January 3, 1979 |
Sacramento, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Reza Jahangiri (m. 2013)|
|Kate Levering in August 2010|
Kate Levering (born January 3, 1979) is an American actress and dancer. She was nominated for Tony Award for her role in 2001 musical 42nd Street. She is best known for her role as Kim Kaswell in Lifetime comedy-drama series Drop Dead Diva.
Life and career
Levering was born in Sacramento, California. Levering attended El Camino Fundamental High School, where she took part in school musicals and dance classes before graduating in 1997 and leaving for New York City to pursue a career on Broadway. In 2001 she was cast as Peggy Sawyer in the revival of 42nd Street. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical category and won the Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer for her tap dancing in the show. She only performed the role on Broadway for a short three-month period, and is featured on the cast album, but is not taped for Lincoln Center Archives.
On television, Levering has made guest appearances on shows such as Home Improvement, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Cold Case (episode: "Dog Day Afternoons") and Witchblade. In 2002, she played the role of Jeanne Martin in the TV movie Martin and Lewis, starring Sean Hayes and Jeremy Northam. In 2004 she played whip-smart attorney Veronica Carter on the UPN series Kevin Hill, starring Taye Diggs. Although critically acclaimed, the show was canceled in 2005 after only one season. Kate has had guest roles in CSI: Miami ("The Score" (2006)), Las Vegas (2007), Medium (2007), K-Ville (2007), Ghost Whisperer (2007), Cashmere Mafia (four episodes 2008), NCIS (2010), and White Collar (2010).
From 2009 to 2014, Levering played the role of Kim Kaswell in Lifetime's comedy-drama series Drop Dead Diva. Levering also has starred in independent films: Like Dandelion Dust in 2009, and Breaking the Girls in 2012.
Levering married businessman Reza Jahangiri on April 20, 2013 at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Their son, Holden Robert Jahangiri, was born in July 2013. Kate's pregnancy was written into her role on Drop Dead Diva. In March 2016, Levering announced that she had a second son.
|1999||Home Improvement||Girl||Episode: "Neighbors"|
|2001||The Lullaby of Broadway: Opening Night on 42nd Street||Peggy Sawyer||TV movie|
|2002||Witchblade||Lucrezia Borgia||Episode: "Ubique"|
|2002||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Kittie||Episode: "Lust"|
|2002||Martin and Lewis||Jeanne Martin|
|2004–05||Kevin Hill||Veronica Carter||Series regular, 22 episodes|
|2005||Out of Practice||Jennifer||Episode: "New Year's Eve"|
|2006||CSI: Miami||Heather Larkin / Karen Manning||Episode: "The Score"|
|2006||The Hunters||Addison Cole||TV Pilot|
|2006||Cold Case||Darla Dunaway||Episode: "Dog Day Afternoons"|
|2007||Las Vegas||Nicole||Episode: "Fleeting Cheating Meeting"|
|2007||Close to Home||Tess Middleton||Episode: "Barren"|
|2007||Medium||Dr. Elizabeth Randall||Episode: "Whatever Possessed You"|
|2007||K-Ville||Christina Dubois||Episode: "Pilo"|
|2007||Ghost Whisperer||Gina Prince||Episode: "Haunted Hero"|
|2008||Blue Blood||Colt||TV Pilot|
|2008||Cashmere Mafia||Katherine Cutler||Recurring role, 4 episodes|
|2009||Like Dandelion Dust||Molly Campbell|
|2009–14||Drop Dead Diva||Kim Kaswell||Series regular, 70 episodes|
|2010||White Collar||Grace Quinn||Episode: "Bottlenecked"|
|2010||NCIS: Los Angeles||Jillian Leigh||Episode: "Anonymous"|
|2013||Breaking the Girls||Nina Layton|
- Levering, Kate (March 3, 2016). "I'm baaaaaack!!! Mostly I was gone because I was growing a second human, birthing him and now coming back from the dead. That is all.". Official Twitter Status. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
- Erickson, Hal (2009-10-07). Encyclopedia of Television Law Shows: Factual and Fictional Series About Judges, Lawyers and the Courtroom, 1948-2008. McFarland. pp. 158–. ISBN 9780786438280. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
- Suskin, Steven (2003-05-29). Broadway Yearbook 2001-2002: A Relevant and Irreverent Record. Oxford University Press. pp. 83–. ISBN 9780195158779. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
- "Kate Levering". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
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- "Kate Levering: Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
- Nudd, Tim (2013-05-03). "Kate Levering Marries Reza Jahangiri". People. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
- Eggenberger, Nicole (2013-08-19). "Kate Levering, Drop Dead Diva Star, Welcomes Baby". Us Weekly. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
- "Kate Levering Welcomes Son Holden Robert". People. 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2013-08-28.