Kathleen York

Kathleen York

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Kathleen York, (b. 1975) also known by the nickname of "Bird" York, is an American actress, screenwriter, and singer-songwriter-recording artist. She was nominated for a Academy Award for Best Original Song for "In the Deep" from the 2004 film Crash.


Life and career

As an actress

York started her professional acting career during her teenage years. As an actress, she is known for her work recurring as Andrea Wyatt in NBC's The West Wing, the Dominick Dunne miniseries A Season in Purgatory and critically acclaimed performance impersonating young Naomi Judd in the NBC miniseries Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge. Her early work also includes series regular roles in Vengeance Unlimited and Aaron's Way for NBC. Her film credits include Nightcrawler, Cries of Silence, The Big Day, and Crash. She likewise played recurring roles in Murder One, The O.C, and Desperate Housewives. She appeared in eight episodes in season one of The Client List in 2012, and as Madeline Kapnek in the 2014 season of HBO's True Blood.

As a screenwriter

As a screenwriter, York has developed television projects for Sony, Warner Brothers, Fox Television Studios and Fox Broadcasting Network and is an alumnus of The Showrunners Training Program.

As a singer and a songwriter

Musically, York achieved global recognition with her song "In the Deep," on whose writing and composition she collaborated with Michael Becker. It appears on her album Wicked Little High, and it was written for the 2005 film Crash. "In the Deep" was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, with York performing the song live at the 78th Academy Awards in 2006. York's other music credits include the main theme song of the Sony Picture Seven Pounds, as well as featured song placements in American Idol, Nip/Tuck, CSI: NY, In Justice, Ghost Whisperer, Warehouse 13, House, Jake 2.0, and So You Think You Can Dance. Her earlier releases include the self-titled Bird York. Her EP Have No Fear was released independently in 2008.


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Protocol Charmaine
1985 Not My Kid Linda
1984-1985 Dallas Little Betty Recurring role, 10 episodes
1985 This Child Is Mine Janet Rasnick
1985 Chase Darlene
1986 Simon & Simon Alison Baker Episode: "A Significant Obsession"
1986 Thompson's Last Run Louise
1987 The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory Mrs. Susannah Dickinson
1987 Winners Take All Judy McCormick
1988 Aaron's Way: The Harvest Susannah Lo Verde
1988 Aaron's Way Susannah Lo Verde Series regular, 14 episodes
1989 Checking Out Diana
1989 Cold Feet Laura Latham
1989 Tales from the Crypt Coralee Episode: "Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone"
1990 Flashback Sparkle
1990 I Love You to Death Dewey Brown
1991 Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken Marie
1993 Gregory K Rachel Kingsley
1993 Love, Lies & Lullabies Terry
1994 Dream Lover Martha
1994 Sweet Justice Beth Episode: "Pilot"
1995 Love Can Build a Bridge Naomi Judd (impersonation performance)
1995-1996 Murder One D.D.A. Cheryl Dreyfuss 3 episodes
1996 A Season in Purgatory Claire Rafferty
1996 Cries of Silence Dorrie Walsh
1997 To Dance with Olivia Aurora Watling
1997 Dead Men Can't Dance Victoria Elliot
1997 Northern Lights Daphne
1998 The Practice Sharon Episode: "The Pursuit of Dignity"
1998-1999 Vengeance Unlimited KC Griffin Series regular, 16 episodes
2001 The Big Day Pam
2001 Curb Your Enthusiasm Masseuse Episode: "The Massage"
2002 The Guardian Janine Crane Episode: "Assuming the Position"
2004 Crash Officer Johnson
2004-2005 The O.C. Renee Wheeler Recurring role, 4 episodes
2006 A House Divided First Lady Susan Russell TV Pilot
2006 Malcolm in the Middle Ellie Episode: "Mono"
2000-2006 The West Wing Andrea Wyatt Recurring role, 15 episodes
2006-2007 Desperate Housewives Monique Polier 3 episodes
2007 Sublime Jenny
2007 NCIS Stephanie Flynn Episode: "Ex-File"
2007 House, M.D. Dr. Schaffer Episode: "97 Seconds"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Vivian Sembrook Episode: "Bad Blood"
2008 Ball Don't Lie Mrs. Smith
2008 Front of the Class Diane
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation A.D.A. Hardt Episode: "Miscarriage of Justice"
2009 CSI: Miami Paula Olsen Episode: "Count Me Out"
2010 The Glades Dr. Britney Newhall Episode: "Cassadaga"
2010 Chase Ellen Mays Episode: "The Comeback Kida"
2010 Footsteps Megan
2011 Body of Proof Councilwoman Jill Bennett Episode: "Lazarus Man"
2012 The Client List Jolene Series regular, 10 episodes
2012 CSI: NY Krista DiBello Episode: "The Lady in the Lake"
2013 Bones Marianne Thorn Episode: "The Secret in the Proposal"
2013 Revenge Sheila Lurie Episode: "Mercy"
2014 Nightcrawler Jackie
2014 True Blood Madeline Kapneck Episode: "Karma"
2014 Castle Kat Kingsley Episode: "Last Action Hero"


  • Bird York (1999, Blissed Out Records)
  • The Velvet Hour (2005, Blissed Out Records)
  • Wicked Little High (2006, EMI)
  • Have No Fear EP (2008, Blissed Out Records)

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