One of the youngest women to ever make homicide detective with the NYPD, Kate Beckett is a tough, smart, first-class investigator known for being a closer. She’s also gained a reputation as a detective who’s intrigued by the sort of cases that don’t fit neatly into a box. It’s a reflection of her ongoing quest for justice. Motivated to join the force after her mother’s murder was never solved, Beckett’s firsthand experience with tragedy fuels her unceasing drive to bring closure and justice to the victims and their families.
Initially forced to work with Castle, she chaffed against his less than serious approach to their partnership, but over time she has come to appreciate his storyteller’s mind. Solving case after case by combining his unique approach with her no-nonsense cop skills, Beckett and Castle have become unlikely partners with a very successful track record. The romantic tension of their early days has now evolved into a burgeoning relationship… Their relationship and many of their cases have been immortalized in five novels: Heat Wave, Naked Heat, Heat Rises, Frozen Heat and Deadly Heat. Although she feigns annoyance, Beckett is a huge fan of Castle’s previous novels and gets a secret kick out of being his inspiration.
Stana currently stars in Castle, playing intense NYPD Detective Kate Beckett who becomes the muse for crime thriller novelist Richard Castle. Katic also recently landed a role in the feature film CBGB, which will offer an inside look at New York City's famed punk rock nightclub of the same name. She will play Genya Ravan, a music producer and former lead singer of the 1960s rock band Goldie & the Gingerbreads, and will star alongside Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint and Joel David Moore.
Katic's feature film work includes the upcoming film Big Sur, about writer Jack Kerouac's life after he wrote On the Road. In the film, she portrays real-life legend Lenore Kandel -- a San Francisco poet who played a pivotal role in the cultural revolution of the late 1960s. Katic was seen last year's Polish Brothers' film, For Lovers Only, shot in Paris and in the spirit of French New Wave. Also in 2011, she was seen in The Double, playing Amber, a prostitute who leads Richard Gere deep into the Machiavellian world of Washington politics. Other feature credits include roles opposite such major stars as Daniel Craig (Quantum of Solace), Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear (Feast of Love), and Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Mendez (The Spirit).
As a natural athlete, Katic plays multiple sports and often performs her own stunts. She also sings so well that producers used her alto-mezzo soprano voice for the theme song in the third and final film of The Librarian trilogy, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, in which she also starred. She recently voiced the character of Talia al Ghul in the video game Batman: Arkham City. In 2008 Katic established her own production company, Sine Timore Films, which in Latin means “without fear.” The film company is currently in development on two features.
In 2010 Katic started a campaign called The Alternative Travel Project (www.alternativetravelproject.com) in an effort to improve the environment, create a greater sense of community in Los Angeles and “to make Los Angeles its better self.” This project encourages everyone, everywhere – but especially in car-centric Los Angeles – to go car-free for just one day. The campaign has been extremely successful, causing people from around the globe to write, tweet and blog about it.
Currently residing in Los Angeles, Katic speaks five languages and holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.