Sillas, Karen 1965–

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SILLAS, Karen 1965


Born June 5, 1965, in Brooklyn, NY; father, a graphic artist; mother, a singer; married Peter Stormare (an actor; divorced). Education: State University of New York College at Purchase, B.F.A., theatre; studied at American Academy of Dramatic Arts and at Actors Studio, New York City.

Addresses: Agent Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Manager Elise Konialian, Untitled Entertainment, 23 East 22nd St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10010.

Career: Actress. American Academy of Dramatic Arts, teacher of voice and speech; also worked as a children's speech coach in New York City.

Awards, Honors: Independent Spirit Award nominations, best supporting actress, 1992, for Simple Men, and best actress, 1995, for What Happened Was...; Best New Actress Award, Viewers for Quality Television, c. 1995, for Under Suspicion.


Film Appearances:

Patsy, Kid (short film), 1984.

The Cartographer's Girlfriend, 1987.

Nurse Paine, Trust, Fine Line, 1991.

Third nurse and prostitute, Liebestraum, MetroGoldwynMayer/Pathe, 1991.

Kate, Simple Men (also known as Uomini semplici ), Fine Line, 1992.

Ina, Trip nach Tunis (also known as A Trip to Tunis ), 1993.

Jackie, What Happened Was..., Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1994.

Maya, Risk, Seventh Art Releasing, 1994.

Dr. Clint, Flirt, Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1995.

Renee, Female Perversions (also known as Phantasien einer Frau ), October Films, 1996.

Donna, Reach the Rock, Gramercy, 1997.

Joan, Sour Grapes, Columbia, 1998.

(Uncredited) Candy, Lulu on the Bridge, Trimark Pictures, 1998.

Jan Wells, Bad Money, Red Sky Entertainment, 1999.

Letty Anderson, 75 Degrees in July, 2000.

Television Appearances; Series:

Detective Rose "Phil" Phillips, Under Suspicion, CBS, 19941995.

Also appeared in One Life to Live, ABC.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Lieutenant Kathryn Marcus, The Beast (also known as Peter Benchley's The Beast ), NBC, 1996.

Dr. Hannah Garrison, Night Sins, CBS, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Alyson Bay (some sources cite Alyson Haywood), Lies He Told, ABC, 1997.

Detective Janet Wise, As Time Runs Out, CBS, 1999.

Dr. Anna Richardson, "The Other Side," On the Edge, Showtime, 2001.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

The Bishop, The Repair Shop, CBS, 1998.

Assistant District Attorney Diane Gianetti, Falcone, CBS, 2000.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Bug House," Monsters, 1990.

True Blue, NBC, 1990.

Cynthia Thomas, "Big Bang," Law and Order, NBC, 1994.

Sandra Mills, "Vengeance Is Mine: Part 1," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1998.

Sandra Mills, "Vengeance Is Mine: Part 2," Promised Land, CBS, 1998.

Debbie, "Nobody Knows Anything," The Sopranos, HBO, 1999.

Belle King, "Dead Woman Walking," C.S.I.: Miami, CBS, 2003.

Stage Appearances:

Beatrice, Modigliani, Jewish Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1991.

Judith, The Light Outside, Flea Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Appeared as Meg, An Actor's Nightmare, WHAT Theatre in Massachusetts; Maggie, After the Fall, T. Schrieber Studio Theatre; Clea, Black Comedy, WHAT Theatre; Jane, Vieu Carre, Studio Theatre; Clytemnestra, Oresteia, Abbott Kaplan Theatre in New York; Lady Anne, Richard III, and Nina, The Seagull, both Experimental Laboratory Theatre; Anne, Separate Tables, Abbott Kaplan Theatre; Mrs. X and Mrs. Y, The Stronger, T. Schrieber Studio Theatre; Jackie Marsh, What Happened Was..., Paradise Theatre Company, offBroadway production; also appeared in productions of The Cherry Orchard and Miss Julie.

Major Tours:

Appeared in the title role, Miss Julie, Stockholm, Sweden, and Tokyo, Japan.



Celebrity Sleuth, Volume 10, issue 1, 1996, pp. 8889.

Entertainment Weekly, September 23, 1994, p. 54.

Harper's Bazaar, September, 1994, p. 256.

Parade, April 2, 1995.


Karen Sillas Official Site,, November 18, 2003.