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Kelly Burkhardt
Actor: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (present self)
Gloria Votsis (younger self)
Gender: Female
Type: Grimm
Service of: Laufer
Relationships: Dead Reed Burkhardt, husband
Dead Marie Kessler, sister
George, brother
Nick Burkhardt, son
Dead Gina Serafini, friend
Status: Living
Comments: Scars on right cheek and above right eyebrow
TV Show: "Woman in Black"
"Bad Teeth"
"The Kiss"
"The Law of Sacrifice"
Comics: Issue 0
Issue 1
Issue 2
Issue 3
Issue 4
Issue 5
Mentioned: "Face Off"
"One Angry Fuchsbau"
"One Night Stand" (sent email)
"El Cucuy"
"The Wild Hunt" (sent email)
Issue 0 Kelly Burkhardt
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Common Television Comic Novel

Kelly Burkhardt, is a Grimm, the sister of Marie Kessler, the widow of Reed Burkhardt, and the mother of Nick Burkhardt. She first appeared in "Woman in Black".


317-Younger Kelly
Kelly the night Marie picked Nick up
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Kelly was, along with her husband Reed, believed to have been killed by Soledad Marquesa in 1994 in Rhinebeck, NY. Her son Nick was taken in by her sister, Marie soon before the accident occurred. After the accident, Marie told Nick that his parents had died in an auto accident. However, it is revealed in "Bad Teeth" that it wasn't her that had been in the crash, it was her good friend Gina Serafini, who Reed was driving to the airport. She went on the run to continue the idea that she had been killed.


Season 1Edit

"Woman in Black"Edit

A mysterious woman was seen in the shadows spying on Akira Kimura, the only surviving member of the four Schakale who were suspects in Kelly's murder and who have continued to search for the Coins of Zakynthos. The police tracking Kimura found her in his hotel room, from where she escaped after a brief fight with Sergeant Wu. She showed up again when Nick was fighting Kimura, who she incapacitated. She then turned to Nick and called him "Nicky," to which Nick replied "Mom?"

Season 2Edit

"Bad Teeth"Edit

Kelly assists Nick Burkhardt with his investigation into the attacks by the Mauvais Dentes. Nick takes her to Marie's Trailer, which she tells Nick that she and Marie bought when their father became ill. Kelly shows Nick the surviving page of one of the original Grimm Diaries and explains the history of the Grimms going back to the Fourth Crusade. Later, after Nick tells her about the key, Kelly tells him that someone in Portland knows who he is. When Nick receives a telephone call about Marnassier from Special Agent Kanigher, Kelly accompanies her son to the lumber mill to assist in the confrontation.

"The Kiss"Edit

Kelly helps Nick subdue Marnassier and strikes the fatal blow with a knife in Marnassier's throat. She goes to the hospital with Nick while he administers the potion prepared by Rosalee; she helps hold the medical staff at bay while Nick works. Kelly confronts Catherine Schade, who tells her that she did not have anything to do with Adalind's plan, but Kelly persists in terrorizing her and grabs her neck. Catherine tells Kelly there is a prince in Portland but refuses to disclose his name. Kelly and Catherine fight and Kelly throws her into a mirror, and one of the pieces of glass slices Catherine's neck, which kills her before Kelly learns the identity of the prince. Realizing that things have become too dangerous for her in Portland as she has now murdered too many people, Kelly takes the Coins of Zakynthos apparently with the goal of returning them to the island and destroying them. After a tearful goodbye, Nick takes Kelly to Union Station so she can take a train out of Portland. Once Nick drives away, she does not go inside the station; but instead steals a car by using a slim-jim to unlock the door.

Season 3Edit


Kelly was hired by the Laufer to facilitate the exit of Adalind Schade and her baby from Europe. She arrived at the meeting place early enough to see agents of the Verrat arrive. Once she was sure that the Verrat were after Adalind and her baby, she killed four of them. On the aircraft she checked the box of supplies and realized that they were headed for Brazil. She told the pilot that since the Verrat were waiting at the pick-up point, they would be likely to be at the landing site and changed the landing site to near Portland.

On the ground in Portland she stole a truck and took her Adalind and the baby to Nick and Juliette's Home for safety. When she arrived, Nick told her about his and Juliette's history with Adalind and reminded her that she had killed Adalind's mother.

When Adalind left Nick and Juliette's home, Kelly went with Nick to Sean Renard's Home to find Adalind.

"The Law of Sacrifice"Edit


"Face Off"Edit

Nick tells Monroe that his mother killed Catherine Schade while they are looking for the ingredient list she left in the spice shop because Monroe suggested she could help.

"One Angry Fuchsbau" Edit

Nick Burkhardt received an email which he thought was from his mother. She apologized for not keeping in touch, told Nick that she misses him, that she is okay, and said she would be making good use of the "money;" Nick took that to be a reference to the Coins of Zakynthos.

"One Night Stand" Edit

Juliette checks Nick's email looking for the results of his recent medical examination when an email from "bheadr" arrives. Juliette decides to read the email and it is signed "Love you M." The email is from Kelly, but as Juliette believes her to be dead, she wonders who "M" is.

"El Cucuy" Edit

Juliette tried to find more information about Kelly so she checked the IP address that the email was sent from and tracks down the point of origin. Juliette learns that Kelly's email came from Višnja Gora in Slovenia and tells Nick about it.

"The Wild Hunt"Edit

Juliette decides to contact her through email and she replies suggesting that she and Nick communicate through Juliette.

Comic seriesEdit

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Kelly is not at all concerned with breaking the law or whether the human police find her actions criminal. When hunting Kelly is ruthless, she seems to hold a dislike towards Wesen, and was shocked when she learned her son Nick was friends with two, although after spending some time with them, and seeing how much Nick trusts them she was willing to extend some friendliness to Monroe and Rosalee, and seemed to slightly rethink her views. She holds a great hatred for the Royal Houses, as they are guilty of much the turmoil in the world. She is secretive and likely feels that Nick isn't ready to know everything about her mission as shown by her fooling him into thinking she got on a bus at the station, when she really stayed in Portland stealing a car. Despite this she makes it clear she deeply loves her son, and just wants him safe. ("Woman in Black") ("Bad Teeth") ("The Kiss")

Grimm AbilitiesEdit

As a Grimm she can see things normal people can't and despite her age she has great physical strength, agility, and stamina as she was able to disarm Wu and land on the ground running quickly. She is a very dangerous adversary as she most often kills any creature she fights, and seems unable to control her killer instincts. She possesses great stealth. She was also able to disable her son Nick in combat despite him being younger, and deal a stunning blow to Kimura despite the trouble he gave to everyone else. She does not move around unarmed; she keeps a switchblade on her at all times.



  • Prior to "Woman in Black" airing, Kelly Burkhardt was known as "The Woman in Black". She wore black throughout the entire episode.
  • Kelly has worn all black in every episode that she has appeared in.
  • Her email she uses to keep contact with Nick is ("One Night Stand")
Preceded by
Allied Force Headquarters
Holder of the Coins
? - 1994
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nick Burkhardt
Holder of the Coins
2012 - 2013 (2012 - present in TV)
Succeeded by
Geof Detwiler (comic)

Albert Denswoz (novel)

Preceded by
Laszlo Dietrich (comic)

Friend of Kelly Burkhardt (novel)

Holder of the Coins
2013 (comic and novel only)
Succeeded by
Maya (comic only)
Preceded by
Laszlo Dietrich
Resistance Leader
2013 - current


Grimm Season Three
Episodes "The Ungrateful Dead" • "PTZD" • "A Dish Best Served Cold" • "One Night Stand" • "El Cucuy" • "Stories We Tell Our Young" • "Cold Blooded" • "Twelve Days of Krampus" • "Red Menace" • "Eyes of the Beholder" • "The Good Soldier" • "The Wild Hunt" • "Revelation" • "Mommy Dearest" • "Once We Were Gods" • "The Show Must Go On" • "Synchronicity" • "The Law of Sacrifice" • "Nobody Knows the Trubel I've Seen" • "My Fair Wesen" • "The Inheritance" • "Blond Ambition"
Webisodes "Meltdown" • "Love is in the Air"
Stars David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt Russell Hornsby as Hank Griffin Bitsie Tulloch as Juliette Silverton Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe Sasha Roiz as Sean Renard Reggie Lee as Wu Bree Turner as Rosalee Calvert Claire Coffee as Adalind Schade
Recurring Alexis Denisof as Viktor BeckendorfChristian Lagadec as SebastienDamien Puckler as Martin MeisnerMary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Kelly BurkhardtChris Mulkey as BartDee Wallace as AliceShohreh Aghdashloo as Stefania Vaduva Popescu • Isley & Aria Nelson as Adalind's Daughter
Wesen BlutbadFuchsbauHexenbiest/Half-ZauberbiestHundjägerWildesheer
Mythology GrimmBlutbad-Bauerschwein FeudContaminatio RitualisGesetzbuch EhrenkodexWesen CouncilWoge
Organizations Portland PoliceLauferVerrat
Diseases GrausenPost-Traumatic Zombification Disorder
Locations Portland, OregonVienna, AustriaNick and Juliette's HomeMonroe's HomeSean Renard's HomeKronenberg CastleCentral Precinct Justice CenterForest Hills Storage
DVD/Blu-ray Grimm: Season Three
Seasons Season 1Season 2Season 3Season 4
Quotes Episode Quotes
Grimm Season Two
Episodes "Bad Teeth" • "The Kiss" • "Bad Moon Rising" • "Quill" • "The Good Shepherd" • "Over My Dead Body" • "The Bottle Imp" • "The Other Side" • "La Llorona" • "The Hour of Death" • "To Protect and Serve Man" • "Season of the Hexenbiest" • "Face Off" • "Natural Born Wesen" • "Mr. Sandman" • "Nameless" • "One Angry Fuchsbau" • "Volcanalis" • "Endangered" • "Kiss of the Muse" • "The Waking Dead" • "Goodnight, Sweet Grimm"
Webisodes "Bad Hair Day"
Stars David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt Russell Hornsby as Hank Griffin Bitsie Tulloch as Juliette Silverton Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe Sasha Roiz as Sean Renard Reggie Lee as Wu Bree Turner as Rosalee Calvert Claire Coffee as Adalind Schade
Recurring Shohreh Aghdashloo as Stefania Vaduva PopescuDanny Bruno as Bud WurstnerJames Frain as Eric RenardChristian Lagadec as Renard's ConfidantMary McDonald-Lewis as Frau PechReg E. Cathey as Baron SamediMary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Kelly Burkhardt
Wesen BlutbadCracher-MortelEisbiberFuchsbauHexenbiest/Half-Zauberbiest
Mythology GrimmCoins of ZakynthosFourth CrusadeNick's KeyWesen WarsGesetzbuch EhrenkodexWesen CouncilEndezeichen GrimmWoge
Organizations Portland PoliceLauferVerrat
Diseases Fluvus Pestilentia
Locations Portland, OregonVienna, AustriaNick and Juliette's HomeMonroe's HomeSean Renard's HomeKronenberg CastleCentral Precinct Justice CenterForest Hills Storage
DVD/Blu-ray Grimm: Season Two
Seasons Season 1Season 2Season 3Season 4
Quotes Episode Quotes

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