Katie McGrath

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Katie McGrath

Born

10/24/1983, Dublin, Ireland

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Gender

Female

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Kate McGrath
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  • Katie McGrath as Morgana on Merlin
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Biography

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Dublin born Irish actress Kate McGrath, never aspired to pursue an acting career and hence she graduated with a degree in History from the prestigious Trinity College in Dublin. Despite she felt inclined towards fashion journalism and actually took a job at Image magazine, it opened her the…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • 2013 Public Appearances:
      -January 20th, 2012: Labyrinth screening and Q&A, Totally Serialized TV Series Festival, London.

    • 2012 Public Appearances:
      -October 24th, 2012: BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show.
      -October 21st, 2012: T4.
      -July 15th, 2012: San Diego Comic Con, Merlin panel, San Diego, USA.

    • Photoshoots:
      -September 2012, Radio Times magazine.
      -March 2012, The Lady magazine's A Love Letter to Vintage S tyle, Brooklands Museum, London.
      -August 2011, Sunday Independent (David Cantwell photographer).

    • Other:
      -SFX 2011 Christmas message.

    • Polls:
      -2012 Zap2It Most Crushworthy Villain for her role of Morgana in Merlin.
      -2011 UK Cult TV 'Sexiest Female' #3.
      -2011 Geeky Girls Love Scifi October Woman of the Month'.

    • 2011 Public Appearances:
      -October 23rd, 2011: W.E. premiere, BFI Film Festival, London, UK.
      -October 14th, 2011: The Late Late Show, RTE Studios, Dublin, Ireland with Merlin co-stars Colin Morgan and Eoin Macken.
      -October 1st, 2011: BBC Breakfast with Merlin co-stars Adetomiwa Edun, Colin Morgan, Eoin Macken, Rupert Young and Tom Hopper.
      -September 15th, 2011: London BFI Southbank Merlin Season 4EP1 Preview and Q&A with Angel Coulby, Colin Morgan and Executive Producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy.
      -July 24th, 2011: San Diego Comic Con Merlin Panel with Anthony Head, Bradley James and Colin Morgan.
      -July 19th, 2011: Charlie's Chinese restaurant and bar launch party, Harpenden, UK.
      -July 2nd, 2011: Merlin panel at the Comic Con Expo in Paris with Colin Morgan, Bradley James and show writer Julian Jones.
      -June 10th-11th, 2011: Montecarlo Television Film Festival with Anthony Head.
      -April 16th, 2011: The Dragon Tower attraction with Merlin co-stars Angel Coulby, Anthony Head and Richard Wilson, Warwick Castle, Warwick, England.
      -April 9th, 2011: Merlin panel at the Kapow Comic Con, London with Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Angel Coulby and Executive Producer Johnny Capps.
      -January 25th 2011: InBest of British Talent Party at Shoreditch House in London.

    • Charity:
      -2011: Katie collected funds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital during the autograph signing session at the Kapow Comic Con Merlin panel, April 9th, London.
      -2010: Katie contributed with several signed pictures to the 2010 Wamcare (Worldwide Association for ME/CFS Awareness and Research) charity auction which profits are destined to top quality biomedical research including a large share to the Whittemore Peterson Institute and ME Research UK.

    • 2010 Public Appearances:
      -November 3rd, 2010: InDolce & Gabbana Party in London.
      -September 17th, 2010:Sam & Mark's TMI Friday showon CBBC with Angel Coulby.
      -September 10th, 2010: Yahoo.uk interview with Angel Coulby, Bradley James and Anthony Head.
      -September 6th, 2010: TV Choice Awards at The Dorchester hotel in London's Park Lane.
      -September 6th, 2010: BBC 1Xtra show with Angel Coulby.
      -September 5th, 2010: BFI Southbank Merlin Season 3EP1 and Season 3EP2 Preview and Q&A with Merlin main cast and producers.
      -July 1st, 2010: Merlin panel at the Comic Con Expo in Paris with Angel Coulby.
      -May 29th, 2010: London MCM Expo Merlin Panel with Angel Coulby, Colin Morgan and Johnny Capps.
      -February 19th, 2010: Lancome and Harper's Bazaar Pre-BAFTA Party at St. Martins Lane Hotel, London.

    • Nominations:
      -2013: SFX Sci-Fi Awards in the category of Sexiest Woman, Best Actress and Best Villain for her role of Morgana in Merlin.
      -2013: Glamour UK Women of the Year Awards in the category of UK TV Actress.
      -Virgin Media TV Award in the category of Best Actress, Best Baddy and Hottest Female for her role of Morgana in Merlin, December 2011.
      -National TV Awards 2012, in the category of Best Drama Performance for her role of Morgana in Merlin.
      -51st Monte Carlo Television Festival in the category of Outstanding Actress/Drama for her role of Morgana in Merlin, Monaco June 2011.
      -49th Monte Carlo Television Festival in the category of Best Actress for her role of Morgana in Merlin, Monaco June 2009.


      Awards:
      -Virgin Media TV Award in the category of BestBaddy for her role of Morgana in Merlin.

    • Katie provided with audio commentaries for episode 1x08 The Beginning of the End and episode 1x10 The Moment of Truth for the Merlin series 1 DVD box set, episode 2x11 The Witch's Quickening and episode 2x12 The Fires of Idirsholas for the Merlin series 2 DVD box set, episode 3x01 The Tears Of Uther Pendragon Part 1 for the Merlin series 3 DVD box set and episode 4x01 The Darkest Hour Part 1 for the Merlin series 4 DVD box set and episode 5x13 The Diamond Of The Day Part 2 for the Merlin series 5 DVD box set.

    • 2009 Public Appearances:
      November 29th, 2009: British Academy Childrens Awards at Hilton Park Lane Hotel London.
      November 21st 2009: Inside the World of Merlin with Bafta, Barbican Centre, London with Bradley James, Colin Morgan and Merlin crew.
      November 20th 2009: Children In Need appeal with Merlin cast.
      November 12th 2009: Cardiff Xmas Wonderland Switchon with Merlin cast.
      October 25th, 2009: London MCM Expo with Angel Coulby and Johnny Capps.
      October 10th 2009: TMI with Angel Coulby.
      September 16th, 2009: Digital Spy with Angel Coulby.
      September 7th 2009: TV Choice Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London with Anthony Head.
      September 6th 2009: T4 with Bradley James and Colin Morgan.
      September 6th 2009: BFI Merlin S2EP1 Preview and Q&A with Merlin main cast and producers.
      July 11th 2009: Oxegen 2009 with Colin Morgan.
      June 2nd 2009: Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Berkeley Square Gardens London.
      May 23rd 2009: London MCM Expo Merlin Panel with Merlin young cast members and producer.
      February 14th 2009: Irish Film and Television Awards with Colin Morgan.

    • 2008 Public Appearances:
      November 14th 2008: Children In Need appeal with Merlin cast.
      November 7th 2008: Sound BBC2 Music Show with Angel Coulby.
      October 25th 2008: London MCM Expo Merlin Panel with Merlin cast and crew.

    • 2007 Public Appearances:
      September 23rd 2007: Save Tara, Hill of Tara, Co. Meath, Ireland with Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

    • Morgana (the role Katie plays in Merlin) has always been her favourite character in the Arthurian legend.

    • Favourites:
      Books: X-Men, comic books.
      Bands: Violet Femmes, Guns 'N Roses, Fight Like Apes and Bloc Party.

    • Katie's favourite episode of Merlin first series is episode 07 The Gates of Avalon. Her proudest acting moment belongs to episode 08 The Beginning of the End in the scenes shared with Asa Butterfield.

    • Television:
      -Dates (2013).
      -Dracula as Lucy (2013)
      -Labyrinth as Oraine (2012)
      -Merlin as Morgana (2008-2012)
      -Children in Need 2010 as Morgana (2010)
      -Merlin Secrets and Magic as herself (2009)
      -Children in Need 2009 as Morgana (2009)
      -The Queen as Princess Margaret (2009)
      -Children in Need 2008 as Morgana (2008)
      -The Roaring Twenties as Vixen (2008)
      -Freakdog as Harriet (2008)
      -The Tudors as Bess (2008)
      -Eden as Dessie's girlfriend (2008)
      -Damage as Rachel (2007)

    • Filmography:
      -Leading Lady by Henk Pretorius as Jodi Rutherford (2013).
      -Christmas at Castlebury Hall by Michael Damian as Jules Daly (2011).
      -W.E. by Madonna as Lady Thelma Furness (2011).
      -Red Mist by Paddy Breahnach as Harriet.

    • Katie would love to see Merlin, Arthur, Gwen and Morgana immortalized in toy figures, same as it occurred with the Doctor Who. Her dream came true in 2010 when several Merlin action figurines were released.

    • Katie has sought the advice of those cast members with a bigger experience, in particular Richard Wilson and Anthony Head.

    • Since Merlin lead actor Colin Morgan is also Irish, she nearly didn't get cast.

    • Stage:
      -La Marea by Mariano Pansotti, Dublin Theatre Festival.

    • Katie got her first acting job only three months after finding an agent. She is professionally represented by ARG in London.

    • Katie is able to use her natural Irish accent on Merlin, while her Irish co-star Colin Morgan has to use an English one.

    • Personal:
      -Katie is 5'5" (1.67 m).
      -Katie's natural hair color is blonde, so she needs to keep dying it black each three weeks for her role of Morgana in Merlin. As it's seen on the show, Katie's hair is down almost to her waist. She only gets extensions for those scenes where her hair is styled wavy.
      -Katie wears all the time a gold chain watch that belonged to her great-grandmother. She declares it to be her favourite piece of jewellery.
      -Katie has a large tattoo inked across the bottom of her lower back that reads 'Purity'. She also has a tongue ring and several piercings in her ears.

    • Katie has worked as a receptionist at a piercing studio, in a cocktail bar, for a fashion magazine as a make-up artist for MAC and as a wardrobe assistant on The Tudors.

    • While in school Katie played the lead in the play Daisy Pulls It Off.

    • Education:
      -Katie was in the debating society in school, she was the president.
      -Katie studied history at the Trinity College in Dublin.

  • Quotes

    • Katie McGrath: (About her appreciation for the wardrobe department) I used to take up hems on the Tudors for six months. And I can't even sew, so I get what it means if I rip my dress: two hours for someone to stitch it. - Dailyrecord, October 6 2009.

    • Katie McGrath: (about unexpectedly haveing become an actress) I won the lottery because I didn't know I would love this so much and I'm so lucky to have gotten the chance. - CTV.ca, October 2008.

    • Katie McGrath: (about her acting experience) I hadn't acted much. I'd been in school plays, but I wasn't a drama-school kid and my family aren't performers. - Tribune Magazine, December 2008.

    • Katie McGrath: (about her favourite scenes in Merlin) My favourite scenes are always the scenes I do with Colin [Colin Morgan] - SciFiChick, August 2009.

    • Katie McGrath: (about her idea of what being an actress was like) I was looking at these actresses sort of sitting around under umbrellas, people bringing them cold drinks and I was like, 'That looks so much easier than what I'm doing' and I was so wrong.

    • Katie McGrath: (about her proffesional ambitions) I just want to do good work. If it's shot in Hungary, if it's shot in Russia, if it's shot in America, if it's shot in England, you just want to do something you can stand up and say I'm proud of it.

    • Katie McGrath: (about her fashion taste) I don't like pink and I am not into girlie stuff, bows and frills, sugary looking things.

    • Katie McGrath:(about Merlin) It's a completely different take on the legend. It borrows from all the legends. Because it's not based on actual fact it can be taken as it suits us and the audience.

    • Katie McGrath:(about her character of Lady Morgana in Merlin) She is Uther's ward. The first lady of Camelot and we are very aware that she is top dog. She is in control and she can manipulate all the men. She's very interesting, great fun to play. Not your average, retiring type of girl. She's a go-getter, stand up for herself kind of girl.

    • Katie McGrath: (about the casting process for Merlin) I was so scared. I was like, 'they're going to re-cast me, they're going to re-cast me. I've got to do a good job' and I walk in and Giles from Buffy [Anthony Head] is there. I was just like 'Oh my God, oh my God.'- CTV.ca, August 2009.

    • Katie McGrath: (about her style) I went through a real punk stage: I had braids, red hair, pink hair, green hair, I cut it into a Mohawk, the lot. Then about five years ago, I dyed it dark and stayed out of the sun to get pale, because I hated looking like everyone else, all blonde hair and tanned skin. - Instyle, October 2008.

    • Katie McGrath: (about college) I wasn't the biggest fan of college because I was so desperate to get started on life. I went for four years but I never really physically went. I'd turn up to hand in my essays but that was about it. - Tribune Magazine, December 2008.

    • Katie McGrath: (about her childhood) I was a strange child. I was the kid with funny hair listening to dodgy music [...] I'd come in with my hoodie and skate-shoes, with purple hair under the hood. I got away with it because I spent all my time in the art room, so they figured I was 'artistic'. I was that kind of kid, listening to Green Day and the Deftones and all that kind of thing. - Tribune Magazine, December 2008.

    • Katie McGrath: I'd love a career like Kate Winslet. She makes blockbusters; she makes weird movies; she still has a family and she seems really grounded. - Tribune Magazine, December 2008.

    • Katie McGrath: (about working as a wardrobe assistant on The Tudors) It was feet-first, in at the deep end and trying to swim. And it turned out to be great fun. It was one of the best jobs I ever had. They're all amazing people and I was working under Joan Bergin who's possibly one of the best costume designers in the world. It was fantastic but I didn't really know what I was doing. I was just floating along, being myself.

    • Katie McGrath: The first thing I ever wanted to be was a backup singer for Guns 'n' Roses. - Tribune Magazine, December 2008.

    • Katie McGrath: If I leave my hair, I look like Pocahontas, so I've been known to use eight different products at once just to make it do anything. - Instyle, October 2008.

    • Katie McGrath: (about being recognized) That's the one question everybody asks! I actually got recognized for the first time the other night, and I think it was possibly only because I was standing right next to Colin [Morgan, aka Merlin himself]. It doesn't happen often because [the character] is such a huge transformation for me. People don't expect to see you in normal clothes because they're so used to seeing you in the gowns and dresses.

    • Katie McGrath: (about the possibility of a second season of Merlin) Obviously we hope it's going to go ahead. We don't know yet though, to be honest with you. For me I'll be very disappointed if it doesn't go ahead. We've left all of our characters on such a cliffhanger that you'd feel it wasn't finished unless you got a chance to see them through. Especially my character, because all her best stuff is yet to come. It's a show that's only going to get better!

    • Katie McGrath: I have to keep my hair long for my role in Merlin, but because I know I can't cut it, all I want to do is shave it off! - Instyle, October 2008.

    • Katie McGrath: (about her costumes on Merlin) I also have the best costumes. They're not the most forgiving, but they're stunning. Every time I put them on I feel like a princess.

    • Katie McGrath: I go for really smart guys, ones who are well-read and can banter and argue. Men need to be able to take me out and have a few drinks, but by the end of the night we'll be talking about Nietzsche. - Arena, November 2008.

    • Katie McGrath: (on deciding to try her hand at acting) A couple of the producers said I should give acting a try. I just thought, 'Why not?' It's like running away to join the circus, everyone wants to do it when they're young but then you grow up and get a proper job. But somebody's got to do it or you wouldn't have the circus. - Arena, November 2008.

    • Katie McGrath: I'm quite new so having people like Richard [Wilson] and Anthony [Head] there who are so easy to talk to is great. It's daunting but everyone is so nice. Everyone is rooting for you. It's like a giant family.

    • Katie McGrath: I want to have a little toy version of Morgana. I can then show it to my grandchildren one day. So I can say I used to have a waist. - BBC, September 2008.

    • Katie McGrath: (on being in Merlin) Every now and again I'm standing in a corridor asking myself is this real? If you had told me that every day I get into this dress and watch sword fighting and dragons, I'd have thought you were mad. - BBC, September 2008.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Twice Knightley?

    2.0
    More or less a double for Keira Knightley but without the acting skills.



    Houbou here likes her acting but I actually came here to see just how low people would rate this actor.



    Just been watching her 'performance' in Dracula and right from the start she's come across as a terrible over-actor. Maybe that's how she's been directed and I guess I should see her in other things (apart from a confectionery advert here in the UK) before being so judgemental.



    But cringe a minute in Dracula (not the greatest show

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  • She is a great looking lady

    10
    I like her acting, I got introduced to her in Merlin. She's got a very wicked face, very animated, reminds me of Lucy Lawless in a way.