Canadian actress Jewel Staite has been performing since she was six years old, working as a child model before being cast in several television movies. Staite had her first big break when she was cast as Amy Jacobs, a young kidnap victim with psychic abilities, on the hit sci-fi television show "The X-Files." In 1996, Staite mined similar territory playing Catalina, a native of one of Saturn's moons, on the kid's sc-fi show "Space Cases." Staite continued to work on children's television through the 1990s, on the junior-high sitcom "Flash Forward," and as Tiara Vanhorn on "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show." In 2000, Staite acted in over 20 episodes of the teen drama "Higher Ground," and at the same time played Gabriella Da Vinci in the mystery series "Da Vinci's Inquest." Staite's best-known roles include Kaylee Frye on the short-lived but critically accalimed "Firefly" from 2002, and Dr. Jennifer Keller on the sci-fi show "Stargate Atlantis," which ran from 2004 to 2009.
Cast (Feature Film)
Made her acting debut in the TV movie "Posing: Inspired by Three Real Stories"
Appeared in the TV movie "The Only Way Out" starring John Ritter and Henry Winkler
Made her feature film debut in "Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain" starring Christina Ricci and Anna Chlumsky
Earned a Gemini nomination for her role as Becca in the Disney show "Flash Forward"
Made her series regular debut, at age 12, in Nickelodeon's "Space Cases"
Played Gabriella Da Vinci in the crime drama "Da Vinci's Inquest" (CBS)
Cast as Daisy Lipenowski in the Fox series "Higher Ground"
Cast as Kaylee Frye in FOX's science fiction series "Firefly," created, written and directed by Joss Whedon
Cast in Andrew Gurland's romantic comedy "Cheats"
Resumed her role as Kaylee Frye for Joss Whedon's feature adaptation "Serenity," based on his sci-fi series "Firefly"