Who is Katie Findlay?
Katie Findlay is a Canadian actor, recognized for her performances as ‘Rebecca’ in the ‘ABC’ series ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ and as ‘Lucy’ in the hit comedy series ‘Man Seeking Woman.’ Born in Ontario and raised in Vancouver, Canada, she started learning ballet at a tender age. She also studied art history in college. Findlay started her screen career with a guest appearance in the science-fiction series ‘Fringe.’ She first got noticed in the role of ‘Rosie Larsen’ in the crime-drama series ‘The Killing.’ According to her, the series was an important milestone of her career. Two of her other notable roles are those of ‘Maggie Landers’ in ‘The Carrie Diaries’ and ‘Molly Callens’ in ‘The Bridge I & II.’ She appeared in the psychological thrillers ‘After the Dark’ and ‘The Dark Stranger.’ She has also been seen in the comedy films ‘Premature’ and ‘Jem and the Holograms.’ She likes reading comics and biographies of Hollywood stars of the 1940s and the 1950s. Currently, Findlay divides her time between Vancouver and Los Angeles.
Childhood & Early Life
Katie Findlay was born on August 28, 1990, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has a younger brother. She is of Portuguese, Chinese, English, and Scottish descent.
Findlay studied at the ‘Eric Hamber Secondary’ in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is a proficient singer and a trained ballet dancer. She performed ballet for 12 years but had to stop due to a back injury. Initially, she was interested in a career in theater.
Findlay attended the ‘Simon Frazer University,’ British Columbia, and studied art history in college. While in high school, Findlay started auditioning for roles and was selected in her second audition. This role was for a Canadian sitcom, and she shot for the pilot episode. However, the series did not materialize, as the pilot was not picked up by the channel.
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Findlay made her career debut in 2010, with a guest role in the science-fiction TV series ‘Fringe.’ The same year, she also appeared as ‘Emily’ in the TV film ‘Tangled’ and as ‘Minka’ in the series ‘Psych.’
In 2011, Findlay was cast in the recurring role of ‘Rosie Larsen’ in the first season of the ‘AMC’ series ‘The Killing.’ Her role was that of a murder victim, and the series revolved around her character. She got noticed for her performance.
Following this, Findlay appeared in minor roles in films such as ‘An Instrument of Justice’ (2011) and ‘Crash Site: A Family in Danger’ (2011). She also appeared as ‘Maisie MacDonald’ in the Canadian drama TV series ‘Endgame’ (2011), as ‘Elli’ in the Canadian–American military science-fiction series ‘Stargate Universe’ (2011), and as ‘Lily Jones’ in the Canadian science-fiction series ‘Continuum’ (2012).
In 2013–2014, Findlay starred in the main role of ‘Maggie Landers’ in ‘The CW’s teen comedy–drama series ‘The Carrie Diaries.’ This series, which ran for two seasons, was a prequel to the ‘HBO’ series ‘Sex and the City.’
In 2013, Findlay played ‘Bonnie’ in the science-fiction psychological thriller film ‘After the Dark.’ In 2014, she appeared as ‘Rebecca Sutter’ in the first season of Shonda Rhimes’s hit ‘ABC’ series ‘How to Get Away with Murder.’ Her character got “killed” at the end of the first season. Later, she guest-appeared in two episodes of the second season of the series.
The comedy film ‘Premature’ (2014) featured Findlay in the major role of ‘Gabrielle.’ She also played the main role of ‘Leah Garrison’ in the psychological thriller film ‘The Dark Stranger’ (2015). The same year, she also appeared in the musical fantasy–comedy–drama ‘Jem and the Holograms.’
The ‘Hallmark Channel’ two-part TV movie ‘The Bridge’ (2015–2016) featured Findlay in the starring role of ‘Molly Callens.’ The movie was based on the novel of the same name by Karen Kingsbury. In 2016, she performed the starring role of ‘Lucy,’ opposite Jay Baruchel’s character, ‘Josh,’ in the third season of the well-received ‘FXX’ comedy series ‘Man Seeking Woman.’ Her performance in this series fetched her accolades.
In 2017, Findlay starred in the main role of ‘Cooper’ in the musical TV series ‘Lost Generation.’ She played ‘Rizzo’ in a limited-engagement production of ‘Grease: The Musical’ at the celebrated ‘The Elgin Winter Garden Theater,’ Toronto.
In early 2019, Findlay appeared in a pilot for ‘ABC’s proposed drama series ‘Heart of Life’ (inspired by John Mayer’s song of the same title). Later, it was reported that the series would be re-developed. Of late, she has appeared as an airhostess in an episode of the ‘CBS All Access’ anthology ‘The Twilight Zone’ (2019) and as the main character, ‘Rory,’ in the comedy–romance film ‘Straight Up’ (2019).
Family & Personal Life
Findlay is a private person, and not much is known about her personal life. A few years ago, rumors suggested that she had been dating her ‘The Carrie Diaries’ co-star Brendan Dooling. However, there was no confirmation of the news from either side.
Findlay enjoys reading comics and biographies of Hollywood stars of the 1940s and the 1950s. She also likes playing video games and is an animal lover.