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Katherine Barrell
Katherine Barrell.jpg
Barrell in July 2016
Born February 12[1]
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actress, producer, director, screenwriter
Years active 2011–present
Known for Wynonna Earp
Ray Galletti (m. 2017)

Katherine Barrell is a Canadian actress, writer, producer, and director. She is known for her role as Officer Nicole Haught[2][3][4] on the Syfy television series Wynonna Earp.[5][6][7][8]

Early life

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada,[9] Barrell attended Assumption Catholic Secondary School in Burlington, Ontario, where she had a lead role in two school plays, in addition to collaborating with a friend on a play in which they wrote, directed and acted together.[10] She directed her high school's production of The Wizard of Oz and was a member of Burlington Student Theatre for two years.[11] She started studying musical theatre at Sheridan College[10] then transferred to George Brown College to study filmmaking and acting at the School of Media & Performing Arts, graduating in 2010.[12][13][14] She also did some training at The Groundlings comedy school.[15]


Barrell's television work includes made-for-TV movies Poe (2011) as Rowena, and Girls Night Out (2017) as Sadie. Guest appearances include Lost Girl in the episode "Table for Fae" (2012) as Maisie; Murdoch Mysteries in episodes "Murdoch in Toyland" (2012) as Marley Rosevear, and "The Murdoch Appreciation Society" (2014) as Ruby Rosevear; Saving Hope in the episode "Can't You Hear Me Knocking?" (2015) as Dixie Kolesnyk. Along with her role in Wynonna Earp, Barrell appears in Workin' Moms in the recurring role of Alicia Rutherford.[16]

Film roles include Jaqueline Gill in The Scarehouse (2014),[17][18] Mary in My Ex-Ex (2015),[a][20] and Victoria Burns in Definition of Fear (2015).[21]

Her production company, Kit Media, has produced several short films[22] and her 2013 comedy short Issues was recognized as one of the top short films of the year by Richard Crouse.[23] Her ensemble film Dissecting Gwen won the 2017 Best Screenplay Award by Women in Film & Television – Toronto,[24][b] and was awarded Best Comedy Short by the 2017 Canadian Diversity Film Festival.[26]

Personal life

Barrell is an advocate for the "Pink Box Program" by GIRL TALK Empowerment,[19] a Canadian organization that "inspires, empowers and mobilizes girls to become world-changers".[27]

She is married to actor Ray Galletti, whom she met on the set on My Ex Ex.[28][29]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Queen of Clubs Joker Short film
2013 Lost and Found Ellen Short film
The Ties Between Us Amy
Issues Rachel Stephens
2014 The Scarehouse Jaqueline Gill
2015 Canadian Star Herself Documentary
My Ex-Ex Mary
Definition of Fear Victoria Burns


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Poe Rowena TV film
2012 Lost Girl Maisie Episode: "Table for Fae"
Murdoch Mysteries Marley Rosevear Episode: "Murdoch in Toyland"
Off2Kali Comedy Various Episode: "Indian Guy + White Name = PROBLEM!"
2014 Reign Pretty Servant Girl Episode: "Long Live the King"
The Listener Alya King Episode: "Dancing with the Enemy"
Murdoch Mysteries Ruby Rosevear Episode: "The Murdoch Appreciation Society"
2015 Saving Hope Dixie Kolesnyk Episode: "Can't You Hear Me Knocking?"
2016–present Wynonna Earp Nicole Haught Recurring role, seasons 1–2; Main role, season 3
2016 A Nutcracker Christmas Beth James TV film
2017–present Workin' Moms Alicia Rutherford Recurring role
2017 Girls Night Out Sadie TV film
Star Trek: Discovery Stella Grimes Episode: "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad"
2018 Lake Placid: Legacy Jade TV film
Private Eyes Whitney Malone Episode: "Brew the Right Thing"

Music video

Year Title Role Artist Notes
2017 "Something About Your Love" Backup vocalist ColinResponse [30]

Other work

Year Title Role Director Writer Producer Notes
2011 Queen of Clubs Joker Yes Short film
2012 Roomies Yes Short film
2013 New Domain Co-producer Short film
2013 Issues Rachel Stephens Yes Short film
2013 The Change First assistant Short film
2014 The Truth About Rainbows Co-producer Short film
2015 Mature Young Adults Post-production Yes Short film
Completed by Katherine Barrell after death of director Kent Nolan.[31]
2015 The Offer Production coordinator Short film
2016 Dissecting Gwen Yes Story by Yes Short film
Winner, Best Screenplay, Women in Film & Television – Toronto[24]
Winner, Best Comedy Short, Canadian Diversity Film Festival[26]
2016 Cannonball Yes Yes Yes Short film[32]
2017 Breakdown Yes Story by Short film


  1. ^ My Ex-Ex became available on Netflix and Amazon in 2017.[19]
  2. ^ The screenplay of Dissecting Gwen is based on a story by Katherine Barrel.[25]


  1. ^ Katherine Barrell [@katbarrell] (February 13, 2015). "I had the most WONDERFUL birthday yesterday!". Instagram. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  2. ^ Bojarski, Jackie (May 13, 2016). "Exclusive Interview with "Wynonna Earp" Star Katherine Barrell". Talk Nerdy With Us. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  3. ^ Zandarl (June 30, 2016). "Wynonna Earp - It's all about the WayHaught. Interview with Katherine Barrell". SpoilerTV. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  4. ^ Wilson, A.R. (June 3, 2016). "Wynonna Earp's Katherine Barrell talks 'WayHaught'". Digital Journal. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  5. ^ Volmers, Eric (July 23, 2016). "Alberta-shot Wynonna Earp renewed for second season". Calgary Herald. Postmedia. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  6. ^ Piccoli, Dana (June 25, 2016). "Interview: Wynonna Earp's Dominique Provost-Chalkley and Katherine Barrell On The Finale and Defying The Lesbian Death Trope". The Mary Sue. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  7. ^ Slead, Evan (July 21, 2016). "Wynonna Earp cast on the crazy gifts fans have given them". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  8. ^ Radish, Christina (August 8, 2016). "Wynonna Earp Cast on Season 2 and Bringing Badass Women to TV". Collider. Complex Media. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  9. ^ "Her Career: Actor, Director and Producer Katherine Barrell". Shedoesthecity. November 15, 2016. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Smith, Dennis (July 3, 2015). "Burlington's Katherine Barrell stars in romantic comedy". Inside Halton. Metroland Media. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  11. ^ "The last word – Katherine Barrell". B City Magazine. Fall 2015. p. 56. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  12. ^ Kaplan, Jon; Sumi, Glenn (April 22, 2010). "Scenes : George grads double up". NOW. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  13. ^ Alumni Stories. "George Brown Theatre School Prominent Graduates". George Brown College. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  14. ^ "Katherine Barrell". Get Leashed Magazine. December 8, 2016. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  15. ^ Liszewski, Bridget (January 24, 2017). "Katherine Barrell Draws Inspiration from her new Workin' Moms Role". The TV Junkies. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  16. ^ Workin' Moms (January 24, 2017). "Katherine Barrell draws inspiration from her new Workin' Moms role". CBC. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  17. ^ Wright, Stuart (January 21, 2015). "'The Scarehouse' Review". Nerdly. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  18. ^ Haberfelner, Mike (October 2014). "An Interview with Katherine Barrell, Star of The Scarehouse". Search my Trash. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  19. ^ a b Katherine (November 30, 2016). "An Interview with Katherine Barrell". The Nerdy Girl Express. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  20. ^ Brownridge, William (July 10, 2015). "Learning to move on: actress Katherine Barrell on My Ex-Ex". Toronto Film Scene. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  21. ^ Allen, Michael (December 2, 2015). "Definition of Fear Stirs up Terror with this Preview (World Premiere)". 28DLA. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  22. ^ "The Local With Actor/Director Katherine Barrell". ION Magazine. December 28, 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  23. ^ Crouse, Richard (December 19, 2013). "Celebrate the Shortest Day Short Film Celebration!". Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  24. ^ a b "2017 WIFT-T Showcase". Women in Film & Television – Toronto. 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  25. ^ "WIFT-T Showcase: Q & A with Farah Merani". Women in Film & Television – Toronto. 24 March 2017. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  26. ^ a b "Winners - June 2017". Canadian Diversity Film Festival. 2017.
  27. ^ "The Pink Box". GIRL TALK Empowerment. Make Your Mark Enterprises Ltd. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  28. ^ Elkharadly, Nadia (November 30, 2016). "Ask your #WCW with Katherine Barrell". Addicted. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  29. ^ katbarrell (December 29, 2017). "December 29, 2017". Instagram. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  30. ^ ColinResponse [@ColinResponseTO] (October 13, 2017). "My New Music Video is Officially Released! #SomethingAboutYourLove Feat. @Katbarrell ..." (Tweet). Retrieved October 14, 2017 – via Twitter.
  31. ^ "Mature Young Adults". National Screen Institute of Canada (NSI). October 13, 2015. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  32. ^ "Program 8". Toronto Shorts International Film Festival. 2016. Retrieved September 25, 2017.

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