Katherine "Katie" McGrath (born January 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
- King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) — Elsa
- Buttons (2018)
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
- Supergirl 2015 — Lena Luthor
Tropes associated with this actress's work include:
- Action Girl: She plays a swordsman sorceress in Merlin, 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.).
- Does Not Like Shoes: Often barefoot in her modelling shoots.
- 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.
- 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 so a lot of people think she's British.
- Nice Shoes: Says she wears a lot of "skinny jeans and very high heels"
- 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.
- Psychotic Smirk: Her defining facial expression as Morgana, at least in later episodes of Merlin.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: In her dark-haired roles.
- Sibling Rivalry: On an outside scale — her older brother Sean is the guy in charge of VFX for Marvel films, and she plays a character on a TV show of rival company DC. They did work together on Irish film Tríd an Stoirm, though.
- 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.)