Katharine Isabelle is a name that would be known to horror fans around the world. The actress who is described as a Scream Queen (a name given to actresses who have appeared in a number of horror films), is no stranger to the genre. She has starred in low-budget horror films like See No Evil 2 to high-quality productions like Freddy vs. Jason and the television show, Hannibal.
The Canadian actress is beloved in the horror community and she has been recognized with several nominations for several awards including the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. She currently stars in Little Dog as Ginny Ross. Learn more about Katharine Isabelle, her life and her extensive filmography below.
Who is Katharine Isabelle? Biography
With a net worth of $2 million and a filmography that runs into over 100 films and television shows, Katharine Isabelle can confidently say she is a successful actress. Katharine began to appear on screen as an actress just eight years after she was born to her parents, Graeme Murray and Gail Murray on the 2nd of November, 1981 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Starting as a child actress, she appeared in the films, Cousins and Cold Front, playing the child characters – Chloe Hardy and Katie McKenzie respectively. In the same year, she appeared on an episode of MacGyver as Violet.
It is difficult to say if Katharine Isabelle had any formal education up to college level but as required by law and as someone who frequently spent time on set, she would have been taught by set tutors to complete and earn her high school diploma. Even for a child actress like Katharine Isabelle, finding the project that makes the audience take notice of you is still a necessity. She eventually found hers in 1998, nine years after her debut in the film Knight Moves. Also, her performance as Lindsay Clark in Disturbing Behavior introduced her to the rest of the world, especially the American film audience, as a talented actress.
She followed the film up with a lead role in Ginger Snaps, as Ginger Fitzgerald, a role that would give her cult status among horror fans across the globe. She reprised the role in the film’s sequels in 2004 solidified her status. Perhaps it was a personal affinity for the horror genre, or a business decision to take advantage of a genre which she already had popularity in, Katharine Isabelle has gone on to star in several horror films and slasher movies. She starred through the 2000s in films like Spooky House, Rampage, Hard Ride to Hell, and Freddy vs Jason.
For a brief period in the 2000s, she played dramatic roles in some independent films, shedding the horror roles for a bit. She starred in films like Frankie and Alice, Falling Angels, The Last Casino and Everything’s Gone Green. While she did not completely abandon the horror genre, she returned to its summit in 2012 as Mary Mason in the horror film, American Mary. The film, which was one of the most popular horror films in recent history earned her several awards as Best Actress from several awarding bodies, including Fangoria Chainsaw Award and Austin Fantastic Fest.
Katharine’s television appearances have included shows like The X-Files, First Wave, Smallville, Stargate SG-1, Supernatural and Psych. Katharine’s television career has been mostly limited to episodic appearances in a lot of shows, with exceptions as a regular in shows like The Englishman’s Boy, Titanic (the miniseries), Children of the Dust, Being Human, Eve of Destruction and a couple others.
Her extensive filmography has so far, earned her several award nominations, and she has won most of them with the majority of the awards being for her performances in The Englishman’s Boy and American Mary. Other performances that earned her a nomination are Lawrence & Holloman and Motive.
Katharine Isabelle’s long and successful career apart from her talent can also be attributed to her parents. Her parents are also artists with her father being an art director and production designer who has had his work on The X-Files win two Emmy Awards. Her mother, on the other hand, is a writer and producer. Isabelle also has a brother, Joshua Murray. Joshua, like Isabelle, was also a child actor but left the profession to pursue a career as a journalist.
Height and Weight
Katharine Isabelle stands at a height of 5 feet and 4 inches and a weight of 50 kg. Other body measurements are 35-24-35 inches for her chest, waist, and hips respectively. The actress favors a healthy diet to maintain her figure.