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Kathleen Erin Walsh

October 13, 1967 (1967-10-13) (age 51)
Alma mater University of Arizona
  • Actress
  • businesswoman
Years active 1995–present
Alex Young
(m. 2007; div. 2010)
Website www.katewalsh.com

Kathleen Erin Walsh (born October 13, 1967) is an American actress and businesswoman. Her roles include Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC television dramas Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, Rebecca Wright on the short-lived NBC sitcom Bad Judge, and Olivia Baker on the Netflix drama series 13 Reasons Why.

Early life

Walsh was born in San Jose, California, the daughter of Angela Walsh. She grew up in a Roman Catholic household in Tucson, Arizona. Her father is Irish, being a native of Navan, County Meath, and her mother is of Italian descent.

Walsh attended Catalina Magnet High School for three years before transferring to and graduating from Rincon High School. She later studied acting at the University of Arizona and at Chicago's Piven Theatre Workshop before moving to New York City and joining the comedy troupe, Burn Manhattan, supporting herself by waitressing.



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Normal Life Cindy Anderson
1997 Peppermills Lena
Night of the Lawyers Pressie Brooks (Biker)
1998 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Part II Cricket
Three Below Zero Moirat
1998 Heaven Diner
2000 Family Man, TheThe Family Man Jeannie
2002 Anatomy of a Breakup Lorra
Day in the Life of Nancy M. Pimental, AA Day in the Life of Nancy M. Pimental Kate
2003 Under the Tuscan Sun Grace
2004 After the Sunset Shelia
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Sue Direct-to-DVD
2005 Kicking & Screaming Barbara Weston
Inside Out Tyne
Bewitched Sexy Waitress
2007 Veritas, Prince of Truth Nemesii
2009 One Way to Valhalla Raina
2010 Legion Sandra Anderson
2011 Angels Crest Roxanne
2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Mrs. Kelmeckis
2013 Scary Movie 5 Mal Colb
2014 Dermaphoria Morell
2015 Just Before I Go Kathleen Morgan
Staten Island Summer Danny's Mom
Any Day Bethley
2017 Girls Trip Elizabeth
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Pat Miller
Reality High Dr. Fiona Shively
TBA Honest Thief Annie Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Homicide: Life on the Street Cathy Buxton 1 episode
Swift Justice Paula "Paulie" Goddard 1 episode
1997 Law & Order Lt. Kirstin Blair 1 episode
1997–2002 The Drew Carey Show Nicki Fifer 21 episodes
1998 Cupid Heidi 1 episode
1999 Turks Terry
The Mike O'Malley Show Marcia
2000 Cursed Stace 1 episode
2000–2001 The Norm Show Jenny 5 episodes
2001 Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive Agent Eve Hilliard 3 episodes
The Mind of the Married Man Carol Nelson 4 episodes (Season 1 episodes 3, 4, 6 and 7)
2003–2004 Karen Sisco Marley Novak 2 episodes
2004 Joint Custody Florence
Men's Room, TheThe Men's Room Karen 3 episodes
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mimosa 1 episode
Complete Savages Maggie 1 episode
2005 Bobby Cannon London Television film
Eyes Kendall Judd 1 episode
2005–2012 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Addison Montgomery Guest (Season 1)
Main Cast (Season 2–3)
Special Guest Star (Season 4–8)
59 episodes
2007–2013 Private Practice Lead Role
109 episodes
2008 Upright Citizens Brigade: Asssscat Guest Monologist Television film
2009 King of the Hill Kat Savage 1 episode
2011 Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen Roaster 1 episode
2013 Full Circle Trisha Main Cast
2014 Fargo Gina Hess 4 episodes
2014–2015 Bad Judge Rebecca Wright Lead Role
13 episodes
2015 Undateable Customer 1 episode
2017–present 13 Reasons Why Olivia Baker Main Cast
26 episodes
2019 Fam Jolene 1 episode

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