Katherine McNamara

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Katherine McNamara - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

Katherine McNamara is an American actress. She’s best recognized for starring in Shadowhunters (2016–2019) and Arrow (2018–2020).

Other notable acting projects she’s involved in include The Stand (2021), New Year’s Eve (2011), A Sort of Homecoming (2015), Maze Runner saga (2015, 2018), Trust (2021), and Walker: Independence (2022–2023).


Katherine McNamara debuted as an actress when she was thirteen years old by participating in the Broadway creation of the play A Little Night Music.

Then, from 2007 to 2010, she took several small parts in short movies. During that time, she also made guest appearances in various TV series such as 30 Rock.

She officially made her big-screen debut in 2011 with New Year’s Eve, depicting the character of Lily Bowman, which was a huge leap in her career.

In 2012, Katherine McNamara got a recurring role in the TV series titled Kickin’ It. She additionally did two independent movies named Contest and Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn.

The next year, she was featured in the TV series Happyland, playing a lead role. After that, she showed up in another TV series called A Wife’s Nightmare.

Katherine McNamara managed to complete three movies at the same time in 2015 including A Sort of Homecoming, Natural Selection, and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.

Her big breakthrough came a year later when she starred in the TV series Shadowhunters. It earned her the Female TV Star award at Teen Choice Awards ceremony.

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  • Real Name: Katherine Grace McNamara
  • Stage Name: Katherine McNamara
  • Nickname: Katherine
  • Birthday: November 22, 1995
  • Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
  • Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
  • Nationality: American
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Profession: Actress
  • Education: Drexel University (Business Administration), Johns Hopkins University (Applied Economics)
  • Hobby: Dancing
  • Facebook: Katherine McNamara Official
  • Twitter: @Kat_McNamara
  • Instagram: @kat.mcnamara
  • TikTok: –
  • YouTube: –

Height, Weight, & Physical Appearance 

  • Height: 164 cm (5’4”)
  • Weight: 52 kg (115 lbs)
  • Blood Type: –
  • Hair Color: Ginger 
  • Eye Color: Green
  • Body Measurements: 35-25-33 (Bust -35, Waist -25, and Hips -33 inches)
  • Shoe Size: 6 (US)
  • Dress Size: –


  • Father: Evan McNamara 
  • Mother: Ursula McNamara 
  • Brother: –
  • Sister: –

Boyfriend & Dating History

Joel Courtney 

She’s romantically linked to Joel, who’s her co-star in Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn, in 2011.

However, it isn’t clear whether they really dated or just close friends. In an interview, she opened up about how they become long-lasting friends as they bond over speaking Bulgarian in a foreign country.

She also emphasized on how they have “[stayed] really close friends” and how nice it is “to have somebody you can always text no matter what time it is and talk to about whatever.”

Pierson Fode 

In 2016, she’s rumored to date Pierson, who’s an actor. Not much is known about this alleged relationship, except that they reportedly parted ways in the same year they started dating.

Will Tudor

In 2021, fans speculated that she dated Will, who’s her co-star in Shadowhunter. The pair seemed quite close as Katherine penned him a cute birthday message once.

That being said, neither of them has ever addressed the rumors.

Net Worth

Multiple sources online approximated her net worth to be around $3 million. She seemed to gain her income primarily from working as an actress.


She’s been involved in a number of philanthrophist acts. Her earliest charity works known was in 2013, where she worked with the Lollipop Theater Network to visit sick children on hospitals.

Katherine recorded Glass Slipper in 2017, which was meant to support the United Nations Girl Up charity campaign program. Additionally, she designed t-shirt decorated with the song lyrics for the campaign.

She joined the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend in 2018 and 2019 which aimed to collect donations for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

She revealed about working on Just Like James, an original song which profit are proceeded for the World Health Organization (WHO) donations to help those affected by Covid-19, in 2020.


  • Katherine McNamara is an only child.
  • She was born and raised in Kansas City, but then moved to Los Angeles alongside her parents when she was sixteen years old.
  • Her father served in the military so she could not see him often growing up.
  • Katherine had a high school diploma when she was only fourteen years old. And a degree in
  • Business Administration at seventeen.
  • She likes to spend her free time boxing.
  • Her favorite actor is Ryan Gosling.
  • Katherine visits gyms a lot.
  • She is good at baking.
  • Her favorite TV series are Pretty Little Liars (2010), Game of Thrones (2011), The Walking Dead (2010), and UnREAL (2015).
  • Katherine likes baking cookies and a cake recipe from her grandmother called Death By Chocolate.
  • She is very active on social media.
  • Her favorite book series is The Mortal Instruments (2007) by Cassandra Clare.
  • Katherine was chosen as the ambassador of the United Nation’s girl-empowerment organization, Girl Up.
  • She once worked as a spokesperson for the Stomp Out Bullying campaign.
  • Katherine enjoys listening to songs by Maroon 5.
  • She likes eating Giordano’s Pizza in Chicago.
  • Katherine can dance.
  • She used to be afraid of needles when she was a child.
  • Katherine often played softball during her childhood.
  • She believes aliens exist.
  • Her ideal type is…
  • Her net worth is around $3 million.

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  • Urban Legend (TBA), as TBA
  • El Tonto (TBA), as Terry
  • The Adventures of Bunny Bravo (TBA), as Cat
  • Don’t Open the Door (TBA), as the executive producer
  • Jade (2022), as Layla
  • Dance Dads (2022), as Kassie Goodhart
  • Sugar (2022), as Chloe Belle
  • Love, Classified (2022), as Taylor Bloom
  • An Apocalyptic Epic – Adapting the Stand (2021), as self
  • Untitled Horror Movie (2021), as Chrissy and the executive producer
  • Trust (2021), as Amy
  • Kappa Kappa Die (2020), as Charise
  • Finding You (2020), as Taylor
  • Monster Killers (2020), as Mary
  • Assimilate (2019), as Hannah
  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018), as Sonya
  • Charlotte (2017), as Mary
  • Justine Magazine: “Shadowhunters” Fun Cast Challenge With Kat, Dom, Harry & Isaiah! (2016), as self
  • Natural Selection (2016), as Paige Thomas
  • Horoscopes (2016), as Kat
  • The Affair (2016), as Lizzy Simon
  • Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? (2016), as Sandy Keely
  • Little Savages (2016), as Tiffany
  • The 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (2015), as self
  • Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls (2015), as Lilith
  • Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters (2015), as Clary Fray
  • R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls (2015), as Lilith
  • The Scorch Trials: Secrets of the Scorch (2015), as self
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), as Sonya
  • A Sort of Homecoming (2015), as Rosa Conti
  • A Wife’s Nightmare (2014), as Jackie
  • Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn (2014), as Becky Thatcher
  • The Surgeon General (2013), as Lily Sherman
  • Contest (2013), as Sarah O’Malley
  • Madison High (2012), as Cherri O’Keefe
  • Girl vs. Monster (2012), as Myra Santelli
  • Chelsea’s Channel (2012), as self
  • Last Ounce of Courage (2012), as Caroler
  • New Year’s Eve (2011), as Lily Bowman
  • Sam Steele and the Crystal Chalice (2011), as Emma Marsh
  • Last Will (2011), as Wedding Guest
  • The Nuclear Standard (2010), as Penny
  • Get Off My Porch (2010), as Mary
  • Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency (2009), as Emma Marsh
  • Matchmaker Mary (2008), as Mary Carver
  • All Roads Lead Home (2008), as Fair Goer
  • The Bride & the Groom (2007), as Wedding Guest

TV Series

  • The Devouring Gray (-), as the producer
  • Walker: Independence (The CW | 2022), as Abby Walker
  • The Burned Photo (Apple Podcasts | 2021), as Kira Barrington
  • Bobby Wonder (GoKidGo Podcasts | 2021), as Mighty Mila
  • The Stand (CBS | 2021), as Julie Lawry
  • Day by Day (NBC | 2020), as Zoe
  • Acting for a Cause (YouTube | 2020), as Lydia Bennet
  • The Flash (The CW | 2019), as Mia Smoak
  • Batwoman (The CW | 2019), as Mia Smoak
  • Supergirl (The CW | 2019), as Mia Smoak
  • Arrow (The CW | 2018), as Mia Smoak
  • Happy Together (CBS | 2018), as Sara
  • Shadowhunters (Freeform | 2016), as Clary Fray
  • The Grinder (Fox | 2016), as Ginger
  • The Fosters (ABC | 2015), as Kat
  • Transformers: Rescue Bots (Hub Network | 2014), as Priscilla Pynch
  • Happyland (MTV | 2014), as Harper Munroe
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS | 2014), as Angela Ward
  • Workaholics (Comedy Central2014), as Haley
  • Unforgettable (CBS | 2014), as Young Carrie Wells
  • The Thundermans (Nickelodeon | 2013), as Tara Campbell
  • The Haunting Hour: The Series (Hub Network | 2013), as Jodanna
  • Jessie (Disney Channel | 2013), as Bryn Breitbart
  • Touch (Fox | 2013), as Evie Woods
  • Teens Wanna Know (YouTube | 2012), as self
  • Kickin’ It (Disney XD | 2012), as Claire
  • The Joey & Elise Show (Blip | 2012), as self
  • Sketchy (YouTube | 2012), as Iris
  • Glee (Fox | 2012), as Bunhead #1
  • Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime | 2011), as Ann Logan
  • 30 Rock (NBC | 2011), as Meagan
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC | 2011), as Jasmine
  • On the Spot Interviews (NBC | 2011), as self

TV Shows

  • The Man Cave Chronicles Podcast (YouTube | 2022), as a guest
  • Snacks + Reacts (YouTube | 2021), as a guest
  • Christy’s Kitchen Throwback (Disney Channel | 2021), as a guest
  • IMDb on the Scene – Interviews (YouTube | 2020), as a guest
  • Life is Short with Justin Long (YouTube | 2020), as a guest
  • Inside the Crazy Ant Farm (YouTube | 2020), as a guest
  • Arrow: Hitting the Bullseye (CBS | 2020), as a guest
  • Collider Heroes (YouTube | 2019), as a guest
  • Crisis Aftermath (YouTube | 2019), as a guest
  • The 13th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute (CNN | 2019), as the host
  • Spirit Riding Free: Spirit of Christmas (ABC | 2019), as a guest
  • Abnormallyadam (YouTube | 2018), as a guest
  • E! Live from the Red Carpet (E! | 2018), as a guest
  • Teen Choice 2018 (Nickelodeon | 2018), as a guest
  • Hometown to Hollywood (Apple Podcasts | 2018), as a guest
  • iHeartRadio Wango Tango (iHeart | 2018), as a guest
  • Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum (YouTube | 2018), as a guest
  • Entertainment Tonight Canada (Global Television Network | 2018), as a guest
  • Celebrity Page (Reelz | 2017), as a guest
  • Teen Choice Awards 2017 (Nickelodeon | 2017), as a guest
  • That’s My Entertainment (GMA Network | 2017), as a guest
  • Good Morning America (ABC | 2017), as a guest
  • Hollywood Today Live (YouTube | 2016), as a guest
  • Access Daily (YouTube | 2016), as a guest
  • Cupcake Wars (Food Network | 2016), as a guest
  • MTV Fandom Awards (MTV | 2016), as a guest
  • Red Carpet Report (YouTube | 2012), as a guest
  • Radio Disney Music Awards (Disney Channel | 2016), as the host
  • Young Hollywood (YHN | 2016), as a guest
  • Superfan Suite: Shadowhunters (ABC | 2016), as a guest
  • After Dark with Julian Clark (YouTube | 2016), as a guest
  • Clevver Now (YouTube | 2016), as a guest
  • Access Hollywood (YouTube | 2016), as a guest
  • Disney D23 (Disney Channel | 2016), as a guest
  • Home & Family (ABC | 2015), as a guest
  • Cake Wars (Food Network | 2015), as a guest
  • The 23rd Annual Movieguide Awards (Hallmark Channel | 2015), as a guest
  • 2014 MTV Video Music Awards (MTV | 2014), as a guest
  • Fashion News Live (YouTube | 2014), as a guest
  • Wolf Watch (MTV | 2014), as a guest
  • 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (Hallmark Channel | 2013), as a guest
  • Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash (Hub Network | 2013), as a guest
  • Sidewalks Entertainment (YouTube | 2013), as a guest
  • Beyond the Spotlight: Hits the Streets (Apple TV | 2013), as a guest
  • Actors Reporter Interviews (YouTube | 2013), as a guest
  • Radio Disney Music Awards (Disney Channel | 2013), as a guest
  • Alexis Joy VIP Access (YouTube | 2013), as a guest
  • Tweet Out (Out TV | 2013), as a guest
  • Late Show with David Letterman (CBS | 2010), as a guest


  • 2019 Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress – Shadowhunters
  • 2018 People’s Choice Awards – Female TV Star – Shadowhunters


  • 2018 Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress – Shadowhunters
  • 2016 Teen Choice Awards – Choice TV: Breakout Star – Shadowhunters


“Girl power to me means being brave enough to take that first step and to speak out and be yourself.”

“A woman can be demure, lady-like and the most prim and proper character, and still have a toughness and resiliency as apparent as a superhero-type female character or a warrior or soldier type. It’s all about the story, the character, and the course of events in that piece of work and how that character is presented.”

“Remember to reach for the stars, and they won’t be able to resist flying into your hands!”

“I’ve always been a huge proponent for education; I graduated high school at 14 years old and graduated college at 17 years old.”

“Girl Up gives girls an opportunity and gives them a platform and starting point through which they can take it and run with it and help give girls the opportunity to have the freedom, independence and the ability to get an education.”

“Women are tough; women are resilient and have an undying hope.”

“Most of my work has been in L.A. or booked in L.A. and shot on location.”

“I credit Kansas City with my work ethic and learning from the amazing artists that are in that town.”

“It’s okay to have fear – we’re all human; it happens – but in facing your fears, you can really open yourself up to things you never thought possible.”

“My grandfather used to be a dentist, and he made me these retainers that have vampire teeth on them.”

“A lot of times on our show, ‘Shadowhunters,’ we have excuses to dawn some kind of sexy black leather attire under the excuse that we’re going to fight demons, but it’s all part of the tone of the piece and the tone of the story.”

“When you read something, it’s a movie in your mind and such a personal experience. What we’re trying to do is to bring a consensus version of that to life and make as many people happy as we can.”

“Women are tough, but sometimes women present toughness in different ways.”

“I’m always going back to New York for Broadway workshops or reading. So I always keep my foot in the door: I’m always on the lookout for the next Broadway show.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to work on some really great indie features. One of them being ‘Little Savages,’ which is a super fun family film.”

“Guys and girls can be friends without having to date!”

“Up until I was about 12, I was a ballet dancer and a basketball player. Katherine McNamara I see each project as an opportunity to grow as a person and as an actor.”

“I see each project as an opportunity to grow as a person and as an actor.”

“Women are tough; women are resilient and have an undying hope.”

“Remember to reach for the stars, and they won’t be able to resist flying into your hands!”

Katherine McNamara seems to have longevity in mind when she first entered the entertainment industry. This brilliant actress has left quite a legacy in her wake.