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Karen Austin
Karen Austin
Portrayed Ruth
Biographical Information
Full Name Karen Elizabeth Austin
Birth Name Karen Austin Elizabeth
Birthdate Unknown
Birthplace Canada
Death Date April 2, 2011
Death Place Unknown

Karen Austin portrayed Shannon Adama's mother, Ruth. She was affectionately known as "Tsattie" (Grandma) to her grandson, William. Austin appeared in eight episodes.


Karen Elizabeth Austin was born as Karen Austin Elizabeth. She was a Canadian actress, known for Caprica (2009), The Eye (2008), Passengers (2008) and When a Stranger Calls Back (1993). She performed at Canada's Stratford Festival in 1978 and 1979.

Austin was married to Mel Tuck. Tuck is a highly regarded pioneer of Canadian theatre who taught, coached and mentored thousands of Canadian actors including Austin as well as other Caprica alumni: John Pyper-Ferguson, Hiro Kanagawa, Teryl Rothery, Catherine Haggquist, Jill Teed and Roger Cross.

Karen Austin died on April 2, 2011.[1][2]

Updated February 20, 2022

Crossover Credits[]

She played Lily on the Battlestar Galactica episode, Escape Velocity (2008).


She was usually credited as a co-star except for "There Is Another Sky", in which she was billed as a guest star.


  1. Karen Austin on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on October 10, 2017. Updated on February 20, 2022.
  2. Mel Tuck Official Website. Retrieved on February 20, 2022.