Stana Katic was born in Hamilton, Ontario from Croatian parents. She graduated high school in Illinois. She speaks English, Serbo-Croatian, French, Italian, and Slovenian fluently. She is best known for her role as Detective Kate Beckett on the ABC television series Castle.
An articulate polyglot film actress, Katic perhaps best speaks to the inevitable lure of brains and beauty combined. Whether in film, on television or in new digital media, this busy yet down-to-earth actress, who happens to have a passion for archery, also has the skill to hit a bull's eye in every role she takes on. Katic has played opposite several major motion picture stars, including Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear (Feast of Love), Daniel Craig (Quantum of Solice), and Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Mendez (The Spirit). Beyond brains and beauty, Katic also has brawn, being a natural athlete who plays multiple sports and often performs her own stunts. In addition, she sings; producers used her alto-mezzo soprano voice for the sultry theme song in the movie of the week, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, in which Katic also starred.
Last year, in an effort to create a greater sense of community in Los Angeles and "to make Los Angeles its better self," Katic started the campaign The Alternative Travel Project (www.alternativetravelproject.com), which encourages everyone, everywhere – but especially in car-centric Los Angeles – to go car-free for just one day. The campaign was so successful it started a movement with people from across the globe writing, tweeting and blogging about it. She hopes someday to see all studios in LA linked by public transportation and cycling routes, and connected to LAX and Burbank airports. Katic's commitment to her craft has caught the attention of industry A-listers and earned her the respect of her peers. Her goal is to fashion memorable characters so compelling that audiences lose themselves in the story for a transcendent moment that will reverberate long after the movie's end. Katic currently resides in Los Angeles, speaks five languages and holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.