Kathryn Ann Sackhoff (born April 8, 1980) is an American actress known for playing Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on the Sci Fi Channel's television program Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009). She was nominated for four Saturn Awards for her work on Battlestar Galactica and won the award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2005.
Sackhoff in 2019
Kathryn Ann Sackhoff
April 8, 1980
|Partner(s)||Karl Urban |
Sackhoff also starred in the short-lived TV series The Fearing Mind (2000–2001) and The Education of Max Bickford (2001–2002); had recurring roles in the TV series Bionic Woman (2007), Nip/Tuck (2009), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2010–2011) and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2012–2013); and had a lead role in the eighth season of 24 as Dana Walsh (2010). She voiced several characters, including Bitch Pudding, on Adult Swim's stop-motion animated series Robot Chicken. Between 2012 and 2017, she starred in the A&E and Netflix series Longmire as Deputy Sheriff Victoria "Vic" Moretti before recurring on The Flash as Amunet and appearing twice as herself on The Big Bang Theory.
She had lead roles in the films Halloween: Resurrection (2002), White Noise: The Light (2007), Batman: Year One (2011), The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, Sexy Evil Genius, Riddick, Oculus (2013) and Don't Knock Twice (2016).
Sackhoff was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up in St. Helens, Oregon. Her mother, Mary, was an English-as-second-language (ESL) program coordinator, and her father, Dennis, a land developer. Her brother Erick is co-owner of a vehicle modification shop near Portland. She graduated from Sunset High School in Beaverton in 1998. She began swimming at an early age, and by high school, planned to pursue a career in the sport until her right knee was injured. This led her to begin practicing yoga—which she continues today—and to pursue an interest in acting.
Sackhoff's first acting role was in the Lifetime movie Fifteen and Pregnant (starring Kirsten Dunst), in which she played a teenager with a baby. It motivated her to move to Hollywood and pursue an acting career after she graduated from high school. Sackhoff's first recurring role was as Annie in MTV's Undressed; she next won a supporting role as Nell Bickford in The Education of Max Bickford. She made her motion picture debut in My First Mister, then appeared as Jenna "Jen" Danzig in Halloween: Resurrection.
Sackhoff's most widely known role is as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace in the miniseries and follow-up TV series Battlestar Galactica, for which she won a Saturn Award in 2006 for Best Actress on Television. Her persona led the writers to develop the character as more complex and volatile. Galactica's executive producer Ron Moore described Sackhoff as having "magnetism"; and producer David Eick said, "We saw this whole other side that was all because of Katee: vulnerability, insecurity, desperation. We started freeing ourselves up to explore the weakness of the character, because we knew Katee could express those things without compromising the character's strength." Sackhoff said her performance was inspired by Linda Hamilton's portrayal of Sarah Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day: "I think that was the one character that I kind of looked to as far as body image and strength. I think I looked to her character and said, 'OK, that's kind of what you need to embody.'" Toward the end of the filming of Battlestar Galactica, Sackhoff began feeling physically weak. Soon after filming wrapped, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. After surgery to remove her thyroid, she required no radiation treatments and by February 2009 was in remission.
In 2007, Sackhoff was cast as the evil cyborg Sarah Corvus in the short-lived NBC series Bionic Woman. David Eick, the show's executive producer, said, "[Sackhoff is] a very special find. Those actors who can combine the qualities of strength and vulnerability—they usually call those people movie stars." Sackhoff plays the female lead in the action/sci-fi movie The Last Sentinel and the supernatural thriller White Noise: The Light.
Sackhoff appears as the main character in the Lifetime Original Movie How I Married My High School Crush. She has made guest appearances in Cold Case, ER, Law & Order, and Robot Chicken. Sackhoff provided the voice of a female marine in the video game Halo 3 and is featured in the viral marketing campaign for Resistance 2. In 2011, she provided the voice for Black Cat 2099 in Spider-Man: Edge of Time. She voiced Sarah Essen in the DC Comics animated film, Batman: Year One. She appears in four episodes of the fifth season of the series Nip/Tuck playing a new doctor, Dr. Theodora Rowe. However, for the sixth season Sackhoff was replaced by Rose McGowan for the role due to scheduling conflicts. Sackhoff headlined NBC's Dick Wolf-produced cop drama Lost and Found as Tessa, "an offbeat female LAPD detective who, after butting heads with the higher-ups, is sent as a punishment to the basement to work on John Doe and Jane Doe cases." The pilot was filmed in January 2009. NBC decided not to pick up the series. In 2009, she appeared as herself in "The Vengeance Formulation" episode of the CBS situation comedy The Big Bang Theory. In the episode, she is fantasized as Howard Wolowitz's dream girl. She appears again in season 4, in the same role. Sackhoff appeared as a series regular in the eighth season of the TV series 24, playing Dana Walsh, a CTU data analyst with a secret. In February 2010, Sackhoff signed on to play the lead in an ABC crime drama pilot, Boston's Finest. ABC decided not to pick up the series.
She made a special appearance in the Futurama episode "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences". In the fall of 2010, Sackhoff joined the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Detective Reed, a smart investigator who does not do well with sensitivity. In 2011, Sackhoff guest starred in an episode of Workaholics as a homeless drug addict named Rachel.
Sackhoff announced in April 2015 a new TV series project, Rain, which she wrote and is executive-producing through her Fly Free Productions. She also had a role in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops III, performing voice over and motion capture as Sarah Hall. She portrayed Pink Ranger Kimberly in Power/Rangers, a short depicting a dystopian future in the Power Rangers universe.
Sackhoff and her Battlestar Galactica co-star Tricia Helfer co-founded the Acting Outlaws, a motorcycle-riding charity with which they have worked to raise awareness and funds for causes including the Gulf Restoration Network, the Humane Society, and the Red Cross amfAR.
|2001||My First Mister||Ashley|
|2002||Halloween: Resurrection||Jennifer "Jen" Danzig|
|2007||White Noise: The Light||Sherry Clarke|
|2007||The Last Sentinel||Girl|
|2011||Batman: Year One||Detective Sarah Essen (voice)|
|2013||The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia||Joyce|
|2013||Sexy Evil Genius||Nikki Franklyn|
|2015||Power/Rangers||Kimberly Scott (née Hart)||Short film|
|2016||Girl Flu||Jenny Styles|
|2016||Don't Knock Twice||Jess|
|2018||2036 Origin Unknown||Mackenzie 'Mack' Wilson|
|1998||Fifteen and Pregnant||Karen Gotarus||TV film|
|1999||Locust Valley||Claire Shaw||TV film|
|1999||Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane||Susan||Episode: "Sympathy for Jack"|
|1999||Chicken Soup for the Soul||Claire||Episode: "Starlight, Star Bright"|
|1999||Hefner: Unauthorized||Mary||TV film|
|2000–2001||The Fearing Mind||Lenore Fearing||13 episodes|
|2001–2002||The Education of Max Bickford||Nell Bickford||22 episodes|
|2002||ER||Jason's Girlfriend||Episode: "A Hopeless Wound"|
|2003||Battlestar Galactica||Kara "Starbuck" Thrace||TV miniseries|
|2003||Boomtown||Holly||Episode: "The Big Picture"|
|2004||Cold Case||Terri Maxwell (1969)||Episode: "Volunteers"|
|2004–2009||Battlestar Galactica||Kara "Starbuck" Thrace||71 episodes|
|2007||The Wedding Wish||Sara Jacob||TV film|
|2007||Bionic Woman||Sarah Corvus||5 episodes|
|2007||Battlestar Galactica: Razor||Capt. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace||TV film|
|2007–present||Robot Chicken||Various (voice)||10 episodes|
|2008||Law & Order||Dianne Cary||Episode: "Knock Off"|
|2009||Lost and Found||Tessa Cooper||TV pilot|
|2009||Nip/Tuck||Dr. Theodora "Teddy" Rowe||4 episodes|
|2009, 2010||The Big Bang Theory||Herself||2 episodes|
|2010||Boston's Finest||Julia Scott||TV film|
|2010||24||Dana Walsh||20 episodes|
|2010||Futurama||Grrrl (voice)||Episode: "Lrreconcilable Ndndifferences"|
|2010–2011||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Det. Frankie Reed||3 episodes|
|2011||The Super Hero Squad Show||She-Hulk (voice)||Episode: "So Pretty When They Explode!"|
|2011||Workaholics||Rachel||Episode: "Karl's Wedding"|
|2012–2013||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||Bo-Katan Kryze (voice)||4 episodes|
|2012–2017||Longmire||Victoria "Vic" Moretti||63 episodes|
|2017||Star Wars Rebels||Bo-Katan Kryze (voice)||2 episodes|
|2017–present||The Flash||Amunet Black / Blacksmith||Recurring role|
|2019||Another Life||Niko Breckinridge||Main cast|
|2007||Halo 3||Female Marine 3 (voice)||Video game|
|2008||Resistance 2||Cassie Aklin (voice)||Video game|
|2011||Spider-Man: Edge of Time||Black Cat 2099 (voice)||Video game|
|2015||Call of Duty: Black Ops III||Sarah Hall||Voice role|
Motion capture performance
|2016||Eve: Valkyrie||Rán Kavik||Voice role|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2003||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series||Battlestar Galactica||Nominated|
|2005||Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series||Won|
|2006||Best Actress on Television||Nominated|
|2008||Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series||Nominated|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Action||24||Nominated|
|2015||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Oculus||Won|
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