• Kelli Garner is a 35-year-old Caucasian actress of Jewish beliefs, born in Bakersfield, California.
• She is known for her roles in "The Aviator" and "The Big Bang Theory".
• She is currently dating musician Zach Shield.
• Her net worth is estimated at over $1 million.
• Kelli is active on Instagram, with almost 15,000 followers.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthApril 11, 1984
FactPlaying "Tricia" in the Off-Broadway play, "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead", at the Century Center for the Performing Arts (New York, NY). [December 2005]

Who is Kelli Garner?

Born Kelli Brianne Garner under the sign of Aries on the 11th of April 1984, in Bakersfield, California USA, Kelli is a 35-year-old Caucasian actress of Jewish beliefs. She is known to the world for her significant presence across many media outlets, and especially on the TV screen due to the roles she has had thus far. One of her most popular is her portrayal of Faith Domergue in “The Aviator” in 2004, but she’s has also had a number of other successes over the course of her often lucrative acting career since 2000.

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Early Life and Education: Growing up in California

Kelli Garner was raised in the Jewish religion in her birth state by her father and mother, whose names and professions that are still unknown. As for any siblings, she is widely considered to be an only child. Her interests as a young child mostly revolved around sports, as she is known to have played soccer in her early years, and even planned on pursuing a career in the game. She didn’t have much of a passion for other things, including acting, which was an interest that developed after her first experience. As for her education, she attended Thousand Oaks High School in California, from where she matriculated in 2002. After that, it is unknown whether Kelli ever planned on furthering her studies by pursuing a college degree, though she is generally thought not to have opted for this step, considering the fact that she had a career before she even finished high school.

Career: A lucky pick

Kelli’s career started in a rather fortunate and unpredictable manner, when she was noticed by Hollywood manager and producer Richard Kerner, who was attending his friend’s bar mitzvah at some point in 1999. The very next year, Kelli starred in her first title ever, a short film named “Architecture of Reassurance”, then in the same year made her TV movie debut, by appearing as Christmas in “This Is How the World Ends”, and in another less popular film in a role with significantly less screen time. In 2001, she made her TV series debut, being seen as Kirstie in a single episode of world-famous “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” entitled “The Body”, while she also portrayed Heather Swallers in “Bully”. In 2002, the year of her matriculation, it seems as though her previous fame and experience combined with her newfound free time, and so she was that year cast in a total of six titles, the most significant of which was as Melanie Spores in an episode of “Da Mob”. With just one role in 2003, Kelli finally made it to the true spotlight by securing her role as Faith Domergue in “The Aviator”, which significantly boosted her career success and net worth.

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Kelli after “The Aviator”

In 2005, Garner was seen in a total of seven titles, which is clear evidence of the kind of recognition she had achieved the previous year. In 2006, she appeared to be less active than usual, with only two titles in her wake. 2007 went by the same way, but this time she was cast in the important role of Margo in “Lars and the Real Girl”. With just one role in 2008, Kelli made a return in 2009 with three roles, an appearance in “American Dad!” being one of them. In 2010, she obtained her first TV series role that lasted more than one episode, appearing as Dawn Barbuso in six episodes of “My Generation”. In 2011, she was cast as Brianna in “The Lie”, and then portrayed Kate Cameron in “Pan Am”, an influential TV series in which she stayed for 14 episodes through 2012, meantime also appearing in a short film. The year 2013 meant another two appearances for her, while 2014 showed her in just one episode of “Looking”, and another in 2015, when she starred in another film and a TV show. Kelli seems to have gone on hiatus from acting in 2017.

Her most recent two years in the business

Besides being seen in a short film in 2018, what has really made Kelli stand out was being cast as Kate Ryan in 13 episodes of “The Enemy Within” in 2019. The show was created by NBC and received national attention even before its launch, while Kelli was present in the project from the very start, having been cast in the pilot episode. Her latest role was in “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”, and while she is currently not involved in any titles that are yet to be released, she remains an active actress looking for roles.

Love Life: Does Kelli Garner have a boyfriend? Is she dating someone?

When it comes to Kelli’s romantic involvements, according to the sources that are supplied with enough information to address this matter, she doesn’t seem to have been too secretive about her love life so far, but there are still unconfirmed rumors. She is known to have dated celebrities only, and no one has been linked to her romantically prior to 2005, when she met and began dating Logan Marshall-Green, which lasted for three years. Sometime later she was rumored to be dating Eric Jungmann, though neither of them ever confirmed this. At some point, parts of the Hollywood audience even speculated that she may have been involved with the legendary Keanu Reeves, though no evidence for this ever surfaced.

In 2012, she started her most famous relationship yet, when she took actor Johnny Galecki from “The Big Bang Theory” as her boyfriend. They spent two years together and split up in 2014 due to irreconcilable differences that were never revealed to the media. According to dailymail.co.uk, the two remained best friends even after their relationship ended, and one can therefore conclude that their breakup wasn’t overly dramatic.

Her longest relationship yet

As of some point in 2015, Kelli has been in an apparently happy relationship with Night Things musician Zach Shield. Seeing how her previous relationships were mostly short-lived, the fans were quite surprised when Kelli revealed in December 2018 that she and Zach were about to celebrate the New Year in South America. Nowadays, they are rumored to still be together, though it is unknown whether they’re planning an engagement, and where they reside at the moment. As per the available information, or the lack thereof, Kelli is currently in a very happy relationship with Zach Shield.

What is Kelli Garner’s Net Worth?

Have you ever considered just how rich Kelli Garner might be around the middle of 2019? According to some of the most reputable sources currently eligible for providing an answer to this inquiry, it has been estimated that the total of Kelli’s accumulated net worth is over $1 million, created by lending her desirable appearance and acting expertise to various titles throughout her career, most famously as Faith Domergue in “The Aviator” alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in 2004. Seeing as her career is nowhere near finished, and how she remains an actively looking for castings, the specified amount is bound to increase.

Body Measurements

Regarding Kelli’s physical specifications, she is 5ft 5ins (165cm) tall, weighs around 121lbs (55kg) at the moment, and her body shape is generally described as voluptuous, as evidenced by her vital statistics of 38-24-35. Her dress size is 8, her bra size 34D, but her shoe size is unknown. Her hair is bright blond and her eyes are a muddy green, while her complexion is often seen as rather fair.

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Social Media Presence

As is the case with most actors across the social media networks nowadays, Kelli is widely expected to keep her fans posted about many or most of the happenings in both her private and public life, and to inform them of all of her professional engagements. This way, she manages to maintain and nourish a very close relationship with those that follow her, and as the effect increases, so does the number of those that see her social media posts, which in turn directly contributes to any future earnings she may have. It seems as though Kelli herself is only partially dedicated to living up to this expectation, since her presence on social media appears to be lacking. She’s not on Facebook and Twitter, while her Instagram account has almost 15,000 followers.

General Info

Full NameKelli Garner
Date Of BirthApril 11, 1984
Height1.65 m


ParentsBrian Garner, Dawn Garner


MoviesMan of the House, Lars and the Real Girl, The Aviator, Thumbsucker, Bully, Horns, G-Force, Normal Adolescent Behavior, Taking Woodstock, Going the Distance, When I Live My Life Over Again, Return to Rajapur, Born Killers, Dreamland, Time Share, The Lie, The Six Wives of Henry Lefay, London, Red Velv...
TV ShowsPan Am, My Generation

Social profile links


1I really feel with this film that I've been able to show my soul and my child rather than my body. (On her role as the titular "Real Girl" in Lars and the Real Girl (2007)).


1Made an appearance as the girlfriend in the Green Day video "Jesus of Suburbia". [November 2005]
2Playing "Tricia" in the Off-Broadway play, "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead", at the Century Center for the Performing Arts (New York, NY). [December 2005]
3Richard Kerner, a Hollywood manager, met Kellie at a friend's bar mitzvah. He went on to manage Kellie for several years and was the person responsible for her landing the role in Bully (2001).




The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe2015TV Mini-SeriesMarilyn Monroe
One More Time2015Corinne
Looking2014-2015TV SeriesMegan Murray
Horns2013Glenna Shepherd
Two Wrongs2013TV MovieJenny
Neighbors2012/IIIShortMaggie Jerritt
Pan Am2011-2012TV SeriesKate Cameron
The Lie2011/IBrianna
My Generation2010TV SeriesDawn Barbuso / Dawn
Going the Distance2010Brianna
Taking Woodstock2009VW Girl
American Dad!2009TV SeriesWaitress
Red Velvet2008Linda
Lars and the Real Girl2007Margo
Normal Adolescent Behavior2007Billie
Return to Rajapur2006Samantha Hartley / Samantha Doyle
The Toast2005Bride
Born Killers2005Archer
Green Day: Jesus of Suburbia2005Video shortWhatsername
Man of the House2005/IBarb
The Youth in Us2005ShortAlicia
The Aviator2004Faith Domergue
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2004TV SeriesBrittany O'Malley
Regular Joe2003TV SeriesNikki
Outside2002The Girl
Grounded for Life2001-2002TV SeriesTracey
Da Mob2002TV SeriesMelanie Spores
Hometown Legend2002Josie
Love Liza2002Huffer Girl
Bully2001Heather Swallers
Buffy the Vampire Slayer2001TV SeriesKirstie
This Is How the World Ends2000TV MovieChristmas
Time Share2000Kelly the Beach Girl
Architecture of Reassurance2000ShortHeather (as Kelly Garner)


One More Time2015performer: "Somethin' Stupid"


The Quiet2005thanks


Weekend Today2015TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Devil Inside, les coulisses de Horns2015Video documentaryHerself
Project Runway All Stars2015TV SeriesHerself - Marilyn Monroe
The Marilyn Denis Show2011TV SeriesHerself
Going the Distance: A Guide to Long Distance Dating2010Video documentary shortHerself
Lars and the Real Girl: A Real Leading Lady2008Video shortHerself
Lars and the Real Girl: The Real Story of...2008Video shortHerself
Young Hollywood Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
Filmography2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Bully: On Location2003Video documentary shortHerself / Heather Swallers (uncredited)
Bully: Cast Interviews2001Video documentary shortHerself

Archive Footage

Extra2015TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2012Best ActressBurbank International Film FestivalNeighbors (2012)
2006Best ActressMethod FestDreamland (2006)
2006Rising Star AwardMethod Fest

Nominated Awards

2015OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesThe Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (2015)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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