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Katie McGrath (/məˈɡrɑː/) is an Irish actress. In television, she is best known for portraying Morgana on the BBC One series Merlin (2008–2012), Lucy Westenra on the British-American series Dracula (2013–2014), Sarah Bennett in the first season of the Canadian horror anthology series Slasher (2016) and for her role as Lena Luthor on the American superhero series Supergirl (2016–present). Her film roles include Lady Thelma Furness in the drama film W.E. and Jules Daley in the Christmas movie delight A Princess for Christmas, (2011), Zara in the science fiction adventure film Jurassic World (2015) and Elsa in the epic fantasy film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017).

Katie McGrath
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McGrath at Comic Con France in 2010
EducationTrinity College, Dublin[1]
Years active2007–present


Early lifeEdit

McGrath was raised in Ashford, County Wicklow, Ireland, by Paul, who works with computers, and Mary, who works for an Irish designer. She has two older brothers, Sean, an online media manager, and Rory, who is a post-production producer.[2] She studied the International Baccalaureate at St. Andrew's College before graduating from Trinity College, Dublin with a degree in history with a focus in Russian history.[1]


McGrath originally sought to work in fashion journalism and took on a job at Image magazine[1] before becoming a wardrobe assistant on the set of The Tudors. While working on The Tudors, McGrath was advised to try acting, so she sent photographs to Irish agents.[3] She said:

Being an actress was kind of like when you’re a kid, and you want to run away and join the circus, it's something you really want to do, but then you grew up and got a proper job. It was a dream, but I didn’t think it would ever be reality, and yet here I am![3]

McGrath was cast in Damage, an Irish TV-movie in 2007. She also starred in the play La Marea at the Dublin Theatre Festival in the same year.[4] She appeared in the feature films Eden and Freakdog in 2008, before being cast as Morgana Pendragon in Merlin.[5]

In 2009, McGrath starred in a five-part docudrama for Channel 4 exploring the life of Queen Elizabeth II, The Queen, in which she played a young Princess Margaret.[6] Emilia Fox portrayed Elizabeth II in the same episode in which McGrath appeared; the two had previously worked together as sisters Morgause and Morgana in Merlin. In 2010, McGrath was cast in Madonna's directorial debut W.E., an Edward VIII biopic. McGrath played Lady Furness, the king's former mistress who introduces him to Wallis Simpson.[7]

2011 saw McGrath film the comedy-drama A Princess for Christmas in Romania.[8] In September 2011, McGrath voice-acted the characters in the Irish animated short film Tríd an Stoirm (Through the Storm).[9] Later that month, McGrath was cast as Oriane Congost in Labyrinth.[10]

McGrath was reunited with her The Tudors co-star and close friend Jonathan Rhys Meyers in NBC and Sky Living's horror drama TV series Dracula; she portrayed Lucy Westenra.[11] In June 2013, McGrath co-starred in episode four of the Channel 4 show Dates as a young lesbian on the dating scene alongside Gemma Chan.[12] In November 2014, McGrath co-starred in a Hozier music video for the song "From Eden".[13]

In 2015, McGrath had a supporting role as Zara in the film Jurassic World[14] and starred in the Crackle original spy-thriller, The Throwaways.[15]

McGrath portrayed the lead role in the first season of Chiller’s original horror series Slasher, which premiered on 4 March 2016.[16]

In 2016, it was announced that McGrath would play the recurring role of Lena Luthor in the second season of Supergirl.[17][18] She debuted in the season two premiere episode titled "The Adventures of Supergirl" and was promoted to a series regular in March 2017 for the third season.[19][20] She appeared as Elsa in Guy Ritchie's fantasy film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which was released in May 2017.[21]

In 2019, it was announced that McGrath would star alongside Abbie Cornish and Georgia Haig in Seven Network series Secret Bridesmaids' Business. The series will be about how a bride's wedding turns deadly after one of the brisdesmaids invites a stranger into their lives. McGrath will star as Saskia, a bisexual lawyer who is described as an intelligent, loyal woman who is holding a secret.[22]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Pebble Tara Short film
2011 W.E. Lady Thelma Furness
2012 Tríd an Stoirm Alice/Banshee Short film; voice role
2014 Leading Lady Jodi Rutherford
2015 Jurassic World Zara
The Throwaways Gloria Miller
2017 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Elsa [21]
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Damage Rachel Television movie
2008 Eden Trisha Television movie
The Tudors Bess Episode: "His Majesty's Pleasure"
Freakdog Harriet Chambers Television movie
The Roaring Twenties Vixen Television miniseries
2008–2012 Merlin Morgana Pendragon Main role, 57 episodes
2009 The Queen Princess Margaret Episode: "Margaret"
2011 A Princess for Christmas Jules Daly Television movie
2012 Labyrinth Oriane Congost Television miniseries
2013 Dates Kate Foster Episode: "Erica and Kate"
2013–2014 Dracula Lucy Westenra Main role, 10 episodes
2016 Slasher Sarah Bennett Main role (season 1), 8 episodes
2016–present Supergirl Lena Luthor Recurring role (season 2); main role (season 3-); 51 episodes
2016–2017 Frontier Elizabeth Carruthers Recurring role; 7 episodes
2019 Secret Bridesmaids' Business Saskia Main role
Music videos
Year Title Artist
2014 "From Eden" Hozier

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2009 Monte-Carlo TV Festival Outstanding Actress - Drama Series Merlin Nominated [23]
2011 Monte-Carlo TV Festival Outstanding Actress - Drama Series Merlin Nominated [24]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Scene Stealer Supergirl Nominated [25]


  1. ^ a b c Carey, Anna (October 2008). "The Sorcerer's Apprentice". The Gloss Magazine. Archived from the original on 18 December 2008. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Katie McGrath superstar in waiting". Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "She's magic". Sunday Herald Salon. 4 October 2008. Archived from the original on 8 April 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  4. ^ bedrockproductions Archived 5 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "'Merlin' Katie McGrath final series Q&A". Digital Spy. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Five actresses to play the Queen for C4". The Guardian. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  7. ^ "Katie McGrath praises 'fantastic' Madonna". Digital Spy. London. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  8. ^ Blaga, Lulia (25 February 2011). "PRODUCTION: Christmas at Castlebury Hall Will Shoot in Romania". Film New Europe. Archived from the original on 24 April 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Short Film of the Week: Watch Tríd an Stoirm by Fred Burdy | Film Ireland". Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Katie McGrath: 'Labyrinth is gritty'". Digital Spy. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Victoria Smurfit To Sink Teeth into Jonathan Rhys Meyers' 'Dracula'". IFTN. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  12. ^ "New Channel 4 series "Dates" features gorgeous, complex lesbian couple - AfterEllen". AfterEllen. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Hozier releases new video for 'From Eden' featuring Katie McGrath". Irish Independent. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (3 April 2014). "Judy Greer Joins Jurassic World". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  15. ^ "Crackle Premieres Jeremy Renner-Produced Movie 'The Throwaways'". Videoink. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  16. ^ "'Slasher' star Katie McGrath's character gets a bloody good welcome". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  17. ^ Ausiello, Michael (4 August 2016). "Supergirl Lands Merlin's Katie McGrath as Lex's Sister Lena Luthor". TVLine. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  18. ^ Bernstein, Elizabeth (4 August 2016). "Supergirl Finds Its Lena Luthor in Jurassic World's Katie McGrath". Nerd Much?. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  19. ^ Saclao, Christian (12 September 2016). "'Supergirl' Season 2 Spoilers: CW Releases First Official Photos Of Katie McGrath As Lena Luthor". IBT Media Inc. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (22 March 2017). "'Supergirl': Katie McGrath Promoted To Series Regular For Season 3". Deadline. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  21. ^ a b "Katie McGrath - Hamilton Hodell - CV".
  22. ^ Yang, Rachel; Yang, Rachel (8 May 2019). "Abbie Cornish-Led Thriller Series 'Secret Bridesmaids' Business' Begins Production (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  23. ^ "Irish Film & Television Network | IFTN | Company Directory, Irish film Locations, Actors, Crew, Industry events, Jobs | The Irish Film & Television Network". Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  24. ^ "In Full: Monte Carlo TV Festival fiction nominees". Digital Spy. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  25. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2018: Here's the Full List of Nominations". Moviefone. Retrieved 25 June 2018.

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