Kelly Rowan (born October 26, 1965) is a Canadian television and film actress and former fashion model. She is best known for portraying Kirsten Cohen on The O.C. Rowan was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and is a graduate of Toronto's Northern Secondary School. At the age of 19, she left the University of Western Ontario and then attained her degree in English Literature to join the cast of the Canadian series Mount Royal. Rowan went on to further her education, studying acting at the British American Drama Academy in London and, upon returning to North America, relocating to New York to study at the citys famed Neighborhood Playhouse. Rowan attended playwriting courses at UCLA, and has written her own play. She began modeling in her college years to earn money and started acting in commercials. She went on to appear in films such as The Gate, Hook, Three to Tango, and One Eight Seven.
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