Katherine "Katie" McGrath
(born 24 October 1983) is an Irish actress best known for playing Morgana in the BBC series Merlin
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
as it was titled in the US) and is to play 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
Her Films Include:
Her Television Roles Include:
Tropes associated with this actress's work include:
- 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.).
- Celebrity Resemblance: To Keira Knightley. It's rather amusing if you check the archives for The Tudors on Television Without Pity, for long before she became recognisable in other roles, all the commentators there described her as "the Keira Knightley lookalike".
- She also bears a resemblance to Dianna Agron, at least in face if not in body.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fake American: Jules Daly in A Princess for Christmas.
- Fake Brit: Most of her more widely seen roles so far, including Morgana, Princess Margaret, Lady Thelma Furnes and Lucy Westenra.
- Goth: In her earlier roles, most notably Vixen in The Roaring 20's. Her character Kate in Dates also has elements of this.
- Identical Stranger: Looks quite a lot like Jennifer Connelly in Creation.
- Mistaken Nationality: She's Irish but because she works on British TV, nearly always plays British characters and her accent 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: Most of her roles though A Princess for Christmas sees her use an American accent.
- 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.
- Psychotic Smirk: Her defining facial expression as Morgana, at least in later episodes of Merlin.
- 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.)