Canadian-born Katheryn Winnick has always preferred taking the road less traveled. Avoiding the pitfalls of being typecast, she has intentionally pursued edgier, more complex roles. Her acting resume stands as a testament to her attraction to the unconventional. She is currently shooting on FOX’s top-rated series HOUSE, playing one of the largest female guest stars in the show’s history. Also in 2006, she portrayed the 19th-Century Russian poet Lou Salome in a docudrama based on the best-selling book, WHEN NIETZSCHE WEPT; a young Ivana Trump in ABC’s highly publicized biopic TRUMP UNAUTHORIZED; a serial killer in CBS’ CRIMINAL MINDS; and a young woman suffering from schizophrenia as the lead in the TV drama, TIPPING POINT.
While her talent has also landed her roles like Melissa, Matthew McConaughey’s girlfriend in the box-office hit FAILURE TO LAUNCH, and the female lead opposite Matthew Lillard in FOX’s hidden treasure mystery pilot 13 GRAVES, the more challenging roles are the ones that fulfill Winnick’s acting ambitions.
In WHEN NIETZSCHE WEPT, starring Armand Assante and Ben Cross, Winnick was able to showcase her diverse artistic abilities. “No woman has radiated a stronger or more direct influence in German-speaking lands in the last 150 years than this Lou von Salome from Petersburg,” writes esteemed German scholar and publisher Kurt Wolff. And in TRUMP UNAUTHORIZED, The Hollywood Reporter gushes that Winnick “steals early every scene” playing the young Ivana.
Other notable roles for Winnick include the Oscar-nominated short film OUR TIME IS UP, the teen road-trip comedy National Lampoon’s GOING THE DISTANCE, the indie drama KISS ME AGAIN, and her award-winning performance in DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL. On the small screen, Winnick has also guest starred on hit shows including CSI: NY, LAW & ORDER, and OZ.
After her teen debut as a recurring character on the popular Canadian TV series STUDENT BODIES, Winnick was selected from thousands of young actors to be documented in Bravo’s groundbreaking show, THE ‘IT’ FACTOR. In addition to acting, she received her first black belt at the age of 13, competed nationally and opened her first school at 16, and went on to become a licensed bodyguard. Winnick currently holds a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a second-degree black belt in Karate, and owns several branches of her martial arts institution, Win Kai Martial Arts in Canada.