Katharine Hope McPhee (born March 25, 1984) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She was born in Los Angeles, California.
- American Idol (2006) as Herself
- lonelygirl15 (2007) as New Friend
- Ugly Betty (2007) as Herself
- CSI: NY (2009) as Odessa Shaw / Dana Melton
- Community (2010) as Amber
- Smash (2012 — 2013) as Karen Cartwright
- It Could Be Worse (2014) as Lucy
- Scorpion (2014 - 2018) as Paige Dineen
- Lip Sync Battle (2016) as Herself
- Family Guy (2012) as Mother Maggie (voice)
This actress provides examples of:
- Actor Allusion: In Scorpion Paige says she had tried singing at one point, which is an allusion to both McPhee and her previous character in Smash.
- As Herself: On her cameo in Ugly Betty where she bumps into Betty who is a Fangirl of her from her American Idol days and says she had the "McPheever".
- Break-Up Song: ''Over It''
- The Cast Showoff: In Smash Katharine's character gets to sing in Risky Business, Sun of a Gun and The Old College Try.
- Fan Community Nickname: Her fans in American Idol had the "McPheever".
- Naïve Newcomer: Her role as Karen in Smash.
- Romance on the Set: She dated her Scorpion co-star Elyes Gabel.
- The Runner-Up Takes It All: While she lost to Taylor Hicks in American Idol, it became her Star-Making Role and she ended up much more famous than him.
- She's Got Legs: Famous showing off her legs in American Idol.