Katharine Isabelle (born November 2, 1981) 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.
Isabelle in 2009
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, Canada. 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 half-brother (by father) is Joshua Murray, a director and former actor.
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 shes 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 Gingers 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 tenant 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."
In this detective thriller directed by Christopher Nolan, the actress played along with the star cast of Hollywood actors such as: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, and others. In 2012, Catherine 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".
In 2008, Isabelle received the Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for her role in the critically acclaimed The Englishman's Boy.
Creative union with the gothic sisters did not end there. In 2014, Catherine played a major role in their 2006 horror sequel, See No Evil 2. Unfortunately, this project has not found the same recognition as the original. Later, the actress played a major role in the thriller Primate. In 2015, the film 88 starred with Katherine Isabel, after she played a cameo role in the film The Girl in the Photographs.
Also, the actress 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.
On account of Katherine Isabelle more than a hundred roles in film and television.
|1989||Cousins||Chloe Hardy||as Katie Murray|
|1989||Cold Front||Katie McKenzie||as Katie Murray|
|1989||Immediate Family||Birthday Girl Carrie||as Katie Murray|
|1990||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|
|2009||Favourite People List||Denise Moynahan||Short film|
|2009||Rampage||Beauty Staff #2|
|2010||Frankie & Alice||Paige|
|2010||Hard Ride to Hell||Kerry||Direct-to-video|
|2010||30 Days of Night: Dark Days||Stacey||Direct-to-video|
|2012||American Mary||Mary Mason|
|2012||The Movie Out Here||Danielle|
|2013||Lawrence & Holloman||Zooey|
|2014||See No Evil 2||Tamara||Direct-to-video|
|2015||88||Gwen / Flamingo|
|2015||The Girl in the Photographs||Janet|
|2015||How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town||Alice Solomon|
|2016||Iteration 1||Anna||Short film|
|2018||Bad Times at the El Royale||Auntie Ruth|
|1989||MacGyver||Violet||Episode: "The Madonna"; as Katie Murray|
|1990||Last Train Home||Sarah Bradshaw||Television film|
|1990||Neon Rider||Maxine 'Max' Forrest||Episode: "Running Man"|
|1990||Burning Bridges||Emily Morgan||Television movie; as Katie Murray|
|1991||Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus||Virginia O'Hanlon||Television film; as Katharine Isobel|
|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||Prisoner of Zenda, Inc.||Fiona||Television film|
|1996||Goosebumps||Kat Merton||Episode: "It Came from Beneath the Sink"|
|1996||Titanic||Ophelia Jack||Television miniseries|
|1997||Madison||Allysia Long||4 episodes|
|1997||Married to a Stranger||Lacey Potter||Television film|
|1998||The X-Files||Lisa Baiocchi||Episode: "Schizogeny"; worked with father Graeme Murray|
|1998||Voyage of Terror||Aly Tauber||Television film|
|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||Due East||Reba||Television film|
|2002||The Secret Life of Zoey||Kayla||Television film|
|2002||John Doe||Shayne Pickford||Episode: "Blood Lines"|
|2002||Carrie||Tina Blake||Television film|
|2003||Smallville||Sara Conroy||Episode: "Slumber"|
|2004||The Eleventh Hour||Petrel||Episode: "Stormy Peterel"|
|2004||The Last Casino||Elyse||Television film|
|2004||The Life||Amber Reilly||Television film|
|2005||Young Blades||Celeste La Rue||Episode: "To Heir is Human"|
|2006||Stargate SG-1||Valencia||Episode: "Camelot"|
|2006||Eight Days To Live||Lucinda||Television film|
|2006||Engaged to Kill||Maddy Lord||Television film|
|2006||Rapid Fire||Amber||Television film|
|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|
|2008||Mail Order Bride||Jen||Television film|
|2009||Heartland||Mindy Fanshaw||Episode: "Starstruck!"|
|2009||The L Word||Marci Salvatore||Episode: "Leaving Los Angeles"|
|2009||Killer Hair||Cherise||Television movie|
|2009||Hostile Makeover||Cherise Smithsonian||Television movie|
|2009||The Assistants||Paulette Reubin||Episode: "The Bully"|
|2009||The Good Wife||Cindy Lewis||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2009||Beyond Sherwood Forest||Alina||Television movie|
|2010||Sins of the Mother||Ivy||Television movie|
|2010||Smoke Screen||Wife||Television movie|
|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"|
|2012||Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts||Lucy Truffaut||Television movie|
|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|
|2017||Undercover Angel||Robin Bladen||Television movie|
|2018–present||Little Dog||Ginny Ross||Main role; 15 episodes|
|2019||The Order||Vera Stone||Recurring role|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Gemini Awards||2008||Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a
Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
|The Englishman's Boy||Won|
|2011||Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Endgame||Nominated|
|Fantastic Fest||2012||Special Mention in Horror Features||American Mary||Won|
|Screamfest Horror Film Festival||2012||Festival Trophy Award for Best Actress||American Mary||Won|
|Toronto After Dark Film Festival||2012||Special Award for Best Actress||American Mary||Won|
|Fright Meter Awards||2012||Best Actress||American Mary||Won|
|2014||Best Supporting Actress||See No Evil 2||Nominated|
|Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||2012||Best Leading Actress||American Mary||Won|
|Leo Awards||2013||Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture||Lawrence & Holloman||Nominated|
|Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series||Motive||Won|
|Austin Fantastic Fest||2012||Best actress||American Mary||Won|
|Canadian Filmmakers' Festival||2016||Best Comedienne||How to Plan an Orgy
in a Small Town
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