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Stana Katic (born 26 April 1978) is a Canadian film and television actress active in the United States. She is best known as the current co-star of ABC's Castle.

Early life

Stana Jacqueline Katic was born in Hamiltonmarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker to Croatian parents who emigrated from Yugoslaviamarker. Katic moved with her family to Aurora, Illinoismarker. She spent the following years moving back and forth between Canada and the US. After graduating from West Aurora High Schoolmarker in 1996, she studied acting at Chicago's Goodman School of Drama.

In addition to English, she speaks Italian, French and Croatian.

She has a mezzo-soprano singing voice.


Stana played the character of Hana Gitelman in Heroes, Collette Stenger in 24 's season 5, and Jenny in the Morgan Freeman-starring film Feast of Love. She also played Morgenstern in Frank Miller's film The Spirit, Corinne Veneau in the Bond movie Quantum of Solace, and Simone Renoir in the third installation of The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice.

In August 2008, ABC announced acquisition of the television series Castle, starring Stana Katic as Kate Beckett and Nathan Fillion as Rick Castle.

In 2008, Katic established her own production company, Sine Timore Productions, which is Latin and means "without fear."


Year Film Role Other notes
1999 Acid Freaks Annie
2003 Shut-Eye Angela
2005 Pit Fighter Marianne
2006 Faceless Diana Palos TV movie
Dragon Dynasty Ava TV movie
2007 Feast of Love Jenny
2008 Would Be Kings Julianna Martinelli TV mini-series
Stiletto Raina
Quantum of Solace Corinne Veneau
The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice Simone Renoir TV movie
The Spirit Morgenstern
Truth About Kerry Emma

Year Series Season Episode Role
2004 The Handler 1 12 "Bleak House" Mariella
Alias 3 15 "Façade" Flight Attendant
L.A. Dragnet 2 8 "Retribution" Miriam Nelson
The Shield 3 14, 15 "All In" & "On Tilt" Ayla
JAG 10 5 "This Just in from Baghdad" Lucienne Charmoli
2005 The Closer 1 3 "The Big Picture" Nadia
ER 12 4, 5 "Blame It on the Rain" & "Wake Up" Blaire Collins
2006 24 5 13–15 Day 5: 7:00 – 10.00 p.m. Collette Stenger
Brothers & Sisters 1 1 "Patriarchy" Karen Wells
2007 Company Man Pilot (series not ordered) Donna Baker
Heroes 1 16, 20 "Unexpected" & "Five Years Gone" Hana Gitelman
CSI: Miami 6 5 "Deep Freeze" Rita Sullivan
The Unit 3 9 "Binary Explosion" Special Agent Deborah Lane
2009 Castle 1, 2 All Series star Det. Kate Beckett


  1. The Digital Spy, "ABC announces 'Castle' for 2008-09. Retrieved on 2009-06-28
  2. Rosen, Christopher (2009-03-03). A Quirky Cop Dramedy, an Office Spinoff and a Deadwooder Back to Life (HTML). The New York Observer. The New York Observer, LLC. Retrieved on 2009-03-05

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