Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Actress, and winner of seven Best Actress awards, a Best Supporting Actress Award and a Best Actress Nominee, Kathleen Gati was born and raised in Canada by Hungarian immigrants and was brought up in an artistic environment. Her father was a symphony conductor and her mother an opera singer, so performing was in her blood. She started acting at the age of three, wrote, directed and starred in her first play at the age of eight. After high school, she moved to New York to pursue her dream, where she studied and performed in dozens of plays both on and Off Broadway, as well as worked in numerous roles on television and in film. Gati was invited to Hungary to be in the feature Goldberg variácók, for which she won the Television and Film Critics Best Supporting Actress award.
She subsequently stayed on in Hungary for five years, during which time she starred in numerous films, television series and several movies of the week, winning multiple additional awards along the way including (for her story and lead role) the Film and Television Critics award for A színésznö és a halál (The Actress and the Death). Her performance in Hungary’s biggest hit of the 1990s, Sose halunk meg (We Never Die), which made the final 35 films selected for Best Foreign Film entries for the Academy Awards, made her an extremely popular actress in eastern and central Europe. She is very well known as Raisa on CW’s Arrow, as Deirdre, the flight attendant on AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462, as well as for her five seasons as Dr. Liesl Obrecht of ABC’s General Hospital, and as the CEO on BET’s Being Mary Jane. She is also very popular for her two seasons on 24 as Anya Suvarov, the First Lady of Russia and in the new soon-to-be released feature American Dream directed by Janusz Kaminski, as the mother to Michiel Huisman.
Other work includes Sunshine (Ralph Fiennes), The Future, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, Trade, Igby Goes Down, ZigZag, Meet The Fockers, Little Birds and Lifeline. Series regular on the Drugstore, in pilot, Contingency and in animation series, Me Eloise with Tim Curry and Lynn Redgrave, plus dozens of Guest roles on Arrow, Fairly Legal, Leverage, Covert Affairs, The Mentalist, Weeds, Desperate Housewives, Cold Case, The League, Lie To Me, etc. She carries three passports, Canadian, USA and EU/Hungarian and speaks Hungarian, Russian, Spanish, French and some German (besides her native language, English). Currently lives in Los Angeles and is a member of SAG, AFTRA, ACTRA and BAFTA.
AWARDS AND REVIEWS
Outstanding Actress: Daytime Emmy Awards
Best Guest Actress Nominee: ISAwards
Best Actress: Los Angeles Hungarian Film Festival
Best Actress: The Other Venice Film Festival
Best Actress: Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival
Best Actress: Film Quest Film Festival, Salt Lake City
Best Actress: Nola Film Festival, New Orleans
Best Actress: Diabolique Film Festival, Indiana
Best Actress Nominee: New York City International Film Festival
Best Supporting Actress: Film & Television Critics Award, Hungary
Best Documentary/Actress: Film & Television Critics Award, Hungary
Audiofile Earphones Award @ Audiofile
“The most charismatic actor and one of the most talented in all daytime TV” – www.celebdirtylaundry.com
“Played to striking perfection…In the arena of daytime drama, Gati has delivered the performance of the year.” – Huffington Post
“Outstanding lead performance…by award winning actress and European celebrity, Kathleen Gati” – www.mozinet.hu
“Best Actress Award for her sensitive, high caliber, artistic performance…”– Los Angeles HU Film Festival
“So good…just terrific!” – Marc Cherry, New York Post
“One of the most beautiful and sensitive moments on screen” – Film Vilag, Hungary
“Ms. Gati…critically acclaimed…truly memorable” – Mai Nap, Hungary
“A delight to watch!” – LA Village View
AUDIO BOOK REVIEWS:
RUSSIAN WINTER – HarperAudio Winner- 2010 “Kathleen Gati does a terrific job helping listeners follow Kalotay’s complex plot, which transitions between the past and the present and involves many characters, both Russian and American. Listeners will enjoy the vocal versatility that allows Gati to create authentic-sounding Russian voices and a diversity of believable characters, from the very young to the elderly. Gati’s narration of this captivating story will keep listeners engrossed as long-held secrets of family and friendship, love and betrayal are revealed.”
TOMORROW THERE WILL BE APRICOTS
“Narrator Kathleen Gati’s soft, consistent Middle Eastern accent is the perfect choice for the elderly Victoria, who is an Iraqi immigrant.” –AudioFile 2013. (From the author):”Dear Kathleen, I cannot thank you enough for your beautiful reading of my novel. It means so much, and so much I didn’t expect. You brought such poise and depth to Victoria. I never imagined her voice, but you nailed it, or created it. I don’t know which. Either way, I thank you. What a huge huge thing you’ve done for me and for my work. Warmly, Jessica Soffer”
WOMEN, SEX, POWER, & PLEASURE
“Dear Ms. Gati, I am the author of Women, Sex, Power, & Pleasure which you narrated for Audible.com. I wanted to thank you for your work and express my appreciation for your reading. With Appreciation, Evelyn Resh”
-Over 30 audio books recorded.
-Voiceover resume on request.