Kate Reid was born Daphne Katherine Reid in 1930 of Canadian parents. The family moved back to Ontario before she was a year old. Kate began studying drama in her mid-teens. She apprenticed in summer stock and trained with Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof at the HB Studio in New York. Her ten years with the Stratford Festival in Canada would establish her as one of Canada's most accomplished actresses. She succumbed to brain cancer at age 62 in Ontario, Canada.