Katherine Heigl is an Emmy Award winning and two-time Golden Globe-nominated actress, as well as a producer. She is best known for her starring roles in the feature films “The Ugly Truth,” “27 Dresses” and “Knocked Up,” as well as her work on ABC’s critically acclaimed drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” For her performance as Dr. Isobel “Izzie” Stevens on the series, she won an Emmy and earned two Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Drama Series. This year, Heigl starred in and executively produced the Netflix series “Firefly Lane,” an adaption of the best-selling novel from Kristin Hannah. “Firefly Lane” has been renewed for a second season. She also starred alongside Harry Connick, Jr in the psychological thriller film “Fear of Rain.”
Heigl recently starred in the last two seasons of the hit legal drama “Suits” (USA) as Samantha Wheeler, a talented new partner at Specter Litt who challenges the status quo and will either become the firm’s greatest ally or most powerful enemy. She is attached to executive produce and portray feminist icon Victoria Woodhull in the upcoming limited series “Woodhull.”
On the big screen, Heigl starred in Judd Apatow’s smash hit comedy, “Knocked Up,” followed by a starring turn with Ed Burns and James Marsden in the romantic comedy “27 Dresses.” She then starred opposite Gerard Butler in the romantic comedy “The Ugly Truth,” which she also executive produced. These roles earned Heigl “Female Star of the Year” honors at the 2010 ShoWest awards.
Heigl was part of an all-star cast, including Will Arnett, Liam Neeson and Brendan Fraser, lending their voices to the hit animated comedy feature “The Nut Job” and the sequel “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature.” Additional notable film credits include “The Big Wedding,” “New Year’s Eve,” “Life as We Know It,” “Killers,” “The Ringer,” “Unforgettable” and Steven Soderbergh’s critically acclaimed depression-era drama “King of the Hill.” Her first feature-film leading role was in “My Father the Hero,” starring opposite Gerard Depardieu.
Outside of film and television, Heigl and her mother Nancy co-founded the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation in honor of her older brother, who died much too young in an automobile accident and whose strong, compassionate nature and great love of animals was the cornerstone of their endeavors. The foundation helps fund pet education programs, actively supports spay/neuter programs and pet adoption programs. It also funds and supports small dog transport from local kill shelters to both no-kill shelters and rescues facilities throughout the country. To date, the foundation has helped countless animals in need and has funded more than 25,000 spay/neuter surgeries, the transport of over 8,000 animals out of high-kill shelters to areas where they are rapidly adopted and supported an overwhelming variety of adoption and training programs intently focused on improving the plight of our pets.
Heigl also actively supports Donate Life, the organ donation foundation.
Heigl is married to singer-songwriter Josh Kelley and the couple have three children, daughters Nancy Leigh Mi-Eun and Adalaide Marie Hope, and son Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr. Heigl lives in Utah with her family.