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Rya Kihlstedt is the American actress who portrays Cleo Fox on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Rya Kihlstedt was born on August 5th, 1970[1][2], in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is a 1991 graduate of Skidmore College in Theatre Arts. She is of Swedish descent, and has two children (Ava Emanuelle born 1999, and Giovanni born 2001) with her actor husband Gil Bellows. The couple married in 1994.

Kihlstedt is known for her role in the films: The Atticus Institute, Deep Impact, Home Alone 3. She's also had guest roles on the television series: Bosch, Covert Affairs, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Dexter, Drop Dead Diva, Masters of Sex, Nashville, NCIS and Prime Suspect among others. In 2015, she was cast as a series regular on Heroes Reborn.

In February 2016, she was cast as Cleo Fox on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


  • Her birthday is often incorrectly given as July 23rd.[3][4]
  • She co-starred with Once Upon a Time actor Robbie Kay on Heroes Reborn.
  • She is the sister of Oakland-based violinist, Carla Kihlstedt.


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