An actress whose capability to seamlessly alternate between roles that call for unchallenged authority figures and vulnerable, coyly girlish types, Callie Thorne is equally comfortable on small-screen crime and police dramas (Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Wire, and Prison Break) and big-screen comedies (Next Stop Wonderland, Wirey Spindell, and Strangers With Candy). It was her recurring role as Sheila Keefe on the hit FX series Rescue Me, however, that truly allowed Thorne to gain considerable notice as an actress.
A graduate of Lincoln-Sudbury High School who went on to study at Wheaton College, Thorne credits much of her success to Wheaton theater director Pamela Bongas. While early roles in such features as Turbulence and Next Stop Wonderland served well to get the emerging actress comfortable in front of the camera, it was her performance as Detective Laura Ballard on Homicide: Life on the Street that truly propelled Thorne's career to the next level. After breaking the glass ceiling on the series by becoming the first female homicide detective to be paired with another female on a case, Thorne displayed her indie side with commendable roles in Ed Burns' Sidewalks of New York and Tim McCann's Revolution #9. But Thorne truly shined on the small screen, and despite the occasional appearance in such big-budget efforts as Analyze That, recurring roles on The Wire, ER, Prison Break, and, of course, Rescue Me made her a favorite of television viewers who liked their drama served with a side of grit.