Kirsten Nelson (born October 3, 1970) is an American actress and director.
Nelson at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con
October 3, 1970
Enid, Oklahoma, U.S.
Born in Enid, Oklahoma, though raised in Chicago. Nelson grew up playing the piano and singing, and has said "I wanted to be a concert pianist at Carnegie Hall, that is what I wanted to do from really early on." Nelson graduated from Northwestern University and became a founding member of Chicago's Roadworks Theatre Ensemble before moving to Los Angeles in 1995.
Nelson's career includes roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (as Lorraine), The O'Keefes (as Ellie O'Keefe), Baby's Day Out, The Fugitive, Frasier, Ally McBeal, The West Wing, Just Shoot Me! and Boy Meets World. Most recently, she played Danielle Bishop on K.C. Undercover.
|1994||Baby's Day Out||Woman in Park|
|1997||Three Women of Pain||Lani||Short|
|2005||War of the Worlds||Businesswoman|
|1994||The Untouchables||Daisy||Episode: "The Last Gauntlet"|
|1996||Ned and Stacey||Wife||Episode: "The Other End"|
|1997||Chicago Sons||Lisa||Episode: "Love in the Time of Cicadas"|
|1997||Temporarily Yours||Chrystle||Episode: "Independence Day"|
|1997||The Practice||Judy Burke||Episode: "The Civil Right"|
|1999||The Pretender||ATF Agent Beth Swik||Episode: "Flesh & Blood"|
|1999||Boy Meets World||Jessica||Episode: "Cutting the Cord"|
|1999||Thanks||Polly Winthrop||Main role|
|2000||Pensacola: Wings of Gold||Sgt. Carol Davis / Davidson||Episode: "Answered Prayers"|
|2001||Just Shoot Me!||Helen||Episode: "Sid & Nina"|
|2001||The West Wing||Dolores Landingham (young)||Episode: "Two Cathedrals"|
|2002||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Lorraine Ross||Episodes: "Doublemeat Palace", "Normal Again"|
|2002||Ally McBeal||Connie Dekumbis||Episode: "Tom Dooley"|
|2003, 2005||Everwood||Ellie Beals||Episodes: "Three Miners from Everwood", "Where the Heart Is"|
|2003||The O'Keefes||Ellie O'Keefe||Main role|
|2004||Frasier||Ellie||Episode: "Match Game"|
|2004||Stuck in the Suburbs||Susan Aarons||TV film|
|2005||Without a Trace||Ms. MacPherson||Episode: "Party Girl"|
|2005||Malcolm in the Middle||Jeanie||Episode: "Mrs. Tri-County"|
|2005||Mrs. Harris||TV Interviewer||TV film|
|2006||The Ant Bully||Hova / Generic Ant (voice)||Video game|
|2006–2014||Psych||Karen Vick||Main role|
|2008||Eli Stone||Dana Asbury||Episode: "Heartbeat"|
|2010||Ghost Whisperer||Sarah Davidson||Episode: "Lethal Combination"|
|2012||Parenthood||Mrs. Ellis||Episode: "It Is What It Is"|
|2012||NCIS||Beth Banks||Episode: "Psych Out"|
|2012||Warehouse 13||Judy Giltoy||Episode: "No Pain No Gain"|
|2014||Saint George||Ms. Sloan||Episode: "School's Out"|
|2015||Bones||Nina Slocum||Episode: "The Donor in the Drink"|
|2015||NCIS: New Orleans||Vivienne Lambert||Episode: "Confluence"|
|2017||Psych: The Movie||Karen Vick||TV film|
|2018||K.C. Undercover||Danielle Bishop||Episodes: "The Domino Effect", "Domino: Parts 2–4"|
|2020||Psych: The Movie 2||Karen Vick||TV film|
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- Rockett, Darcel. "NU alumna Kirsten Nelson reprises her chief role in 'Psych: The Movie'". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
- "Kristen Nelson alias Karen Vick on Psych - USA Network". 23 May 2013.
- "Mind games continue with more 'Psych'". The Hollywood Reporter. September 17, 2007.
- Golden, Christopher (2017-10-03). Buffy the Vampire Slayer 20 Years of Slaying: The Watcher's Guide Authorized. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781534404168.
- "Kirsten Nelson joins Alexander comedy". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
- "Baby's Day Out | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
- Willis, John; Monush, Barry (2000-02-01). Screen World 1994. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9781557832023.
- "Kirsten Nelson | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
- Challen, Paul (2001). Inside the West Wing: An Unauthorized Look at Television's Smartest Show. ECW Press. ISBN 9781550224689.
- Favre, Jeff (January 2008). "Psyched about her work: Actor enjoys 'chief' role in comedy". The Lutheran. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
- "Kirsten Nelson Family Moments Reflect Family Life". liverampup.com. Liverampup. Retrieved 8 October 2018.