Kathleen Robertson (born July 8, 1973) is a Canadian actress and producer. She is best known for her roles as Tina Edison in the Canadian sitcom Maniac Mansion(1990–1993), and as Clare Arnold in the Fox teen drama series Beverly Hills, 90210 (1994–1997). Robertson also starred in a number of films, and from 2011 to 2012 played the role of Kitty O'Neill in the Starz political drama series Boss. In 2014, Robertson is starring as homicide detective Hildy Mulligan in the TNT series Murder in the First.


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Life and career[edit]Edit

Early life and career[edit]Edit

[1][2]Robertson at 2008 Emmy Awards

Robertson was born in Hamilton, Ontario.[1] She attended Hillfield Strathallan College, a local private school. She started taking acting classes when she was ten, and had roles in local theater productions. Her first television guest appearances were in My Secret Identity andE.N.G..

From 1990 to 1993, Robertson starred as Tina Edison, the eldest of three children of Dr. Fred Edison (Joe Flaherty), on the Canadian sitcom Maniac Mansion. This role earned her two nominations for Young Artist Awards.[2] She appeared in several small films and television shows, and did not debut on the big screen until her small role in the 1992 thriller film Blown Away, opposite Corey Haim and Nicole Eggert.[3] She also made her American debut in the 1992 made for television movie, Quiet Killer, co-starring Kate Jackson.

In 1994, Robertson was cast in the series regular role of Clare Arnold in the Fox teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210. She starred in the show from 1994 to 1997, during seasons four to seven.[4] In 1997, her ex-boyfriend, director Gregg Araki cast her as Lucifer, one of a group of bored, alienated, and very horny Los Angeles teens in the black comedy drama filmNowhere.[3][5] She later had role in his another film, called Splendor (1999).[4] Robertson also has appeared in several films during her career. She appeared opposite Luke Wilson in romantic comedy Dog Park (1998), in Sally Field's directed comedy-drama Beautiful (2000), and the parody movie Scary Movie 2 (2001). She later had more serious roles with the 2002 independent drama film XX/XY, opposite Mark Ruffalo. In the same year, Robertson played the role of Evelyn Dick, a Canadian convicted murderer, whose trial remains the most sensationalized event in Canadian criminal history, in the made for television movie, Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story.[3] Robertson was nominated for an Gemini Award for her performance in the film.[3]

Later career[edit]Edit

[3][4]Robertson in 2014

In 2002, Robertson starred as one of the leads in the short-lived Fox legal drama series Girls Club created by David E. Kelley.[4][6] She later appeared in a number of independent films, and had guest-starring roles on Law & Order: Criminal IntentMediumCSI: Miami, and Rookie Blue. In 2006, she appeared in Hollywoodland opposite Adrien Brody. From 2006 to 2007, she had the leading role in the Canadian comedy series, The Business. In 2007, she starred in the Syfy miniseries Tin Man as the primary antagonist of the story.[3]

In 2011, she was cast as Kitty O'Neill, Tom Kane's personal aide alongside Kelsey Grammer in the Starz original drama series Boss.[7] The series was cancelled after two seasons in late 2012.[8] Robertson also starred in a number of made-for-television movies in recent years, primarily for Lifetime network, including Last Exit (2006), and Time of Death (2013).[9] In 2013, Robertson portrayed the wife of hockey legend Gordie Howe in the made-for-television movie, Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story.[10] The biopic first aired in late April on CBC, and then made its US debut on the Hallmark Channel the first week in May.

In 2013, Robertson was cast as a lead in the TNT detective drama series Murder in the First created by Steven Bochco and set to debut on June 9, 2014.[11][12][13][14] She plays the role of Hildy Mulligan, a homicide detective and single mother. She also starred in the 2014 thriller The Vatican Tapes,[15] and was cast in recurring role as Jodi Wilson for second season ofA&E drama series Bates Motel.[16]

Personal life[edit]Edit

Robertson gave birth to her first child, a son named William Robert Cowles, on July 9, 2008 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is the first child for Kathleen and her husband, Chris Cowles.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Left Out
1992 Lapse of Memory Patrick (Melody)
1992 Liar's Edge Bobby Swaggart
1992 Quiet Killer Sara Dobbs Television film
1993 Survive the Night Julie Television film
1993 Blown Away Darla
1994 In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance Susan Williams Television film
1997 Nowhere Lucifer
1998 I Woke Up Early The Day I Died Ticket Girl Cameo
1998 Dog Park Cheryl
1999 Splendor Veronica
2000 Psycho Beach Party Rhonda
2000 Beautiful Wanda Love, Miss Tennessee
2001 Scary Movie 2 Theo Nominated — Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female Performance
2001 Speaking of Sex Grace
2001 I Am Sam Big Boy Waitress
2002 XX/XY Thea
2002 Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story Evelyn Dick Television film

Nominated — Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

2003 I Love Your Work Swoosh Journalist
2003 In the Dark Rachel Speller Television film
2004 Until the Night Elizabeth
2004 Control Eden Ross
2005 51/50 Mall Cop Donna
2006 Last Exit Beth Welland Television film

Nominated — Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

2006 Hollywoodland Carol Van Ronkel
2008 Player 5150 Ali
2008 The Terrorist Next Door Nicole Television film
2008 Glitch Lee Television film
2009 Not Since You Amy Smith
2010 A Night for Dying Tigers Jules
2011 Losing Control Leslie
2011 Down the Road Again Betty-Jo
2012 Three Days in Havana Emily
2012 Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden Vivian
2013 Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story Mrs. Colleen Howe Television film
2013 Time of Death Jordan Price Television film
2014 The Vatican Tapes


Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Campbells Dorothea Spencer Episode: "A Man of Means"
1988 My Secret Identity Jennifer Episode: "Grounded"
1990 C.B.C.'s Magic Hour Cynthia Bundy Episode: "The Prom"
1990–1993 Maniac Mansion Tina Edison Series regular, 65 episodes

Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Co-starring in an Off-Primetime or Cable Series (1991–92)

1993 The Hidden Room Anne Morrison Episode: "Passages"
1994 Heaven Help Us Episode: "Upstairs, Upstairs"
1994–1997 Beverly Hills, 90210 Clare Arnold Series regular, 99 episodes
1995 Burke's Law Tracy Bird Episode: "Who Killed the World's Greatest Chef?"
2002 Girls Club Jeannie Falls Series regular, 9 episodes
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Darla Pearson Episode: "View from Up Here"
2006 Medium Diana Marvin / Kathy Episode: "Ghost in the Machine"
2006–2007 The Business Julia Sullivan Series regular, 12 episodes

Nominated — Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Series (2007)

2007 Tin Man Azkadellia TV miniseries
2009 Flashpoint Helen Mitchell Episode: "Custody"
2010 CSI: Miami Kayla Pennington Episode: "Meltdown"
2011 Rookie Blue Leslie Atkins Episode: "Best Laid Plans"
2011–2012 Boss Kitty O'Neill Series regular, 18 episodes
2013 Cracked Erin Episode: "White Knight"
2014 Bates Motel Jodi Wilson Recurring role, 5 episodes
2014–present Murder in the First Hildy Mulligan Series regular
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