Katie McGrath

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Katie McGrath
Katie McGrath 20100701 Japan Expo 3.jpg
McGrath at the Japan Expo in 2010
Born Katherine Elizabeth McGrath
c. 1983 (age 32–33)
Ashford, County Wicklow, Ireland
Other names Katherine
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2007–present
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]

Katherine Elizabeth "Katie" McGrath (born c. 1983)[citation needed] is an Irish actress who is best known for portraying Morgana on the BBC One show Merlin and Zara Young in Jurassic World. McGrath is currently the star of horror television series Slasher.


McGrath was raised in Ashford, County Wicklow, Ireland.[2] She studied the International Baccalaureate at St. Andrews College before graduating from Trinity College, Dublin with a degree in history.[3] She wanted to work in fashion journalism and took a job at Image magazine,[3] before becoming a wardrobe assistant on the set of The Tudors. While working on The Tudors, McGrath was advised to try acting, so she sent photographs around to Irish agents.[4] She said:

Being an actress was kind of like when you’re a kid, and you want to run away and join the circus, it's something you really want to do, but then you grew up and got a proper job. It was a dream, but I didn’t think it would ever be reality, and yet here I am![4]

McGrath was cast in Damage, an Irish TV-movie in 2007. She also starred in Bedrock Productions's play La Marea at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2007.[5] She appeared in the feature films Eden and Freakdog in 2008, before being cast in Merlin.

In 2009, McGrath starred in a five-part docudrama for Channel 4 exploring the life of Queen Elizabeth II, The Queen, in which she played a young Princess Margaret.[6] Emilia Fox portrayed Elizabeth II in the same episode McGrath acted in, the two had previously worked together as sisters Morgause and Morgana in Merlin. In 2010, McGrath was cast in Madonna's directorial debut W.E., an Edward VIII biopic. McGrath played Lady Furness, the king's former mistress who introduces him to Wallis Simpson.[7]

In February 2011, McGrath began filming the comedy-drama film A Princess for Christmas in Romania.[8] The film premiered in December 2011. In September 2011, McGrath voice-acted the lead character in the Irish animated short film Tríd an Stoirm (Through the Storm). Later that month, McGrath was cast as Oriane Congost in Labyrinth.[citation needed]

In February 2013, McGrath was reunited with her The Tudors co-star and close friend Jonathan Rhys Meyers (McGrath worked in the wardrobe department and portrayed a small role on The Tudors) in NBC and Sky Living's horror drama TV series Dracula, which started airing in autumn 2013.[9] McGrath portrays Lucy Westenra. In June 2013, McGrath co-starred in episode four of the Channel 4 show Dates alongside Gemma Chan as a young lesbian on the dating scene.[citation needed] In 2015, McGrath had a supporting role as Zara in the film Jurassic World.[10] Earlier that year, she starred in the Crackle original spy-thriller, The Throwaways.[11]

In November 2014, McGrath co-starred in a Hozier music video for the song From Eden with the singer.[12] She will co-star in Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword which will be released in 2017.[1] Katie is the lead actress in Chiller’s original series Slasher which premiered on March 4, 2016. In December 2016 her movie “Buttons” in which she plays one of the main characters will premiere on PBS.

In 2016, McGrath was announced as Lena Luthor in season 2 of Supergirl.[13][14]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Pebble Tara Short film
2011 W.E. Lady Thelma Furness
2011 A Princess for Christmas Jules Daly
2012 Tríd an Stoirm Alice/Banshee (voice) Short film
2014 Leading Lady Jodi Rutherford
2015 Jurassic World Zara Young
2015 The Throwaways Gloria Miller
2017 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Elsa[1]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Damage Rachel TV movie
2008 Eden Trisha
2008 Tudors, TheThe Tudors Bess Season 2, episode 5: "His Majesty's Pleasure"
2008 Freakdog Harriet Chambers
2008 Roaring Twenties, TheThe Roaring Twenties Vixen TV miniseries
2008–12 Merlin Morgana Pendragon Main role, 65 episodes
2009 Queen, TheThe Queen Princess Margaret Season 1, episode 1: "Margaret"
2011 Princess for Christmas, AA Princess for Christmas Jules Daly TV movie
2012 Labyrinth Oriane Congost TV miniseries
2013 Dates Kate Foster TV series
2013 Dracula Lucy Westenra Main role, 10 episodes
2016 Slasher Sarah Bennett Lead role
2016 Buttons[15] Unknown Role
2016 Supergirl Lena Luthor Recurring role

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  1. ^ a b c "Katie McGrath - Hamilton Hodell - CV". hamiltonhodell.co.uk. 
  2. ^ McGrath grew up with two older brothers, Rory and Shaun. "Interview Katie McGrath" (July 2011) Irish Tatler
  3. ^ a b Carey, Anna (October 2008). "The Sorcerer's Apprentice". The Gloss Magazine. Archived from the original on 18 December 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "She's magic". Sunday Herald Salon. 4 October 2008. Archived from the original on 8 April 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  5. ^ bedrockproductions Archived 5 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Five actresses to play the Queen for C4". The Guardian. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  7. ^ "Katie McGrath praises 'fantastic' Madonna". Digital Spy. London. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  8. ^ Blaga, Lulia (25 February 2011). "PRODUCTION: Christmas at Castlebury Hall Will Shoot in Romania". Film New Europe. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Victoria Smurfit To Sink Teeth into Jonathan Rhys Meyers' 'Dracula'". IFTN. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Kit, Borys (3 April 2014). "Judy Greer Joins Jurassic World". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Crackle Premieres Jeremy Renner-Produced Movie 'The Throwaways'". Videoink. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "Hozier releases new video for 'From Eden' featuring Katie McGrath". Irish Independent. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  13. ^ Ausiello, Michael (August 4, 2016). "Supergirl Lands Merlin's Katie McGrath as Lex's Sister Lena Luthor". TVLine. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  14. ^ Bernstein, Elizabeth (August 4, 2016). "Supergirl Finds Its Lena Luthor in Jurassic World's Katie McGrath". Nerd Much?. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  15. ^ Merlin stars (4 January 2016). "Buttons The Movie trailer starring Katie McGrath" – via YouTube. 

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