Katharine Isabelle

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.[2]

Katharine Isabelle
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Isabelle in 2014
Katharine Isobel Murray[1]

(1981-11-02) November 2, 1981 (age 39)
Other namesKatie Murray, Katharine Isobel
Years active1989–present

Personal lifeEdit

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.[1][3][4] Her paternal half-brother is Joshua Murray, a director and former actor.[5][1][6]

Despite acting in a large number of gory films and television productions, Isabelle is uneasy with the sight of real blood.[1]

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.[7]


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,[8] Children of the Dust, Salt Water Moose,[9] and Married to a Stranger.[1]

Isabelle has worked with her half-brother Joshua Murray in Cold Front and The Last Winter.[6] In 1998, she worked with her father Graeme Murray on an episode of The X-Files titled "Schizogeny".[1]

In 1998, there were big changes in Isabelle's career when she played Lindsay Clark in the film Disturbing Behavior, where Katie Holmes, James Marsden, and Nick Stahl became her film partners.[5]

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.[10]

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.[11][12]

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.[13]

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."[14]

Katharine Isabelle at the premiere of the short film Favorite People List, January 27, 2009.

The actress also portrayed Ginger in the sequels Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004) and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning.[15]

Two years later, Isabelle appeared in the film Insomnia.[16] 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.[17] This role brought her many awards at various horror film festivals, including the "Fangoria Chainsaw Awards".[16]

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 Englishman's Boy.[18]

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.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Cousins Chloe Hardy as Katie Murray[20][6]
1989 Cold Front Katie McKenzie as Katie Murray[6]
1989 Immediate Family Birthday Girl Carrie as Katie Murray[6]
1989 The Last Winter Winnie Jamison as Katie Murray[21][6]
1992 Knight Moves Erica Sanderson as Katharine Isobel[22]
1996 Salt Water Moose Josephine "Jo" Parnell as Katharine Isobel[9]
1998 Disturbing Behavior Lindsay Clark
2000 Snow Day Marla
2000 Ginger Snaps Ginger Fitzgerald
2001 A Shot in the Face Erin
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Laughing Girl
2001 Bones Tia
2001 Turning Paige Paige Fleming
2002 Insomnia Tanya Francke
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 Spooky House Mona
2004 Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning Ginger Fitzgerald
2004 Show Me Jenna
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 13 Eerie Megan
2013 Torment Sarah
2013 Lawrence & Holloman Zooey
2014 See No Evil 2 Tamara Direct-to-video film
2014 Primary Andrea
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
2016 A.R.C.H.I.E. Brooke Direct-to-video film
2018 Bad Times at the El Royale Auntie Ruth

Television filmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
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 Due East Reba
2002 The Secret Life of Zoey Kayla
2002 Carrie Tina Blake
2004 The Last Casino Elyse
2004 The Life Amber Reilly
2004 Earthsea Yarrow
2006 Eight Days To Live Lucinda
2006 Engaged to Kill Maddy Lord
2006 Rapid Fire Amber
2008 Ogre Jessica
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
2010 Smoke Screen Wife
2012 Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts Lucy Truffaut
2017 Undercover Angel Robin Bladen


Year Title Role Notes
1989 MacGyver Violet Episode: "The Madonna"; as Katie Murray[23]
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[1]
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"
2006 Reunion Courtney Episode: "1998"
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 Sanctuary Sophie Episode: "Nubbins"
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

Award nominations for Katharine Isabelle
Year Title Award Category Result Ref(s)
2002 Ginger Snaps
Turning Paige
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actress in a Canadian Film Nominated [24][25]
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 [26]
2011 Endgame Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series Nominated [27]
2012 American Mary Fantastic Fest Special Mention in Horror Features Won [28]
2012 Screamfest Horror Film Festival Best Actress Won [29]
2012 Toronto After Dark Film Festival Best Leading Actress Won [30]
Best Antihero (Mary Mason, played by Isabelle) Won
2013 Fright Meter Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Won [31]
2014 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actress Won [32]
2014 See No Evil 2 Fright Meter Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [33]
2014 Lawrence & Holloman Leo Awards Best Supporting Performance by a Female – Motion Picture Nominated [34]
Motive Best Guest Performance by a Female – Dramatic Series Won [34]
2015 Primary Leo Awards Best Lead Performance by a Female – Motion Picture Nominated [34]
2016 How to Plan an Orgy
in a Small Town
Canadian Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast Won [35]
2019 The Order Leo Awards Best Supporting Performance Female – Dramatic Series Nominated [34]


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