Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe (born July 5, 1965) is an American actress known for her role as Detective Alexandra Eames on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, a spin-off of Law & Order, and death row inmate Shirley Bellinger in the HBO series Oz.
Erbe in 2016
Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe
July 5, 1965
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
(m. 1993; div. 2006)
While an undergraduate student at NYU, Erbe was cast as the daughter of Lynn Redgrave's character on the sitcom Chicken Soup. She later became a member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company and has starred in many of their productions, including A Streetcar Named Desire, Curse of the Starving Class, and The Grapes of Wrath, which ran for six months and won the 1990 Tony Award for Best Play. Erbe earned a Tony Award nomination in 1991 for her portrayal of Mary in The Speed of Darkness.
Erbe starred in such films as What About Bob?, Stir of Echoes, Rich in Love, and the independent films Dream with the Fishes, Love from Ground Zero, and Entropy. She played opposite David Caruso in Kiss of Death. She portrayed Shirley Bellinger on the HBO series Oz, to critical acclaim, and made a guest appearance on Homicide: Life on the Street in 1997. From 2001 to early 2010, she starred as Detective Alexandra Eames on the NBC/USA Network series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, alongside Vincent D'Onofrio.
In 2010, both Erbe and D'Onofrio left Criminal Intent. Erbe signed on to reprise the role of Detective Eames for the eight-episode final season of the series, joining Vincent D'Onofrio, who had already signed up to return as Detective Robert Goren. She has reprised the role in guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2014, Erbe appeared in an episode of Last Week Tonight parodying her role on Law & Order. She also recently played Fay Ambrose, the wife of Detective Harry Ambrose, in the USA Network's The Sinner.
|1989||Runaway Dreams||Denise Donaldson|
|1991||What About Bob?||Anna Marvin|
|1993||Rich in Love||Lucille Odom|
|1994||D2: The Mighty Ducks||Michele MacKay|
|1994||Breathing Lessons||Fiona||Television film|
|1995||The Addiction||Anthropology Student|
|1995||Kiss of Death||Rosie Kilmartin|
|1997||Dream with the Fishes||Liz|
|1997||George Wallace||Mrs. Folsom||Television film|
|1998||Love from Ground Zero||Alex|
|1998||Naked City: Justice with a Bullet||Sarah Tubbs||Television film|
|1999||Stir of Echoes||Maggie Witzky|
|2000||The Runaway||Evelyn Carnes||Television film|
|2001||Speaking of Sex||Helen|
|2010||3 Backyards||John's Wife|
|2011||Mother's House||Catherine||Short film|
|2011||The Love Guide||Cora|
|2014||Worst Friends||Sam's Mom|
|2015||Mistress America||Stevie Fishko|
|2017||Dating My Mother||Joan|
|2018||Assassination Nation||Rebecca Colson|
|1989||Chicken Soup||Patricia Reece||12 episodes|
|1997||Homicide: Life on the Street||Rita Hale||
Episode: "All Is Bright"
|1998–2003||Oz||Shirley Bellinger||17 episodes|
|2001–2011||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Det. Alexandra Eames||142 episodes|
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
|2012–2013||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Lt. Alexandra Eames||Recurring Role Season 14|
|2014||Last Week Tonight with John Oliver||Alexandra Eames||Episode: "Civil Forfeiture"|
|2015||Blue Bloods||Sharon Bennett||Episode: "Unsung Heroes"|
|2016||Elementary||Nancy Davenport||Episode: "Miss Taken"|
|2016||Conviction||Carla Macy||Episode: "Bad Deals"|
|2017–2018||How to Get Away with Murder||Jacqueline Roa||4 episodes: "Lahey v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania", "Live. Live. Live.", "Nobody Roots for Goliath", "Stay Strong, Mama" (Season 4)|
|2017||The Sinner||Fay Ambrose|
|2018||Pose||Dr. Gottfried||2 episodes|
|2018||The Gifted||Aunt Dane||Episode: "the dreaM"|
|1990||The Grapes of Wrath||Aggie Wainwright|
|1991||The Speed of Darkness||Mary||Nominated—Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play|
|1995||A Month in the Country||Verochka|
|2016||The Father||Anne||Broadway: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre|
- Virtual International Authority File use 1966 as the year of her birth. The U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993 for "Kathryn E. Erbe" of Massachusetts consistently uses "5 July 1965" using "property tax assessments, credit applications, and other records available to the public".
- Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe Pictures and Images, GettyImages.com; accessed November 8, 2016.
- Kathryn Erbe profile, filmreference.com; accessed November 8, 2016.
- Kathryn Erbe on IMDb
- Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe Leaving Law & Order: Criminal Intent, New York Magazine. September 26, 2009
- Kathryn Erbe Returns for Final Season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, TVbytheNumbers.Zap2it.com; accessed November 8, 2016.