Jewel Staite recently joined the cast of the Sci-Fi hit Stargate: Atlantis as Dr. Keller, in addition to shooting the lead role in the feature The Tribe, which depicts the story of five young adults shipwrecked on a deserted island off the coast of Latin America where they encounter a lost tribe of savages. She will play Liz, one of the young adults who is very vulnerable to her surroundings. The thriller is being directed by first timer Jorg Ihle, and produced by Mo Ramchandani with Jo Bamford executive producing. The picture shot in Costa Rica by Avatar Entertainment Group and was recently acquired by AfterDark Films for distribution through Lions Gate Films.
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. At twenty-five years old, she is a Gemini Best Actor nominee (Canada’s prestigious equivalent of our Emmy) for her role in the Disney Channel’s Flash Forward with Ben Foster (also earned her a nomination for the Canadian Television Film and Showcase Award). Jewel made her second home at the Vancouver Youth Theatre where she trained several days a week for several years, eventually leading her to numerous large television roles including starring opposite James Brolin and Natasha Henstridge in Lifetime’s Widow on the Hill and her memorable role in the Showtime pilot Huff with Hank Azaria, Blythe Danner and Oliver Platt. 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. She had guest appearances on Showtime’s Dead Like Me opposite Ellen Muth and Rebecca Gayheart, UPN’s Seven Day’s with Jonathan LaPaglia, FOX’s The X-Files opposite David Duchovny and CBC’s The Odyssey and Davinci’s Inquest as well as Disney’s Honey I Shrunk the Kids with Peter Scolari and Hillary Tuck. Jewel currently resides in Vancouver, BC.