Apr. 26th, 1978
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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Stana Katic (born April 26, 1978) is a Canadian-American film and television actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Detective Kate Beckett on the popular ABC series Castle.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, to Serb parents Petar and Rada Katić, who emigrated from Croatia, Yugoslavia. In describing her ethnicity, she has stated "My parents are Serbs from Croatia. I call us Dalmatian..." Her father is from Vrlika, and her mother is from the surrounding area of Sinj. Katic later moved with her family to Aurora, Illinois. She spent the following years moving back and forth between Canada and the United States. After graduating from West Aurora High School in 1996, she studied at the University of Toronto and then at Chicago's Goodman School of Drama, where she studied acting from 2000 to 2002. She has four brothers and one sister.
Katic played Hana Gitelman in Heroes, Collette Stenger in 24 's season 5, and Jenny in the film Feast of Love starring 'Morgan Freeman'. She also played Morgenstern in Frank Miller's film The Spirit, Corrine Veneau in the Bond movie Quantum of Solace (though she was originally up for the role of Strawberry Fields in the film), and Simone Renoir in the third installment of The Librarian franchise, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice.
In August 2008, ABC announced acquisition of the television series Castle, starring Katic as Kate Beckett and 'Nathan Fillion' as Richard Castle.
In 2008, Katic established her own production company, Sine Timore Productions, which is Latin for "without fear".
BuddyTV named Stana Katic as #24 on its list of "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009", #39 in 2010, #1 in 2011 and #8 in 2012; #6 on its list of "The 15 Best Drama Lead Actresses of the 2011-2012 TV Season"; named her character's relationship with the title character as #18 (and the Best Flirting Relationship) on its list "Love Is All Around: Best TV Relationships of 2010", #13 (and the Best Delayed Relationship) on its list of "The Best Relationships of 2011", #15 on its list of "The Special Relationships: TV’s Top 50 Love Stories of the Past Decade", #1 on its list "Love... Or Not: The Top 12 Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples of 2012" and #2 on its list "Lip Smacking Good: The Best Kisses of 2012"; named Castle as #6 on its list of "The 11 Best Returning TV Shows of 2011", #11 on "The 15 Best Dramas of the 2011-2012 TV Season" and #12 on "The 12 Best Dramas of 2012".
In the summer of 2010 Katic filmed For Lovers Only with the Polish brothers in France and The Double with 'Richard Gere'.
At the third annual Shorty Awards held on March 28, 2011, she won the actress category. In May 2011, she won the Most Glamourous Actress online ballot for the Monte-Carlo Television Festival. She received 17.3% of the 3,641 votes against a field of 15 finalists.
She served as a jury member at the May 29 – June 5, 2011, Film Festival Zlín, where For Lovers Only made its world premiere. Big Sur, in which she plays Lenore Kandel premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2013. In conjunction with the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International, there was an official announcement in Entertainment Weekly that she would become the voice for Talia al Ghul in Batman: Arkham City.
On January 28, 2012, she was a presenter at the 64th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards ceremony. She was the recipient of the PRISM Award for Performance in a Drama Episode at the 16th Annual PRISM Awards for her portrayal of suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Castle season four episode "Killshot". Katic was nominated for the 39th People's Choice Awards in the Favorite Dramatic TV Actress category.
Katic started a project in 2010 called "The Alternative Travel Project". She lives and shoots Castle in Los Angeles. Katic speaks four languages fluently: English, French, Italian and Serbian, and she can speak in accents of British, Irish, Eastern European, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Slovenian and South African.
Katic wrote the lyrics for "Hey Blue Eyes," which she sang for fans at the 51st Zlín Film Festival in 2011. She holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.
- Favorite hobbies include archeology, archery, astrophysics, flamenco dancing, and designing clothes.
- Enjoys Soccer, Yoga, Karate, Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Horseback Riding, Swimming.
- Has an Alto-Mezzo Soprano singing voice.
- Speaks Italian, French, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, and Montenegrin.
- She is of Dalmatian heritage.