Katic was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to a Serbian father and Croatian mother, who both immigrated from Croatia. Her father is from Vrlika, and her mother is from the surrounding area of Sinj. Katic later moved with her family to Aurora, Illinois. She spent the following years moving back and forth between Canada and the United States. After graduating from West Aurora High School in 1996, she studied acting at Chicago's Goodman School of Drama. She has four brothers and one sister.
In addition to English, she speaks Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, French and Italian.
Katic 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, Corrine Veneau in the Bond movie Quantum of Solace (though she was originally up for the role of Strawberry Fields in the film), and Simone Renoir in the third installment of The Librarian franchise, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice.
In August 2008, ABC announced acquisition of the television series Castle, starring Katic as Kate Beckett and Nathan Fillion as Rick Castle.
In 2008, Katic established her own production company, Sine Timore Productions, which in Latin means "without fear."
At the 3rd annual Shorty Awards held on March 28, 2011, she won the actress category. In May 2011, she won the Most Glamourous Actress online ballot for the Monte-Carlo Television Festival. She received 17.3% of the 3641 votes against a field of 15 finalists.
She served as a jury member at the May 29 – June 5, 2011 Film Festival Zlín, where For Lovers Only made its world premiere. She is currently working on another film, Big Sur, in which she plays Lenore Kandel. In conjunction with the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International, there was an official announcement in Entertainment Weekly that she would become the voice for Talia al Ghul in Batman: Arkham City.
Stana is fluent in Serbian, French, English, and Italian. She can also speak in accents of British, Irish, Eastern European, Italian, Spanish, Greek, and South African.
Much like her character Kate Beckett, Stana is an avid reader. She also has a strong interest in environmental issues, archery, and music.
Her hometown is Hamilton, Ontario, located about an hour from Toronto.
Revealed on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) on May 4, 2009, that she has four brothers and used to cut their hair.
Stana wrote the lyrics for "Hey Blue Eyes," which she sang for fans at the 51st Zlin Film Festival in 2011.
Stana holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.
Men should never marry their muse. It ruins the illusion.
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