A former child model who conveniently plays an ex-model-turned-med-student on Grey's Anatomy
, Heigl started acting as a teen. Initially she focused on the big screen (My Father the Hero
, Under Siege 2
), but at 21 she signed on to the sci-fi TV series Roswell
. After the series ended in 2002, she appeared in a number of TV-movies before striking small-screen gold on Grey's Anatomy
as an emotionally overwrought doc, a turn that earned her an Emmy in 2007. That same year, she starred in the comedy Knocked Up
as an ambitious career woman who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with a schlubby loser. The film turned out to be a sleeper hit, which gave her career another boost and led to her alternating between television and film roles. In 2009, she and husband Josh Kelley adopted a daughter named Nancy Leigh, and Heigl enjoys spending her downtime hanging out with her family.Katherine Heigl Fast Facts:
- Has played a character named Isabel (or Isobel) three times: Roswell (1999), Wuthering Heights (2003) and Grey's Anatomy (2005).
- Interests include dancing, knitting, needlepoint, art and cooking.
- Beat out Alicia Silverstone for the role of Nicole in the movie My Father, the Hero.
- Became an advocate for organ donation after her brother Jason died of brain injuries in a car accident.
- Had her Los Angeles home featured on Entertainment Tonight and HGTV.
- Auditioned for ABC's Lost before she landed a lead role on Grey's Anatomy.
- Criticized her character in Knocked Up for portraying women as "humorless and uptight."
- Katherine Heigl Relationships:
- Holt Heigl - Brother
- Paul Heigl - Father
- Nancy Heigl - Mother
- Nancy Leigh Mi-Eun "Naleigh" Kelley - Daughter
- Jason Heigl - Brother
- Meg - Sister
- Josh Kelley - Husband
- Adalaide Marie Hope Kelley - Daughter
- Katherine Heigl Awards:
- 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
- 2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
- 2008 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
- 2008 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Female TV Star - Winner
- 2010 People's Choice Awards: Favorite TV Drama Actress - Winner
- 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Winner
- 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Winner
- 2007 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee