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Moira Kelly Biography

Birth Place:
Queens, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Hails from a musical family and is an accomplished violinist, drummer and flutist
  • Caught the acting bug in high school while appearing in a production of the musical Annie
  • Made her professional acting debut in the 1991 TV flick Love, Lies and Murder; also in 1991 appeared in the theatrical films The Boy Who Cried Bitch and Billy Bathgate
  • Breakout year was 1992 when she snatched her first leading role as a figure skater in The Cutting Edge, played dual roles opposite Robert Downey Jr
  • in Chaplin, and replaced Lara Flynn Boyle in David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
  • Provided the voice of Nala in Disney's 1994 feature The Lion King
  • TV notoriety came when cast as media consultant Mandy Hampton on the first season of The West Wing in 1999
  • Achieved lasting TV success as single mom Karen Roe on One Tree Hill


  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner


  • Ella Hewitt -- Daughter
  • Peter Kelly -- Father
  • Steve Hewitt -- Husband
  • Anne Kelly -- Mother
  • Eamon Hewitt -- Son