Robertson at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||July 8, 1973|
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Spouse(s)||Chris Cowles (m. 2004)|
Kathleen Robertson (born July 8, 1973) is a Canadian actress and writer. She is best known for her roles as Tina Edison in the Canadian sitcom Maniac Mansion (1990–1993) and as Clare Arnold in the Fox teen drama series Beverly Hills, 90210 (1994–1997). Robertson also starred in a number of films, and from 2011 to 2012 played the role of Kitty O'Neill in the Starz political drama series Boss. From 2014 to 2016, Robertson starred as homicide detective Hildy Mulligan in the TNT series Murder in the First. In 2019, she played a main character in the series Northern Rescue.
Robertson was born in Hamilton, Ontario and attended Sherwood Secondary School and Hillfield Strathallan College, a local private school. She started taking acting classes when she was ten and had roles in local theatre productions. Her first television appearances were in The Campbells, My Secret Identity and E.N.G.
From 1990 to 1993, Robertson starred as Tina Edison, the eldest of three children of Dr. Fred Edison (Joe Flaherty), on the Canadian sitcom Maniac Mansion. This role earned her two nominations for Young Artist Awards. She appeared in several small films and television shows, and did not debut on the big screen until her small role in the 1992 thriller film Blown Away, opposite Corey Haim and Nicole Eggert. She also made her American debut in the 1992 made-for-television movie, Quiet Killer, co-starring Kate Jackson.
In 1994, Robertson was cast in the series regular role of Clare Arnold in the Fox teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210. She starred in the show from 1994 to 1997, during seasons four to seven. In 1997, her ex-boyfriend, director Gregg Araki cast her as Lucifer, one of a group of bored, alienated, and very horny Los Angeles teens in the black comedy drama film Nowhere. She later had a role in his other film, called Splendor (1999). Robertson also has appeared in several films during her career. She appeared opposite Luke Wilson in romantic comedy Dog Park (1998), in Sally Field's directed comedy-drama Beautiful (2000), and the parody movie Scary Movie 2 (2001). She later had more serious roles with the 2002 independent drama film XX/XY, opposite Mark Ruffalo. In the same year, Robertson played the role of Evelyn Dick, a Canadian convicted murderer, whose trial remains the most sensationalized event in Canadian criminal history, in the made-for-television movie, Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story. Robertson was nominated for a Gemini Award for her performance in the film.
In 2002, Robertson starred as one of the leads in the short-lived Fox legal drama series Girls Club created by David E. Kelley. She later appeared in a number of independent films, and had guest-starring roles on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Medium, CSI: Miami, and Rookie Blue. In 2006, she appeared in Hollywoodland opposite Adrien Brody. From 2006 to 2007, she had the leading role in the Canadian comedy series, The Business. In 2007, she starred in the Syfy miniseries Tin Man as the primary antagonist of the story.
In 2011, she was cast as Kitty O'Neill, Tom Kane's personal aide alongside Kelsey Grammer in the Starz original drama series Boss. The series was cancelled after two seasons in late 2012. Robertson also starred in a number of made-for-television movies in recent years, primarily for Lifetime network, including Last Exit (2006), and Time of Death (2013). In 2013, Robertson portrayed the wife of hockey legend Gordie Howe in the made-for-television movie, Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story. The biopic first aired in late April on CBC, and then made its US debut on the Hallmark Channel the first week in May.
In 2013, Robertson was cast as a lead in the TNT detective drama series Murder in the First co-created by Steven Bochco which debuted on June 9, 2014. She plays the role of Hildy Mulligan, a homicide detective and single mother. In the same year she starred in the thriller film The Vatican Tapes that was released on February 27, 2015, and was cast in recurring role as Jodi Morgan for the second season of A&E drama series Bates Motel. In 2015, Robertson had the leading role alongside Eric Dane in the four-hour miniseries The Fixer.
In 2010s, Robertson switched from acting to screenwriting. In 2015, Robertson completed the Writers Guild’s Showrunners Training Program, where she was mentored by former WGA West president John Wells. In 2017 she began adapting The Possibilities, Kaui Hart Hemmings’ follow up novel to The Descendents about a grieving Colorado mother whose son was killed in a skiing avalanche and then starts a friendship with a mysterious young girl. She writing feature drama film based on Chris Cleave’s novel, Little Bee starring Julia Roberts. In 2016, she began developing Swimming With Sharks, a series based on the 1994 Hollywood satire film. The series set to debut in 2020 on Quibi. She also created comedy-drama pilot Your Time Is Up for Lifetime with Christina Applegate was attached to star.
Robertson has been married to film producer Chris Cowles since 2004. She gave birth to her first child, a son named William Robert Cowles, on July 9, 2008, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In October 2016, Robertson gave birth to her second son, Bennett.
|1992||Lapse of Memory||Patrick (Melody)|
|1992||Liar's Edge||Bobby Swaggart|
|1992||Quiet Killer||Sara Dobbs||Television film|
|1993||Survive the Night||Julie||Television film|
|1993||Blown Away||Darla Hawkes|
|1994||In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance||Susan Williams||Television film|
|1998||I Woke Up Early the Day I Died||Ticket Girl||Cameo|
|2000||Psycho Beach Party||Rhonda|
|2000||Beautiful||Wanda Love, Miss Tennessee|
|2001||Scary Movie 2||Theo||Nominated — Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female Performance|
|2001||Speaking of Sex||Grace|
|2001||I Am Sam||Big Boy Waitress|
|2002||Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story||Evelyn Dick||Television film|
Nominated — Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
|2003||I Love Your Work||Swoosh Journalist|
|2003||In the Dark||Rachel Speller||Television film|
|2004||Until the Night||Elizabeth|
|2005||51/50 Mall Cop||Donna|
|2006||Last Exit||Beth Welland||Television film|
Nominated — Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
|2006||Hollywoodland||Carol Van Ronkel|
|2008||The Terrorist Next Door||Nicole||Television film|
|2009||Not Since You||Amy Smith|
|2010||A Night for Dying Tigers||Jules|
|2011||Down the Road Again||Betty-Jo|
|2012||Three Days in Havana||Emily|
|2012||Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden||Vivian Hollins|
|2013||Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story||Colleen Howe||Television film|
|2013||Time of Death||Jordan Price||Television film|
|2015||The Vatican Tapes||Dr. Richards|
|1986||The Campbells||Dorothea Spencer||Episode: "A Man of Means"|
|1988||My Secret Identity||Jennifer||Episode: "Grounded"|
|1990||C.B.C.'s Magic Hour||Cynthia Bundy||Episode: "The Prom"|
|1990–1993||Maniac Mansion||Tina Edison||Series regular, 65 episodes|
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Co-starring in an Off-Primetime or Cable Series (1991–92)
|1993||The Hidden Room||Anne Morrison||Episode: "Passages"|
|1994||Heaven Help Us||Episode: "Upstairs, Upstairs"|
|1994–1997||Beverly Hills, 90210||Clare Arnold||Series regular, 99 episodes|
|1995||Burke's Law||Tracy Bird||Episode: "Who Killed the World's Greatest Chef?"|
|2002||Girls Club||Jeannie Falls||Series regular, 9 episodes|
|2005||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Darla Pearson||Episode: "View from Up Here"|
|2006||Medium||Diana Marvin / Kathy||Episode: "Ghost in the Machine"|
|2006–2007||The Business||Julia Sullivan||Series regular, 12 episodes|
Nominated — Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Series (2007)
|2007||Tin Man||Azkadellia||TV miniseries|
|2009||Flashpoint||Helen Mitchell||Episode: "Custody"|
|2010||CSI: Miami||Kayla Pennington||Episode: "Meltdown"|
|2011||Rookie Blue||Leslie Atkins||Episode: "Best Laid Plans"|
|2011–2012||Boss||Kitty O'Neill||Series regular, 18 episodes|
|2013||Cracked||Erin||Episode: "White Knight"|
|2014||Bates Motel||Jodi Morgan||Recurring role, 5 episodes|
|2014–2016||Murder in the First||Hildy Mulligan||Series regular, 32 episodes|
Nominated – Golden Maple Award for Best Actress in a TV series broadcast in the U.S. (2015)
|2015||The Fixer||Ellie||TV miniseries|
|2019||Northern Rescue||Charlie Anders||Series regular|
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