Sheila Kelley

Actor, Dancer, Screenwriter
A talented, poised and pretty young performer of film and TV since the late 1980s, Sheila Kelley turned to acting after a congenital hip condition dimmed her hopes for a career as a professional dancer. Spontaneous yet ... Read more »
Born: 10/09/1961 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

Last Weekend 2014 (Movie)

Vivian (Actor)

The Guest 2014 (Movie)

Laura Peterson (Actor)

Gossip Girl 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

NCIS 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bloodworth 2011 (Movie)

Louise Halfacre (Actor)

Hawaii Five-O 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Sopranos 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mozart and the Whale 2004 (Movie)

Janice (Actor)

Matchstick Men 2003 (Movie)

Kathy (Actor)

The Division 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancing At the Blue Iguana 2001 (Movie)

Stormy (Actor)

Family Law 1991 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1989 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurse Betty 2000 (Movie)

Joyce (Actor)

ER 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Sandford's Mind Prey 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1991 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Santa Fe 1998 (Movie)

Lea (Actor)

Sisters 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Secretary 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Wings 1991 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Passion to Kill 1994 (Movie)

Beth (Actor)

Mona Must Die 1994 (Movie)

Rachel McSternberg (Actor)

Private Debts 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Passion Fish 1992 (Movie)

Kim (Actor)

Singles 1992 (Movie)

Debbie Hunt (Actor)

Pure Luck 1991 (Movie)

Valerie (Actor)

Soapdish 1991 (Movie)

Fran (Actor)

The Chase 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Mortal Passions 1990 (Movie)

Adele (Actor)

The Last of the Finest 1990 (Movie)

Daly Baby (Actor)

Where the Heart Is 1990 (Movie)

Sheryl (Actor)

Breaking In 1989 (Movie)

Carrie (Actor)

Some Girls 1989 (Movie)

Irenka (Actor)

Staying Together 1989 (Movie)

Beth Harper (Actor)

The Fulfillment of Mary Gray 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Deconstructing Sarah (TV Show)

Actor

The Betty Ford Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Jennie Project (TV Show)

Actor

Tonight's the Night (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A talented, poised and pretty young performer of film and TV since the late 1980s, Sheila Kelley turned to acting after a congenital hip condition dimmed her hopes for a career as a professional dancer. Spontaneous yet disciplined, Kelley has received good notices in both comedies and dramas. She was widely seen in a recurring role as cunning legal secretary Gwen Taylor late in the run of the popular legal drama "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1990-93). For the final season of the NBC drama "Sisters" (NBC, 1995-96), Kelley assumed the role of Charley from actress Jo Anderson.

Relationships

Catherine Jane Holway Kelley

Mother

J Kelley

Father
worked in the mining industry moved family every two years until his youngest daughter Sheila was 11

Richard Schiff Actor

Husband
First met in the early 1980s when she auditioned for a role in a play he was directing in NYC reconnected years later; married in 1996

Richard Schiff

Husband
met in the 1980s when she auditioned for a play he was directing reconnected in the 1990s when both were living in L.A. married in 1996

Ruby Schiff

Daughter
born in August 2000 father, Richard Schiff

Augustus Schiff

Son
born in November 1994

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York
Tisch School of the Arts; dropped out when, at age 18, a congenital hip condition stalled a dancing career; returned after a period of melancholia, joined the Theater and Film department to study acting but was frustrated by uninspired teaching methods; transferred to the film program

New York University

New York , New York
Tisch School of the Arts; dropped out when, at age 18, a congenital hip condition stalled a dancing career; returned after a period of melancholia, joined the Theater and Film department to study acting but was frustrated by uninspired teaching methods; transferred to the film program

studied acting in NYC with Michael Howard

graduated early from high school

New York University

New York , New York
Tisch School of the Arts; dropped out when, at age 18, a congenital hip condition stalled a dancing career; returned after a period of melancholia, joined the Theater and Film department to study acting but was frustrated by uninspired teaching methods; transferred to the film program

Milestones

2000

Was one of the producers of the film "Dancing at the Blue Iguana", featuring Darryl Hannah and directed by Michael Radford

2000

Seen briefly in the comedy "Nurse Betty"

1999

Acted in the ABC adapation of "John Sandford's 'Mind Prey'"

1996

Appeared in supporting role in "One Fine Day"

1994

First starring role in a TV-movie, "Deconstructing Sarah", a USA mystery

1990

Played secretary Gwen Taylor, a recurring character on "L.A. Law" often involved with Corbin Bernsen's Arnie Becker

1989

First TV guest shot, "thirtysomething"

1989

First feature lead, Bill Forsyth's "Breaking In"

1989

US film debut, Lee Grant's "Staying Together"

1988

North American film debut, "Some Girls", a Canadian co-production

1988

Moved to Los Angeles

1987

TV-movie debut, "Tonight's the Night", an ABC comedy-drama about one weekend in a singles bar

1987

Feature debut, a small part in the British teen comedy "Wish You Were Here"

1979

Moved to NYC at age 16 (date approximate)

1963

Born in Greenberg, Pennsylvania

Danced solo with the Westmoreland Ballet Company in Pennsylvania

Relocated to the New Jersey shore with family

Endured a period of extreme melancholia

Moved to the Appalachians with family

With the Group, appeared on stage in "Lovers", "Winners", "The Taming of the Shrew", and "Am I Blue"; also wrote and directed several small films

Formed her own theater company, The Elephant Group, based in NYC

Moved to the Alleghenies with family

Lived in Philadelphia with family

Stage debut, The Elephant Group production of Chekhov's "The Seagull"

Won a dance competition; accepted into the dance program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

Frustrated by the teaching methods of the acting program, transferred to the film school

Studied dance for a year at NYU until a congenital hip condition forced her to stop

Played Charley Reed (replacing Jo Anderson) on "Sisters" (NBC)

Returned to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts to study acting

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