Kellie Martin’s face is quite a familiar one, especially to movie lovers. Martin is an American actress who has been active in the industry for more than three decades and has charmed people with her talent along the way. She has featured in dozens of movies and TV series since her debut and is not about to stop just yet.
The actress is also a producer who has been behind the production of numerous onscreen projects. She has raked in quite a considerable amount of money from her work in the industry and continues to do so at the moment. Also, apart from being a well-known actress, Kellie Martin is also a family woman with kids.
‘Father Murphy’ Marked The Begining Of Kellie Martin’s Career
Kellie Martin whose full name is actually Kellie Noelle Martin, started acting at a very young age. In fact, she kickstarted her career when she was just 7 years old after she was cast to play the role of Flossie in Father Murphy, an American western drama television series. Interestingly, it was one of her aunts who helped Martin get the role. It turned out that Kellie’s aunt worked as a nanny for the children of Michael Landon (a popular actor) and was able to secure an acting spot (although small) on Father Murphy.
The actress would go on to land other acting roles. In 1984, she portrayed Lisa Ratchett in Highway to Heaven, a fantasy drama series before landing the role of Veronica in The Magical World of Disney in 1986. All this time, the actress was gaining valuable experience to help her break out as an actress in Hollywood.
In 1987, Kellie Martin was Tracy Nash in the TV series, Valerie. 1988 saw the actress landing multiple roles in different productions. That year, she played Robin Kramer in Thirtysomething, Kari in The Tracey Ullman Show, Jennie Thomas in Secret Witness, Sheila in Doin’ Time on Planet Earth, Karen in ABC Weekend Specials, and Lana Lang in Superman among others.
‘Life Goes On’ Announced Her Presence In Hollywood
When she was about 14 years old in 1989, Kellie Martin got her first big break when she was cast to play the role of Becca Thatcher in Life Goes On, an American television series. The show which aired from 1989 to 1993, was centered on the Thatcher family living in suburban Chicago.
In the series, Kellie Martin played one of Thatcher children, Rebecca. It was one of the main roles that shot her to prominence around America. Martin portrayed Rebecca across 88 episodes of Life Goes On, winning loads of accolades for her work on the series.
After her work on Life Goes On came to an end, Kellie Martin landed more roles in other series and feature films that kept her afloat in Hollywood. In 1994, she played Christy Huddleston in the TV movie, Christy. The same year, she appeared as Sadira in Aladdin. In 1996, she starred in another TV movie, Breaking Through playing Laura Keyes before she landed the role of Kathy Goodman in the TV series Crisis Center in 1997.
‘ER’ Proved Martin’s Success Is No Fluke
In 1998, Kellie Martin was cast to play the main role of Lucy Knight in ER, an American medical drama television series. The actress played the role from 1998 to 2000, appearing in 36 episodes during this time.
ER was very successful and popular. In fact, the series grossed billions of dollars in TV revenue and won 116 awards in total. Some of these awards include 23 Primetime Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. The show pulled millions of viewers and shot the cast members, including Kellie to fame. Martin’s work on ER was hailed by critics for its relatability. It also proved that the success the actress has had was no fluke at all. She was apparently in the industry to stay.
Kellie Martin has gone on to star in other successful projects including the TV mini-series, Mystery Woman in which she played Samantha from 2003 to 2007. She also starred in Grey’s Anatomy in 2009 and played Claire Thompson in the 2010 TV movie, The Jensen Project. In 2012, she starred in Army Wives, and in 2017, she landed the role of Hailey Dean in Hailey Dean Mystery.
Martin Has Bagged Awards For Her Work
To support the fact that she is an incredible actress, she has been nominated for and won multiple awards. For her work on Life Goes On, Kellie Martin won several awards including the Young Artist Award for the Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series which she won for two consecutive years (1990 and 1991).
She also won a Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series for her work on Life Goes On in 1992. In 1999 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for her work on ER. She shared this award with the cast.
As A Producer, Kellie Martin Proves She Is More Than Just An Actress
Apart from being an actress, Kellie Martin is also a producer. In 1996, she co-produced the TV movie, Her Last Chance. The next year, she co-produced another TV movie called On the Edge of Innocence. She has since executive produced other TV movies like Dear Viola in 2014, Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery in 2017, and Emma Fielding: More Bitter Than Death in 2019.
Interestingly, Martin also executive produced 9 episodes of the TV series, Hailey Dean Mystery from 2016 to 2019.
How Much Money Has She Made?
Apparently, Kellie Martin is a wealthy woman. Having spent decades in Hollywood, and having starred in so many movies and TV series, some of which are blockbusters, it is expected that she has raked in quite a substantial amount of money. And she has!
At the moment, credible sources have pegged Kellie Martin’s net worth at an estimated $3 million. This comes as no shock and it is expected the amount will grow as she keeps making bigger strides.
Kellie Martin Has Built A Family With Keith Christian
Kellie is not just an actress and producer but also a warm, family woman who is very dedicated to her family. The actress is a happily married woman at the moment. She is married to a man called Keith Christian.
Christian is a lawyer turned cattle rancher. Reports show that the man owns a ranch in Colorado and he runs the ranch from Los Angeles.
Martin And Christian Met As College Students
Kellie Martin and Keith Christian have known each other for a very long time. In fact, they met each other while they were college students at Yale University. This was where their romance started and it has not died down at all.
The couple tied the knot as husband and wife on the 15th of May 1999. The marriage held in Christian’s hometown of Polson, Montana. The couple has remained together ever since.
At the moment, Martin and Christian have two daughters. Their first child Margaret Heather Christian was born in 2006 and their second child, Olivia James Christian was born in 2016.