Callie Thorne

Calliope "Callie" Thorne (born November 20, 1969) is an American actress known for her role as Dr. Dani Santino on the USA Network series Necessary Roughness. She is also known for past work such as her roles on Homicide: Life on the Street as Detective Laura Ballard, a role she held for two seasons, and the movie Homicide: The Movie, as well as for playing Sheila Keefe on Rescue Me and Elena McNulty in The Wire.

Callie Thorne
Thorne at the premiere of Killer Movie at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008.
Calliope Thorne

(1969-11-20) November 20, 1969 (age 51)
Years active1996–present

Life and careerEdit

Thorne was born in Boston, Massachusetts of Armenian and English descent.[1][2] She studied theater and dramatic literature at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts and at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City.

In addition to Rescue Me, Thorne has made guest appearances on television series such as ER (2005–2006), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Silver Lining, (2004), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2003–2019), The Wire (2002–2008), Prison Break (2006), Royal Pains (2009), White Collar (2009), Burn Notice (2009–2010), Californication (2011), and Elementary (2012) among others.[citation needed]

In 1996, Thorne co-starred in the romantic comedy Ed's Next Move. In 1997 and 1998, she appeared as Det. Laura Ballard on the television series Homicide: Life on the Street and its subsequent TV movie. She has also had many small roles in film and TV movies and starred in the 1998 film, Chocolate for Breakfast.[citation needed]

She was the lead in the USA Network series Necessary Roughness, which premiered on June 29, 2011. She received a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Actress" for her role. The series remained on the air for three seasons. In 2012, she won Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama Series at the Gracie Allen Awards for her role.[3]

Thorne has also done work on stage, such as in the off-Broadway play The Country Club (1999), with Cynthia Nixon. Additionally, she appeared with Eric Bogosian and Sam Rockwell in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (2005), directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. She is set to portray Emme Haladjian in TNT upcoming horror series Breed.[4]

Thorne portrayed Captain Nancy Santiani on the NBC police procedural drama The Mysteries of Laura.[5] She left The Mysteries of Laura in 2016.



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Ed's Next Move Lee
1997 The Language of Love Jill Short film
Turbulence Laura
1998 Next Stop Wonderland Cricket
Chocolate for Breakfast Nina
1999 Giving It Up Rex
2000 Wirey Spindell Tabitha
Double Parked Rita Ronaldi
Whipped Liz
2001 Sidewalks of New York Sue
Revolution #9 Stephanie
2002 Washington Heights Raquel
Analyze That Agent Cerrone
Stella Shorts: Yoga Yoga Instructor Short film
2003 This Is Not a Film Callie
2005 Strangers with Candy Teacher
The F Word Stephanie
Robin's Big Date Kate
David & Layla Abby
2006 Jimmy Blue Gina Short film
Delirious Gabi
2007 Watching the Detectives Marcia
2009 Around the Block Paula Short film
Welcome to Academia Valery
2010 Meet My Boyfriend!!! Lisa Short film
Nice Guy Johnny Roseanne


Year Title Role Notes
1997–1999 Homicide: Life on the Street Laura Ballard Main role; 44 episodes
2000 Strangers with Candy School Nurse "Bully"
Ed Judy Kellman "Home Is Where the Ducks Are"
Homicide: The Movie Laura Ballard TV film
2001 The $treet Sabrina McKee "Past Performance"
More, Patience Mia TV film
2002 Third Watch Jimmy's Friend "Transformed"
Hysterical Blindness Carolann TV film
2002–2008 The Wire Elena McNulty Recurring role; 12 episodes
2003 Titletown TV film
2003-2019 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Nikki Staines Recurring role; 7 episodes
2004–2011 Rescue Me Sheila Keefe Main role; 93 episodes
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sheila Bradley "Silver Lining"
2005–2006 ER Jodie Kenyon "Two Ships", "All About Christmas Eve", "If Not Now", "Quintessence of Dust" & "Darfur"
2006 Law & Order Attorney Stuart "Avatar"
2006–2008 Prison Break Pam Mahone Recurring role; 8 episodes
2007 Wainy Days Mary "Cyrano d'Bluetooth"
2009 Royal Pains Allison Moore "TB or Not TB"
2009-2010 Burn Notice Natalie Rice "Friends Like These" & "Hot Property"
2009 White Collar Maria Fiametta "Book of Hours"
2011 Californication Sasha Bingham's Mom "Lights, Camera, Asshole"
2011–2013 Necessary Roughness Dr. Danielle "Dani" Santino Main role
2012 Elementary Terry D'Amico "One Way to Get Off"
2015 & 2020 NCIS: New Orleans Sasha Broussard Episodes: "Baitfish", "More Now", "How Much Pain Can You Take?" & "A Changed Woman"
2015–2016 The Americans Tori Episodes: "Dimebag", "Born Again" & "Glanders"
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Cat Zakarian Episodes: "Tattoo You", "Rolling in the Deep" & "Bang Bang"
The Mysteries of Laura Captain Nancy Santiani Season 2 regular; 15 episodes
2016 Angel from Hell Linda (Kelly's Mother) Episode: "Soulmates"
2017 At Home with Amy Sedaris Dr. Claire Shanks Episode: "Gift Giving"
2019 Blue Bloods Maggie Gibson Episodes: "Ripple Effect", "Common Enemies" & "The Real Deal"


  1. ^ Pergament, Alan (January 30, 1998). "A Naked Angel Touched the Acting Career of 'Homicide's' Callie Thorne". The Buffalo News. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  2. ^ Kevonian, Tamar (September–October 2011). "A Recipe for Television Fame". Yerevan Magazine. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "2012 Gracie Awards". Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  4. ^ "Callie Thorne Ready to Breed for TNT". Dread Central. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "'Mysteries of Laura' casts 'Rescue Me' alum as new foil". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 24, 2015.

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