Jessica Steen is a Canadian actress best known for her television roles as Linda Metcalf in the drama series Homefront (1991-1993), and as Dr. Julia Heller, a genetically enhanced doctor, in the science fiction series Earth 2, from 1994-1995.
Jessica says she didn't get a chance to choose acting but was rather was inevitably part of it from when she was a child.
"My extended family was always creating drama, costumed to the hilt for our annual Christmas skit and our house was crazy with wild and hilarious characters whom my dad (then a director) and mom (an actor) would bring home from the theatre.
"When you grow up surrounded by such animated and exciting people where it seems that the circus is always in town, it's hard to resist becoming part of the act."
Jessica, born in Toronto, was eight years old when she got her first role, in the Canadian childrens TV series The Sunrunners.
Later, when she was 18, her mom moved to Montreal and she remained in Toronto. In the mid-1980s she appeared as the daughter of a character played by her childhood idol Lindsay Wagner in the TV movie Young Again (with fellow Canadian Keanu Reeves, a former schoolmate).
She landed roles in Toronto, especially with guest spots on Canadian-produced series such as The Littlest Hobo, Night Heat, Sweating Bullets and Street Legal among others.
In 1989, she co-starred in the musical Sing and decided it was time to move to New York. Ironically, she spent more time flying back and forth between California and Canada than she did in New York.
During a five-week stint subbing for a pregnant actress on the New York shot soap Loving she gave birth to the character's baby. The limited gig raised her profile enough to be flown back and forth to L.A. in order to get a co-starring role as Linda, the union organizer, on the critically acclaimed drama series Homefront in 1992-93.
Jessica's Canadian motion picture credits include Flying, Still Life and John and the Missus. She was a regular cast member on the syndicated series Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future.
Among her TV movies are High Country and Small Gifts, (for which she received a Gemini Award for Best Actress) both for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Workin' for Peanuts and The Truth about Alex for HBO. She has guest-starred on such TV series as Alfred Hitchcock Presents and was in the pilot of the TV series Wiseguy.
During 1994-95, Jessica portrayed a genetically enhanced doctor in the NBC TV science-fiction series Earth 2. Since then, Jessica has landed guest appearances on TV series such as The Outer Limits, ER, Murder One, and Touched by an Angel.
In 1997, Jessica landed one of her biggest roles yet in the movie Trial & Error opposite Jeff Daniels and Michael Richards.
In 1998, Jessica played a Space Shuttle pilot for the Summer 1998 action film Armageddon and a Canadian Mountie in an episode of the TV series Due South.
In 1999 Jessica had 2 movies come out, including the TV movie Smart House for The Disney Channel and the award winning independant film Question of Privilege.
Also in 1999, Jessica appeared in TV series episodes of The Pretender, The Outer Limits and The Practice.
The year 2000 brought projects such as the short film The Ride Home, the movie Judgment as well as the CBC TV movie Society's Child which premiered in early 2002.
She went on to do another episode of The Practice as well as an episode of the series Monk.
Jessica also landed a role in the TV movie The Pact based on the novel by author Jodi Picoult for Lifetime Television.
In 2002 Jessica made her first professional stage debut in the play Ms. Trial in Los Angeles.
Jessica has also appeared as a guest in Nip/Tuck (2004) and in recurring roles on Navy NCIS (2003-2007) and the 2005 TV series Killer Instinct.
Since 2006 she has guest starred on Supernatural, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Heartland and Canooks.