For someone that never studied acting and barely pursued it as a career, Katie McGrath has somehow managed to secure some iconic roles on popular television. She’s played Morgana in the show, Merlin, Lucy Westenra in Dracula, and now plays Lena Luthor in Supergirl.
The actress has described her career has full of luck, and while that might diminish her talents and hard work, we don’t think she’s wrong. Other than a lack of background in acting, here are a few other things to know about the Merlin star.
McGrath’s Age, Early Life, and Rise to Fame
The woman who played Morgana in British fantasy series, Merlin actually started and worked as a fashion journalist and wardrobe assistant. Yes, Katie who was born in 1983 and raised in Ashford, County Wicklow in Ireland started her professional career as a fashion journalist for Image magazine. After working briefly at Image magazine, she became a wardrobe assistant on the set of The Tudors.
Apparently, Katie was advised to try acting while she was working as a wardrobe assistant, and she in turn sent out headshots. One doesn’t know exactly how a wardrobe assistant going about her work came to inspire another person to advise her to pursue acting, but that is the story of Katie McGrath, if it could have happened to anyone, it probably would have happened to her.
Before Katie McGrath stumbled into becoming a movie and TV star, her early life involved being the daughter of Paul and Mary. Her father works with computers and her mother works for an Irish designer. She has two older brothers, Sean and Rory. Sean is an online media manager and Rory is a post-production producer. In terms of education, she is a graduate of History from Trinity College, Dublin. Before that, she was a student at International Baccalaureate at St. Andrew’s College.
After taking the advice to pursue a career in acting, it didn’t take long before she got her first onscreen role. Katie first appeared in an Irish TV-movie, Damage in 2007. In the same year, she made her first stage appearance at the Dublin Theatre Festival, then followed it up with an appearance in cinema movies Eden and Freakdog in 2008. All within a year of sending out headshots and with no formal acting experience. In the same year, she was cast to play her first major role in Merlin.
Within a short period of time, Katie McGrath appeared in multiple projects and built her acting resume. In 2009, she starred in a docudrama about the life of Queen Elizabeth II, The Queen. The next year (2010), she played Lady Furness in W.E, an Edward VIII biopic. 2011 saw her appear in the comedy-drama, A Princess for Christmas. She also voice-acted in the animated film, Trid an Stoirm.
Perhaps as a result of her first major role, she spent the early years of her acting career, typecast as a character in high society Britain. She still battles with it as shown by her recent role in 2017 Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur film. In 2016 however, she got a break from it and was cast to play Lena Luthor in the CW Network Arrowverse TV show, Supergirl.
Over the course of her career, she has appeared in seven movies and in 14 TV shows. Katie also made an appearance in Hozier’s 2014 music video, ‘From Eden’. Her body of work has seen her nominated for a few awards, including two Monte-Carlo TV Festival nominations as Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for Merlin. She’s also been nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Scene Stealer for her work on Supergirl.
Her Net Worth
For the many TV appearances and modest appearances that this actress has made in feature films, she has accumulated quite a fortune with the overall value of her wealth estimated around $3 and $4 million. Beyond acting, the bulk of her worth is believed to be income from endorsement deals.
Husband or Boyfriend, Is Katie Mcgrath Married?
So far, Katie McGrath’s relationship history has only one confirmed story – her previous relationship with Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The couple broke up shortly after they started dating in 2007. Since then, there has been little in confirmed rumors about the actress’ dating life. Meanwhile, there are strong rumors that she’s in a relationship with Colin Morgan, her former co-star from the show Merlin but nothing has been confirmed yet from both parties.
Height, Weight, and Body Stats
The Irish actress is 1.68 m tall and weighs 61 kg. Sporting dark brown hair and green eyes, Katie McGrath measures 36-25-37 inches.