Stana Katic (born April 26, 1978) is a Canadian film and television actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Detective Kate Beckett on ABC's Castle. Katic was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, to Croatian Serb parents. In describing her own ethnicity, she has stated 'My parents are Serbs from Croatia. I call us Dalmatian...' Her parents both emigrated from Yugoslavia. Her father is from Vrlika, and her mother is from the surrounding area of Sinj. Katic later moved with her family to Aurora, Illinois. She spent the following years moving back and forth between Canada and the United States. After graduating from West Aurora High School in 1996, she studied acting at Chicago's Goodman School of Drama. She has four brothers and one sister.
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