Jessica Steen

Jessica Steen Biography

Jessica Steen (born December 19, 1965) is a Canadian film and television actress, noted for her roles in Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, Homefront, Earth 2, Armageddon, Left Behind: World at War, NCIS, and Flashpoint.

Personal life

Jessica Steen was born in Toronto, Ontario, the daughter of Joanna Noyes, an actress, and Jan Steen, a director and actor. She is of Dutch and Scottish ancestry.

In addition to her entertainment career, Steen is an environmentalist and animal rights supporter. She supports David Suzuki, The World Society for the Protection of Animals and the Western Canadian Wilderness Committee, among others. She is also a certified diver, and is skilled at several circus arts - including stilt-walking, fire-twirling, and fire-eating.


At the age of eight, Steen was cast in her first role in the Canadian children's television series, The Sunrunners, co-starring with her mother. In the 1986 TV movie Young Again she portrayed Tracy Gordon, the daughter of a character portrayed by Lindsay Wagner, who was a childhood idol of Steen's. In 1987, she was the only female regular on the syndicated series Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, which lasted one year. For her performance in the Captain Power episode, "Judgment", she was nominated for the Gemini Award in the "Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Continuing Dramatic Role" category in 1988.

In 1989, Steen broke onto the big screen with the movie musical Sing.

While in Toronto, she garnered roles on Canadian series and American made-for-TV movies until 1991, when she elected to move to New York City. Six weeks after arriving there, she was chosen to replace an actress who was on maternity leave on the soap opera Loving. Her portrayal of Patricia Alden Sowolsky Hartman McKenzie caught the attention of ABC's casting department and led to her being cast in the series Homefront. Set in a small Cleveland suburb immediately after World War II, Homefront was critically acclaimed for its writing, ensemble cast, and historical insights. The series lasted two seasons.

In 1994, she was cast as Dr. Julia Heller, a genetically enhanced doctor, in the NBC science fiction series Earth 2. While the show was canceled in 1995, the attention brought by the show allowed Steen to land guest appearances on other series, including The Outer Limits, ER, Murder One, The Pretender, The Practice, Due South, and Touched by an Angel.

Also in 1994, Steen won the "Best Actress" Gemini Award, Canada's version of Emmy Awards, for her portrayal of Nora in the TV movie, Small Gifts, her self-proclaimed favorite role so far.

In 1997, she was cast as District Attorney Elizabeth Gardner in the movie Trial & Error, working with Jeff Daniels and Michael Richards, to whom she gave his first screen kiss. She prepared for the role with the help of a friend who was going through law school and by watching the closing arguments of Marcia Clark during the O. J. Simpson trial. Her performance earned a rave review from Roger Ebert on his syndicated show, Siskel & Ebert. This was the second time Steen impressed Ebert; he first singled her out for praise in 1989's Sing.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer recommended her for the role of the shuttle pilot in 1998's Armageddon because he remembered her portrayal of Cpl. Jennifer 'Pilot' Chase in Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future.

In 2004 Steen played Dr. Elizabeth Weir in "Lost City", the two-part finale of season 7 of Stargate SG-1. In Stargate Atlantis the part was instead played by Torri Higginson.

Steen played lead roles in Slapshot 2 - Breaking the Ice and the Disney TV movies Smart House and Principal Takes a Holiday.

She played Myra Teal in a 2002 episode of Monk, titled "Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger". Steen played a recurring character on the CBS crime drama NCIS, that of Special Agent Paula Cassidy, from 2004-07. In the fall of 2007 she landed featured multi-episode roles on two Canadian series, jPod and Heartland, both based on popular books of the same names.

In 2009, Steen appeared in six episodes of the Canadian TV police drama Flashpoint (which is also broadcast on CBS in the U.S) as Strategic Response Unit Specialist Donna Sabine, filling in for Julianna 'Jules' Callaghan (played by Amy Jo Johnson), who was shot. She is also currently playing the same character during a 2011 episode where she gets married and her husband is shot the same day. She reprised the role in the final episode of the third season. In the fall of 2010 she was nominated for a Gemini Award for the season two episodes.

As of July 2010, she is filming her fourth season of Heartland in which she has a featured role as Lisa Stillman, the wealthy girlfriend of series patriarch Jack Bartlett.

She also played Sheriff's Deputy Kathleen Hudak in the Supernatural season 1 episode "The Benders".


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Threshold Tracy Vrain
1983 Gentle Sinners Donna
1986 ' Melinda Coverdale
1986 Flying Carly Simmons
1987 John and the Missus Faith
1989 Sing Hannah Gottschalk
1990 Still Life: The Fine Art of Murder Nellie Ambrose
1996 Dog Watch Janet Video
1997 Trial and Error Elizabeth
1998 Armageddon Co-Pilot Jennifer Watts
1999 Question of Privilege Andrea Roberts
2000 ' Clara Short film
2001 Apocalypse IV: Judgment Victoria Thorne
2002 Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice Jessie Dage Video
2003 Flip Phone Sue Short film
2005 Chaos Karen Cross
2005 Left Behind: World at War Carolyn Miller
2008 Transit Lounge Roberta Short film
Year Title Role Notes
1983 Hangin' In Darcy Episode: "I've Got a Secret"
1983 SCTV Channel College Student Episode: "It's a Wonderful Film"
1984 When We First Met Gail Pennoyer TV movie
1984 ' Elaine Episode: "Enemy of Weston"
1985 Workin' for Peanuts Mellisa Stotts TV movie
1985 Home Free Daughter TV movie
1985 ' Leslie 'Torque' Davidson Episode: "Torgue"
1985 Striker's Mountain Lowni Striker TV movie
1985 Night Heat Michelle Parker Episode: "The Source"
1986 Night Heat Angela Rivera Episode: "Fighting Back"
1986 Kay O'Brien Lindsay Episode: "Little White Lies"
1986 ' Kay TV movie
1986 ' Elaine Episode: "What Goes Up"
1986 ' Amanda Sims Episode: "Blinded by Love"
1986 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Tracy Gordon Episode: "Young Again"
1986 Easy Prey Wendy Robinson TV movie
1987 CBS Schoolbreak Special Kate Episode: "The Day They Came to Arrest the Book"
1987 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Sally Carlyle Episode: "Man on the Edge"
1987 Wiseguy Tracy Steelgrave Episode: "Pilot"
1987-1988 Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future Corporal Jennifer 'Pilot' Chase 22 episodes
1989 C.B.C.'s Magic Hour Jennifer McPhail Episode: "High Country"
1989 ' The Rocket Boy's Girlfriend TV movie
1990 Christmas in America Eileen Morgan TV movie
1990 Knights of the Kitchen Table Marla McDermott TV movie
1990 Street Legal Karen MacNeil Episode: "Softsell"
1991 ' Kate Hightower TV movie
1991 Tropical Heat Patricia Poston Phd. Episode: "Dead Men Tell"
1991 Loving Patricia 'Trisha' Alden Sowolsky Hartman McKenzie TV series
1991-1993 Homefront Linda Metcalf 42 episodes
1993 Herman's Head Heather Episode: "When Hairy Met Hermy"
1994 Small Gifts Nora TV movie
1994 To Save the Children Kathi Davidson TV movie
1994-1995 Earth 2 Dr. Julia Heller 21 episodes
1996 ER Karen Hardy Episode: "True Lies"
1996 ' Gina Beaumont Episode: "The Refuge"
1997 Murder One Paige Weikopf 4 episodes
1997 Touched by an Angel Sarah Bingham Episode: "Full Moon"
1998 Principal Takes a Holiday Celia Shine TV movie
1999 ' Rachel Episode: "The Assassin"
1999 Due South Constable Maggie MacKenzie Episode: "Hunting Season"
1999 Smart House Sara Barnes TV movie
1999 ' Brianna Hatfield Episode: "Marooned"
1999 ' Stephanie Sawyer Episode: "Essence of Life"
2000 On Hostile Ground Allison Beauchamp TV movie
2000 ' Kathrine Episode: "The Grid"
2001 ' Dr. Sarah Ford Episode: "Inter Arma Silent Leges"
2002 Society's Child Terry Best TV movie
2002 Untitled Secret Service Project Maureen Gage TV movie
2002 Monk Myra Teal Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger"
2002 ' Det. Anne-Marie Marrone TV movie
2003 ' Susan Holme TV movie
2003 L.A. Dragnet Amy Wenzel Episode: "The Cutting of the Swath"
2003 Mutant X Dr. Sara Stanton Episode: "The Taking of Crows"
2003-2005 NCIS NCIS Special Agent Paula Cassidy 5 episodes
2004 Stargate SG-1 Dr. Elizabeth Weir Episode: "Lost City: Part 1"
Episode: "Lost City: Part 2"
2004 Nip/Tuck Amy Connors Episode: "Kimber Henry"
2005 Charmed Ruth Brody Episode: "Ordinary Witches"
2005 Kojak Kate Episode: "Pilot"
2005 Eyes Holly Gibson Episode: "Shots"
2005 Killer Instinct Dr. Francine Klepp 7 episodes
2006 Supernatural Officer Kathleen Episode: "The Benders"
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Donna Basset Episode: "Toe Tags"
2006 Rapid Fire Linda TV movie
2007 NCIS NCIS Special Agent Paula Cassidy Episode "Grace Period"
2007-2012 Heartland Lisa Stillman 30 episodes
2008 Canooks Katherine 'Kat' Baines Episode: "Pilot"
Episode: "The City LA"
2008 jPod Freedom 3 episodes
2008 Vipers Dr. Collins TV movie
2009 My Nanny's Secret Julia TV movie
2009-2011 Flashpoint Donna Sabine 10 episodes
2012 Republic of Doyle Sonja Sterling 3 episodes
2012 Bullet in the Face Eva Braden 6 episodes

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