Jack & Bobby
American actress of television and film who began her career as a dancer Keri Lynn Pratt broke into acting with her memorable role as Dee Vine on the film “Drive Me Crazy” (1999). Since then, she has collected a number of credits on both television and movies. The 1994 Miss Teen New Hampshire is perhaps best known to TV audiences as Missy Belknap on “Jack & Bobby (2004-2005). She also starred as Veronica Ridgeway on the TV comedy series “The Help” (2004) and has guested in such popular series as “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “ER,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Veronica Mars.” Her more recent film credits include “America's Sweethearts” (2001), “Fat Albert” (2004) and “The Surfer King” (2006).
Outside of acting, Pratt, who is also known for her distinctive, mousy voice, enjoys snowboarding and jet-skiing. She also continues her ballet studies.
Childhood and Family:
Keri Lynn Pratt was born on September 23, 1978, in Concord, New Hampshire. The youngest of three children, Keri studied ballet and jazz at the Hamstead Dance Academy, and after graduating from high school, she attended New York University, where she majored in business.
In 1994, Keri became Miss Teen New Hampshire. The same year, she also competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant. A former New Hampshire model, she later moved to Los Angeles to give acting a try.
The Surfer King
A student at the Hamstead Dance Academy, Keri Lynn Pratt started her career as a dancer. After high school, she danced at the famed Broadway Dance Center. It was in 1999 that the former Miss Teen New Hampshire got her start in acting. Pratt was cast in the role of Dee Vine on the teen comedy “Drive Me Crazy,” directed by John Schultz and starring Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting more professionally.
The following year, Pratt appeared in the comedy “Wirey Spindell,” supported Dominique Swain and Busy Philipps in the drama “The Smokers” and costarred with Robin Dunne, Sarah Thompson and Amy Adams in the direct-to-video-sequel “Cruel Intentions 2.” In 2001, she was cast the daughter of Christopher Walken on the Joe Roth-directed “America's Sweethearts,” which also starred Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cusack, Hank Azaria and Stanley Tucci, among other noted performers. Pratt went on to act in the forgettable thriller “Dead Above Ground” (2002) and the drama “A Midsummer Night's Rave” (2002). Meanwhile, on the small screen, she had guest roles in numerous TV series, including “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “ER” (both 2000), “That '70s Show” (2001) and “Maybe It's Me” (2002). She also starred in the NBC film “Class of '06” and played Jennifer Beals' new assistant in the TV-film “They Shoot Divas, Don't They?” (both 2002).
After other guest shots in series like “Boston Public,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Joan of Arcadia” and “The O.C” (all 2003), Pratt had a recurring role as Betsy Brewer on the “7th Heaven” and then starred as Veronica Ridgeway, the young spoiled daughter of the Ridgeway family on the WB's comedy, “The Help” (2004). Unfortunately for Pratt, “The Help” only had a short life, and was canceled after 7 episodes. Later that same year, she returned to series TV as a regular on the drama series “Jack & Bobby” (2004-2005), starring Matt Long and Logan Lerman in the titular characters. There she memorably portrayed Missy Belknap. Still in 2004, Pratt played Heather on the Fox feature “Fat Albert,” co-written by Bill Cosby and Charles Kipps.
Pratt costarred with Christy Carlson Romano for the made-for-TV film “Campus Confidential” (2005) before appearing as Lauren Westley on an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2005). She went on to have guest roles in “Stacked” (2005), “House M.D,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Bones” (all 2006) and recurring roles in “Brothers & Sisters” (2006, as Amber Trachtenberg) and “Veronica Mars” (2006, as Hallie Piatt). On the big screen front, she starred along side Randy Wayne on the comedy “The Surfer King” (2006), directed and written by Bernard Murray Jr..
On April 25, 2007, Pratt could be seen as Lisa Price on “In Sickness & in Health,” an episode of the 2001 crime/drama series “Crossing Jordan,” starring Jill Hennessy as sexy, brilliant Boston medical examiner Jordan Cavannaugh.