Katee Sackhoff

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Katee Sackhoff
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Sackhoff in 2018
Kathryn Ann Sackhoff

(1980-04-08) April 8, 1980 (age 41)
Years active1998–present
Partner(s)Karl Urban (2014–2018)[1][2]
Robin Gadsby (2018-Present)

Kathryn Ann Sackhoff (born April 8, 1980) is an American actress known for playing Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on the Sci Fi Channel's television program Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009) and for voicing Bitch Pudding on Robot Chicken (2005–present). She was nominated for four Saturn Awards for her work on Battlestar Galactica and won the award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2005.

Sackhoff also starred in the short-lived TV series The Fearing Mind (2000–2001) and The Education of Max Bickford (2001–2002); had recurring roles in the TV series Bionic Woman (2007), Nip/Tuck (2009), and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2010–2011); and had a lead role in the eighth season of 24 as Dana Walsh (2010). She voices several characters, including Bitch Pudding, on Adult Swim's stop-motion animated series Robot Chicken. Between 2012 and 2017, she starred in the A&E and Netflix series Longmire as Deputy Sheriff Victoria "Vic" Moretti[3] before recurring on The Flash as Amunet and appearing twice as herself on The Big Bang Theory. Sackhoff has also voiced the Star Wars character Bo-Katan Kryze in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2012–2020), Star Wars Rebels (2017), and portrayed the character in live action in the second season of the Disney+ original series The Mandalorian (2020).

She had lead roles in the films Halloween: Resurrection (2002), White Noise: The Light (2007), Batman: Year One (2011), The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013), Sexy Evil Genius (2013), Riddick (2013), Oculus (2013) and Don't Knock Twice (2016).

Early life[edit]

Sackhoff was born in Portland, Oregon[4] and grew up in St. Helens, Oregon. Her mother, Mary, was an English-as-second-language (ESL) program coordinator, and her father, Dennis, a land developer.[5] Her brother, Erick, is co-owner of a vehicle modification shop near Portland.[6][7] She graduated from Sunset High School in Beaverton in 1998. She began swimming at an early age, and by high school, planned to pursue a career in the sport until her right knee was injured. This led her to begin practicing yoga—which she continues today—and to pursue an interest in acting.[8]


Sackhoff at the 2008 Wizard World Convention

Sackhoff moved to Los Angeles when she was 17 years old.[9] Her first acting role was in the Lifetime movie Fifteen and Pregnant (starring Kirsten Dunst), in which she played a teenager with a baby. It motivated her to move to Hollywood and pursue an acting career after she graduated from high school. Sackhoff's first recurring role was as Annie in MTV's Undressed; she next won a supporting role as Nell Bickford in The Education of Max Bickford. She made her motion picture debut in My First Mister, then appeared as Jenna "Jen" Danzig in Halloween: Resurrection.

Sackhoff's most widely known role is as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace in the miniseries and follow-up TV series Battlestar Galactica, for which she won a Saturn Award in 2006 for Best Actress on Television. Her persona led the writers to develop the character as more complex and volatile. Galactica's executive producer Ron Moore described Sackhoff as having "magnetism"; and producer David Eick said, "We saw this whole other side that was all because of Katee: vulnerability, insecurity, desperation. We started freeing ourselves up to explore the weakness of the character, because we knew Katee could express those things without compromising the character's strength."[10] Sackhoff said her performance was inspired by Linda Hamilton's portrayal of Sarah Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day: "I think that was the one character that I kind of looked to as far as body image and strength. I think I looked to her character and said, 'OK, that's kind of what you need to embody.'"[11] Toward the end of the filming of Battlestar Galactica, Sackhoff began feeling physically weak. Soon after filming wrapped, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. After surgery to remove her thyroid, she required no radiation treatments and by February 2009 was in remission.[12]

In 2007, Sackhoff was cast as the evil cyborg Sarah Corvus in the short-lived NBC series Bionic Woman. David Eick, the show's executive producer, said, "[Sackhoff is] a very special find. Those actors who can combine the qualities of strength and vulnerability—they usually call those people movie stars."[10] Sackhoff plays the female lead in the action/sci-fi movie The Last Sentinel and the supernatural thriller White Noise: The Light.

Katee Sackhoff in May 2015

Sackhoff appears as the main character in the Lifetime Original Movie How I Married My High School Crush.[13] She has made guest appearances in Cold Case, ER, Law & Order, and Robot Chicken. Sackhoff provided the voice of a female marine in the video game Halo 3 and is featured in the viral marketing campaign for Resistance 2. In 2011, she provided the voice for Black Cat 2099 in Spider-Man: Edge of Time. She voiced Sarah Essen in the DC Comics animated film, Batman: Year One. She appears in four episodes of the fifth season of the series Nip/Tuck playing a new doctor, Dr. Theodora Rowe.[14][15] However, for the sixth season Sackhoff was replaced by Rose McGowan for the role due to scheduling conflicts.[16][17] Sackhoff headlined NBC's Dick Wolf-produced cop drama Lost and Found as Tessa, "an offbeat female LAPD detective who, after butting heads with the higher-ups, is sent as a punishment to the basement to work on John Doe and Jane Doe cases." The pilot was filmed in January 2009. NBC decided not to pick up the series.[18] In 2009, she appeared as herself in "The Vengeance Formulation" episode of the CBS situation comedy The Big Bang Theory. In the episode, she is fantasized as Howard Wolowitz's dream girl.[19] She appears again in season 4, in the same role. Sackhoff appeared as a series regular in the eighth season of the TV series 24, playing Dana Walsh, a CTU data analyst with a secret.

In February 2010, Sackhoff signed on to play the lead in an ABC crime drama pilot, Boston's Finest. ABC decided not to pick up the series.[20]

She made a special appearance in the Futurama episode "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences".[21] In the fall of 2010, Sackhoff joined the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Detective Reed, a smart investigator who does not do well with sensitivity.[22] In 2011, Sackhoff guest starred in an episode of Workaholics as a homeless drug addict named Rachel.

From 2012 to 2017, Sackhoff co-starred as the lead female role in Longmire, an A&E/Netflix television series based on the novels by Craig Johnson. Sackhoff played Sheriff's Deputy Vic Moretti.[23][24]

From 2012, Sackhoff provided voice acting for the Lucasfilm Animation series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, in which she played Bo-Katan Kryze, member of the revolutionary Mandalorian Death Watch and Nite Owls. She reprised this role in the sequel to the series, Star Wars Rebels, and in the seventh season of the original series produced by Disney+ in 2020. Also in 2020, Sackhoff appeared as Bo-Katan Kryze in the Disney+ live action original series The Mandalorian.[25]

Sackhoff played Dahl, a mercenary hired to track down Vin Diesel's intergalactic convict character in Riddick.[26]

In August 2012, Sackhoff became the co-host of the Schmoes Know Movies podcast on the Toad Hop Network. One of her first shows was with guest Sean Astin.[27]

Sackhoff announced in April 2015 a new TV series project, Rain, which she wrote and is executive-producing through her Fly Free Productions.[28] She also had a role in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops III, performing voice over and motion capture as Sarah Hall.[29] She portrayed Pink Ranger Kimberly in Power/Rangers, a short depicting a dystopian future in the Power Rangers universe.[30]

In 2017, Sackhoff joined The CW series The Flash in the recurring role of villain Blacksmith for its fourth season, billed as a special guest star.

On April 26, 2018, it was announced that Sackhoff was cast in a main role on the Netflix science-fiction drama series, Another Life.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Sackhoff and her Battlestar Galactica co-star Tricia Helfer co-founded the Acting Outlaws, a motorcycle-riding charity with which they have worked to raise awareness and funds for causes including the Gulf Restoration Network, the Humane Society, and the Red Cross amfAR.[32][33]

She began practicing Transcendental Meditation in 2015, and has said, "What it taught me was that you can't fail at meditation."[34]

Sackhoff is an avid healthy eater and her YouTube channel[35] has many videos related to her physique and associated training and dietary approaches. She is not a vegetarian but depending on the role she is training for, including competing in the Hawaii Spartan Sprint Obstacle Race in 2019, will alter her diet accordingly.[36]

In 2018, Sackhoff met Robin Gadsby in Vancouver, British Columbia. The couple became engaged on Sackhoff's 40th birthday.[37]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 My First Mister Ashley
2002 Halloween: Resurrection Jennifer "Jen" Danzig
2007 White Noise: The Light Sherry Clarke
2007 The Last Sentinel Girl
2011 Batman: Year One Detective Sarah Essen Voice
2012 Campus Killer Suzanne
2013 The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia Joyce
2013 Sexy Evil Genius Nikki Franklyn
2013 Riddick Dahl
2013 Oculus Marie Russell
2014 Tell Beverley
2015 Power/Rangers Kimberly Scott (née Hart) Short film
2016 Girl Flu. Jenny Styles
2016 Don't Knock Twice Jess
2018 2036 Origin Unknown Mackenzie 'Mack' Wilson


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Fifteen and Pregnant Karen Gotarus TV film
1999 Locust Valley Claire Shaw TV film
1999 Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane Susan Episode: "Sympathy for Jack"
1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul Claire Episode: "Starlight, Star Bright"
1999 Hefner: Unauthorized Mary TV film
2000 Undressed Annie 4 episodes
2000–2001 The Fearing Mind Lenore Fearing 13 episodes
2001–2002 The Education of Max Bickford Nell Bickford 22 episodes
2002 ER Jason's Girlfriend Episode: "A Hopeless Wound"
2003 Battlestar Galactica Kara "Starbuck" Thrace TV miniseries
2003 Boomtown Holly Episode: "The Big Picture"
2004 Cold Case Terri Maxwell (1969) Episode: "Volunteers"
2004–2009 Battlestar Galactica Kara "Starbuck" Thrace 71 episodes
2007 The Wedding Wish Sara Jacob TV film
2007 Bionic Woman Sarah Corvus 5 episodes
2007 Battlestar Galactica: Razor Capt. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace TV film
2007–present Robot Chicken Various Voice; 14 episodes
2008 Law & Order Dianne Cary Episode: "Knock Off"
2009 Lost and Found Tessa Cooper TV pilot
2009 Nip/Tuck Theodora "Teddy" Rowe 4 episodes
2009–2010 The Big Bang Theory Herself 2 episodes
2010 Boston's Finest Julia Scott TV film
2010 24 Dana Walsh 20 episodes
2010 Futurama Grrrl Voice; Episode: "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences"
2010–2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Det. Frankie Reed 3 episodes
2011 The Super Hero Squad Show She-Hulk Voice; Episode: "So Pretty When They Explode!"
2011 Workaholics Rachel Episode: "Karl's Wedding"
2012–2013, 2020 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Bo-Katan Kryze Voice; 9 episodes
2012–2017 Longmire Victoria "Vic" Moretti 63 episodes
2017 Star Wars Rebels Bo-Katan Kryze Voice; 2 episodes
2017–2020 The Flash Amunet Black / Blacksmith Recurring role
2019–present Another Life Niko Breckinridge Main cast
2020 The Mandalorian Bo-Katan Kryze 2 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Halo 3 Female Marine 3 Voice; Video game
2008 Resistance 2 Cassie Aklin Voice; Video game
2011 Spider-Man: Edge of Time Black Cat 2099 Voice; Video game
2015 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Sarah Hall Voice role
Motion capture performance
2016 Eve: Valkyrie Rán Kavik Voice role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Battlestar Galactica Nominated
2005 Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Won
2006 Best Actress on Television Nominated
2008 Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Action 24 Nominated
2015 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actress Oculus Won


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