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Jaime Ray Newman (born April 2, 1978) is an American actress and singer. She is known for starring as Kristina Cassadine on the soap opera General Hospital, Mindy O'Dell on the drama Veronica Mars, Kat Gardener on the fantasy drama Eastwick, Tess Fontana on the science-fiction drama Eureka, Kat Petrova on the drama-thriller Red Widow, Sam Gordon on the comedy-drama Mind Games, and Allison Roth on the crime drama Wicked City. Newman will appear as a series regular on the upcoming Netflix series Marvel's The Punisher.

Early life

Newman was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan,[1] to parents Marsha Jo and Raphael Newman.[2][3] She has one sister, Beth Nicole, a global public relations director at J Brand.[4][5] Newman started performing at age eleven in the debut of Israel Horovitz's play A Rosen by Any Other Name.[6] She worked consistently around Detroit, acting in many of the regional theaters. Newman received her elementary education at the Jewish Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit,[7] where she starred as Ado Annie Carnes in an eighth grade play of Oklahoma!.

After Hillel, Newman attended the private Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan,[8] and spent her summers at the Interlochen Center for the Arts where she won the Corson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting. While in high school at Cranbrook, she won first place in the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association, a state-wide dramatic competition, for three years in a row. At age 16, Newman founded Apollo Theatre Productions, serving as both a producer and director.[9] She graduated from Cranbrook in 1996. Newman then attended Boston University College of Fine Arts' theater conservatory for two years, before transferring to Northwestern University as an English and drama major.[1][6]

At Northwestern, she founded the Ignition Festival for Women in the Arts. Through that, she produced and acted in Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned To Drive. While living in Chicago, she performed with her own jazz quartet.[10] Newman moved to Los Angeles in September 2000. Her cousin is actor Ben Kurland.


Newman first earned a living performing with her jazz quartet, and landed parts in several short films. She also made an appearance on The Drew Carey Show. Soon after, she landed the role of Kristina Cassadine on the soap opera General Hospital. While there, she continued with her music career, putting together her cover band, School Boy Crush. Newman and School Boy Crush played regularly at The Buffalo Club in Santa Monica, California; Moomba in West Hollywood; Nick's Martini Lounge; Café Cordiale; and at the Lux in Beverly Hills. The band covered a wide variety of music from funk and soul to R&B and blues. Most recently, they played the ESPN Awards party at The Highlands, the adjoining venue to the Kodak Theatre. Newman also landed a part in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, with a scene opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

In January 2003, Newman starred with David Schwimmer, Jonathan Silverman and Tom Everett Scott in the play Turnaround, Roger Kumble's dark Hollywood satire.[11] In October 2006, Newman began an eight-episode run in a recurring role in the critically acclaimed CW show Veronica Mars. She also became a fan favorite with her appearance on Stargate Atlantis as Lt. Laura Cadman. Along with fellow Stargate actor Michael Shanks, she appeared in the Christmas 2006 television film Under the Mistletoe. Other high-profile guest starring roles include E-Ring, Heroes, Supernatural, Related, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Medium, NCIS,[12]Grimm,[12]CSI: NY,[13] and Castle.[14]

Newman at San Diego Comic-Con, July 2009

In 2007, Newman starred in Neil LaBute's play Fat Pig at the Geffen Playhouse,[15] and in 2008, starred in LaBute's play Some Girl(s), also at the Geffen.[16] The following year, she appeared alongside Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price and Paul Gross in the 2009 television adaptation of Eastwick (based on the John Updike novel The Witches of Eastwick), playing Kat Gardener, a nurse and mother of five who discovers her magical powers.[17] In 2010, she held major recurring roles on Eureka as Dr. Tess Fontana,[18] and on Drop Dead Diva as Vanessa Hemmings.[19] In January 2011, Newman played Cynthia Karslake in David Auburn's revival of The New York Idea by Langdon Elwyn Mitchell at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City.[20] In 2013, she starred opposite James Van Der Beek, Kathy Baker and Chris Mulkey in the American stage premiere of the Australian play The Gift at the Geffen Playhouse.[21]

Newman starred with Radha Mitchell in ABC's 2013 midseason drama series Red Widow.[22] That same year, she starred in the independent psychological thriller film Altered Minds.[23] In May 2014, it was reported that she would guest star in an episode of TNT's comedy-drama Franklin & Bash.[24] Later, she was cast as series regular in another ABC series, Mind Games, opposite Christian Slater and Steve Zahn.[25] In August 2014, it was announced that Newman would recur on Amazon Studios' procedural drama Bosch.[26] In August 2015, she joined the main cast of ABC's crime drama series Wicked City.[27] In December 2015, Newman joined the fourth season cast of Bates Motel as the major recurring character Rebecca Hamilton, a past love interest of Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell).[28] She will star in Lech Majewski's fantasy film Valley of the Gods, opposite Josh Hartnett and Charlotte Rampling.[29]

In August 2016, she was cast in the recurring role of Wildred Darnell on the fifth season of TNT's procedural drama series Major Crimes.[30] Newman has been cast in the series regular role of Sarah Lieberman on the Netflix/Marvel superhero drama series The Punisher, a spin-off featuring the character from Daredevil.[31]

Personal life

Newman married Israeli-born writer and director Guy Nattiv on April 2, 2012, in Tel Aviv, Israel. She gave birth to their first child, a daughter, in 2013.[32]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Full Blast Bo
2002 The Violent Kind Amanda
2002 Star Quality Katie Swellhead Short film
2002 Catch Me If You Can Monica
2005 Lonesome Matador Emily Short film
2005 Living 'til the End Audrey Gersons
2005 Rumor Has It... Conference Greeter
2007 Raw Footage Rachel Graham Short film
2007 LA Blues Jack's Ex-Wife
2007 Live! Anchorwoman
2007 Sex and Breakfast Betty
2008 Made of Honor Ariel / Bakery Date
2008 A Line in the Sand Ann Marie
2009 Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts Emmy Video; voice role
2009 Logorama Radio Dispatch Girl Short film; voice role
2012 Rubberneck Danielle Jenkins
2013 Game of Assassins Emma
2013 Altered Minds Julie Shellner
2013 Tarzan Alice Greystoke Voice role
2016 Heirloom Dr. McKoy Short film
2016 A New York Christmas Susan Clark Completed
2017 Valley of the Gods Laura Ecas In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Drew Carey Show Tina Episode: "The Warsaw Closes"
2002–03 General Hospital Kristina Cassadine 68 episodes
2003 Happy Family Amanda Episode: "The Doghouse"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Julie Waters Episode: "After the Show"
2004 Wedding Daze Teri Landry Movie
2005 McBride: Murder Past Midnight Emily Harriman Movie
2005 Supernatural Amanda Walker Episode: "Phantom Traveler"
2005 Stargate: Atlantis Lt. Laura Cadman 2 episodes
2006 Hollis & Rae Hollis Chandler Pilot
2006 Crossing Jordan Cpt. Gwen Osbourne Episode: "Code of Ethics"
2006 Bones Stacy Goodyear Episode: "The Woman in the Car"
2006 Medium Angela Saunders / Jade Episode: "A Changed Man"
2006 Related Kylie Stewart 2 episodes
2006 E-Ring Natalie Hughes 4 episodes
2006 Under the Mistletoe Susan Chandler Movie
2006–07 Veronica Mars Mindy O'Dell 8 episodes
2007 I'm Paige Wilson Paige Wilson Movie
2007 Marlowe Tracy Faye Movie
2007 Criminal Minds Lacy Kyle Episode: "The Big Game"
2007 Heroes Young Victoria Pratt Episode: "Truth & Consequences"
2008 Lincoln Heights Sabrina Gasper 4 episodes
2008 Leverage Aimee Martin Episode: "The Two-Horse Job"
2009 Nip/Tuck Daphne Pendell 2 episodes
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Melinda Carver Episode: "A Space Oddity"
2009 Mental Zan Avidan 3 episodes
2009–10 Eastwick Kat Gardener 13 episodes
2009–10 Eureka Tess Fontana 12 episodes
2010–13 Drop Dead Diva Vanessa Hemmings 10 episodes
2010–11 Life Unexpected Julia 2 episodes
2011 Royal Pains Stacey Saxe Episode: "Astraphobia"
2011 CSI: NY Claire Taylor 2 episodes
2011 NCIS Lt. Cmdr. Melanie Burke 2 episodes
2011–12 Grimm Angelina Lasser 2 episodes
2012 Castle Holly Franklin Episode: "Til Death Do Us Part"
2012 Red Widow Kat Petrova 8 episodes
2014 Mind Games Sam Gordon 9 episodes
2014 Franklin & Bash Cheryl Koch Episode: "Spirits in the Material World"
2015 Bosch Laura Kell 2 episodes
2015 Satisfaction Kate 2 episodes
2015 Wicked City Allison Roth 6 episodes
2016 Bates Motel Rebecca Hamilton 7 episodes
2016 Major Crimes Wildred Darnell 3 episodes
2017 The Punisher Sarah Lieberman Upcoming series


Year Title Role Venue
2003 Turnaround Sahara Coast Playhouse, Los Angeles
2007 Fat Pig Jeannie Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles
2008 Some Girl(s) Bobbi Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles
2011 The New York Idea Cynthia Karslake Lucille Lortel Theatre (Off-Broadway)
2013 The Gift Chloe Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles


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