Stana Katic was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to a Serbian father and Croatian mother, who both immigrated from Croatia. Stana is named after her grandmother, and says “It’s an evil-eye name, to protect you from bad things.” She is the oldest child and has four brothers and one sister. During her teenage years, the family relocated to Illinois, where she graduated near the top of her class from West Aurora High School in 1996. After graduating, she studied at the University of Toronto, then went on to study acting at the DePaul University Goodman School of Drama and the Beverly Hills Playhouse.
After studying international law, global economics, and theater/film both in Toronto and Chicago, Stana moved to Los Angeles to begin a career in film. While Stana immersed herself in acting and theater training, she began landing parts in classical and modern stage productions. She made her feature debut in the shot-on-video thriller “Shut-Eye” and landed appearances on a variety of TV series, including “Alias” and “The Shield.” In 2006, she enjoyed repeat engagements on “24” and the following year, she made two appearances on “Heroes” as Hana Gitleman, a character introduced in the series’ graphic novel spin-offs. She was also top-billed in the 2008 violent independent thriller “Stiletto.”
Stana currently stars in Castle, playing intense NYPD Detective Kate Beckett who becomes the muse for crime thriller novelist Richard Castle. In 2008, she established her own production company, Sine Timore Productions, which in Latin means “without fear.” Sine Timore began acquiring properties in 2011 for upcoming feature film production.
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. She is an avid lover of science, travel, music and art. Beyond brains and beauty, Stana 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 Stana also starred.
In 2013, Stana landed a role in the feature film CBGB, which offered an inside look at New York City’s famed punk rock nightclub of the same name. She played Genya Ravan, a music producer and former lead singer of the 1960’s rock band Goldie & the Gingerbreads. In the same year, Stana co-starred in the film Big Sur, about writer Jack Kerouac’s life after he wrote On the Road. In the film, she portrays real-life legend Lenore Kandel — a San Francisco poet who played a pivotal role in the cultural revolution of the late 1960s. In 2011, she starred in For Lovers Only alongside Mark Polish. The film was shot in Paris and in the spirit of French New Wave. Other feature credits include roles opposite such major stars as Richard Gere (The Double), Daniel Craig (Quantum of Solace), Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear (Feast of Love), and Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Mendez (The Spirit).
In the summer of 2014, Stana completed filming the Evan Oppenheimer-directed indie film “The Tourist.” Filmed in Italy, the project takes a look at the inner workings of a brutal Renaissance Florentine sport called Calcio Storico. The film is planned to have a July 2015 release.
Stana’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.
In 2010, in an effort to improve the environment and create a greater sense of community in cities across the globe, Stana started a campaign called 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.
Stana currently resides in Los Angeles. She speaks five languages and holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.