Katherine Heigl Biography

Katherine Heigl is an American actress and film producer. Go through this biography to learn more about her profile, childhood, life and timeline.

Katherine Heigl
Quick Facts

Birthday: November 24, 1978

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Katherine Heigl Child Prodigies

Age: 40 Years, 40 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Also Known As: Katherine Marie Heigl

Born in: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Famous as: Actress, Film Producer

Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Josh Kelley (m. 2007)

father: Paul Heigl

mother: Nancy (née Engelhardt)

siblings: Holt Heigl, Jason Heigl, Meg Heigl

children: Adalaide Marie Hope Kelley, Nancy Leigh Kelley

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Katherine Marie Heigl is an American actress and film producer. She is best known for her role as Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens on ABC's medical drama ‘Grey's Anatomy’ for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She has also starred in films such as ‘Under Siege 2: Dark Territory’, ‘Knocked Up’, ‘27 Dresses’, ‘The Ugly Truth’, ‘Killers’, ‘Life As We Know It’ and ‘New Year's Eve’ among others. As a beautiful actress, she does not want to be confined to roles that portrays her sexy glamorous side only and wants to do more challenging roles. She became infamous for speaking her mind on many occasions, earning her both respect and censure. She started her career as a child model with ‘Wilhelmina Models’ before she turned towards full-time acting. She made her debut in the coming-of-age film, ‘That Night’. She co-starred as ‘Isabel Evans’ in the television series ‘Roswell’ and acted in the movie ‘My Father the Hero’ before landing her path breaking role in‘Grey's Anatomy’. She has appeared as a cover model on several publications including ‘Maxim’, ‘Vanity Fair’ and ‘Cosmopolitan’. On the personal front, the actress is married to singer, Josh Kelley.

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Katherine Heigl
Childhood & Early Life
  • Katherine Marie Heigl was born on 24 November 1978 in Washington, DC to Nancy, a personnel manager, and Paul Heigl, a financial executive and accountant. She is the youngest of the four siblings.
  • She was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She initially lived in Virginia and Denver, and finally settled in New Canaan, Connecticut
  • When Heigl was nine, her aunt sent young Heigl’s photos to numerous modeling agencies. She signed with Wilhelmina Models and made her first appearance on a TV Commercial for ‘Cheerios’.
  • She debuted in the 1992 film, ‘That Night’ and appeared in Steven Soderbergh's drama, ‘King of the Hill’. She dropped out of High School to pursue career in Hollywood.
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  • Her first lead role was in the 1994 comedy, ‘My Father the Hero’, as a teenager trying to impress a local boy.
  • In 1995, starring in the Steven Seagal thriller, ‘Under Siege 2: Dark Territory’ she portrayed a teenager traveling on a train escorted by her uncle, a counter-terrorist expert, to visit her departed father’s grave.
  • Between 1996 and 1999, she regularly modeled for magazines, had a lead role in Disney's TV film, ‘Wish Upon a Star’, and co-starred with Peter Fonda in the re-worked Shakespearean play, ‘The Tempest’.
  • During this time, she also appeared in the films, ‘Stand-ins’, ‘Big Buster’, ‘Bride of Chucky’, ‘100 Girls’ and ‘Valentine’.
  • In 2003, she appeared in television movies including ‘Evil Never Dies’ and ‘Love Comes Softly’. She was also seen in the film, ‘Descendant’.
  • In 2005, she acted in the comedy, ‘The Ringer’ and starred as Romy in the television movie, ‘Romy and Michele: In the Beginning’, a prequel to the film ‘Romy and Michele's High School Reunion’.
  • The same year, she was cast as ‘Isobel Stevens’ in the popular medical drama, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, which is her most popular role till date.
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  • She played lead role in the 2005 movie ‘Side Effects’, a romantic comedy about marketing and pharmaceutical industry. Heigl was also the executive producer of the movie.
  • In 2007, she starred opposite Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and director Judd Apatow's wife Leslie Mann in the movie ‘Knocked Up’, a comedy. The movie was both a critical and commercial success.
  • She starred in the film, ‘27 Dresses’, which received mixed reviews from critics. This 2008 romantic comedy film was directed by Anne Fletcher and written by Aline Brosh McKenna.
  • In the 2009 romantic comedy, she played ‘Abigail "Abby" Richter’, a romantically challenged morning show producer opposite actor Gerard Butler who portrayed Mike Chadway, her male bigot correspondent.
  • In 2010, she produced and played lead role in the film, ‘Life As We Know It’. The next year, she appeared in the romantic comedy ‘New Year's Eve’.
  • In ‘The Big Wedding’, a 2013 romantic comedy, she shared screen-space with Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, and Robin Williams. The film was a massive flop critically and commercially.
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Major Works
  • Her role as Dr. Isobel Stevens on ABC's medical drama 'Grey's Anatomy' is her most popular role till date. The series ran for five years from 2005 to 2010 and won her a Primetime Emmy Award.
Awards & Achievements
  • In 2007, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Heigl married singer Josh Kelley in 2007 and they adopted a South Korean baby girl with a congenital heart problem, named Nancy Leigh. They also adopted a second daughter named Adelaide Marie Hope.
  • A passionate dog-lover, she worked with ‘Best Friends Animal Society’ on several projects. Her organization, ‘Heigl's Hounds of Hope’, rescues dogs with behavior problems from shelters with a high kill rate and rehabilitates them.
  • This beautiful young model and actress has played a character with the name of "Isabel" or "Isobel" thrice in the movies. The movies are ‘Grey's Anatomy’, ‘Roswell’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’.

1. King of the Hill (1993)

  (History, Drama)

2. Knocked Up (2007)

  (Romance, Comedy)

3. Life as We Know It (2010)

  (Romance, Comedy, Drama)

4. The Ugly Truth (2009)

  (Romance, Comedy)

5. That Night (1992)

  (Drama, Romance)

6. 27 Dresses (2008)

  (Comedy, Romance)

7. 100 Girls (2000)

  (Comedy, Romance)

8. Jackie & Ryan (2014)

  (Music, Romance, Drama, Family)


Primetime Emmy Awards
2007 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy (2005)
People's Choice Awards
2010 Favorite TV Drama Actress Winner
2008 Favorite Female TV Star Winner

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- November 26, 2017

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