Stana Katic

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Stana Katic
20120309 Stana Katic at Paleyfest.jpg
Katic at the 2012 PaleyFest
Born (1978-04-26) April 26, 1978 (age 35)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Website
www.stanakatic.com

Stana Katic (/ˈstɑːnə ˈkætɨk/;[1] born April 26, 1978) is a Canadian born American film and television actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Detective Kate Beckett on the ABC series Castle (2009–present).

Early life[edit]

Katic was 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 because that's the part of the planet that we are originally from. I have Serb, Croat and even a handful of Montenegrin family members."[2] Her father is from Vrlika, and her mother is from the surrounding area of Sinj.[3] Katic later moved with her family to Aurora, Illinois.[4] 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 the DePaul University Goodman School of Drama, where she studied acting from 2000 to 2002.[4] She has four brothers and one sister.

Career[edit]

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 James Bond film Quantum of Solace (though she was originally up for the role of Strawberry Fields in the film[5]), and Simone Renoir in the third installment of The Librarian franchise, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice.

In August 2008, ABC announced[6] acquisition of the television series Castle, starring Katic as Kate Beckett and Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle.[7]

In 2008, Katic established her own production company, Sine Timore Productions, which is Latin for "without fear".[4]

Katic in May 2010

BuddyTV named Stana Katic as #24 on its list of "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009",[8] #39 in 2010,[9] #1 in 2011[10] and #8 in 2012;[11] #6 on its list of "The 15 Best Drama Lead Actresses of the 2011-2012 TV Season";[12] 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] #13 (and the Best Delayed Relationship) on its list of "The Best Relationships of 2011",[14] #15 on its list of "The Special Relationships: TV’s Top 50 Love Stories of the Past Decade",[15] #1 on its list "Love... Or Not: The Top 12 Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples of 2012"[16] and #2 on its list "Lip Smacking Good: The Best Kisses of 2012";[17] named Castle as #6 on its list of "The 11 Best Returning TV Shows of 2011",[18] #11 on "The 15 Best Dramas of the 2011-2012 TV Season"[19] and #12 on "The 12 Best Dramas of 2012".[20]

In the summer of 2010 Katic filmed For Lovers Only with the Polish brothers in France and The Double with Richard Gere.[21]

At the third annual Shorty Awards held on March 28, 2011, she won the actress category.[22][23][24] In May 2011, she won the Most Glamourous Actress online ballot for the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.[25][26] She received 17.3% of the 3,641 votes against a field of 15 finalists.[27]

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.[28] 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.[29][30]

On January 28, 2012, she was a presenter at the 64th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards ceremony.[31] 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".[32] Katic was nominated for the 39th People's Choice Awards in the Favorite Dramatic TV Actress category.[33] At the 40th People's Choice Awards, Katic won the Favorite Dramatic TV Actress category, while the show won Favorite TV Crime Drama.[34][35]

Personal life[edit]

Katic started a project in 2010 called "The Alternative Travel Project".[36] She lives in and shoots Castle in Los Angeles. Katic speaks four languages fluently: English, French, Italian and Serbian.[37]

Katic wrote the lyrics for "Hey Blue Eyes", which she sang for fans at the 51st Zlín Film Festival in 2011.[38] She holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.[39]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Acid Freaks Annie
2003 Shut-Eye Angela
2005 Pit Fighter Marianne
2006 Faceless Diana Palos Television film
2006 Dragon Dynasty Ava Television film
2007 Feast of Love Jenny
2008 Stiletto Raina
2008 Quantum of Solace Corrine Veneau
2008 Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, TheThe Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice Simone Renoir Television film
2008 The Spirit Morgenstern
2008 Truth About Kerry Emma
2010 For Lovers Only Sofia
2011 Double, TheThe Double Amber
2013 Big Sur Lenore Kandel
2013 CBGB Genya Ravan
2013 Superman: Unbound Lois Lane Voice[40]
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Handler, TheThe Handler Mariella Episode: "Bleak House"
2004 Alias Flight Attendant Episode: "Facade"
2004 L.A. Dragnet Miriam Nelson Episode: "Retribution"
2004 The Shield Ayla 2 episodes
2004 JAG Lucienne Charmoli Episode: "This Just in from Baghdad"
2005 The Closer Nadia Episode: "The Big Picture"
2005 ER Blaire Collins 2 episodes
2006 24 Collette Stenger 4 episodes
2006 Brothers & Sisters Karen Wells Episode: "Patriarchy"
2007 Company Man Donna Baker Episode: "Pilot"
2007 Heroes Hana Gitelman 2 episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Rita Sullivan Episode: "Deep Freeze"
2007 Unit, TheThe Unit Special Agent Debra Lane Episode: "Binary Explosion"
2008 Would Be Kings Julianna Martinelli Mini-series; 2 episodes
2009–present Castle Detective Kate Beckett Main role
Prism Award for Best Performance in a Drama Episode (shared with Jon Huertas)
TV Guide Award for Favorite Couple Who Should (Shared with Nathan Fillion)
TV Guide Award for Favorite TV Couple (shared with Nathan Fillion)
People's Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic TV Actress
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
2012 Fletcher Drive Greta Episode: "The Intervention"
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Batman: Arkham City Talia al Ghul Voice role

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stana says her own name near the beginning of the audio commentary for "A Death in the Family" in the DVD collection Castle: The Complete First Season.
  2. ^ "Stana Katic". Stana Katic. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  3. ^ "I u Hollywoodu jedem ribu i blitvu". Gloria (in Croatian). 
  4. ^ a b c Amoni, Marissa (December 23, 2008). "West High grad in film opening on Christmas Day". The Beacon News. p. A1. 
  5. ^ Alex Simon (2009-11-04). "The Hollywood Interview: Stana Katic: The Hollywood Interview". thehollywoodinterview.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  6. ^ The Digital Spy, "ABC announces 'Castle' for 2008–09. Retrieved on 2009-06-28
  7. ^ Rosen, Christopher (2009-03-03). A Quirky Cop Dramedy, an Office Spinoff and a Deadwooder Back to Life (HTML). The New York Observer. The New York Observer, LLC. Retrieved on 2009-03-05
  8. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009". BuddyTV. 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  9. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2010". BuddyTV. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  10. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011". BuddyTV. 2011-12-07. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  11. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2012". BuddyTV. 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  12. ^ "The 15 Best Drama Lead Actresses of the 2011-2012 TV Season". BuddyTV. 2012-06-13. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  13. ^ "Love Is All Around: Best TV Relationships of 2010". BuddyTV. 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  14. ^ "The Best Relationships of 2011". BuddyTV. 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  15. ^ "The Special Relationships: TV’s Top 50 Love Stories of the Past Decade". BuddyTV. 2012-11-26. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  16. ^ "Love... Or Not: The Top 12 Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples of 2012". BuddyTV. 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  17. ^ "Lip Smacking Good: The Best Kisses of 2012". BuddyTV. 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  18. ^ "The 11 Best Returning TV Shows of 2011". BuddyTV. 2011-12-12. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  19. ^ "The 15 Best Dramas of the 2011-2012 TV Season". BuddyTV. 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  20. ^ "The 12 Best Dramas of 2012". BuddyTV. 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  21. ^ "Stana Katic and Odette Yustman Join Spy Thriller 'The Double'".  | Retrieved on 2010-10-20
  22. ^ "Neil Patrick Harris, Conan O'Brien Win Shorty Awards for Twitter Use". The Hollywood Reporter. 2011-03-29. Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  23. ^ ""Oscars of Twitter" Announce 3rd Annual Shorty Awards Winners". ShortyAwards.com. 2011-03-29. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  24. ^ D'Zurilla, Christie (2011-03-18). "Kiefer Sutherland enlisted as Shorty Awards presenter". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-03-18. 
  25. ^ "VOTEZ POUR L'ACTRICE DE SERIE LA PLUS GLAMOUR DE L'ANNEE". 2011 TMC/Monte-Carlo Television Festival. 
  26. ^ "Quelle est l'actrice la plus glamour de l'année ?". Télé 7 Jours. 
  27. ^ "Festival TV Monte Carlo 2011 : Et les acteurs les plus glamour de la télévision sont...". Première. 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  28. ^ "Castle Star Attends Zlin International Film Festival As A Jury Member". TV Overmind. 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  29. ^ Young, John (2011-07-21). "'Castle' star Stana Katic to voice Talia al Ghul in 'Batman: Arkham City' – EXCLUSIVE PHOTO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  30. ^ Snider, Mike (2011-07-24). "'Batman: Arkham City' gets new character and comics at Comic-Con". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  31. ^ "DGA Sets Presenters for 64th Annual DGA Awards". Directors Guild of America. 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  32. ^ "Glee, Southland, Castle, Parenthood, Shameless, Days of Our Lives, Dr. Drew's Lifechangers, Take Shelter and Warrior take Top Honors at the 16th Annual PRISM Awards". PRWeb. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  33. ^ Macatee, Rebecca (2012-11-15). "News/People's Choice Awards: Justin Bieber, Adam Levine, Channing Tatum Top 2013 Nominees". E! Online. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  34. ^ "Sandra Bullock wins big at People's Choice Awards". United Press International. 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  35. ^ "People's Choice Awards 2014: The winners list". CNN. 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  36. ^ "The Alternative Travel Project". Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  37. ^ "Stana Katic: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  38. ^ "3 Reasons Stana Katic Should Make Maxim’s 2013 Hot 100 List". Wetpaint. January 30, 2013. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  39. ^ "Actor Bio: Stana Katic". abc.go.com. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  40. ^ Sands, Rich (January 7, 2013). "First Look: Matt Bomer Gets Animated for Superman: Unbound". TV Guide. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 

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