage, the Riverside, California, native was romantically involved with Scott Weinger, whom she met when he guest starred on “Life Goes On.” They dated in 1993, but later broke up. She also once dated actor Joseph Lawrence.
Since the death of her sister in 1998 (died of Lupus), Martin has become a national spokesperson for the disease. She loves ballet and photography and is skilled at both.
Childhood and Family:
Kellie Noelle Martin was born on October 16, 1975, in Riverside, California, to Douglas and Debbie Martin. Her parents divorced in 1992. Kellie earned a degree in art history from Yale University in 2001. She also studied acting with Diane Hardin.
On May 15, 1999, Kellie married Keith Christian, whom she met at Yale while they were both students. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Margaret Heather Christian, on November 4, 2006. She is named after Kellie's younger sister, Heather Martin, who died of complications from lupus in 1998 at age 19.
Kellie Martin often entertained her family as a child. Thanks to the help of her Aunt Rhoda, who worked as a nanny for actor Michael Landon's kids, she made her acting debut in an episode of the NBC series “Father Murphy” (1982), which was produced by Landon. At the time, she was only seven years old. Four years later, she acted in her first TV movie, “Help Wanted: Kids,” a kid-friendly film that aired on ABC in 1986. Later that same year, she made her first motion picture as an adult in Penny Marshall's “Jumpin' Jack Flash,” starring Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Collins and John Wood. When she was a baby, she was also featured in the 1976 film “Pleasantville.”
Martin went on to have recurring roles in episodes of “Life with Lucy” (1986), “Valerie” (1987-1988), “My Two Dads” (1987-1988) and “thirtysomething” (1988), as well as provided the voice of Daphne Blake in four episodes of “A Pup Named Scooby-Doo” (1988) before working as a regular on the ABC family series “Life Goes On” (1989-1993). As the character Rebecca Thacher, she won consecutive Young Artists for Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series in 1991 and 1992, the Viewers for Quality Television's Q Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series in 1992 and a 1993 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
When the series came to an end, Martin starred in her own series, the CBS period drama “Christy” (1994-1995), opposite Tyne Daly. Based on the bestselling book by Catherine Marshall, the show, which saw Martin as a strong minded, idealistic young woman who leaves her city home to teach in the mountains of Tennessee in the early 1900s, was well accepted and scored a passionate fan base despite its quick cancellation. During that same period, Martin also appeared in the television movies “A Friend to Die For” (1994), “Someone Had Known” (1995) and “The Face on the Milk Carton” (1995). She then portrayed characters in Lifetime's “Hidden in Silence” (1996), “Her Last Chance” (1996), “Breaking Through” (1996) and “On the Edge of Innocence” (1997) before returning to series TV as a regular on NBC's “Crisis Center” (1997), where she played Kathy Goodman. The series, however, was axed after 6 episodes.
The following year saw Martin join the cast of the NBC long running medical series “ER” in the regular role of Lucy Knight. While on the show, she jointly nabbed three Screen Actors Guild nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and won one in 1999. She left “ER” in 2000 after the death of her sister.
After starring in the drama film “All You Need” (2001), Martin undertook the starring role of a rookie female detective in the Lifetime series “Fiona” (2002), which was adapted from Warren Adler's “The Fiona Fitzgerald Mysteries.” Unfortunately, the show never aired. She then starred in “Mystery Woman,” a Hallmark Channel movie about the proprietor of a bookshop who figures out actual crimes. Since then, she has reprised her role in ten “Mystery Woman” films for Hallmark, two of which she directed.
In 2006, Martin portrayed Nicole Lauker on “Live Once, Die Twice,” a Lifetime movie directed by Stefan Pleszczynski. In February 2007, she provided the voice of Oracle in the animated series “Batman” episode of “Artifacts.” More recently, she was cast as Nina St. Clair in the made-for-TV film “Secret Past” (2007).
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, “ER,” 1999
Viewers for Quality Television: Q Award, Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series, “Life Goes On,” 1992
Young Artist: Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series, “Life Goes On,” 1992
Young Artist: Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series, “Life Goes On,” 1991