Karen Sillas

Karen Sillas (born June 5, 1963) is an American stage and film actress. She graduated from the Acting Conservatory of the State University of New York. She is also a speech coach.

Karen Sillas
Born (1963-06-05) June 5, 1963
Peter Stormare
(m. 1989; div. 2006)

Ivan Menchell
(m. 2007)

Early life

The daughter of a Greek father and a Swedish mother, Sillas was born in Brooklyn[1] and graduated from the Acting Conservatory of the State University of New York at Purchase (SUNY Purchase).


Sillas appeared in Hal Hartley's 1992 film Simple Men. In 1994, she starred in What Happened Was..., which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and launched Sillas into prime-time television. In CBS's critically acclaimed detective series Under Suspicion, Sillas portrayed Rose Phillips, the only female detective in an otherwise male-dominated squad room.[2] She also starred in several miniseries for television, including Peter Benchley's The Beast with William Petersen.

In the 1998–99 prime-time television season, Sillas appeared on two of CBS's most acclaimed series, Touched by an Angel and Promised Land. She also appeared on the hit HBO series The Sopranos as Debbie.

Personal life

Sillas is married to writer Ivan Menchell. They have two daughters, Olivia and Lou.




  • Wanted (2005) (TV movie and series) .... Mariah Belichek
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV series)
  • CSI Miami (TV series)
    • "Dead Woman Walking"(2003)....Belle King
  • The Sopranos (TV series)
  • Lies He Told (1997) (TV movie) .... Alyson Haywood
  • Night Sins (1997) (TV movie) .... Dr. Hannah Garrison
  • The Beast (1996) (TV movie) .... Lt. Kathryn Marcus
  • Under Suspicion (1994) (TV series) .... Det. Rose Phillips (1994–1995)
  • Law & Order (TV series) .... Cynthia Thomas (1 episode, 1994)
  • Monsters: Bug House (1990) (TV series) .... Ellen


  1. Brady, James (April 2, 1995). "In Step with: Karen Sillas". Wisconsin State Journal. Wisconsin, Madison. Parade Magazine. p. 140. Retrieved 22 June 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  2. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 1127. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
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