Katherine "Katie" McGrath (born 24 October 1983) is an Irish actress best known for playing Morgana in the BBC series Merlin (2008) and Princess Margaret in the 2009 TV docu-drama series The Queen. She has also appeared in The Tudors and the horror film Red Mist (or Freakdog as it was titled in the US) and played one of the main characters in the 2013 NBC adaptation of Dracula.Originally, she worked behind-the-scenes as a wardrobe assistant on The Tudors. She was then tapped to be an extra in one scene, and... The rest may well be history, depending on how her career goes.Named one of the 50 Hottest Irish Women by Complex Magazine in March, 2011.And she really likes Nathan Fillion, really.
Her Films Include:
- Red Mist (2008) — Harriet
- W.E. (2011) — Lady Thelma Furnes
- A Princess for Christmas (2011) — Jules Daly
- Leading Lady (2014) — Jodi Rutherford
- The Throwaways (2014) — Gloria Miller
- Jurassic World (2015) — Zara Young
- Knights Of The Round Table (2016) — Elsa
Her Television Roles Include:
- Damage — Rachel
- The Tudors — Bess
- The Roaring 20's — Vixen.
- The Queen - Princess Margaret
- Merlin (2008) — Morgana
- Labyrinth — Oriane
- Dates — Kate
- Dracula — Lucy Westenra
- Slasher — Sarah Bennett
Tropes associated with this actress's work include:
- Action Girl / Badass: She plays a sultry, ass-kicking spy in Crackle's The Throwaways and did her own stunts for her memorable scene in Jurassic World.
- Blue Blood: Not in real life, but her rather aristocratically pale good looks seem to make her a natural choice for such roles, to the extent that she has already played two British princesses (The Queen, Merlin) and a Viscountess (W.E.).
- The Danza: Kate in Dates.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Often barefoot in her modelling shoots.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Naturally blonde, but dyed her hair dark for Merlin. She's gone back to blonde for Dracula. In most of her roles she's a brunette, actually.
- Fake Nationality: Her speciality. She hasn't actually played an Irish chararacter onscreen since The Roaring Twenties in 2008. In a 2012 interview she noted half jokingly, half ruefully that for some reason she was not believable as an Irish person.
- Goth: In her earlier roles, most notably Harriet in Red Mist and Vixen in The Roaring 20's. Her character Kate in Dates also has elements of this.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: She plays some icy, aloof, or even outright villainous roles, but by all accounts she is rather friendly, cheerful, and a self-described "goodie two-shoes" in real life.
- Mistaken Nationality: She's Irish but because she works on British TV, nearly always plays British characters and her accent (noted as "Dublin Posh") isn't familiar outside Ireland a lot of people think she's British.
- Name's the Same: This particular Katie McGrath is not married to J. J. Abrams.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Her earlier roles, and especially Merlin. However she seems to have transitioned out of this and most of her subsequent roles have her use a fake accent. A Princess for Christmas sees her use an American accent, as does The Throwaways...to an extent.
- In Dates and (especially) Dracula she does adopt a full-blown Brit accent.
- One of Us: She has cheerfully confessed many times that's she's a huge fantasy and sci-fi geek, even going so far as to say that her favourite thing about the Morgana action figure is that it is exactly the right size to fit in her toy Millennium Falcon, part of a reportedly very large collection.
- And an impressive 'Merlin' shipper - various DVD commentaries and interviews have revealed she ships Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/Morgana, and possibly Morgana/Gwen too.
- Playing Against Type: She is best known for playing elegant upper class Brits in historical (or pseudo historical) settings but A Princess for Christmas sees her playing a lower middle class American heroine. To a lesser extent Kate in Dates who is still British but a modern day Goth lesbian. Zara in Jurassic World splits the difference as a modern day but aloof British PA. The Throwaways bypasses all of the former and has her cast as a sultry international spy.
- Psychotic Smirk: Her defining facial expression as Morgana, at least in later episodes of Merlin.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: In her dark-haired roles.
- Star-Making Role: Morgana in Merlin.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Katie speaks with a 'Dublin posh' accent that is rarely heard in TV or film, and misleadingly sounds 'British' to unfamiliar ears. In fact it is a homegrown Irish accent (compare her performance in Merlin - where she uses her real accent - with her performance in Dracula where she adopts a British accent.)