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Rya Kihlstedt
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General Information
Gender: Female
Birthday: July 23, 1970
Age: 50
Birthplace: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality: Swedish
Other Information
Height: 5'8"
Occupation(s): Actress
Education: Skidmore College
J.P. McCaskey High School
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Ava Emanuelle (daughter)
Giovanni (son)
Carla Kihlstedt (sister)
Relationships: Gil Bellows (husband)
Series Information
Character: Cleo Fox
Only appearance: Firebird

Rya Kihlstedt is an American actress. She starred in the 1997 comedy film Home Alone 3. The following years she appeared in films Deep Impact (1998), Women in Trouble (2009) and The Atticus Institute (2015). On television, she had a recurring roles as Dr. Michelle Ross in the Showtime crime drama Dexter and as Marilyn Rhodes in the ABC musical drama Nashville. In 2015, she starred in the NBC miniseries, Heroes Reborn.

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Early life

Kihlstedt was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is a 1991 graduate of Skidmore College in Theatre Arts. She is of Swedish descent.


Kihlstedt made her film debut starring opposite Rutger Hauer in the 1993 action thriller film Arctic Blue. In 1995, she appeared in the ABC miniseries Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III and in 1995 played Lizzie Elmsworth in the BBC adaptation of Edith Wharton's last novel, The Buccaneers. In 1997, she starred as Alice Ribbons, one of the criminals in the family comedy film Home Alone 3. The following year, she appeared in the science-fiction film Deep Impact, and co-starred opposite Carla Gugino in the independent film Jaded. Also in 1998, Kihlstedt starred with Peter Gallagher in the television film Brave New World loosely based on Aldous Huxley's 1932 novel of the same name.

Kihlstedt took ten-years break from acting as she focused on motherhood and raising her two children. In 2009, she returned to screen appearing opposite her friend Carla Gugino in the comedy film Women in Trouble. She guest-starred in a number of television series, including Covert Affairs, Criminal Minds, NCIS, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Drop Dead Diva. In 2011, she had a recurring role in the Showtime crime drama series Dexter as Dr. Michelle Ross. From 2012 to 2013, she played Marilyn Rhodes, a powerful record producer in the ABC musical drama Nashville. Also in 2013, she starred in the comedy film 3 Days in Havana directed by her husband Gil Bellows.

In 2015, Kihlstedt played the leading role in the independent horror film The Atticus Institute. From 2015 to 2016, she starred as Erica Kravid in the NBC science fiction miniseries Heroes Reborn. Also in 2015, she was cast as Tig Notaro's mother Caroline in the Amazon Video original comedy series One Mississippi. Kihlstedt later appeared in Once Upon a Time, Ray Donovan, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and NBC 2017 miniseries Law & Order True Crime. From 2018 to 2019, she had a recurring role as Julia Wagner in the CW series Charmed. In 2019, she had a recurring role opposite Carla Gugino in her series Jett, and played Kate Laswell in the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Also in 2019, she starred in the season three of the Canadian crime drama Cardinal, for which she received Canadian Screen Award nomination. In 2020, she was cast in the Hulu limited series, A Teacher.

Personal life

In 1994, Kihlstedt married actor Gil Bellows. They have two children, Ava Emanuelle (born 1999), and Giovanni (born 2001). She is the sister of Oakland-based violinist Carla Kihlstedt, who has been a member of bands such as Charming Hostess, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, and Tin Hat.


Year Title Type Role
1993 Tribeca TV Series Leah Woodward
1993 Arctic Blue Anne Marie
1994 SeaQuest 2032 TV Series Jessie
1994 North & South: Book 3, Heaven & Hell TV Mini-Series Willa
1994 The Second Greatest Story Ever Told TV Movie Arleen
1995 The Buccaneers TV Mini-Series Lizzy Elmsworth
1995 Alchemy TV Movie Louisa
1996 Swift Justice TV Series Diane Rivers
1996 Early Edition TV Series Marcia Hobson / Marcia Roberts Hobson
1997 Hudson River Blues Laura
1997 Home Alone 3 Alice Ribbons
1998 Brave New World TV Movie Lenina Crowne
1998 Deep Impact Chloe
1998 Jaded Patricia 'Pat' Long
1999 Frontline Catherine
1999 Say You'll Be Mine Katherine
2001 She Creature TV Movie Mermaid
2009 Women in Trouble Rita
2010 Elektra Luxx Rita (uncredited)
2010 Covert Affairs TV Series Helen Newman
2010 Criminal Minds TV Series Patty Joyce
2011 NCIS TV Series Linda Idleton
2011 Prime Suspect TV Series Marie Keating
2011 Dexter TV Series Dr. Michelle Ross
2011 Connie Banks the Actor TV Series Karen
2012 Intelligence Short Jaye Gardner
2012 - 2013 Nashville TV Series Marilyn Rhodes
2013 3 Days in Havana Rita
20145 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TV Series Carolyn Logan
2014 Drop Dead Diva TV Series Ellie Chapin / Mayor of Malibu
2014 Perception TV Series Elena Douglas
2014 Masters of Sex TV Series Tatti Greathouse
2015 The Atticus Institute Judith Winstead
2015 The Squeeze Beth - Mom
2015 Sticks Short Deirdre
2015 - 2016 Heroes Reborn TV Mini-Series Erica Kravid
2015 - 2016 One Mississippi TV Series Caroline
2016 Bosch TV Series Catherine Cross
2016 Once Upon a Time TV Series Cleo Fox
2016 Ray Donovan TV Series Jeannie
2016 Her Last Will Maggie
2016 Judi Short Judi
2017 Law & Order True Crime TV Mini-Series Cindy Erdelyi
2017 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series Basha
2017 Weather Talk Short Mom
2018 After Everything Rebecca
2018 The Empty House Short Marie
2018 - 2019 Charmed TV Series Julia Wagner
2018 - 2020 The Bold Type TV Series Babs Brady
2019 The Untold Story Roxy
2019 Rattlesnakes Esther Jarret
2019 Secrets in a Small Town TV Movie Ruth 'Coach' Simmons
2019 Cardinal TV Series Sharlene 'Mama' Winston
2019 Jett TV Series Helen
2019 Yellowstone TV Series Sam the Vet
2019 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Video Game Kate Laswell (voice)
2020 The Nowhere Inn Holly
2020 How'dy! Short Eleanor Albrecht
2020 Grey's Anatomy TV Series Claire
2020 Love in the Time of Corona TV Series Sarah
2020 A Teacher TV Mini-Series Sandy Walker
2021 The Ultimate Playlist of Noise Alyssa
Red Bird Lane (pre-production) TV Movie Eloise


  • Attended Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY - and graduated in 1991. She was a Theatre Major.
  • Met her future husband, Gil Bellows, in 1991 when both were working at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
  • Born on exactly the same date as Charisma Carpenter (of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame).
  • She made her film debut in the thriller Arctic Blue, starring Rutger Hauer.
  • She portrayed the character Dr. Michelle Ross on the hit series Dexter in 2011.
  • In 1994 she married actor Gil Bellows with whom she has a daughter named Ava and a son named Giovanni.
  • She appeared on an episode of Covert Affairs with actress Piper Perabo in 2010.