Jennifer Keller is the newest member of the Atlantis expedition, taking over the position of Chief of Medicine. Quietly confident, Dr. Keller must quickly learn how to fit in to the strange and exciting world of Atlantis, and has her medical skills and courage tested early on.
Jewel Staite most recently starred as Dr. Keller in the Sci-Fi Channel hit series Stargate Atlantis. Her stellar work has earned her rave reviews, as well as recognition from The Gemini Awards (Canada’s prestigious equivalent of our Emmy) with a nomination for 'Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role’ in 2008. This was followed up with a nomination from the Leo Awards in 2009 for ‘Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series’.
At the age of six, Jewel began studying at the Vancouver Youth Theatre where she trained several days a week for several years. This hard work paid off when she booked the lead role in the Disney Channel series Flash Forward with Ben Foster. Her performance earned her a nomination from The Gemini Awards for ‘Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series’, as well as a nomination for the Canadian Television Film and Showcase Award.
Jewel made her 2005 feature film debut in Universal Pictures Serenity, Joss Whedon’s adaptation of the FOX science fiction television series Firefly, of which Jewel was a series regular. Jewel plays the ship’s mechanic Kaylee, a sweet, happy and sensual farm girl who loves life and is a genius at fixing anything.
Additionally, Jewel has several TV series under her belt including Fox Family’s Higher Ground with Hayden Christensen, a recurring role on the highly praised FOX series Wonderfalls, NBC’s Just Deal and Nickelodeon’s Space Cases. Her MOW credits are just as impressive, with starring roles opposite James Brolin and Natasha Henstridge in Lifetime’s Widow on the Hill, as well as Showtime’s Damaged Care opposite Laura Dern. Some guest appearances include her memorable role in the Showtime pilot Huff with Hank Azaria, Blythe Danner and Oliver Platt, as well as Showtime’s Dead Like Me opposite Ellen Muth and Rebecca Gayheart, UPN’s Seven Days with Jonathan LaPaglia, FOX’s The X-Files opposite David Duchovny and CBC’s The Odyssey and Davinci’s Inquest.
Jewel currently resides in Vancouver, BC.