Katherine McNamara

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McNamara in November 2014
Born
Katherine Grace McNamara

(1995-11-22) November 22, 1995 (age 24)
Alma mater Drexel University
OccupationActress
Years active2007–present

Katherine Grace McNamara [1] (born November 22, 1995 [1] [2] ) is an American actress. She is known for her lead role as Clary Fray on the 2016–2019 Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters . [3] [4] In 2018, McNamara joined the cast of Arrow for its seventh season, playing Mia Smoak, the daughter of Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak. [5] [6]

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Early life and education

McNamara was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the only child of Ursula and Evan McNamara, who served in the U.S. military. [7] She was raised in Lee's Summit, Missouri, [8] and moved to Los Angeles, California in 2011. [9]

While growing up, McNamara was an advanced student in certain subjects, resulting in her being part-homeschooled; she received her high school diploma at age 14. [10] At age 17, McNamara graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Drexel University, completing much of her course work online. [8] In July 2017, she said that she was enrolled in an online master's degree literature program at Johns Hopkins University. [11]

Career

McNamara began her acting career on stage in Kansas City. [7] [12] [13] She then participated in motion picture productions filmed in the Kansas City area, such as Matchmaker Mary in 2008 and the short film "Get Off My Porch". [14] [15] In 2010, she appeared in the 2009 Broadway revival of A Little Night Music with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury. [7] [16] [17] She began making guest appearances in television series, including Law & Order: SVU , 30 Rock , and Drop Dead Diva . McNamara appeared in theatrical movies such as New Year's Eve and in the Disney Channel original movie Girl vs. Monster , playing the role of Myra Santelli. [18] [19] She co-starred in the film Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn , playing the role of Tom's girlfriend Becky Thatcher. [20] McNamara also appeared in the independent films Contest [21] and A Sort of Homecoming . [22]

She appeared on three episodes of the Disney XD series Kickin' It , in which she had a recurring role as Claire, Kim's rival, and in two episodes of the Disney Channel series Jessie , playing Bryn Brietbart, a rival to Emma Ross. She also appeared in an episode of the Nickelodeon series The Thundermans . McNamara was cast in the MTV series Happyland as Harper Munroe, a theme park photographer. [23] It was announced that McNamara would playing the recurring role of Kat on the third season of The Fosters in 2015. [24]

On May 6, 2015, ABC Family (now Freeform) announced that McNamara would be playing the lead character Clary Fray in Shadowhunters , a television adaptation of Cassandra Clare's bestselling book series The Mortal Instruments . [25] [26] McNamara appeared in The Maze Runner film sequel, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials , as Sonya, a co-leader of Group B. [27] She reprised the role in the 2018 sequel, Maze Runner: The Death Cure . [28] In September 2018, McNamara was cast in the seventh season of Arrow as the recurring character of Mia Smoak, the daughter of Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak; [5] [6] McNamara was later promoted to a series regular for Arrow's eighth and final season. [29] In October 2019, The CW announced plans for a potential Arrow spin-off featuring Mia Smoak. [30] A backdoor pilot for the spin-off aired as the ninth episode of Arrow's final season. [31]

In October 2019, McNamara was cast as Julie Lawry in the CBS All Access limited series adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand . [32] Principal photography on the limited series was completed in March 2020, and CBS All Access has announced a premiere date of December 17, 2020. [33] [34] [35]

During May and June 2020, McNamara participated in the making of The Untitled Horror Movie, a movie that was shot by cast members receiving direction from Nick Simon via remote videoconferencing. This was due to restrictions necessitated by COVID-19 distancing protocols. [36]

Songs

During the course of her career, McNamara has sung songs that were used in movies or television series in which she appeared. She wrote and sang "Chatter" for Contest, and she also appeared in a music video for that song. [37] She wrote "My Heart Can Fly", which her character sings during a talent competition in Little Savages. [38] She sang "Wait for You", the end credits song for A Sort of Homecoming. [39] [40] She also sang "Stay True", the end credits song for R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls. [41] Her song "Ember" was played during the 20th episode of the second season of Shadowhunters. [42] [43]

In December 2019, McNamara was featured as the voice of singer Sally Jessup in the animated Christmas special episode of the Dreamworks series Spirit Riding Free entitled "Spirit of Christmas", which premiered on Netflix. She also provided the vocals for several songs featured in the special. [44]

Charitable works

McNamara has participated in anti-bullying efforts by describing how she was bullied as a child. [45] [46] [47] [48] McNamara has also worked with the Lollipop Theater Network, visiting children who are confined to hospitals due to the severity of their illnesses. [49] [50] In 2017, she recorded the song "Glass Slipper", which was used as part of a charity campaign for the United Nations Girl Up program. [51] She also created a t-shirt with the "Glass Slipper" lyrics as part of this campaign. [52] In 2018 and 2019, she participated in the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, which raises donations for the Kansas City Children's Mercy Hospital. [53] [54]

On March 31, 2020, McNamara announced that she was working on a song to be released on April 8. On April 8, the song "Just Like James" was made available in the Google Play Store, Apple's iTunes store, and Spotify. Proceeds from the song will be donated to the World Health Organization (WHO) for Covid-19 relief efforts. Google will donate funds matching sales from the first 30 days. (She originally recorded the song in 2014.) [55] [56] [57] [58] [59]

On May 8, 2020, McNamara participated in a live-reading adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice with Acting for a Cause. [60] [61]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008Matchmaker MaryMary Carveraka Beyond Puppy Love [62]
2009Sam Steele and the Junior Detective AgencyEmma Marshaka Jr. Detective Agency [63]
2011Sam Steele and the Crystal ChaliceEmma Marshaka The Junior Spy Agency [64]
2011 New Year's Eve Lily Bowman"Mother & Daughter" story
2013 Contest Sarah O'Malley
2014 Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn Becky Thatcher
2015 A Sort of Homecoming Rosa
2015 Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls LilithDirect-to-video film
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Sonya
2016Little SavagesTiffany [65] [66]
2016 Natural Selection Paige Thomas [67] [68]
2016 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? Sandy Keely [69]
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Sonya [70] [71] [72]
2019 Assimilate HannahOriginally titled Replicate [73] [74]
2021 Finding You Taylor RisdalePost-production; previously known as There You'll Find Me [75] [76] [77]
TBA Untitled Horror Movie TBAAwaiting release [36]
TBA El Tonto TBAPost-production [78]

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit JasmineEpisode: "Flight"
2011 30 Rock MeaganEpisode: "TGS Hates Women" [26]
2011 Drop Dead Diva Ann LoganEpisode: "Ah, Men"
2012–2013 Kickin' It Claire3 episodes
2012 Glee Bunhead #1Episode: "Makeover"
2012 Girl vs. Monster Myra SantelliTelevision movie (Disney Channel)
2012SketchyIrisEpisode: "This Is 14"
2012 Madison High Cherri O'KeefeUnsold television pilot [79]
2013 Touch Evie WoodsEpisode: "Reunions"
2013 Jessie Bryn BreitbartEpisodes: "Kids Don't Wanna Be Shunned", "Diary of a Mad Newswoman"
2013 The Haunting Hour: The Series JodannaEpisode: "Worry Dolls"
2013 The Thundermans Tara CampbellEpisode: "Dinner Party"
2013The Surgeon GeneralLily ShermanUnsold television pilot [80]
2014–2016 Transformers: Rescue Bots Priscilla PynchRecurring voice role; 6 episodes
2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Angela Ward / TangerineEpisode: "Long Road Home"
2014 Workaholics HaleyEpisode: "Beer Heist"
2014 Unforgettable Young Carrie WellsEpisode: "Reunion"
2014 Happyland Harper MunroeMain role
2014A Wife's NightmareJackieTelevision movie (Lifetime)
2015 The Fosters Ekaterina3 episodes
2016–2019 Shadowhunters Clary Fray Main role
2016 The Grinder GingerEpisode: "From the Ashes"; uncredited [81]
2016 Indiscretion Lizzy SimonTelevision movie (Lifetime)
2018–2020 Arrow Mia Smoak [6] Recurring role (season 7); [5] main role (season 8) [29]
2018 Happy Together SarahEpisode: "Home Insecurity"
2019 Spirit Riding Free: Spirit of Christmas Sally JessupVoice role; television special [44]
2019 Supergirl Mia SmoakEpisode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 1" [82]
2019 Batwoman Mia SmoakEpisode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 2"
2019 The Flash Mia SmoakEpisode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 3"
2020 The Stand Julie LawryUpcoming miniseries [32]

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Breakout Star Shadowhunters Nominated [83]
2018 People's Choice Awards Female TV StarShadowhuntersWon [84]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Sci-Fi/Fantasy ActressShadowhuntersNominated [85]
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Sci-Fi/Fantasy ActressShadowhuntersWon [86]

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