Clare Carey is a Zimbabwe-born American actress best known for her television roles as Kelly Fox on Coach (1989-1995), as Macy Carlson on So Little Time (2001-2002) and as Mary Bailey on Jericho, from 2006-2008.
She also starred as frustrated Brentwood housewife Christine Emory in the television drama series Crash, from 2008-2009.
Carey has appeared in such feature films as the action-crime drama Smokin Aces’ and the comedy Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.
She is best known for her TV roles, including the home-wrecking bartender Mary Bailey in Jericho from 2006-2008. She was a regular on Point Pleasant during 2005 to 2006, playing the mother of the Jesus character, and on the comedy series So Little Time starring the Olsen twins.
Carey initially came to recognition during her long-running role as Coach’s daughter, Kelly Fox, on the TV series Coach, from 1989 to 1995.
Carey’s colourful guest-starring roles include such memorable parts as sex maniac Eileen Dodd on Weeds; the wife of a man becoming a woman on Grey’s Anatomy; a high-class hooker who called herself a satisfaction facilitator on ER; and a repentant abortion-clinic bomber on Without a Trace.
She has also appeared in Army Wives, Boston Legal, Judging Amy, Ally McBeal, Charmed and Walker, Texas Ranger, and in the TV movies 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out and Home Alone 4.
Born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to a missionary-doctor father and schoolteacher mother, Carey was one of eight children. She moved to Santa Barbara, CA, with her family at less than a year old, and grew up there.
She started acting at age 6, and has studied with acting coach Harry Mastrogeorge. Carey is based in Los Angeles.