Kari Matchett stars in "Covert Affairs" on USA Network as Joan, the head of the CIA's Domestic Protection Division who happens to be married to Arthur (Peter Gallagher).

Kari Matchett (pronounced Kah'-ree Match'-it) starred in ABC's "Invasion" as the sexy, smart and very mysterious "Dr. Mariel Underlay," who is as intriguing as the activities that transpire around her. Married to the local sheriff (in addition to being the former wife of the town's park ranger), Matchett's character is front and center after she is found unconscious on the beach in this alien-attack adventure.

Matchett most recently had recurring roles in TNT's "Leverage" as Maggie Collins,  the Starz drama series "Crash" as Jules, NBC's "ER" as Dr. Skye Wexler, TNT's "Heartland" as Kate Armstrong, NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" as Mary Tate and FOX's "24" as Lisa Miller.

Matchett was born in the small rural town of Spalding, Saskatchewan, Canada, where passing motorists can now see a sign welcoming them to her birthplace. Her childhood was spent riding horses and running around on the prairies. With the nearest city almost two hours away, Spalding was the ideal place for a young girl to foster the imagination and creativity indicative of a talented artist. At the age of 7, she moved to Lethbridge, Alberta where she was drawn to dance, acting and music classes.

By the age of 12, Matchett's talent and striking looks blossomed, and soon she decided that she wanted to be an actor when she grew up. Her commitments to making this dream come true led her to Red Deer, Alberta, where she attended Red Deer College. She then got accepted to the prestigious National Theater School in Montreal where only 13 students are accepted annually out of over 1000 applicants. Kari furthered her education studying Chekhov at the Moscow Theater School in Russia.

As soon as Matchett graduated, she immediately started working in front of the camera. She landed the role of the beautiful, savvy hockey team president on the popular TV series "Power Play" where her performance earned her a Gemini nomination. After her second Gemini nomination for her performance in "A Colder Kind of Death," Matchett landed a role opposite Jennifer Lopez in "Angel Eyes."

She then portrayed a brittle wife in the Canadian box office smash "Men with Brooms," the great epic about the sport of curling, written and directed by Paul Gross and later starred opposite Timothy Hutton in the critically acclaimed A&E series, "Nero Wolfe."

For her performance in "Nero Wolfe," Matchett received an ACTRA Best Actress award nomination, which is the Canadian equivalent of a SAG award. Based on the Rex Stout novels, this versatile actress played a different character in nearly every episode. It was not her first time playing different roles in the same series. "Playing a different character in each episode means you are never bored or stereotyped. I read the script over and over again until the character becomes clear. Then I work on the vision, speech and walk… and the physicality emerges," explains the dedicated actress.

In what little spare time she has, Matchett enjoys playing guitar, singing, traveling and reading, as she has a passionate love for classic novels and poetry. In order to maintain her great shape, Matchett is an avid runner and also enjoys practicing yoga. She enjoys volunteering at women's shelters and dedicating her time to other causes such as the "Foster Parents Plan," which led to her own sponsorship of a foster child in Egypt.

Matchett's generosity, kind heart and uncompromising talent will only further her already successful career. With her role as "Dr. Mariel Underlay" on "Invasion" and her upcoming film "Civic Duty," she is sure to captivate audiences and become a household name in America.

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How tall is she? How old is she? Where does she live? Find out here.

Age: 47 years old
Birthday: March 25, 1970
Height: 5' 6"
Birthplace: Spalding, Saskatchewan, Canada
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Husband: T.W. Peacocke

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donna says:
Kari is a great actress. She is the glue that holds the show together. But the whole cast is fantastic. I hope Covert Affairs is around for a long time. I will watch the show as long as Kari and Piper are part of the cast..
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