Katharine Isobel Murray (born November 2, 1981), known professionally as Katharine Isabelle, is a Canadian actress. She has been described as a scream queen due to her roles in various horror films. She started her acting career in 1989, playing a cameo role in the television series MacGyver. She gained fame for the role of Ginger Fitzgerald in the films Ginger Snaps, Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed, and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning.
Katharine Isobel Murray
November 2, 1981
|Other names||Katie Murray, Katharine Isobel|
Katharine Isobel Murray was born on November 2, 1981 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her parents are Graeme Murray, a production designer who has won two Emmy Awards for work on The X-Files, and Gail Johnson Murray, a writer and producer. Her paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather are from Scotland. Her paternal half-brother is Joshua Murray, a director and former actor.
In 2003, Isabelle almost died from a viral infection that caused a lung collapse and kidney failure. She fell into a coma and had to be treated with a ventilator. Isabelle made this revelation in 2020, on her Instagram account.
Isabelle has been credited under several stage names during the course of her career.
She began her acting career at the age of eight as Katie Murray, playing an episodic role in the television series MacGyver in 1989. Then she continued to act in small episodic roles in television series and films such as: Cold Front, Immediate Family, The Last Winter, Burning Bridges, Children of the Dust, Salt Water Moose, and Married to a Stranger.
She first found fame with the role of Ginger Fitzgerald in the film Ginger Snaps, directed by John Fawcett; actress Emily Perkins became her co-star in the film. Casting took place in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Isabelle auditioned on the same day as Perkins at their agency in Vancouver, reading to one another off-camera. Screenwriter Karen Walton said that they were exactly as she had pictured the characters when their taped auditions had arrived.
The film tells how during the filming of an amateur horror film, the two sisters find themselves in the clutches of a huge monster, from the bites of one of the sisters on the body, there are strange wounds that heal quickly and suspiciously. From this point on, real problems begin for young heroines, the progress of development of which the viewer follows with intense attention.
What Culture said:
Obsessed with death and morbidity, and afraid of adulthood, Ginger Fitzgerald, portrayed by Katharine Isabelle of American Mary fame, only gets worse when she's bitten by a lycanthrope and the transformation into a wolf begins. She gradually becomes aggressive and over-sexualised, loses her relationship with her sister, grows pointy teeth and sprouts hair in really weird places. She even grows a tail that she actually attempts to cut off. It takes a big set of cojones to try to cut off any body part. Ultimately though, the film is interesting because it examines the dichotomy between Ginger's humanity and her animalistic side.
Jessica Roakes of The Toast also mentions the metaphorical nature of the character saying "Ginger’s body has betrayed her by menstruating. This is a key tenet of the body-horror genre — the monstrous comes not just from the outside, but from within the human body, from infection or perversion or unwanted biological functions. In Ginger’s case, it is her metamorphosis from girl to woman that renders her monstrous."
Two years later, Isabelle appeared in the film Insomnia. In this detective thriller directed by Christopher Nolan, the actress played along with Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. In 2012, Isabelle starred in the horror film twins Jen and Sylvia Soska American Mary. American Mary premiered at the London FrightFest Film Festival on 27 August 2012. It received a limited theatrical run in the U.S. on 31 May 2013 and became available on video on demand on 16 May 2013. This role brought her many awards at various horror film festivals, including the "Fangoria Chainsaw Awards".
Cooperation with the gothic sisters continued in 2014 when Isabelle played a major role in their 2006 horror sequel, See No Evil 2. Later, she played a major role in the thriller Primate. In 2015, the film 88 starred Isabelle, after she played a cameo role in the film The Girl in the Photographs.
Also, she played a small role in the short film Iteration 1 and one of the main roles in the action film Countdown in 2016. In 2019, Isabelle was cast as Vera Stone in the Netflix horror-drama series, The Order.
|1989||Cousins||Chloe Hardy||as Katie Murray|
|1989||Cold Front||Katie McKenzie||as Katie Murray|
|1989||Immediate Family||Birthday Girl Carrie||as Katie Murray|
|1989||The Last Winter||Winnie Jamison||as Katie Murray|
|1992||Knight Moves||Erica Sanderson||as Katharine Isobel|
|1996||Salt Water Moose||Josephine "Jo" Parnell||as Katharine Isobel|
|1998||Disturbing Behavior||Lindsay Clark|
|2000||Ginger Snaps||Ginger Fitzgerald|
|2001||A Shot in the Face||Erin|
|2001||Josie and the Pussycats||Laughing Girl|
|2001||Turning Paige||Paige Fleming|
|2003||Freddy vs. Jason||Gibb Smith|
|2003||Falling Angels||Lou Field|
|2003||On the Corner||Stacey Lee|
|2004||The Last Casino||Elyse|
|2004||Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed||Ginger Fitzgerald|
|2004||Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning||Ginger Fitzgerald|
|2006||Everything's Gone Green||Heather|
|2008||Another Cinderella Story||Bree Blatt||Direct-to-video film|
|2009||Rampage||Beauty Staff #2|
|2010||Frankie & Alice||Paige|
|2010||Hard Ride to Hell||Kerry||Direct-to-video film|
|2010||30 Days of Night: Dark Days||Stacey||Direct-to-video film|
|2012||American Mary||Mary Mason|
|2012||The Movie Out Here||Danielle|
|2013||Lawrence & Holloman||Zooey|
|2014||See No Evil 2||Tamara||Direct-to-video film|
|2015||88||Gwen / Flamingo|
|2015||The Girl in the Photographs||Janet|
|2015||How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town||Alice Solomon|
|2016||Countdown||Julia Baker||Direct-to-video film|
|2018||Bad Times at the El Royale||Auntie Ruth|
|1990||The Last Train Home||Sarah Bradshaw|
|1990||Burning Bridges||Emily Morgan|
|1991||Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus||Virginia O'Hanlon|
|1996||Prisoner of Zenda, Inc.||Fiona|
|1997||Married to a Stranger||Lacey Potter|
|1998||Voyage of Terror||Aly Tauber|
|2002||The Secret Life of Zoey||Kayla|
|2004||The Last Casino||Elyse|
|2004||The Life||Amber Reilly|
|2006||Eight Days To Live||Lucinda|
|2006||Engaged to Kill||Maddy Lord|
|2008||Mail Order Bride||Jen|
|2009||Killer Hair||Cherise Smithsonian|
|2009||Hostile Makeover||Cherise Smithsonian|
|2009||Beyond Sherwood Forest||Alina|
|2010||Sins of the Mother||Ivy|
|2012||Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts||Lucy Truffaut|
|2017||Undercover Angel||Robin Bladen|
|1989||MacGyver||Violet||Episode: "The Madonna"; as Katie Murray|
|1990||Neon Rider||Maxine 'Max' Forrest||Episode: "Running Man"|
|1992||The Ray Bradbury Theater||Mink||Episode: "Zero Hour"|
|1995||Children of the Dust||Young Rachel||Television miniseries|
|1995||Lonesome Dove: The Series||Francis Maitland||Episode: "Rebellion"|
|1996||Goosebumps||Kat Merton||Episode: "It Came from Beneath the Sink"|
|1996||Titanic||Ophelia Jack||Television miniseries|
|1997||Madison||Allysia Long||4 episodes|
|1998||The X-Files||Lisa Baiocchi||Episode: "Schizogeny"; worked with father Graeme Murray|
|1998||Da Vinci's Inquest||Audrey||Episodes: "Little Sister: Part 2", "Little Sister: Part 3"|
|1998||First Wave||Elizabeth||Episode: "Book of Shadows"|
|1999||First Wave||Denise||Episode: "The Channel"|
|1999||Da Vinci's Inquest||Madeline Marquetti||Episodes: "A Cinderella Story: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1999||The Net||Malika||Episode: "In Dreams"|
|2000||The Fearing Mind||Josie Hogan||Episode: "Good Harvest"|
|2001||The Immortal||Taurez||Episode: "Wired"|
|2001||The Chris Isaak Show||Melissa||Episode: "Smackdown"|
|2001||Night Visions||Vicki||Episode: "Rest Stop"|
|2002||The Outer Limits||Tammy Sinclair||Episode: "Dark Child"|
|2002||Mentors||Anne Sullivan||Episode: "Breakthrough"|
|2002||John Doe||Shayne Pickford||Episode: "Blood Lines"|
|2003||Smallville||Sara Conroy||Episode: "Slumber"|
|2004||The Eleventh Hour||Petrel||Episode: "Stormy Peterel"|
|2005||Young Blades||Celeste La Rue||Episode: "To Heir is Human"|
|2006||Stargate SG-1||Valencia||Episode: "Camelot"|
|2007||Supernatural||Ava Wilson||Episodes: "Hunted", "All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 1"|
|2008||Psych||Sigrid||Episode: "Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion"|
|2008||The Englishman's Boy||Norma Carlyle||Television miniseries|
|2009||Heartland||Mindy Fanshaw||Episode: "Starstruck!"|
|2009||The L Word||Marci Salvatore||Episode: "Leaving Los Angeles"|
|2009||The Assistants||Paulette Reubin||Episode: "The Bully"|
|2009||The Good Wife||Cindy Lewis||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2011||Health Nutz||Jennifer||Episodes: "The Local Hero", "The Sponsor"|
|2011||Endgame||Danni||Main role, 13 episodes|
|2012||Flashpoint||Madelyn "Maddie"||Episode "Run To Me"|
|2013–2014||Being Human||Susanna Waite||Recurring role; seasons 3–4|
|2013||Motive||Liane Healey||Episode: "Pushover"|
|2013||Eve of Destruction||Calla||Television miniseries|
|2013||Cedar Cove||Cecilia Rendall||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2014||Psych||Priscilla Morganstern||Episode: "Cloudy with a Chance of Improvement"|
|2014–2015||Hannibal||Margot Verger||Recurring role; seasons 2–3|
|2015||Rookie Blue||Detective Frankie Anderson||Episodes: "Integrity Test", "Ninety Degrees", "74 Epiphanies"|
|2017||Rosewood||Naomi||Episode: "Puffer Fish & Personal History"|
|2017–2018||The Arrangement||Hope||Recurring role; 8 episodes|
|2018–present||Little Dog||Ginny Ross||Main role|
|2019–2020||The Order||Vera Stone||Main role|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Vancouver Film Critics Circle||Best Actress in a Canadian Film||Nominated|||
|2008||The Englishman's Boy||Gemini Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series||Won|||
|2011||Endgame||Gemini Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series||Nominated|||
|2012||American Mary||Fantastic Fest||Special Mention in Horror Features||Won|||
|2012||Screamfest Horror Film Festival||Best Actress||Won|||
|2012||Toronto After Dark Film Festival||Best Leading Actress||Won|||
|Best Antihero (Mary Mason, played by Isabelle)||Won|
|2013||Fright Meter Awards||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Won|||
|2014||Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|2014||See No Evil 2||Fright Meter Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|||
|2014||Lawrence & Holloman||Leo Awards||Best Supporting Performance by a Female – Motion Picture||Nominated|||
|Motive||Best Guest Performance by a Female – Dramatic Series||Won|||
|2015||Primary||Leo Awards||Best Lead Performance by a Female – Motion Picture||Nominated|||
|2016||How to Plan an Orgy
in a Small Town
|Canadian Film Festival||Best Ensemble Cast||Won|||
|2019||The Order||Leo Awards||Best Supporting Performance Female – Dramatic Series||Nominated|||
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