Stana Katic (; born 26 April 1978) is a Canadian-American film and television actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Kate Beckett on the ABC series Castle.
Katic was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. 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." Her father is from Vrlika, Croatia, and her mother is from the surrounding area of Sinj, Croatia. Katic later moved with her family to Aurora, Illinois. 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 studied at the University of Toronto and then at the DePaul University Goodman School of Drama, where she studied acting from 2000 to 2002. Katic also studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school. She has four brothers and one sister.
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, Corrine Veneau in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace (though she was originally up for the role of Strawberry Fields in the film), and Simone Renoir in the third installment of The Librarian franchise, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice.
In August 2008, ABC announced acquisition of the television series Castle, starring Katic as Kate Beckett and Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle. In 2008, Katic established her own production company, Sine Timore Productions, which is Latin for "without fear".
BuddyTV named Stana Katic as No. 24 on its list of "TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009", No. 39 in 2010, No. 1 in 2011, No. 8 in 2012 and No. 12 in 2013; No. 6 on its list of "The 15 Best Drama Lead Actresses of the 2011–2012 TV Season"; named her character's relationship with the title character as No. 18 (and the Best Flirting Relationship) on its list "Love Is All Around: Best TV Relationships of 2010", No. 13 (and the Best Delayed Relationship) on its list of "The Best Relationships of 2011", No. 15 on its list of "The Special Relationships: TV’s Top 50 Love Stories of the Past Decade", No. 1 on its list "Love... Or Not: The Top 12 Will-They-or-Won't-They Couples of 2012" and No. 2 on its list "Lip Smacking Good: The Best Kisses of 2012"; named Castle as No. 6 on its list of "The 11 Best Returning TV Shows of 2011", No. 11 on "The 15 Best Dramas of the 2011–2012 TV Season" and No. 12 on "The 12 Best Dramas of 2012". Katic also has been on the Maxim Hot 100 list for three consecutive years.
In the summer of 2010, Katic filmed For Lovers Only with the Polish brothers in France and The Double with Richard Gere. At the third annual Shorty Awards held on 28 March 2011, she won the actress category. In May 2011, she won the Most Glamorous Actress online ballot for the Monte-Carlo Television Festival. She received 17.3% of the 3,641 votes against a field of 15 finalists.
She served as a jury member at the 29 May-5 June 2011 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 on 23 January 2013. 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.
On 28 January 2012, she was a presenter at the 64th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards ceremony. 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". Katic was nominated for the 39th People's Choice Awards in the Favorite Dramatic TV Actress category. At the 40th People's Choice Awards, Katic won the Favorite Dramatic TV Actress category, while the show won Favorite TV Crime Drama.
Katic portrayed rock singer and producer, Genya Ravan, in the 2013 film CBGB. On 18 April 2016, ABC announced that Katic was slated to exit Castle ahead of a potential ninth season. ABC and ABC Studios did not renew Katic's contract following season eight. Castle was canceled on 12 May 2016 after eight seasons.
Katic played Carolina Baxter in the Lifetime film Sister Cities that premiered on 17 September 2016. On 26 September 2016, she appeared in White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour at New York's Westside Theatre. Katic starred as Rachel Rozman in the 2016 film, The Rendezvous, directed by Amin Matalqa and co-starring Raza Jaffrey. In 2016, Katic was cast in the horror film Cadaver In January 2017, Katic appeared as Anna in the film Lost in Florence.
Katic was cast as Emily Byrne in the upcoming AXN series Absentia that is set to premiere in 2017.
She lives in Los Angeles. Katic speaks English, Serbo-Croatian, French, Italian, and Slovenian fluently.
Katic 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.
Katic wrote the lyrics for "Hey Blue Eyes", which she sang for fans at the 51st Zlín Film Festival in 2011. She holds dual citizenship in Canada and the United States.
Katic married her longtime boyfriend, Kris Brkljac, a business efficiency consultant, in a private ceremony in Croatia on 25 April 2015, one day before her 37th birthday.