The actor Kate most admires is Ryan Gosling. Gosling actually spent a fair amount of time in New Zealand while filming Young Hercules, but Kate never guest starred on that show, though she was a regular on both Xena and Cleopatra 2525, which filmed at the same time as YH and shared many of the same locations, crews, and actors.
Kate's favorite city in the world is Tokyo, followed closely by Barcelona. In her native New Zealand, she favors Piha and Bethells beach.
In 2010, Kate was nominated for "Best Performance by an Actress In General Television" for her role in The Cult at the Qantas Film and Television Awards.
Kate suffered from prenatal depression while pregnant with her daughter Dee Dee, and also put on over 60 lbs. But after her child was born her depression eased, and she quickly lost the weight by breastfeeding her baby.
Kate and her partner Milan Borich of the NZ band Pluto have a daughter named Dee Dee.
Kate is a trained voice artist, and can do many different styles, including Cartoon, Character, Retail, ADR, Accents (US LA, British, Australian, and New Zealand), and Narration.
Kate has performed in a number of short films, including Knife Shift (2006), An Indiscreet Journey (2005), and Pale Blue (1998).
Kate is 5'6" (167cm) tall, with light brown hair and blue/gray eyes.
Kate enjoys running, yoga, cricket, netball, and horseback riding.
Kate has done TV and radio commercials for Saturn, as well as radio ads for George FM and TV ads for Whittakers.
Kate works with actor Ryan O'Kane on The Insiders Guide to Love. She says she felt duty-bound to give him a hard time since this was his first professional acting job. "I was about 14 when I first went through that!" she said. "So I felt completely old and jaded around him to start with but his enthusiasm is really infectious." The chemistry between the two must have been good, because Ryan O'Kane was nominated for "Best Actor in a TV Drama" at the Quantas TV Awards.
Kate is married to Milan Borich, the lead singer of the New Zealand rock band Pluto. They have a house in Glen Innes in Auckland.
Toy Love is Kate's second film with director Harry Sinclair. At age 16 she starred in his short film, Pale Blue.
Harry Sinclair, who directed Kate in the movie Toy Love, said of Kate and her co-star Dean O'Gorman, "Kate and Dean just loved misbehaving. You could see the excitement when I asked them to do something shocking."
Kate and her husband Milan each brought a dog into their relationship, Kate's dog Arnold and Milan's dog Misko.
In 1998, Kate was nominated for "Best Actress" for the tv show House of Sticks for the TV Guide Best on the Box People's Choice Awards.
Kate had to be on her toes when working with director Harry Sinclair on the movie Toy Love. Sinclair works without having a script written in advance of filming, so she often had to learn her lines with little prep time. In a way, her interpretation of the role of Chlo helped to shape the story of the film.
On her tv series The Insiders Guide to Love her favorite scenes include robbing a cinema (in the second episode) and doing wheelies in a parking lot. "Both those things were a real buzz," she says. "Because they're not things you get to do everyday."
When Kate Elliott and Dean O'Gorman were signed up for the lead roles in a film about infidelity called Toy Love, it cost both of them their real-life romances, because they were too convincing as lovers.
In 2003, Kate was nominated for "Best Performance by an Actress" for the romantic comedy Toy Love at the New Zealand Screen Awards.
In 2006, Kate was nomimated three different times and won twice for her role on the tv drama Insider's Guide to Love. She won "Best Performance by an Actress" from New Zealand Screen Awards, "Best Actress in a TV Drama" from the Qantas Television Awards, and was nominated for "Best Actress" for the TV Guide Best on the Box People's Choice Awards.
In 2004, Kate was the winner of the "Best Actress" award for the movie Fracture at the St Tropez Film Festival. And in 2005 she won "Best Actress" for the same role at the Oporto Film Festival in Portugal.
Kate is represented professionally by the firm Johnson & Laird Management.
Kate: (on joining the cast of "Shortland Street") I was so nervous. I always get nervous starting a new show...but this is Shortland Street! Scary!
Kate: (on combining motherhood with her acting career) It's a really hard slog while you're over there, doing up to 10 auditions a day, but it's something that I've always wanted to do. I wanted to do it before I had Dee Dee but now I'm even more motivated. I don't want to look back and regret the things I didn't do and I don't want Milan to either. As hard as it was to leave Dee Dee when I went back to work, being a mum has made me appreciate work even more. It's also made me more focused about what I want. If it's going to mean time away from her, then it has to be something worthwhile.
Kate: (referring to director Harry Sinclair for the movie "Toy Love") He'd ring me up on Wednesday night and I'd be like, 'Oh no, it can't get worse than the masturbation scene last week'. And he'd say, 'We want you to take off your clothes and jump in the Mermaids [Auckland strip club] tank.' Or, 'You have to do a sex scene but don't worry because you get to wear pyjamas.'
Kate: If you'd asked me a year ago I would have said my favourite thing was travelling and exploring new cities like Tokyo and Barcelona. I never thought I'd say this in a million, million years, but recently I really enjoyed picking out new curtains. How sad is that?!