Stepfanie Kramer

Witches watch out: Charles Meade's mother is coming to town!

Stepfanie Kramer has signed on for an episode of The Secret Circle, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. The 55-year-old actress, best known for her role as Dee Dee McCall on NBC's Hunter, will portray Kate Meade, the equally complicated and strong mother of Charles (Gale Harold) and grandmother to Diana (Shelley Hennig).

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Kate, who will first appear in Episode 10, is described as the kind of woman who can warm you with a smile but freeze you with a single glare, which is unfortunate for Charles, who will get caught in the middle of Dawn (Natasha Henstridge) and Kate's hatred for one another. Maybe Charles learned his people skills from mommy?

The Secret Circle airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.