Kristen was born September 2 in Van Nuys, California. She attended California State University, Northridge as an English major. She became very active in Theater and stared in such productions as “Crime of the Heart.” During her junior year, she was introduced to an agent through a friend and landed a role on her very first audition, which was Megaville. In 1996, Kristen won a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her performance in the ABC Afterschool Special The Long Road Home, in which she played a young wife who has difficulty relating to her husband’s son.
Her first feature film role was the female lead in Megaville (1990), opposite Billy Zane. Kristen’s other credits include lead parts in Caged Fear with David Keith and A Part of the Family. She has also had featured roles in Stay Tuned, Mistress and The Marrying Man. In 1995, Kristen’s big break came when she portrayed the tough and gritty Captain Shane Autumn Vansen on the best show that was never given a chance, Space: Above and Beyond (FOX).
As a result of her amazing work as Vansen, Kristen won a guest spot on The X-Files (FOX) as the troubled Melissa Ephesian, a schitzophrenic wife of cult leader Vernon Ephesian and soulmate of FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder. Giving one of the best and most moving performances of her career, she would later describe the episode (“The Field Where I Died”) as a love letter between herself and producer Glen Morgan (Space: Above and Beyond, The X-Files, Millennium), her then fiance (now husband).
In 1997-98, she had recurring role as Dr. Lara Means of the Millennium Group on FOX’s Millennium (formerly Fridays 9pm EST), an equally interesting and deep character.
Kristen’s previous television credits include a regular role on Winnetka Road as Maybeth, a divorced mother of three and secretary to Ed Begley Jr.’s character. She also had a recurring role on the CBS/USA network show, Silk Stalkings, as Annie Overstreet, a former model and clothing designer. Kristen’s guest appearances include The X-Files, One West Waikiki, Cheers, Mad About You, Dear John, Murder She Wrote, Quantum Leap and Doogie Howser, MD, and most recently, in December, 1998, as Tamara Harrington on ABC’s Vengence Unlimited (episode “Noir”).
On March 17, 2000, Kristen returned to the big screen as Valerie Lewton in the Glen Morgan scripted and James Wong directed film, Final Destination.
In addition to her acting, she is the Artistic Director of The Alliance Repertory Company in Burbank, California, where she writes, produces and directs. She is most proud of her critically acclaimed direction of the world premiere of “Dirty Mustard” by Gina Wendkos. During the summer and fall of 1997, Kristen produced “The Grace To Climb With Eagles”, written by Ron Mark and directed by Bob Neches as well as Richard Greenberg’s “Night and Her Stars.” “Grace” opened September 12th and ran for six weeks at the Alliance Repertory Theatre, located at 3204 West Magnolia in Burbank, California.
Kristen was married to producer Glen Morgan on June 13, 1998, and lives in Los Angeles California. On June 21, 2002, she gave birth to their first child, Winslow. She has a sister who is as beautiful, talented and wonderful as she is, Amy, who lives in London, England, with her son.