Kathryn Ann “Katee” Sackhoff (born April 8, 1980) is an American actress known mainly for playing Captain Kara “Starbuck” Thraceon the Sci Fi Channel’s television program Battlestar Galactica. In 2004, she was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for her work in the Battlestar Galactica mini-series. In May 2006, she won the Saturn Award for the same role. She has also starred in the horror-thriller White Noise: The Light and the eighth season of 24 as Dana Walsh. She currently co-stars in the A&E series Longmire as Deputy Sheriff Vic Moretti.
Her first role was in the Lifetime movie Fifteen and Pregnant in which she played a teenager with a baby. The movie starred Kirsten Dunst and motivated her to move to Hollywood and pursue a career in acting after graduating high school. Sackhoff’s first recurring role was Annie in MTV’s Undressed, next gaining a supporting role as Nell Bickford in The Education of Max Bickford. Katee made her motion picture debut in My First Mister, and next appeared in film as Jenna “Jen” Danzig in Halloween: Resurrection.
Sackhoff’s most notable role is as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace in the miniseries and follow-up TV series Battlestar Galactica, for which she won a Saturn Award in 2006 for Best Actress on Television. The actress’s persona led the writers to develop the character of Starbuck as a more volatile and complex character. Galactica executive producer Ron Mooredescribed her as having magnetism while producer David Eick expanded stating: “We saw this whole other side that was all because of Katee: vulnerability, insecurity, desperation. We started freeing ourselves up to explore the weakness of the character, because we knew Katee could express those things without compromising the character’s strength.”Sackhoff said her performance was inspired by Linda Hamilton’s portrayal of Sarah Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day: “I think that was the one character that I kind of looked to as far as body image and strength. I think I looked to her character and said, ‘OK, that’s kind of what you need to embody.’ Toward the end of the filming of Battlestar Galactica, Sackhoff began feeling physically weak. Soon after filming wrapped, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. After surgery to remove her thyroid, she required no radiation treatments and by February 2009 was in remission.
In 2007, Sackhoff was cast as the evil cyborg Sarah Corvus in the short-lived NBC series Bionic Woman. David Eick, executive producer for the show, stated, “She’s a very special find. Those actors who can combine the qualities of strength and vulnerability—they usually call those people movie stars.” Sackhoff plays the female lead in the action/sci-fi movie The Last Sentinel and the supernatural thriller White Noise: The Light.
Sackhoff also appears as the main character in the Lifetime Original Movie How I Married My High School Crush. She has also made guest appearances in Cold Case, ER, Law & Order, and Robot Chicken. Sackhoff provided the voice of a female marine in the video game Halo 3 and is also featured in the viral marketing campaign for Resistance 2. In 2011, she provided the voice for Black Cat 2099 in Spider-Man: Edge of Time. She voiced Sarah Essen in the DC Comics animated film, Batman: Year One. She appears in four episodes of the fifth season of the series Nip/Tuck playing a new doctor, Dr. Theodora Rowe. However, for the sixth season Sackhoff was later replaced by Rose McGowan for the role due to scheduling conflicts. Sackhoff headlined NBC’s Dick Wolf-produced cop drama Lost and Found as Tessa, “an offbeat female LAPD detective who, after butting heads with the higher-ups, is sent as a punishment to the basement to work on John Doe and Jane Doe cases.” The pilot was filmed in January 2009. NBC decided not to pick up the series. In 2009, she appeared as herself in “The Vengeance Formulation” episode of the CBS situation comedy The Big Bang Theory. In the episode, she is fantasized as Howard Wolowitz’s dream girl. She appears again in season 4, in the same role. Sackhoff appeared as a series regular in the eighth season of the TV series 24, playing Dana Walsh, aCTU data analyst with a secret. In February 2010, Sackhoff signed on to play the lead in an ABC crime drama pilot, Boston’s Finest. ABC decided not to pick up the series.
Sackhoff is set to star in the action-werewolf thriller Growl. She also made a special appearance in the Futurama episode “Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences”. In the fall of 2010, Sackhoff joined the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Detective Reed, a smart investigator who does not do well with sensitivity. In 2011, Sackhoff guest starred in an episode of Workaholics as a homeless drug addict named Rachel. Sackhoff co-stars as the lead female role in Longmire, an A&E television series based on the novels by Craig Johnson. Sackhoff plays Sheriff’s Deputy Vic Moretti. Sackhoff has been cast as Dahl, a Nordic mercenary hired to track down Vin Diesel’s Riddick in Riddick. In August 2012, Katee became the co-host of the Schmoes Know Movies podcast on The Toadhop Network. One of her first shows was with guest Sean Astin.