Kelli Williams

Actress
A steadily working television actress from the time she was a teenager, Kelli Williams went on to build a career in primetime procedural dramas thanks to a breakout role as junior partner Lindsay Dole in the ... Read more »
Born: 06/07/1970 in Beverly Hills, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (54)

NCIS 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Army Wives 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Any Day Now 2012 (Movie)

Miss Flemming (Actor)

Criminal Minds 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lie to Me 2008 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mentalist 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Space Between 2009 (Movie)

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Gossip 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Men in Trees 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2001 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Civil Wars 1989 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 1989 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Party of Five 1994 - 1995, 2001 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Quantum Leap 1989 - 1992, 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sisters 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1995, 2001 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Medical Investigation 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Third Watch 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 1997 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elvis Lives 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Hack 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scrubs 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

It's A Shame About Ray 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

2nd Annual TV Guide Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Flowers for Algernon 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Kismet 1998 (Movie)

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New York News 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Earth 2 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

There Goes My Baby 1994 (Movie)

Sunshine (Actor)

Wavelength 1994 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

Crime & Punishment 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Jones 1993 (Movie)

Kelli (Actor)

A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

But He Loves Me 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Curse of the Corn People 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Out on the Edge 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Zapped Again 1989 (Movie)

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A Boyfriend for Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Flowers For Algernon (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

For Their Own Good (TV Show)

Actor

Lifepod (TV Show)

Actor

Mary & Tim (TV Show)

Actor

Murder on Pleasant Drive (TV Show)

Actor

Switched at Birth (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A steadily working television actress from the time she was a teenager, Kelli Williams went on to build a career in primetime procedural dramas thanks to a breakout role as junior partner Lindsay Dole in the award-winning legal drama "The Practice" (ABC, 1997- 2004). She went on to consistently deliver the goods as likable, highly educated career women in "Medical Investigation" (NBC, 2004-05) and Fox's slightly offbeat "Lie to Me" (Fox, 2009- ), endearing herself to fans with her realistic acting style, believable smarts, and natural beauty.

Williams was born on June 8, 1970, to television actress, Shannon Wilcox, and raised in Los Angeles. She first appeared onscreen in television commercials when she was a baby, and went on to do more commercial work throughout her childhood. So ingrained was showbiz from an early age that she was ready to embark on her acting career following her graduation from Beverly Hills High in 1988. She scored big right out of the gate with a recurring role on the NBC sitcom "Day By Day" in 1989, as well as another recurring role as the high school sweetheart of an as-yet-undiscovered Elvis in the ABC drama series, "Elvis" (1989-90). She went on to take the lead as a teenager coping with the end of an abusive relationship in "But He Loved Me" (CBS, 1991), and expanded her resume to include other TV movies including the fact-based "Snowbound: The Jon and Jennifer Stolpa Story" (CBS 1994). At long last, Williams landed her first regular series role playing an ambitious but untrained intern at a tabloid in the short-lived CBS drama, "New York News" (1995).

Williams landed occasional film roles, including a prototypical flower child named Sunshine in "There Goes My Baby" (1994), but television proved to be her best outlet. After nearly a decade of steady small screen appearances, she finally got the chance to settle into a regular primetime role on "The Practice." Playing a recent law school graduate negotiating the perils and pitfalls of defending clients while her best friend serves as the prosecutor, the actress brought a strong sense of naiveté tempered with the appropriate chutzpah. Effervescent co-star Camryn Manheim had the flashier role, but Williams proved just as capable, whether negotiating an inter-office romance or taking on her former mentor in court. In 1999, 2000 and 2001, Williams and the rest of the show's cast were honored with an Outstanding Ensemble nomination from the Screen Actor's Guild for delivering quality drama.

After five years on the show - which included her character enduring three stalkers, an overturned murder conviction, a marriage and a divorce - Williams was unceremoniously cut from the cast of the flagging series but her solid reputation with serious, professional women led to her immediate casting as a member of an elite medical research team on the NBC medical drama "Medical Investigation." When that series proved to be short-lived, Williams rebounded with a recurring role on the Anne Heche-centered quirky dramedy, "Men in Trees" (ABC, 2006-08) and was back in the spotlight as the co-star of "Lie to Me" (Fox, 2009- ). The moody Fox drama focused on the world's leading deception expert Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) and his partner Dr. Gillian Foster (Williams), a behavioral expert, and the pair's investigations into a variety of criminal cases. The show debuted in early 2009 with critical favor.

Relationships

Shannon Wilcox

Mother
Divorced from Kelli's father when she was 13

Ajay Sahgal

Husband
Married in 1996

Sarame Sahgal

Daughter
Born on February 3, 2001 father, Ajay Sahgal

Kiran Sahgal

Son
Born on April 26, 1998 father, Ajay Sahgal

Ravi Sahgal

Son
Born on July 11, 2003 father, Ajay Sahgal

John Williams

Father
Divorced from Kelli's mother when she was 13

EDUCATION

Beverly Hills High School

Beverly Hills , California 1988

Milestones

2009

Cast as Dr. Gillian Foster in the FOX series, "Lie to Me"

2007

Had a recurring role on ABC's "Men in Trees" as Julia, a love interest for Jack (James Tupper)

2004

Played Dr. Natalie Durant on the NBC medical drama, "Medical Investigation"

2003

Had a recurring role in the short-lived NBC series, "The Lyon's Den," as Attorney Monica Crane

2002

Appeared in two episodes of NBC's "Scrubs"

1998

Appeared alongside her husband in the short film, "Kismet"

1997

Cast as newly-minted lawyer Lindsay Dole on ABC's legal drama, "The Practice"

1995

Debuted as a series regular in the short-lived CBS drama, "New York News," playing an ambitious intern at a tabloid newspaper

1994

Acted opposite Dermot Mulroney and Rick Schroder in "There Goes My Baby"

1994

Played the female lead, opposite Neil Patrick Harris, in the CBS movie, "Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story"

1993

Had a small role in "Mr. Jones," starring Richard Gere and Lena Olin

1992

Cast in the Los Angeles production of "Wrong Turn at Lungfish," with George C. Scott and Tony Danza; show moved off-Broadway in 1993

1992

Cast in the CBS TV-movies, "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story" and its sequel, "Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter"

1991

Played the leading role in the CBS TV-movie, "But He Loved Me"

1990

Had a recurring role on the short-lived ABC series, "Elvis," as Mattie Walker, the high school sweetheart

1990

First film was the straight-to-video, "Zapped Again"

1989

Made TV debut in NBC's "Day by Day" in the recurring role of Ross' girlfriend

1989

Appeared in first TV-movie, "The Case of the Hillside Strangler" (NBC)

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