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Stana Katic
Katic in 2015
Born (1978-04-26) 26 April 1978 (age 46)
  • Canadian
  • American[1]
Years active1999–present
Kris Brkljac
(m. 2015)

Stana Katic (/ˈstɑːnə ˈkætɪk/;[2] born (1978-04-26)26 April 1978[3]) is a Canadian actress and producer. She played Kate Beckett on the ABC television romantic crime series Castle (2009–2016) and FBI Special Agent Emily Byrne in the psychological thriller series Absentia (2017–2020).[4]

Early life[edit]

Katic was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[5] In describing her ethnicity, she has stated "My parents are Serbs from Croatia. I call us Dalmatian because that's the part of the planet that we are originally from. I have Serb, Croat and even a handful of Montenegrin family members."[6] Her father is from Vrlika, Croatia, and her mother is from the surrounding area of Sinj, Croatia.[7]

Katic later moved with her family to Aurora, Illinois.[8] She spent the following years moving back and forth between Canada and the United States. After graduating from West Aurora High School in 1996, Katic enrolled to study International Relations, Economics and pre-law at the University of Toronto's Trinity College[9][10] and then at The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she studied toward an MFA in acting from 2000 to 2002.[8] Katic studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school.[11]


Katic played Hana Gitelman in Heroes, Collette Stenger in 24's season five, and Jenny in the film Feast of Love starring Morgan Freeman. She also played Morgenstern in Frank Miller's film The Spirit, Canadian Intelligence agent Corrine Veneau in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace (though she was originally up for the role of Strawberry Fields in the film[12]), and Simone Renoir in the third installment of The Librarian franchise, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice.

Katic in May 2010

In August 2008, ABC announced acquisition of the television series Castle, starring Katic as Kate Beckett and Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle.[13][14] In 2008, Katic established her own production company, Sine Timore Productions, which is Latin for "without fear".[8]

The entertainment website BuddyTV placed Katic, as Kate Beckett in Castle, on its annual list of "TV's 100 Sexiest Women" every year from 2009[15] to 2013,[16] including at No. 1 in 2011.[17] Aside from her looks, the website also gave her some credit as an actress, placing Katic at No. 6 on its list of "The 15 Best Drama Lead Actresses of the 2011–2012 TV Season".[18] Katic was also on the Maxim Hot 100 list from 2012 through 2014.[19][20][21]

In the summer of 2010, Katic filmed For Lovers Only with the Polish brothers in France and The Double with Richard Gere.[22] At the third annual Shorty Awards held on 28 March 2011, she won the actress category.[23][24][25] In May 2011, she won the Most Glamorous Actress online ballot for the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.[26][27]

Katic in 2009

In 2011, she served as a jury member at the Film Festival Zlín, where For Lovers Only made its world premiere. Big Sur, in which she plays Lenore Kandel, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013.[28] In conjunction with the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International, there was an official announcement in Entertainment Weekly that she would become the voice for Talia al Ghul in Batman: Arkham City.[29][30]

In January 2012, she was a presenter at the 64th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards.[31] She was the recipient of the PRISM Award for Performance in a Drama Episode at the 16th Annual PRISM Awards for her portrayal of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in the Castle season-four episode "Kill Shot".[32] Katic was nominated for the 39th People's Choice Awards in the Favorite Dramatic TV Actress category,[33] before winning the category at the 40th People's Choice Awards.[34]

Katic portrayed rock singer and producer Genya Ravan in the 2013 film CBGB.[35] In April 2016, ABC and ABC Studios confirmed that they would not be renewing Katic's contract for a ninth season of Castle, which would be a shortened season in a cost cutting effort.[36] The series was outright canceled on 12 May 2016.[37]

Katic played Carolina Baxter in the Lifetime film Sister Cities that premiered on 17 September 2016.[38] On 26 September 2016, she appeared in White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour at New York's Westside Theatre.[39] Katic starred as Rachel Rozman in the 2016 film, The Rendezvous, opposite Raza Jaffrey.[40] In 2016, Katic was cast in the horror film Cadaver[41] In January 2017, Katic appeared as Anna in the film Lost in Florence.[42]

Katic was cast as Emily Byrne in the AXN series Absentia that premiered in 2017.[43]

In 2019, she played Vera Atkins in A Call to Spy, the film is inspired by the stories of three women who worked as spies in World War II.[44]

Personal life[edit]

Katic lives in Los Angeles. She is fluent in seven languages: Bosnian, Croatian, English, French, Italian, Serbian, and Slovenian.[45] She holds dual citizenship in Canada and the United States.[1]

She founded The Alternative Travel Project in 2010 which is an initiative to encourage people to Go Car Free for just one day and seek out alternative methods of public transportation to reduce the environmental impact of personal vehicles.[46] Katic wrote the lyrics for "Hey Blue Eyes", which she sang for fans at the 51st Zlín Film Festival in 2011.[47]

Katic married her longtime boyfriend, Kris Brkljac, an Australian business efficiency consultant, in a private ceremony in Croatia on 25 April 2015, one day before her 37th birthday.[48]

On 19 June 2022, a representative of Katic confirmed that Katic and Brkljac welcomed their first child during the winter.[49]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Acid Freaks Annie Short film[citation needed]
2003 Shut-Eye Angela Direct-to-video film
2005 Pit Fighter Marianne
2007 Feast of Love Jenny
2008 Stiletto Raina
2008 Quantum of Solace Corrine Veneau
2008 The Spirit Morgenstern
2010 Truth About Kerry Emma
2011 For Lovers Only Sofia
2011 The Double Amber
2013 Big Sur Lenore Kandel
2013 Superman: Unbound Lois Lane Voice role
2013 CBGB Genya Ravan
2016 The Rendezvous Rachel Rozman
2017 Lost in Florence Anna
2018 The Possession of Hannah Grace Lisa Roberts
2019 A Call to Spy Vera Atkins
2021 Justice Society: World War II Diana / Wonder Woman Voice role[50]
2023 Justice League: Warworld Wonder Woman[51][52]
2024 Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Wonder Woman, Superwoman


Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Handler Mariella Episode: "Bleak House"
2004 Alias Flight Attendant Episode: "Facade"
2004 L.A. Dragnet Miriam Nelson Episode: "Retribution"
2004 The Shield Ayla 2 episodes
2004 JAG Lucienne Charmoli Episode: "This Just in from Baghdad"
2005 The Closer Nadia Orwell Episode: "The Big Picture"
2005 ER Blaire Collins 2 episodes
2006 24 Collette Stenger 3 episodes
2006 Dragon Dynasty Ava Television film
2006 Brothers & Sisters Karen Wells Episode: "Patriarchy"
2006 Faceless Diana Palos Unsold television pilot
2007 Company Man Donna Baker Unsold television pilot
2007 Heroes Hana Gitelman 2 episodes
2007 CSI: Miami Rita Sullivan Episode: "Deep Freeze"
2007 The Unit Special Agent Debra Lane Episode: "Binary Explosion"
2008 Would Be Kings Julianna Martinelli Television miniseries
2008 The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice Simone Renoir Television film
2009–2016 Castle Detective/Captain Kate Beckett Main role
(Episode: "The Blue Butterfly" as Vera Mulqueen)
2012 Fletcher Drive Greta Episode: "The Intervention"
2016 Sister Cities Carolina Baxter Shaw Television film
2017–2020 Absentia Agent Emily Byrne Main role
2024 Murder in a Small Town Zoe Strachan One episode

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Batman: Arkham City Talia al Ghul Voice role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2009 Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Series, Drama Castle Nominated
2011 TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites Awards Favorite Couple Who Should Shared with Nathan Fillion Won
2012 TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites Awards Favorite TV Couple Shared with Nathan Fillion Won
PRISM Awards Performance in a Drama Episode Tied with Jon Huertas[32] Won
2013 TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites Awards Favorite TV Couple Shared with Nathan Fillion Won
People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Nominated
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Won
Favorite On-Screen Chemistry Shared with Nathan Fillion Nominated
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Duo Shared with Nathan Fillion Nominated [53]
Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress Won [53]
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Crime Drama Actress Won


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