Katherine Heigl
General Information
Birth Name: Katherine Marie Heigl
Birthday: November 24, 1978
Birth Place: Washington, DC
Age: 37
Spouses: Josh Kelley (m. 2007)
Children: 2
Nancy Leigh Mi-Eun (b. 2008)
Adelaide Marie Hope (b. 2012)
Character Information
Role: Izzie Stevens
Seasons: 1 2 3 4 5 6
Katherine Heigl is an American actress, film producer and former fashion model. She is best known for her role as Izzie Stevens on Grey's Anatomy (2005 to 2010).

Early Life Edit

Katherine Marie Heigl was born on November 24, 1978, in the Columbia Hospital for Women, in Washington, DC, to Nancy Engelhardt, a personnel manager, and Paul Heigl, a financial executive and accountant. She is the youngest of four siblings, Meg, Jason and Holt. Her father is German (Swiss-German) and Irish and her mother is German. She lived in Virginia and Denver, before her family moved into a Victorian-style farmhouse in the town of New Canaan, Connecticut, when she was five, and where she spent the rest of her childhood. In 1986, her older brother, Jason, died of injuries suffered in a car accident, after being thrown from the back of a pickup truck while out for lunch with some of his high school classmates. She attended in New Canaan High School, while balancing her film and modeling work with her academic studies. She dropped out in her sophomore year to pursue her career in Hollywood. Her parents got divorced and her mother was diagnosed with cancer in 1996.

Career Edit

In 1987, an aunt visiting the family took a number of photographs of her and sent them to a number of modeling agencies. Within weeks, she was signed with Wilhelmina Models as a child model. After signing, a client slated her for use in a magazine advertisement where she made her debut. At that time, she was earning $75 an hour posing for Sears and Lord & Taylor catalogs. She first appeared in her national television debut for Cheerios cereal.

In 1992, she made her film debut in That Night, where she played Christina Sebastian in Steven Soderbergh's Depression-era drama King of the Hill. In 1994, she was cast in the comedy My Father the Hero. In 1995, she starred in the Steven Seagal action thriller Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. She appeared in the magazine Seventeen. In 1996, she landed the lead role in Disney's made-for-television film Wish Upon a Star, portraying two body-swapping characters along with Danielle Harris. In 1998, she co-starred with Peter Fonda in a re-working of the classes Shakespearean play The Tempest, set during the American Civil War and starred in the horror film Bride of Chucky. In 1999, she starred as Isabel Evans on the science fiction TV drama Roswell.

In 2000, she starred in 100 Girls. In 2001, she starred in Valentine. In 2003, she starred in three television movies, Evil Never Dies and Love Comes Softly. In October 2003, she was cast in The Ringer. In 2004, she starred in Love's Enduring Promise. She played Isabella Linton in Wuthering Heights. In 2005, she starred as Romy in the television film Romy and Michele: In the Beginning.

In 2005, she was cast as Isobel Stevens on Grey's Anatomy, an ABC medical drama. The show, originally introduced as a mid-season replacement, became a huge ratings success and is still one of the highest-rated television series on broadcast television. The same year, she landed the starring role in the independent film, Side Effects. In 2006, she starred in Knocked Up. In January 2008, she starred in 27 Dresses. In 2009, she starred in The Ugly Truth. In June 2010, she starred in Killers and Life As We Know It. In 2010, she was released from her contract during season six of Grey's Anatomy.

In December 2011, she starred in New Year's Eve. In 2012, she landed the lead role in One for the Money. In November 2012, she was cast and voiced as Andie in the animated film The Nut Job. In February 2013, she joined the cast in, A Moment to Remember. In April 2013, she appeared in The Big Wedding. In June 2013, she began appearing in a television commercial for Vicks' ZzzQuil. In 2014, she returned to television in an NBC drama series named State of Affairs. It was cancelled in 2015.

Personal Life Edit

In 1997, after she graduated high school, she moved into a four-bedroom house in Malibu Canyon, California with her mother, who became her manager.

In June 2006, she became engaged to singer Josh Kelley. They married on December 23, 2007 in Park City, Utah. In September 2007, they adopted a daughter, Nancy Leigh "Naleigh" Mi-Eun, from South Korea. Naleigh was born on November 23, 2008. She was named after Katherine's mother and sister. She was born with a heart defect and underwent open heart surgery before leaving Korea. In April 2012, they adopted a second daughter, Adelaide Marie Hope, from the US. Adelaide was born in April 2012. In June 2016, they announced that they are expecting their first biological child, a son, born in January 2017.

Her brother in law is singer Charles Kelley of the country music trio Lady Antebellum.

Filmography Edit

Film Edit

Year Title Role
1992 That Night Kathryn
1993 King of the Hill Christina Sebastian
1994 My Father the Hero Nicole Arnel
1995 Under Seige 2: Dark Territory Sarah Ryback
1997 Prince Valiant Princess Ilene
1997 Stand-ins Taffy-Rita Hayworth's Stand-in
1998 Bug Buster Shannon Griffin
1998 Bride of Chucky Jade Kincaid
2000 100 Girls Arlene
2001 Valentine Shelley Fisher
2003 Descendant Ann Hedgerow/Emily Hedgerow
2005 Side Effects Karly Hert
2005 The Ringer Lynn Sheridan
2006 Zyzzyx Road Marissa
2006 Caffeine Laura
2007 Knocked Up Allison Scott
2008 27 Dresses Jane Nichols
2009 The Ugly Truth Abby Richter
2010 Killers Jennifer "Jen" Kornfeldt Aimes
2010 Life as We Know It Holly Berenson
2011 New Year's Eve Laura Carrington
2012 One for the Money Stephanie Plum
2013 The Big Wedding Lyla Griffin
2014 The Nut Job Andie
2014 Jackie & Ryan Jackie Laurel
2015 Home Sweet Hell Mona Champagne
2015 Jenny's Wedding Jenny Farrell
2016 Unforgettable Tessa Conniver

Television Edit

Year Title Role
1996 Wish Upon a Star Alexia Wheaton
1998 The Tempest Miranda Prosper
1999-02 Roswell Isabel Evans
2002 The Twilight Zone Andrea Collins
2003 Critical Assembly Aizy Hayward
2003 Vegas Dick Madeline
2003 Love Comes Softly Marty Claridge
2003 Wuthering Heights Isabel Linton
2003 Evil Never Dies Eve
2004 Love's Enduring Promise Marty Claridge Davis
2005 Romy and Michele: In the Beginning Romy White
2005-10 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Katherine Stevens
2014-15 State of Affairs Officer Charleston "Charlie" Whitney Tucker
2016 Debut Sadie Ellis

Awards Edit

Year Award Category Work Result Result
1994 Young Artist Awards Best Performance by a Youth Actress Starring in a Motion Picture My Father the Hero Nominated
2000 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress on Television Roswell Nominated
2001 Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Actress Roswell Nominated
2003 CAMIE Awards Love Comes Softly Won
2005 CAMIE Awards Love's Enduring Promise Won
2006 Screen Actors Awards

Teen Choice Awards

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

TV - Choice Actress: Drama/Action Adventure

Grey's Anatomy Nominated


2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2007 Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Won
2007 Golden Globes Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2007 Young Hollywood Awards Superstar Of Tomorrow Won
2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress - Comedy Knocked Up Nominated
2007 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2007 Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Nominated
2007 Golden Schmoes Best Actress of the Year Nominated
2008 Empire Awards Best Actress Knocked Up Nominated
2008 MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Nominated
2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2008 Golden Globes Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film Grey's Anatomy
2008 People's Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star Grey's Anatomy Won
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Movie Star: Female The Ugly Truth Nominated
2009 Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical The Ugly Truth Nominated
2009 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Actress Most in Need of a New Agent One for the Money Nominated
2010 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Drama Actress Grey's Anatomy Won
2010 ShoWest Motion Picture Industry Convention Female Star Of The Year Won
2010 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Actress Most in Need of a New Agent One for the Money Nominated
2011 People's Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Life as We Know It Nominated
2012 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Actress Most in Need of a New Agent One for the Money Won
2015 BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Feature Film The Nut Job Nominated

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