Kate Siegel

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Kate Siegel
Kate Gordon Siegelbaum[1]

(1982-08-09) August 9, 1982 (age 41)[2]
EducationSyracuse University (BFA)
  • Actress
  • screenwriter
Years active2006–present
(m. 2016)

Kate Gordon Siegelbaum, known professionally as Kate Siegel (/ˈsɡəl/ SEE-gəl, born August 9, 1982),[2] is an American actress and screenwriter. She is best known for her collaborations with her husband, filmmaker Mike Flanagan, appearing in his films Oculus (2013), Hush (2016), which she also co-wrote, Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), and Gerald's Game (2017), as well as in his television series The Haunting of Hill House (2018), The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020), Midnight Mass (2021), and The Fall of the House of Usher (2023). She has been dubbed a "scream queen" due to her work in horror films and television.


Siegel was born on 9 August 1982[2] in Silver Spring, Maryland. She attended St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Maryland, and graduated from Syracuse University in 2004.[1] Siegel is Jewish.[3][4][5] Siegel said in 2008 she is bisexual[6] and had been in relationships with other women before.[7] She married director Mike Flanagan in early 2016.[8] They have two children: a son, Cody, and a daughter, Theodora, named after Siegel's character in The Haunting of Hill House. She is stepmother to Flanagan's eldest son from a previous relationship.[9][10] She attended high school with stand-up comedian and actress Whitney Cummings.[citation needed]


Siegel made her acting debut in the film The Curse of The Black Dahlia, which was released on January 23, 2007.[11] That same year she went on to star in Hacia La Oscuridad which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28, 2007.[12] She also appeared in Steam alongside Ruby Dee and Chelsea Handler.[13] In 2008, Siegel appeared in the short film Knocked Down which was directed by Ted Collins.[14] In 2009, she made her television debut in Ghost Whisperer as Cheryl. In 2010, she appeared in Numb3rs as Rachel Hollander. She then appeared in an episode of Castle. That same year she appeared in the drama-thriller Wedding Day.[15]

In 2013, Siegel appeared in Man Camp.[16] That same year she appeared in Oculus, a horror film written and directed by Flanagan.[17] The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013, and was released in April 2014.[18][19] She also appeared in an episode of Mob City. In 2014, she appeared in Demon Legacy.[20]

In November 2015, it was revealed that she and Flanagan would be adapting the young adult novel 13 Days to Midnight into a film.[21]

In 2016, Siegel starred as a deaf-mute woman beset by a killer in the horror-thriller Hush, a film on which she also made her screenwriting debut, co-writing with Flanagan. The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 12, 2016, and was released on Netflix on April 8, 2016.[22][23] In July 2016, she starred in a commercial for Stelara psoriasis medication.[24] That same year, Siegel appeared in Ouija: Origin of Evil, also directed by Flanagan, which was released on October 21, 2016.[25][26]

In 2017, Siegel starred alongside Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood in the film adaptation of Stephen King's Gerald's Game, which was also directed by Flanagan.[27] The film was released on September 29, 2017, by Netflix.[28]

In 2018, Siegel had a starring role as Theodora Crain in the Netflix supernatural horror series The Haunting of Hill House, based on Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel of the same name. She also narrated the podcast Calling Darkness[29][30] and has been a voice actor for The NoSleep Podcast.[31]

Siegel portrayed Erin Greene in Netflix's Midnight Mass which was written and directed by Flanagan, and co-starred her cast-mate from The Haunting of Hill House, Henry Thomas.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Hacia la oscuridad Jenn Also known as Total Darkness
2007 The Curse of the Black Dahlia Jennifer Direct-to-video
2007 Steam Elizabeth
2008 Knocked Down Lance's Assistant Short film
2009 Puke in My Mouth Ms Taken 2 Short film
2012 Wedding Day Erica
2012 The Collector Jess Short film
2013 Man Camp Teresa
2013 Oculus Marisol Chavez
2014 Demon Legacy Jack
2014 Dead Room: Origins Jade Short film
2015 The Program Natalie Short film
2015 Wine Jabs Vivian Short film
2016 Hot Beth
2016 Hush Maddie Young Also screenwriter[23]
Nominated—BloodGuts UK Horror Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Fright Meter Award for Best Actress
2016 Ouija: Origin of Evil Jenny Browning
2017 Gerald's Game Sally
2019 Let's Go Down Ember Short film
2021 Hypnotic Jenn Tompson
2023 The Wrath of Becky Agent Montana [32]
The Room Claudette Post-production[33]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Ghost Whisperer Cheryl Episode: "This Joint's Haunted"
2010 Numbers Rachel Hollander Episode: "And the Winner Is…"
2012 The Unknown Evey Kyler Episode: "Prime Cut"[34]
2012 Castle Nadia Episode: "47 Seconds"
2012 Where Would We Be Stephanie Episode: "Pilot"[35]
2013 Mob City Tandy Episode: "Stay Down"
2018 The Haunting of Hill House Theodora "Theo" Crain Main role; 10 episodes
2020 Hawaii Five-0 Joanna Episode: "I ho'olulu, ho'ohulei 'ia e ka makani"
2020 The Haunting of Bly Manor Viola Willoughby / The Lady of the Lake 2 episodes
2021 Midnight Mass Erin Greene Main role; 7 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress in a Streaming Television Series
2022 The Time Traveler's Wife Annette DeTamble 2 episodes
2023 The Fall of the House of Usher Camille L’Espanaye Upcoming limited series[36]


Siegel has appeared on the horror podcasts Calling Darkness[29][30] and The NoSleep Podcast.[31]


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  2. ^ a b c "Kate Siegel". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 7, 2023.
  3. ^ @k8siegel (October 30, 2018). "Yup. I approve these facts" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ @k8siegel (June 8, 2013). "Jewish peas in a pod. @bigradinmonster" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Eil, Philip (July 6, 2015). "Say Hello to the Internet's Biggest Jewish Stars". Jewish Daily Forward.
  6. ^ "Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (August 29, 2008) - Page 4 of 9 - AfterEllen". AfterEllen. August 29, 2008. Archived from the original on April 6, 2019. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  7. ^ "'Steam' Stars Ally Sheedy and Kate Siegel Drop the Towel". gaywired.com. August 22, 2008. Archived from the original on September 3, 2008. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  8. ^ Drew, Ari (April 6, 2016). "SXSW 2016: Mike Flanagan and Kate Siegel Talk Their New Thriller Hush and Upcoming Projects". Dread Central. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Schonter, Allison (December 3, 2018). "'Haunting of Hill House' Star Kate Siegel and Mike Flanagan Welcome Baby". PopCulture.com. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "Mike Flanagan Film". mikeflanaganfilm.com.
  11. ^ Condit, Jon (March 11, 2007). "Curse of the Black Dahila (2006)". Dread Central. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  12. ^ Goldstein, Gregg (April 13, 2007). "Tribeca Film Fest unveils lineups". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  13. ^ "Steam". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  14. ^ Collins, Ted (October 13, 2012). "Knocked Down". Vimeo.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  15. ^ "Wedding Day". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  16. ^ "Man Camp". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  17. ^ Gingold, Michael (April 11, 2016). "Q&A: Star/Scripter Kate Siegel Speaks Up About "HUSH"". Fangoria.com. Archived from the original on January 19, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  18. ^ Matt Barone (September 10, 2013). "TIFF Review: The Smart, Inventive "Oculus" Is the Best Horror Film of the Festival". Complex. Complex Media, Inc.
  19. ^ "UPDATE: New 'Oculus' theatrical poster debuts". WWE. WWE Inc. March 10, 2014.
  20. ^ "Demon Legacy (2014)". CultureCrypt.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  21. ^ A. Lincoln, Ross (November 20, 2015). "Bold Films Acquires '13 Days To Midnight'; Shooting Wraps On Musical 'September 12th'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  22. ^ Hipes, Patrick (March 10, 2016). "Netflix Acquires Micro-Budget Horror Pic 'Hush', Latest From Blumhouse & Intrepid". Deadline Hollywood.
  23. ^ a b "Hush". SXSW.com. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
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  25. ^ Evans, Greg (September 21, 2015). "Consult The Board: 'Ouija 2' Rounds Out Cast". deadline.com. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  26. ^ Petski, Denise (April 30, 2015). "'Ouija 2′ Set For October 2016; Jason Blum Back as Producer - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  27. ^ Fleming, Mike (October 17, 2016). "Carla Gugino & Bruce Greenwood Star In Stephen King's 'Gerald's Game' For Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  28. ^ S, C (August 23, 2017). "Netflix September 2017 Movie and TV Titles Announced". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  29. ^ a b Noble, Logan (December 14, 2018). "Author Interview: Gemma Amor". Logan Noble, Author.
  30. ^ a b "Calling Darkness". Calling Darkness Podcast. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  31. ^ a b "NoSleep Podcast S7E25". September 25, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2021.
  32. ^ "SXSW – 'Evil Dead Rise', 'The Wrath of Becky', & 'Late Night With the Devil' to World Premiere! [Images]". Bloody Disgusting. January 11, 2023. Retrieved February 25, 2023.
  33. ^ Housman, Andrew (April 14, 2023). "The Room Remake Starring Bob Odenkirk Was Shot In A Single Day". SlashFilm. Retrieved April 24, 2023.
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  35. ^ Pilot, Anya Benton, David Crane, Nicole Lynn Evans, July 15, 2012, retrieved November 9, 2017{{citation}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  36. ^ Jones, Tamera (July 9, 2022). "Mike Flanagan's 'The Fall of the House of Usher' Wraps Production". Collider. Retrieved July 9, 2022.

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